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    pros and cons of going to art school straight out of highschool?

    I've recently been accepted to SVA, Art Center, and RISD for illustration. I'm strongly leaning toward putting art school of for a couple of years to develop more as an artist and to mature more emotionally. If I do this I will either go to UCLA or a community college for two years and then transfer.

    Art Center is my number one choice and I have friends there who have come straight out of high school and have no problem with the work load etc. However, I have also had several people warn against doing so.

    does anyone have a second opinion?

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    I think your making the right choice WhaleEatHuman, I did the same thing when I got out of highschool, I waited 2 1/2 years, to apply to artschool (which Iam doing right now). It was great to artistically grow and take some time to focus on what I wanted to do with art, also its great to learn how college works, I think entering to art school now is a great idea your more stable when it comes to Foundation Skills. You also save some monies.

    The only cons that I had about Community College was that I really wanted to go to artschool, but I had to wait, also your not surrounded by many individuals that are as passionate about art as yourself (but find them, they are there). Also studio space can be little tight, but you should have no problem with that if you like painting at home (I didnt like doing artwork at my house, personal things). O you will have to push yourself, most art professors are only teaching peps who havent drawn before, so really research your professors. Thats about it. One more. LEARN HOW TO DROP YOUR CLASSES, Iam not saying you will make bad grades, but life happens. Ttyl

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    The primary benefit of going to community college prior to art school is that you can clear away pesky liberal art classes at waaaaaaay cheaper. So that when you hit art school, you will (a) waive out of most liberal art classes, (b) be able to take actual art classes instead of said liberal classes, and (c) save lots of money. You just need to make sure you talk with the advisor of the art school you are interested in attending and see what classes from the community college will transfer. As for UCLA, there is LAAFA and Concept Design Academy down at LA too... you might be able to take art classes from the ateliers if/when your schedule permits.

    Hope this helped. Congratulations on your acceptance and good luck.

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    My parents are pushing for UCLA since it would give me a broader experience... and because they are Chinese. I'm worried that if I go to UCLA I would loose my focus on art. I'm really looking into PCC and SMC since they are both rumored to have great art programs.

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    I went to art school right out of high school and I don't really see a problem with it. You'll mature anyways. And if you got in out of high school, that's great. I personally would have hated to have to go waste my time at some university where people don't know the right side of a paint brush. And that's if I got rejected. But this is coming from someone who likes thos 'pesky liberal arts classes'. In the end it's your choice. But throwing away a great opportunity because of parental pressure is something I have never been for. This is your life. So make your choice based on what you want to do.

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    I agree with ryer when it comes to having the opportunity, if you have it go for it, but when it comes down to money thats always the deciding factor. Iam not talking about maturity of ones self, Iam talking about maturity of artistic skill, and knowing what exactly you want from a school, and what you want to do with your skill, community college can help you learn and make right choices when it comes to skill.

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    I decided to attend 1 1/2 years of community college before attending an art school because

    1) I got rid of all but one gen. ed. course which saved me a full year of school. I paid around $2,000 for a year at com. college as opposed to about $20,000 at a year here.

    2) Focus on studio classes. Everyone except for one guy I know started attending here right out of high school. They had english and other courses they needed to take in order to graduate while all I have from now on are studio after studio courses. I don't have to worry about any papers or homework or anything like that, even if it was art related.

    3) I took a break. Community college was easy and went by really fast. I didn't draw much during that time because I didn't motivate myself like I do now but I did research and study a lot about art and artists. When I came back to drawing I never looked back and I felt that short time off actually helped a little.

    Just another point of view for those who are trying to decide.

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    Sometimes I wish I lived in America. It's great n all that the uni system is technically free here etc. but I too feel like I'd like to mature a few more years to develop and really understand what I want but the system doesn't work that way here. There is no 'community college' where I can just study random stuff w/o really specialising on anything (Technically most of that 'random stuff' is included in high school here and in uni you basically only take major specific classes) but if I just took a year or two off I'd feel like total no good bum living off of my parents' wallets, even if I concentrated on my art. Very little chance of getting work here in this current situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhaleEatHuman View Post
    My parents are pushing for UCLA since it would give me a broader experience... and because they are Chinese.
    Am I missing something here? What does your ethnicity have anything to do with going to UCLA or any other school?

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    Am I missing something here? What does your ethnicity have anything to do with going to UCLA or any other school?
    It's a thing. Indian parents (on the East Coast) love NYU. It's... complicated.

    I did basically what you did, accidentally, I suppose. I skipped over RISD to go to a standard University (NYU, actually, then after a year, I transfered to Marlboro College) and got me a shiny History Degree (chinese history, and I'm Indian, go figure).

    I skipped RISD, a capital "A" art school because I wanted a fully rounded education and did art school at NYU for a year, then realized that I needed more of the humanities because... frankly, without stuffing in the gaps left by public school, I was sort of a deficient human being in understanding the world around me. And as an artist, lack of understanding of your world is... an issue, I feel. I transferred, but kept art in the background, though most of it was an independent study. So I matured and developed as a knowledged human being, but my art did sorta suffer a bit (Marlboro is an extremely rigorous school, it was hard to keep up with the art study as I was learning the history stuff). Now I'm out, I managed to pull a graphic novel (about chinese history) out of my ass before I left with my BA, and I'm trying to figure out my next move - Illustration school or Animation school.

    Though, it's taken me a year to come to terms with the path I took, I have no regrets about getting that humanities degree. I'd still be a know-it-all/know-nothing artist, all looks and no content, frankly. Again, now I just need to figure out my next move - where and what.

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