We will be making an official announcement for "The Art Department" very soon. I have included a bunch of information below and there may be some changes along the way but should give you a better picture of what this is about. In the meantime I wanted to ask to see which of these programs for financial aid would be most appropriate for those of you interested in the following.
First, I want to explain that our program is designed as a cutting edge online and real world hybrid which lasts 30 months and has access to the top professionals in each area of specialization. The program includes Concept Art, Illustration, Fine Art Drawing and Painting as well as deep and intensive Foundations which are designed to allow students to go any direction in art, for their majors or careers chosen.
Yes, international students may also attend. This is not going to be for US students only.
POLL EXTENDED INFORMATION:
* The program is priced at $1500 per month if done in installments.
**The program can be taken for 30, 22 and 15 months depending on skill level
30 Month program = $45,000 flexible (see below)
22 Month program = $33,000 flexible (see below)
15 Month program = $22,500 flexible (see below
30 Month program payment options:
1.) One up front payment of $30,000
2.) Three payments of $12,000 in the first 15 months (1, 7 and 15) = $36,000
3.) Four payments of $10,000 in the first 24 months (1, 8, 16 and 24) = $40,000
4.) 30 payments of $1,500 each month = $45,0000
30 Month program financial aid:
1.) One up front payment of $6,000, followed by 78 interest free payments of $500 = $45,000
2.) 90 payments of $500 = $45,000 plus interest (low interest aid)
22 Month program options:
1.) One up front payment of $20,000
2.) Three payments of $8,000 in the first 12 months (1, 6 and 12 month date of payment) = $24,000
3.) Four payments of $7,500 in the first 18 months (1, 6, 12 and 18 month date of payment) = 30,000
4.) 22 payments of $1,500 each month = $33,000
22 Month program financing:
1.) One up front payment of $5,000, followed by 56 payments of $500 = $33,000 (interest free)
2.) 66 payments of $500 = $33,000 plus interest (low interest aid)
15 Month program options:
1.) One up front payment of $15,000
2.) Three payments of $6,000 in the first 12 months (1, 6 and 12) = $18,000
3.) Four payments of $5,000 in the first 15 months (1, 4, 8 and 12) = 20,000
4.) 15 payments of $1,500 each month = $22,500
15 Month program financial aid:
1.) One up front payment of $2,500, followed by 40 payments of $500 = $22,500
2.) 45 payments of $500 = $22,500 plus interest (low interest aid
Transfer students will be accepted, potentially lowering attendance time to as few as 15 or 22 months depending on portfolios demonstrating knowledge of the information.
The Online program is extremely well designed and thorough. The real world component is something we are really excited about. Being with other artists in person, is so very important, and ours is going to be one of a kind. To give you a general idea, imagine going to the ConceptArt.Org workskhop for three straight weeks, three times per year. http://afriendofyours.com/dallas_2_web.mov (like this for those who are not familiar). This is being done so everyone knows what they have to work on while they continue their studies online. Students at the workshops make life long friends in four days. Three weeks of intense, peer surrounded study, three times per year over 30 months will build the relationships that being in art school helps foster.
We have a lot more info coming, but this should give you some idea of what we are up to so you can make a choice on how you might handle your tuition.
Why we are doing this -
1. All the artists involved are at the top of their game and have proven to be excellent teachers. We want to offer a high quality of creative education and professional assistance that does not currently exist in the private art schools. We look forward to announcing the program officially and showing the instructor list. There is not an art program anywhere on earth with a faculty list like the one we have put together to teach for the Art Department Program. Professionals from each area of specialty are going to be both teaching, assisting, and demonstrating for the students in the program with 100% dedication.
A. The top ten art schools in the US are charging an average of 120,000 USD for the 32 month programs they run. This means that the grammar of art is held up and is reaching the point where it is becoming reserved for the rich. Since many of the artists starting out are actually poor, we see this as potentially having impact on art history. It is an issue for artists wanting to learn now. Counting interest on student loans, housing, food, travel, supplies, and fees, students can exceed 200,000 dollars in debt or family expense just for the right to learn to create during those four years. Given that 90 percent of those in art school do not make it in their dream careers, if any. We believe we the program here will improve the odds greatly, and at far less financial risk and better information shared. Simply put, we believe in artists and support your right to learn.
Running an art school is expensive. There is a point where tuition is justified. However, when profits of these schools are being used for jets, land grabs, and other things not beneficial to the students paying entire life savings, there is a problem that needs to be solved.
B. The first point (A) is something we could swallow if the information being given to students was thorough and not of out of date programs mostly populated by underpaid and often times, under-qualified instructors. We have polled thousands of students attending our workshops, the online streaming classes, professionals, and in the community and the consensus is those attending art school are getting about 30 percent of the information they need to work in the professional fields. This was no different for the instructors who attended art school prior to their successful careers.
When I ask after color theory class, for example, how many artists heard the basic information for foundations I presented, and what percentage of that info they have heard, the answer has been in the range of none to 30 percent. I have asked about 3000 students that question and the answer is not uplifting. The same applies to nearly every single aspect of art education. Again, another problem which can be solved, and is being solved.
C. The Art Department will offer an affordable solution, a good number of full-ride, partial-ride scholarships, and financial aid options in order for students to get the information they need, the professional connections understanding such info requires to see success, and opportunity which no other school can bring.
Barring any earthquakes or natural disasters we are looking to begin this program Summer 2010...yes..not long from now.
I look forward to seeing how the poll turns out!