The bestselling author Steven King once said "Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work." You may have a mountain of raw artistic talent, but without that hard work, without the discipline to develop that talent, and without a formal art degree, you're more likely to end up arranging pickles on a Big Mac than making a living as an artist.
Here's what that boils down to: if you are serious about an artistic career, you need to enroll in an art program and earn a degree from a quality school. Across the board, from photographers to 3D animators, the overwhelming majority of working artists have chosen to continue their formal education. You can have all the talent in the world, but the people who will be hiring you are interested in more than your talent: they're interested in your ability to take direction, complete assignments in a timely manner, and work as part of a creative team. In short, beyond enhancing your artistic skills, which a good art program clearly will, receiving a degree from a respected art school makes you employable, whether you are looking for a full-time, salaried position, or competing for contracts as a freelance artist.
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Which online art program will get me where I want to go?
What we at Art-School-Online will strive to do, in light of this reality, is arm you with the information you will need to choose an art school that fits your style, your career goals, and your practical needs. We want to help you find that specific program, that needle in the fast-growing and sometimes confusing haystack of online art programs, that will that will make you a viable player in the dynamic field of commercial art.
Let's talk about the types of art degrees you will be considering, and the careers most often associated with those degrees.