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Advance education through the arts and look good doing it with the dA Nomad Bag. We will donate 10% of every purchase of the dA Nomad through September 15th, 2011 to With enough room to store your laptop, textbook, and sketchbook, the dA Nomad Bag is your perfect campus companion.

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The International Society for Education through Art (InSEA) is a global community working tirelessly to advance, advocate, and encourage education through the arts. InSEA wholly believes that creative activity is a fundamental need and that arts education is an essential discipline in the complete development of the individual.

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We're putting the spotlight on University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts student Lindsay Rapp (aka *LindsayRapp), whose incredible traditional art style and hard work has earned her several scholarships, placements in art competitions, and features in magazines. We reached out to Lindsay to get her perspective on balancing student life with artistic endeavors and what advice she has to current or prospective students going into the arts.

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We held three live interactive discussions with professors from the prestigious Otis College of Art and Design, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and New York University (NYU) Steinhardt who answered your questions and offered advice on how to attain the art education you've always dreamed of.  Pick your favorite topic or view them all!

Interviews are available for viewing at:

Otis College of Art and Design

Topic: "Academia: How Students Survive (Thrive) in Art & Design School"

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UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture

Topic:"Admissions: The Ins and Outs of Applying to Art School"

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NYU School of Fine Arts

Topic: "Creativity: Students Artistic Exposure and Growth"

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HaydensDoll Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
What is the quality of life like for an artist just out of school?
MegaAnimeFreak7 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How can I publish my own manga/graphic novel and what school can I go to in Canada that will help me reach that goal? :?
misayuu Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh and one universities also teach Japanese? Although I don't think they do..but worth asking
MegaAnimeFreak7 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i wanna know too.
misayuu Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Student General Artist
Adding to mah comment: if I were to go to Tokyo would anime and manga be better there or would it make no difference? I heard not many universities, art schools and etc focus on anime...lthat is pretty bad I guess..l
misayuu Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Student General Artist
Well, I'm just 12 but I am worried about what to study, I like to draw anime and manga, even create stories, I love any kind of art, love singing but I don't really like to read music, just play. I also like to animate, but what I am worried about is how to make business, get started in work, well paid jobs, and how to make legal contracts, and all sort of business parts. From the comments up here, or maybe down here, I see they really don't teach you that, I've always been worried at what I would study. I need help, please comment if you have anything that actually might help....I just want a job that I like, But will art be a good decision?
Tiahli Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you so much DA for all of your help. Its a tough topic really
CBarbie92 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Student Interface Designer
This is in my favorites and I want it gone for I did not put it there. -_-
crazysneakygurl23 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am a middle school student that would really love to be an animator or illustrator when I get older... so just wondering what steps I should take now....
Karenin-Akbash-07 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Took me six minutes, thanks to my mom, who called me on the phone in the middle of the game to turn the television in --'
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Minthos Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
nice. LOve puzzle!!!

Give me more cookie. lol. :D
VermillionFenrir Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Dat puzzle....:icondatassplz:
diosteama98 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
Kwaii! I wuld so luv to havez tht backpack!!!
pipardo Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Student Artist
no puedo ir
Sizacu Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Puzzle was fun <3~
Heyriel Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is a very stupid question probably, but is there a way to watch the interviews after they have taken place? I couldn't attend any because of school T_T
Crosby2 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
We are working hard to quickly get the interviews edited and loaded onto our Youtube channel. When they are ready to be seen we will update this page and notify the community.

In the meantime, you can catch our next live interview tomorrow (September 8th) at 1 P.M. Pacific, this time from NYU for a discussion on Creativity: Students Artistic Exposure and Growth.

Simply go to our USTREAM page, [link] at 1pm PST to watch.
Heyriel Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for letting me know :D
I hope I'll be allowed on the pc then Dx
anis91 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
good thing i have no school :D
Madrigal101 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Student Digital Artist
wow it took me 5 minuts
mochakona Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
would shave done better but those damn pieces spun around too freakin' fast unless that wuz da point.
VideoGameDrawer Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
Tricky puzzle but I beat it :)

Took about 15 minutes I think I didn't look at the timer before submitting my score......
VampireHeart518 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
1. I graduaded from highschool last year (I went to a music school&highschool - for anyone who wants to know how that ''works'', just ask me).
Anyhow, now I'll be in my 2nd year at the University of Music in Bucharest, where I'm studying composition (classical composition).
Highschool served my intended purpose, in certain ways... not fully. (I knew what I wanted to do since I was 6; that's when I first started to make songs on the piano; I can't say ''write'' as I didn't even know the notes well, but it wasn't improvisation, because I could remember the songs and could reproduce them at any moment)
Studying the piano was really useful - and beautiful :) - and, of course, all the other musical stuff was useful too, but wasn't enough, I had to take lessons apart from school, mostly because my school was more about instruments and interprets; there was really no ''starting point'' for someone who wanted to be a composer, conductor or musicologist... I mean, yeah, we had musical theory, music history and others related, but they weren't enough, especially because we should've had those classes for more years then we did...

2. Advice... if you're really, REALLY passionate about it, that's all that matters. Of course you'll have to work hard, but you will not feel it like actual work. And if you're really good at something, you won't be starving... If the situation is that your parents disagree with this wish of yours, you really have to make them see your perspective and how important it is to you, but do that calmly and think it through before having the serious talk with your folks.
On the other hand, if your parents are the only ones who want you to do art... then, again, you have to make them understand what you really want.
Though, I must say, artistic education can be useful to anyone, if you keep an open mind.

3. My highschool, having the study of music as its priority... well... that's it, the emphasis was on music.
We had some visual arts classes, but we didn't learn a thing. Teachers came and left; we had like one new teacher every 2 years or so. And they were like meh, the students were 'meh', I really find this unfortunate and I strongly consider that in every school and college there should be Art history.

In college it is ALL about the study of music, so it's beyond ''general education''.

4. At college, yes, I do. We have really really great teachers, and at composition we have amazing composers, and we have so much to learn from them!

5. From what I know, we will have some managament-thingie courses later on.
VampireHeart518 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Bucharest, Romania (well, the capital of Romania) *
VampireHeart518 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
lolfail me. wrong place to post my huuuuuuuuge comment :lol:
it had... at the interview thingie. sorry people.
ZeonKnight1 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Loved the puzzle! :D
hirukayuki01 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
wow! thanks for theeeeeeeeeee advicee :D
cdair Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011   Filmographer
Claro que le entramos...
Tylon Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Professional Artist
The problem I find with a lot of art based schools, is a lot of them don't prepare the students in the long run for the business world and environment. What I mean by that, is they don't teach the students business and law, which I think are extremely important when it comes to a career in art or design. I know kids who have attended art schools, I have one right near my college, and the problem is when they get out there, they have no idea how to interact with clients or the laws in which they need to know when working for clients, such as copyright infringement, trademarks, etc. Not saying all art schools are this way, but when I talk to kids around me who have been through art school or are attending, I ask them about their studies/ classes, and they have no knowledge or are taught any of this. A lot of them I notice (even in my classes) are not taught properly when it comes to managing a project or team, or how to be a group leader, how to speak publicly, how to market, etc. I originally wanted to go to art school, however the funds were not in my favor, so instead I took up design at a business school, and in a way I am thankful I did, because I feel that it really helped me more than anything. Maybe I didn't really learn so much when it came to art and design, but I learned that art and design is just a fraction of what you need to know. You need to know how to interact with people, how to build process, how to represent yourself, how to market, what to look for. There are so many components that play a hand.

Not only are we required to take business classes (marketing, management, leadership, project management, etc) but also have to take a variety of law and cyberlaw courses as well. All of these courses will truly help an artist or designer to their potential. I feel bad for some of these schools making their students believe they will be graduating with a 200k year job, when their kids are taught NO business background, nothing. They take a variety of art classes (painting, traditional, sculpting), and yes are very talented, hard working kids, but what good is design and art when you don't have the business background to apply it? I don't know how all art schools run, so I can't really say. I just know what I hear from past students who have been to previous art schools. They are forever approaching me asking me if this is legal, if this is what they should do, etc and frankly I don't blame them, I blame their school because they were never taught.

The other thing I didn't think was right, when I applied to some art schools up in Boston area, I wouldn't start my actual major of graphic design until Jr year. To me, that was a waste. I wasn't going to school to learn how to paint or sculpt with all the pre-reqs, I wanted to develop my computer graphics. Two years doing nothing in my major was a big jump, and to me it was a waste. This was the requirement at many art schools, which really kind of disgusted me. I don't enjoy traditional media as much, that isn't my focus and never was. I found a lot of the schedules were the same; somebody in computer graphics shouldn't be required to take sculpting, unless I could see if they were in animation or an elective. A lot of the courses were extremely basic too even spread out over the course of 4 years, for the most part I felt dissapointed. But that was just me personally, there are people out there who it is for an enjoy it. I'm just typing out my experiences because a lot of people don't know what to expect or what to look for when thinking about art or design as a career. :)

So that is just my opinion. Like I said, I don't know how all art schools are run. Just some things I find people should really know when applying to schools/ things to consider and how to make them more valuable.
YizelePhantom Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Eheheh....Now I'm wishing that I took a class involving businesses...I'm a senior in high school and I've been stressing over the fact about clients and such. Honestly I just want to go into something for media design and I also find it ridiculous that the a lot of colleges I'm applying to are saying that I'll have to take a sculpture and drawing class. I really just wanted to go into computer stuff and now I'm re-thinking on what to choose as a career...Mom said I would be better of as a Historian, but I really wanted to do something that I could create myself, not re-tell the same thing to people over and over, even if it is easy. ):>

I think I'm going to have to just talk with my Web Design teacher, she knows a lot about businesses. Only problem is I don't think she really knows about when it comes to art - -;;;

But to prove your point, yes, when it comes to business and dealing with my art work. I'm just so lost and I have to go running around like an idiot because I don't know what to do..
Tylon Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Professional Artist
That was the exact problem I had. A lot of the classes, although good classes I am sure, prolongs you to what you really want to learn. There are many different kinds of majors and schools that allow you to get exposure to both art and business, like mine for example. I started my major the first day of class. You just have to know what to look for. I never had any help when it came to applying for colleges when I was in high school, I was all on my own and had no idea. Luckily, it kind of worked out for me.

If you like, I would be more than happy to talk to you about it. I actually want to write a book dedicated to kids in high school interested in perusing a art/ design based career and what they should learn/ be exposed to. Not that it is too late, but more so to prepare and have an idea for the long run. As in, how to make themselves valuable. From all that I have been through and learned from, I feel that I would like to try and help others who really have no idea of where to start and what to look for like I used to be.

There are so many majors and schools out there when it comes to art and design; you don't need to go to a art school to learn art or design. At my school, we are freely able to take multiple kinds of design art classes, some which are electives (sculpting, figure drawing, perspective studies etc) which aren't required, but can help further studies in different mediums. It really depends on the individual though; each person is different and looks for something different when it comes to schools. After I have had exposure to actually working with clients/ learning what people are looking for in hiring a designer, I think one of the best things would be- be prepared. And for some kids in some schools, they don't have this opportunity/ ability to get to work with clients first/ second year of college. Some don't really ever get that chance until they graduate and are pushed to find work.

I know its not the easiest decision when it comes to schooling. But if you would like more info about majors/ computer based programs and majors/ anything really, I would be more than happy to try and help you in any way that I can. :)
Theoriginaldragongod Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, I never thought of it that way.
Tylon Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Professional Artist
Just some of the experiences I have had/ have met people who are extremely talented artists/ designers, but when it came to the actual work they were lost. I think schools should look at art/ design not only as art/ design, but look at the components of what is needed for somebody creative to get a job/ career in their industry. They need to know and learn how to represent and sell themselves, especially marketing. Marketing and design work hand and hand. At high school, you really don't have any idea of what to expect. People don't know until they are put in that situation or position; so I just try to view the topic from different points and perspectives, and what I think will aid and make a student more valuable. :) Iv'e developed that kind of business approach because it's the way I have been taught and trained, and the business classes I found are crucial to really any kind of job/ career. Even if you aren't focusing on business, every art major should (in my opinion) be required to take even basic business classes to prep them for the real working world. :) I know where I am, we are required to manage groups and teams, we divide up jobs and responsibilities, we meet clients/ interview with them, work with them until the project is done, and at the end we present it along with the project from start to finish. As much as I really didn't want to go to a business based school (I did want to go to an art school) in the long run I am very thankful that I have been fortunate enough to have this extensive background. I just wanted to put it out there for kids looking to go into art school or fulfill a career in art/ design, because sooner or later they will have to work, and a business background and approach will benefit them highly. Its good to know the options/ what will best suit them, I mean i'm sure there's people out there who think business is probably a waste, I did at first until I realized how beneficial it was to Design, and really any major when you look at it that way.
alrassamphoto Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Great advice!
AlbinoRaccoons Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I was to lazy to finish the puzzle.-.
<__> I'm an hour from Pennsylvania by car though..
BA3Z Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
I wonder if the bag is made in does somebody figure that out?
grieves05 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
The bag is produced by Brenthaven companies. They use different manufacturing facilities. This bag specifically was made in China.
BA3Z Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
Wow thanks for your reply, I didn't know people could even see my comment..thanks again, too bad I wouldve considered saving up for the bag.. do you have it? How do you like it?
Momoko-Kawase Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Student General Artist
I couldn't really hear them talking. :B They did get louder about a few minutes in, but there was a constant wind in the mics or something, and it was hard to catch much of the interview. I fear I may have missed something important, because the other stuff were things I've already heard. <.< She said something like art school is devious or something, then something about in high school artists are oddballs or something but then in art school...?? I guess as an upcoming newbie to the student community, I feel I would have enjoyed hearing something about the transition maybe or what type of workload to expect on average. But that was probably too hopeful, since that's probably too specific. <.<

The 'survive (thrive)' thing in the title made me think about the social interactive aspect and dealing with project stress and such, so that's what I thought I would be hearing. :Boh well.
sechzehnhundert Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Student General Artist
what's the reason for the stupid password protection?
miyumicat Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Student General Artist
i have a question concerning that poll.

Wht would be tought, like just art subjects, or core subjects like math and english as well?
Theillst Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
I'll be inschool durin the U-Stream...
Eeveelutions-Leafeon Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I went on the ustream...And uh, the password was really easy to crack XD
The-Seventh-Sage Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Professional Writer
I actually go to an art school. The Art Institute in Nashville, to be exact :D.
Tlsonic214 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011   Photographer
Oh. I don't.
Rapauldo Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
Good film schools in NYC? Tuition cost? How hard is it to get in? Which schools are affiliated WITH film companies that will send you off into their departments? Do they even do that?
I was told they do.
mihaelandnate Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If you are turned down from an art college, then is there any chance of improving your art so you can resubmit?
RPopper Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been wanting to get into an art profession, but the problem is that old term "starving artist". I'm not sure if I should go into an art school because I'm worried I'd be wasting my time and money and then when I am finished I won't find a job for what I went to school for... :l Any tips?
Kalinae Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
What are the best schools (at international level) to learn animation ? Especially with respects to storyboarding.
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