Is Art School Worth It? We get asked this question a lot.
I’ll preface my opinion with either way you approach the art field, you have to be motivated. Like super motivated. I want you to eat this field for breakfast. For lunch. For dinner. For that couple of bites of cake you sneak from the fridge in the middle of the night when no one is looking. (Mmmm….cake.) Because it’s hard work, no matter how you slice it.
Private art school is expensive. Not doctor/lawyer expensive, but not state-school affordable. When you’re in your late teens/early 20’s, most of us look at the amount they want to charge you, and then look at the bank note that says they’ll totally cover you (with loans you’ll be paying back forever), and sign the dotted line without as much thought as you’d hope.
I personally had gone through community college first (shout out to Chemeketa!) and left with an Associates degree and zero to pay back. I’d worked the entire ti