This will actually be a short blog and to the point. What is the value of an art degree? Well, very little if after college you are still working at Starbucks because you can’t find a job. I’m being painfully honest here but if you wish to be a successful artist major in business. You might be surprised that I am not fond of art degrees considering I have one myself. Unfortunately there are two major problems I have with the way art is taught on most college campuses.
First they do not teach you the skills necessary to become a professional artist, there is so much focus on finding your inner voice that they forget to teach the basic techniques you need to express that voice. I could on and on on this one but that is another blog.
Second, and probably more important, they don’t teach art as a business. You are led to believe that if you wish to sell your work then you are a sell out. Here is your wake up call, if you don’t make money creating art then guess what, you are back serving machiatos at Starbucks and how will you find time for art. Having an understanding of how to run a business will help tremendously as you market your art and find new clients. This doesn’t mean changing your style to fit current fads but rather finding clients who are interested in what you have to offer.
Now with this being said, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seek out art instruction. In fact I encourage it especially from artist who are making a living selling their work. If you wish to attend a traditional liberal arts college and major in art at least minor in something that will help you support yourself as an artist, ie. business or education.