Posted by eileen on October 20, 2003 at 09:03:47:
In Reply to: Savannah College of Art and design posted by Joe on October 18, 2003 at 21:51:00:
Without reading the bash........ consider the place that an 'formal' education actually in most cases gets you.
It opens doors so that you can learn practical relevant skills based on concepts and rudimentary skills honed all the way thru college and your younger years.
You can learn everything and master it, and you will still be at the base of a learning curve in the real world for several years. Without some finely developed specilized technical skill to augment the creative aspects of what compromises the arts and architecture you will eventually spend & reinvest the time to develop them. Consider how an potential employer looks at a new fresh graduate. How long is this guy going to take to do this particular task?? Is is going to be right on the first time or is it going to have to be reworked several times? The speed to accomplish creative vision in whatever form needed is the basis of what you might expect to be paid. Time is money, sad to say. Artistic brilliance without the ability to execute it both beautifully and quickly is passed over in favor of others. You might want to ask friends in the working universe the amount of time that is 'good, better or best' from an employers standpoint.
Don't feel to terrible about whatever could be said about any school. It comes down to the abilities of the instructors and professors to convey both ideas and skills. I have seen what some well heeled regionally recognized design staff at both Otis and Art Center in Los Angeles area have to 'offer'. One old time professor friend ( a sculptor) was astounded when another individual ( a new teacher) said.............. 'oh, you actually make something!" There is alot of 'virtual' stuff being perpetrated on young students. I would look for solid traditional skills in design and execution using the best of new tools. Master both the modern and traditional tools.
One professor was designing minimarts as the vernacular of future residential architecture. If that is the best that can be developed or taught on the west coast, then there are opportunities for transplants with solid skills here in California. It was just unbelievablely arrogant to waste any kids time or educational resources.
Good luck, enjoy school, absorb everything and be willing to disregard anything.
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