|The first step for a fine artist.|
|Creating and preparing art for reproduction.|
|Upper image: Twenty students creating nearly identical paintings of the same model?|
Lower image: Twenty students, painting from photos, each "doing their own thing."
And finally, an art student's senior year should be devoted to marketing. This one, single area, is where college trained artist are most deficient. With all these changing of majors, today's college art student would gain a very practical, well-rounded education. What he or she would likely not gain is a BFA. Not following a proscribed course of study (curriculum) is a sure road to academic oblivion. However, unless an art student has in mind to teach, a diploma is only a piece of parchment. The real credentials are to be found in that student's official transcript, detailing the scope and personal effort of his or her college career. In addition to an outstanding portfolio, it's what employers care most about. Likewise, the learning it represents is what matters most to the success of a freelance artist.
|Which is more important, a practical art|
education or a BFA?