12 Questions to Ask When Visiting Art Schools

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 4/21/16 8:00 AM

Van Gogh Mastodon on IPFW campusHere’s the thing: Not all art schools are created equal.

While most schools have an arts program, there are certain things that set quality schools apart, it’s crucial that students consider those things so they can attain the quality of education they deserve and need in order to nurture their talents, advance them to the next level, and provide opportunities and support after graduation.

A great place to learn about these distinguishing variables is online by reading blogs (look at you getting ahead of us), but there is no replacement for actually visiting a school, seeing the studios and works in progress, and—if possible—meeting some of the faculty.

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Topics: College Visits, Majoring In: Art

5 Unexpected Careers You Can Get With an Art Major

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 4/7/16 4:00 PM

It’s a common misconception that art majors all end up being starving artists. If you’re passionate about the arts, this stereotype can be a real downer and make deciding what you want to study in college even harder.

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Topics: Choosing a Major, Majoring In: Art

IPFW Program Spotlight: Visual Communication and Design

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 3/8/16 8:00 AM

If you’ve been considering a business degree and are torn over where your creativity can shine or you love the arts in a generally “practical” sense, IPFW’s Department of Visual Communication and Design (VCD) may be your match.

VCD students are often  artistic individuals who aspire to transform their creative energies into powerful communication vehicles for gainful employment. Unlike a traditional Fine Arts degree which often includes a heavy emphasis on studio art, The three concentrations in VCD offers cross-disciplinary concentrations in more modern applications for creative skills—graphic design, modeling and animation, and imaging and photography. Each of these three areas give students even more room to grow into the niche they aspire to fill.

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Topics: Going to School at IPFW, Majoring In: Art

Should I Get a BA or a BFA if I’m Studying the Arts?

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 1/21/16 8:00 AM

A lot of students who want to study the arts don’t know where to begin.

Along with deciding whether they should go to an art school or a more traditional university, aspiring art majors should consider what type of degree they want to pursue.

In general, students have two options:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

The difference comes from how focused students want their education to be. BFAs require more coursework and studio time in your area of concentration—drawing, painting, sculpting, and so on—while a BA requires more liberal arts coursework outside the art department.

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Topics: Choosing a Major, Majoring In: Art

Why an Art Degree is Not Useless

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 12/31/15 8:00 AM

There’s a common stigma attached to getting an arts degree.

“It’s useless!”

“You’ll never get a job if you major in art!”

“Why don’t you study something practical?”

Here’s the thing: sometimes, it’s not what you major in, but how you apply what you learn in college to your long-term career goals.

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Topics: Choosing a Major, Majoring In: Art

Art School vs. “Traditional” College—The Pros and Cons

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 12/10/15 8:00 AM

A lot of students who want to study art in college don’t know where to begin.

If you find yourself among them, one of the first questions you should ask yourself is whether you’re looking for an “art school” experience, or something a little more “traditional.”

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Topics: Choosing a College, Choosing a Major, Majoring In: Art


 

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