What to Look for in an Entertainment Arts School
Choosing the right school is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. This guide will give you a few important factors to consider when choosing an entertainment arts school.
Does the school you want to attend offer your desired program in the degree level you want? Some entertainment arts schools may only offer an associate degree in a certain program. If your ultimate goal is to earn a bachelor’s degree, then you will want to look at other schools.
Narrow down your college search by looking at only the schools that offer your program in the degree level you want. It’s better to find a school that suits your needs right from the start than to have to change your educational goals in order to accommodate the school.
When pursuing a degree program that is very hands-on—such as those in the entertainment arts—be sure to read up on the school’s instructors and find out how much experience they have in the field.
You will probably have more success learning from instructors who have worked in the industry and have real-world experiences. Your instructors will play a significant role in your education, so make sure to choose them carefully.
The school you attend should have a variety of industry-standard equipment and technology so that you can practice your craft with the knowledge that your skills won’t be outdated the second you graduate. Artists and other entertainment professionals are only as good as the tools they use, so make sure the equipment is high quality and suits your needs.
Take a tour of the campus to get an idea of the kind of equipment you would be working with. Explore the studios and lab areas to ensure they provide the supplies and resources you will need in order to be successful.
It may be helpful to talk to current students and instructors at the school and get their assessment of the facilities.
Decide how much you are willing to spend on your education, whether it be out-of-pocket or in the form of student loans, for those who qualify. Most schools provide an estimate up-front of their tuition costs and fees so there won’t be any surprises on the first day of school.
Although tuition and fees will likely be the bulk of your expenses in college, don’t forget to factor in all the other costs of living, such as:
- Housing costs (rent, utilities, laundry)
- Transportation (gas, parking)
- Food and clothing
Are you someone who thrives in a small class environment where you can get plenty of personal attention from your teachers, or do you enjoy the anonymity that comes from being among many students? The size of the college you attend can greatly influence your classroom experience.
Websites such as FindTheBest are helpful in compiling data on thousands of different colleges and ranking them based on criteria of academic excellence, expert opinions, financial affordability and career readiness.
Many people don’t want to have to pack up and move halfway across the country in order to go to college. They like where they live and want their school to be in close proximity. While this attitude is perfectly fine (and quite common), it narrows down your options to only those entertainment arts colleges in your area.
If you decide to move, be sure to look into the cost of living of any place you might consider moving to. You’ll most likely be living there for two to four years, so make sure it feels like home. Art students especially need to feel at home in their surroundings to help the creative juices flow, so make sure the school is the right fit for you. Take a weekend trip to see what it’s like before you make the big move.
Accreditation simply means that the school has voluntarily submitted itself to (and passed) an industry-based peer review of its educational standards. In the world of education, accreditation can be a sign of excellence in an institution. It can also mean that the school offers specific government grants and loans for those who qualify.
Similar to accreditation, the reputation of a school can help you determine its quality and ranking among other schools. No matter how new the equipment is or how clean the facilities are kept, you should always consider a school’s academic reputation.
Does the school:
- Satisfy the creative expectations of its students?
- Graduate students who are able to make it in the world of entertainment arts?
- Deliver on what it advertises?
You can find out important information from a school’s website and admissions packet, but you should also seek out those who have attended the school to get firsthand accounts of the school’s reputation. Ask them what they liked and didn’t like. The more people you talk to, the more prepared you will be to make the decision of whether or not to attend that school.
Good luck in your search to find the best entertainment arts school for you!
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