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Tips for Going to School for the Arts

It isn’t abnormal for people to scoff at the idea of getting your degree in the arts.

You have heard of the starving artist, and so has everyone else. However, art and creativity are the backbone to everything we have in society. Everything we have has come from thinking outside the box, and using our creative minds. 

Though people may scoff at the idea, there are a lot of great things you can do with your degree. So, here are some tips for going to school for the arts.

Don’t Let Others Get You Down

It is so easy to let other people tear down your confidence. You may begin thinking about changing your focus. However, remember, you can become anything you set your mind to. You have the power to create and share great things into this world. Don’t let others get you down. Instead, rise to the challenge and fight for your passion.

Keep an Open Mind and Explore

You may go into art school freshman year thinking you are going to be the best photographer ever, but maybe your true passion lies in production. Keep your mind open freshman year. Freshman year is the time to explore your options and really discover which major suits you and your passions. Don’t get so stuck on doing one thing that you miss out on something else you are better at.

Do Your Research

It is great to have a passion and enjoy what you are doing, but the reality is you still do have to support yourself after college. Before sticking to one major, do your research. Figure out what you can do with that major. It might be better to get a broad degree and then hone into a career after college. 

For example, an art major (broad major) can go into various different career fields including: 

  • Art teacher
  • An architect
  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Art administrator
  • University teach 

Look into the various career fields of an art major, and determine which path would make you enough money to survive while still allowing you to pursue your passions and dreams.

Get a Mentor

Let’s face it; people who have been there and done that are far more knowledgeable than anyone just starting out. If art is your passion, you want to get a mentor that has the experience and knowledge to help you succeed in your field. 

Mentors are not only great while you are in school, but once you get out, they can help hook you up with connections or write a glowing letter of recommendation to help you get a job in your field.

Take your Profile Seriously

Many majors actually have to create a profile while in school including teachers, nurses, and art majors. This portfolio isn’t just to get a passing grade to get your degree. You will use this portfolio to land a good paying job. Employers want to see that you take your work, schooling, and career seriously. So, don’t just slap it together the night before it is do. Take your time and work on your portfolio throughout your schooling to get the most out of it.

Keep Your Debt Low

As stated above, there are real starving artists in the world. Mostly because they didn’t have anyone to guide them in how to get the most out of their degree. When you are first starting out as an artist, it may be tough to find a job and even harder to find a job that is bringing in substantial income. 

You will get there, but it just takes time. The key to succeeding during this time is to keep your debt low while in school. Don’t take out unnecessary school loans, look for a credible loan option and consider going to a lower cost school. You can get additional info on school loans to see what works for you. Do your research with loans and you can keep your debt low.

Get out in the World

The number one way to succeed as an artist is to get out there and show some ambition. Make your own connections in the real world. Stop by art shops, talk to management at local art galleries, introduce yourself to those who are already succeeding. School is a great place to learn and it should be taken seriously, but you also have to take time to head out into the real world and make those connections on your own. 

It is not always an easy choice to choose to major in the arts, but it has a lot of versatility and promise if you take it seriously. Remember to always follow your dreams and never give up. 

Do you have any other tips for students going to school for the arts? If you do share them in the comments below!

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