I'm 19 years old, I live in NZ, and I'm planning on applying to several art schools + universities next year. Tl;dr below.
I was a straight-A student throughout high school and discovered art a little later on than most - in my senior year, I took AS (Junior-level, basically) Painting and got 100 percent in my CIE (cambridge international) exams. I was very interested in going to art school, but there is so much negativity attached to it ('you'll never get a job', 'art degrees are useless', etc.) so I decided to try a joint humanities/science degree. I hated it almost immediately, barely went to classes, but still managed to scrape an A, two Bs and a C with a couple of days of study before the mid year exams.
At this point I decided to f*** practicality and give art a chance - I dropped out four weeks in to the second semester to get a job to save up for a visit to some art schools in the US.
Here's my worry: since I dropped out after the two-week add/drop/swap deadline, I'm still going to get my papers graded - DNS. Did not sit. Zero. Since I'm going to need some sort of scholarship to go to my top choice schools (SVA, CCA), I'm really worried about the effect this will have on my college GPA. Would I be able to apply to schools as a first-time freshman, disregarding my time spent at university entirely? Or is this a huge no-no?
TL;DR I got straight As in high school but messed up my first-year college grades completely, can/should I disregard these and apply to art schools as a first time freshman?