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    Is art school useful for digital artists?

    I've heard from many places that Art-school is useless if you do digital art, because they don't teach digital art they teach painting, oil pastels etc which I haven't tried in years.
    What I want to know is, if this is true and if so would it still be useful to attend simply to learn how to network with other artists?
    -thank you

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    Art is hard. When it comes to strong representational art skills, most schools fail, and when it comes to industrial-strength skills, even more schools fail. It takes more than 4 years to learn the relevant skills, and even longer to get employable, so most schools fail by design. However, there are masses of people who love to become <insert your favourite art-related field> in 4 years, and, as a consequence, there are masses of people who end up unemployed, need to pay their bills, so they decide to teach what they know, i.e. ending up unemployed, which keeps the system running. Networking is a valuable skill, which entails more than knowing the names of other artists, and it is not taught in school.
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    You don't need to learn digital art. Digital programs are just a set of tools. They are useless without the ability to draw, paint and sculpt. You need to learn the fundamentals of picture making and that means being competent in any given set of mediums. It's about facility. Networking only works if you have the skills necessary to do the work.

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