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    The Artists from TAD are amazing...

    But theres one thing that has been bothering me....

    The artists from TAD understand what it means to be an art student, mainly to be broke while still struggling through school. They faced the ridiculous costs at art schools too right? So art schools cost so much why? a lot of the costs go to salary and a lot of the costs go to physical campus related costs right?

    Hmm I guess I just am wondering why TAD charges so much for school, aren't their costs quite reduced from being online? Or are they just trying to attract talent with big salaries?

    I really want to go to art school but its just too much. Im teaching myself meanwhile =P.

    anyone know why TAD charges so much?
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    yeah i know but wouldn't just 2 student tuition alone cover the salary for one artist/teacher?
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    TAD charges so much?.... are you kidding what its like $30,000 to $40,000 for 4 years
    I am at a private school right now that charges that for 2 semesters, and its art program is a complete and utter joke.

    TAD's price is extremely reasonable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Demo View Post
    TAD charges so much?.... are you kidding what its like $30,000 to $40,000 for 4 years
    I am at a private school right now that charges that for 2 semesters, and its art program is a complete and utter joke.

    TAD's price is extremely reasonable.
    I think that those prices you are talking about are mostly just for the USA. The rest of the world is a fair bit cheaper.
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    I think they use the TAD money to fund CA.org, which cost a shit ton of money to mantain. I could be wrong tho.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Demo View Post
    TAD charges so much?.... are you kidding what its like $30,000 to $40,000 for 4 years
    I am at a private school right now that charges that for 2 semesters, and its art program is a complete and utter joke.

    TAD's price is extremely reasonable.
    I agree!
    The accredited, pretty high llama private art school I'm going to in fall (LCAD) charges about $25,000 per year.

    Being accredited in nice in fact that a student can qualify for all kinds of federal and state aid, and also, if one wants to pursue masters degree, there is a number of options available too.
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    I think it's the accredidation process. I know anything involving student loans is going to mark up the price like crazy, because affordability is no longer the issue. It's also the result of the majority of student loans going unpaid. So essentially you are paying for the risk a lender is taking on your loan weather you get a loan or not. In TAD's case they gave out a mess of scholarships before the school started. I'm sure that is a factor in the tuition. I dunno. Manly will probably come by and comment. I'm no expert on loans. I just watch the news.

    Connie- I've heard amazing things about LCAD's job placement program. I heard they throw you out if they can't get you a decent job before the end of the second year. The people I've met that went were actually working jobs that paid for the tuition.
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    Art is one of the few majors I see the accreditation less important. People don't care what fancy school you went to or if you have a masters degree if you suck hate to say. (Unless maybe it's a teaching job?)

    One of the few fields where I imagine portfolio is the key factor. If your not going mainly to learn and get better and just going to get a piece of paper that's one expensive ass piece of paper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raoul Duke View Post
    I think it's the accredidation process. I know anything involving student loans is going to mark up the price like crazy, because affordability is no longer the issue. It's also the result of the majority of student loans going unpaid. So essentially you are paying for the risk a lender is taking on your loan weather you get a loan or not. In TAD's case they gave out a mess of scholarships before the school started. I'm sure that is a factor in the tuition. I dunno. Manly will probably come by and comment. I'm no expert on loans. I just watch the news.

    Connie- I've heard amazing things about LCAD's job placement program. I heard they throw you out if they can't get you a decent job before the end of the second year. The people I've met that went were actually working jobs that paid for the tuition.
    Thanks, TBH, I haven't really checked into their job placement. Looks like a really solid program, one I always thought was way over my head, but it turns out I'm able to do a lot more then I thought I could. I did hear that they are rather well connected in the industry from a number of sources.

    Also, what I like is that their program has a lot of art/studio units, and not very many general education units. Considering this is my second degree, I'm really not that interested on a general ed. refresher courses....

    I think my 'after school' future will most likely be freelancing, but we'll see. I may even switch into fine arts before it's all over. We'll see. I've always been into 3D, because technical part of it came easy. Since I started fundamentals, I'm discovering all kinds of new fun things, and not doing as much 3D. Could be just the newness of it all (and a lot of homework).
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    Art is one of the few majors I see the accreditation less important. People don't care what fancy school you went to or if you have a masters degree if you suck hate to say. (Unless maybe it's a teaching job?)
    Unless you want to take advantage of government programs and finances to pay for your school.

    Accredited program, I'm looking at 60%-100% of the fees paid by the scholarships and grants and federal and state programs.

    Non-accredited, about federal money, and sometimes state becomes unavailable, and you have to pay out of your pocket. In my particular case, that would add up to about 15-17K a year not available.

    Also, in case you want to transfer somewhere, lot of them have standardized classes and reciprocity.

    Sure, once you have a snazzy portfolio, the degree is not that important, but, these programs are a really good way to get the knowledge, and put in the work needed to have a snazzy portfolio, and get to know a few people in the industry. For example, LCAD is pretty closely connected with Blizzard, and one of their 'recruiting grounds'.

    Also, I find it easier to go to school, then to try and structure a well rounded art education studying on my own.
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    ok so tad doesn't charge 30-40k for 4 years. their opening page on tuition costs even says its 45k for 30 months which is 2.5yr and nonacr. so one its online, costs should be reduced right?, two its only a 2.5 year school (which seems crammed for a full education). and its 18,000 per year for each one of those 2.5 crammed years. isn't it pretty much common sense that trying to teach in 2.5 years what is bought to most in 4 years or even more. Cramming that much material into shorter time means the quality of the classes get degraded when you cram too much material into classes.

    Perhaps Im just cheap. I suppose 18k per year is cheaper than most other art schools isn't it? I don't doubt the ability of the teachers when I talk about class quality being reduced, Its not the fault of the teachers at all, its simply i guess the physics of times, if you have more stuff to go over in a shorter period of time then you have to cover topics faster. But i love all the artists here, I just wish there was some true affordability in the system in general.

    How is a student expected even to pay back 18k a year loans. thats a lot less than a 30k a yr place but most people probably are still going to have a stupid hard time trying to pay it back, if they don't have to move back in with their parents that is. like is happening with a lot of recent graduates.
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    Meanwhile in Canada our tuition is 1,250$ per semester approximately. Don't you guys just hate socialism?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pavel Sokov View Post
    Meanwhile in Canada our tuition is 1,250$ per semester approximately. Don't you guys just hate socialism?
    Is that a public (Community or city college?) or private school? I am still paying twice your amount, about $2,500, going to a NYC city college. But the financial aids pays $5,000 per semester, and the extra $2,500, I get back to spend on stuff. I also get $650 for textbook costs(textbook costs are insane, 2 of my textbooks need to be new such that their access codes are contained within, and two new textbooks with online access-codes I bought costs $340 in total. The ones that don't require access codes, I buy used from Amazon).

    A local community college here is $1800 per semester.
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