Originally Posted by mr.wiggles
Even though this post is from 5 years ago and the chap has his degree now with the huge $100,000k debt that is the average of any college student in this country for a 4 year state school education, you have to add in living expenses.
I went to Mass Art and it's a lot more than $5000 a year for out of state, it's more than that for in state, try $20,000 + per year and add into that the cost of living in Boston, at least another $15,000 add the 2 figures and that's your 'real cost' per year.
Unless one is completely dedicated and I mean this is what you want to do, then I would do something else. It's hard real hard. Talent is not everything, you can be not very good but get the right training and work your butt off for 10 years and can become very good and make some sort of a living, probally less than a garbage man and no benifits.
This problem extends beyond the plastic arts btw. Over the summer, while visiting the west coast, I heard an NPR discussion regarding the number of graduates working in their respective degree feilds. It was something like 1 in 3 college graduates work in a feild relating to their college degree. In the humanities, the canyon was far more vast. They were comparing this issue with the current outsourcing problem that has been going on in the US for some time, especially the recent outsourcing of jobs in technology to places like India. Surprisingly, this last example of outsourcing was described as necessary since colleges were not graduating enough studnets with math, science and computer degrees to fill the need in the US. So what does it mean? Does the western sense of indiviualism play a role in this problem? Everyone wants to be a painter, writer or actor or actor?
I wish more universities would embrace a more healthy, less-central role in the education of our students. Art should support other fields and diciplines. They should provide more meaningful and beneficial gen ed requirements in art and the humanities so that we can make better scientits, mathmaticians etc.