Hey /ic/, I'm a senior in college right now currently living in Canada and seeking an art college not teaching shitty modern art, but technique, etc.
Does anyone know if there are any art schools in Canada worth it here?
If not, any ateliers?
Is it even worth it to spend the money to go to one?
If you've went to one, what were you experiences?
What type of art do you want to create? Unfortunately there's not much in Canada, but your goals/interests will help decide where you attend.
I did Sheridan for illustration but left because it wasn't teaching technique and stuff and was very conceptual and editorial. Their animation program is okay, it's not as good as the reputation is but is better than other options in Canada.
For ateliers, there's the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto, but to be honest it's one of those places that are very close-minded and have a raging sight-size boner. You're gonna come out with a very very narrow set of skills if you go there, but for some people that's all they want, so check it out still and see if it works for you.
Other options like Emily Carr or ACAD won't teach what you want from what you described.
If you have money it's better to go to another country. For ateliers something like Watts or Atelier Stockholm or Grand Central Academy are good options. For something like concept art Art Center or Red Engine are better than what you'll find in Canada.
An important thing to note is that literally no one will ever ask to see your art degree, so unless you like being in debt for no reason, ateliers are a good option, or even community colleges can be pretty good quality.
And there's always self teaching obviously. You need to build up a lot of willpower and the ability to critique your own work, but you can get very good on your own with the amount of resources on the internet.
Not entirely true. I'm >>2343285 and I couldn't get a visa to the US for a job offer I got because I don't have a degree and at the time had less than 3 years of professional experience in the field. Also if you ever want a teaching position then a degree will make it much easier to get.
For freelance stuff though you're right in that I've never been asked about it. They give you the job on portfolio alone.
Also about your money point for ateliers, yes their tuition will be lower, but they are also not accredited so you can't get student loans for them.
To be honest, I want to make videogames but I'm very much into art and want to be more on the art side of videogames. The schooling is just to increase my skill level. And (I thought) an art school would teach my a variety of things in a disciplined way. It looks like I might have to go to another country for the schooling I want (e.g. Calarts) or take computer science as a degree and learn art at home
I've been thinking of a way to help people tell if an art school they're going to is good or not so I've made a start with this image here.
Can we work together to add to this image showing what to look out for.
>what you should have in a good art school
>what to look out for to avoid a bad one
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I would say the student work is one of the biggest indicators of the quality. If their grad show is full of really bad art or all stuff in a particular style you can figure out a lot about the program. Like FZD produces a hoard of people with identical portfolios, and while it may be "impressive" results for a year of school, I haven't really seen any of their students actually get work or go on to studio jobs or anything.
I'd also say that whether a school is good or bad has a lot to do with whether their goals and your goals align. The best atelier will not help an animator much.
OCAD is okay. I give it a 5/10. If you squeeze absolutely everything out of the school and supplement it with fantastic self-education, you will come out of it as a good artist and have a few connections.
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Eh i dunno, i live nearby, have visited a bunch and ccs seems weak on high-level fundamentals/technique. CCS is god-tier at giving you skills that are immediately relevant to any marketable art in the business world, but if you wanna be a portrait painter, it's very meh.