Schools with Emphasis in both Technique and Concepts
The University of the Arts
Otis College of Art and Design
California College of the Arts
The New School of Parson’s College of Design
Columbia College Chicago
Cornish College of the Arts
Syracuse University College of VPA
Many art schools offering a visual arts program like The University of the Arts, Otis College of Art and Design, and RISD will require their first year students to go through a “Foundation Year of Study.” This year is geared towards teaching students the true meaning of what it means to be an artist and designer by taking traditional courses in drawing, 2-D, 3-D design, and art history regardless of what their intended major will be.
Because conservatories and schools offering programs in the performing arts require students to go through an audition process, one can start directly in their major as a first year student.
Some schools may institute a cut system which requires its’ students to audition each year to remain in the program.
Types of Art Schools
Conservatories: The nature of the training means that all students will be professionally oriented, that the atmosphere is usually intense, and that academic education is minimal. Although conservatories tend to be expensive, most offer generous scholarships to talented students. Cut system. No academics.
4-Year Art-Focused Schools: These are what most people associate with art school. Art-focused schools are very competitive, but the focus of that school will be on you, the arts and an art focused career.
Types of Art Schools
Art Schools offering liberal arts degrees and general education.
Vocational Schools, Technical Schools and Proprietary Schools --Vo-Tech schools generally offer very specialized courses and education paths, and run from 1 to 2 years. Again, the range of quality between schools can be dramatic, so be sure to do lots of research into both the curriculum and instructor staff. Depending on the course, Vocational Schools and Technical Schools can also be very expensive. They should make it clear that they are not accredited, but to be safe you should always ask. The credits from these schools are not transferrable and though you may earn a paper degree, it will not count as a college degree.
Be aware of a school’s accreditation status
Schools should be accredited by one of the six regional sectors of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation
Specific Accrediting bodies for art schools
National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
The application process is different for each school; take time to contact the schools you are interested in.
Generally, art schools want to see letters of recommendation from people who know you as a creative person.
Think of your essay as an artist statement.
Do an interview if possible.
If you had a rough spot with your grades make sure to address that in a separate written statement.
Not necessary to memorize as sight-reading is req.
If you are performing music that is sight-read, look the piece over entirely to acquaint yourself with keys and time signatures. Singers should bring appropriate accompanist unless noted otherwise.
Practice in front of as many folks as possible.
Apply to at least three schools, as music programs vary in degree of competitiveness.
Like other auditions, dance auditions will vary from institution to institution.
Some schools may hold a full class (i.e.. Ballet, modern, jazz) followed by students performing a personal solo piece. Other schools may require a performance piece and evaluate the students execution.
Faculty look for rhythm, coordination, body structure, and potential to learn and complete the curriculum.
Only schools offering a BFA degree in Theatre will require students to audition for entry into their program.
Two contrasting monologues taken from plays of your choice is the general norm for Acting majors (Musical Theatre will require in addition to the above two musical selections, one up-tempo and one ballad, as well as a dance movement sequence).
Choose material suitable for your age
Memorize and be familiar with the entire play and context of your selection if choosing a monologue from a book of monologues.
Select monologues that allow you to speak directly to another person; you should play only one character
Avoid using characterization or style, as they tend to trap you rather than tapping deeper into inner resources.
Having an education that combines honing one’s craft, promoting the ability to solve problems and analyze situations will lead to a rewarding career in the arts community.
Careers in the Arts
Consider replacing this question:
"What job can I do with an art major?"
"What am I capable of as an art major?
Five Ways to Market Your Arts Degree
Five ways to Market your Arts Degree:
1. Say It Loud: You're Arts Educated and Proud.
Sell Your Passion: The neat thing about many arts grads is that they chose their major because they truly loved the subject matter. They were not motivated by what they could do occupationally with the major or how much money they could make after graduating with that major. They were motivated by the pure joy of wanting to learn the field in which they majored.
Market Your Degree
Sharpen Your Focus: The world is truly your oyster as a arts grad. Employers want to know what you want to do, and the more focused you are, the easier it will be to land a job.
Your Skills: Know Them, Embrace Them, Market Them: Time and again, research shows that communication skills are by far the skills most sought after by employers. As an arts major, you have learned to communicate orally and in writing.
5. Let Your Resume Sing the Praises of an Arts Education: Highlight your arts skills.
Examples of Careers Achieved by an Art School Education
Producer on “Good Morning America”
Creative Director of Louis Vuitton
Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre