Originally Posted by darry85
I'm currently an online graphic design student and I'm graduating at the end of the year. While at graphic design school I realized my heart is in illustration and I'm currently trying to teach myself how to draw and I want to go to art school. I was wondering if it's worth it? I'm also not straight out of high school. I'm pushing 30 and was wondering if my age is a setback at all and I shouldn't bother.
I was looking into:
U Arts in Philly. (I live in near Philly).
The Kubert School
and online with Academy of Arts University in SF.
I know they're expensive. I'm wondering if it's worth it.
I was an on campus student at the Academy of a Arts in San Francisco in the 1960s. Don't know anything about their online courses but it is a first class school. Academy or BFA programs are incredibly expensive these days and not necessary if you want to learn to draw. Better yet, since you live close to Philly, find a private teacher if you feel you need one.
You can do the same with a private teacher and be assured of attention while in a class of 30 you are going to get not much more than "draw this" and a critique of the drawing. You can get critiques here at WC for free.
If you feel like you need a degree then you must want to work for someone else that requires a degree. If you want to work for yourself than all you need is a portfolio of your best work to present to clients.
There are probably tons of private art teachers in Philly who will teach you everything you need to know for a lot less money than a brick and mortar school. Online courses are expensive and time consuming and the teachers will give you an assignment, send it in and get a grade. Better to have someone in your community to critique.
I did not start my B.As until i was 35+, didn't finish grad school with a PhD until i was almost 50. Never too late to start school. In fact the community colleges around here offer senior art instruction in drawing and painting for retired people like myself.
Try an arts program at a community college to see if you like it. But remember, if you go for an BFA your still going to have to do academic stuff like US history, English, Math and so on just like you would have to do for another major. The Academy in SF will also require stuff like English and Math if you want a BFA. Certificate program, probably not
("Pushing thirty" ? Your already thinking like your old. Stop it)
(I'm almost 77 and still take classes to learn more stuff)