The Maryland Institute College of Art
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As far as the general requirement classes, they are aimed at teaching you the basics of color, composition, techniques, and style. Which is all well and good for freshman, and people pursuing an education in how-to. But to anyone with any experience in any kind of art making, the coursework is laughable, and a colossal waste of time. I'm sure it's like this with any art school, that doesn't change the fact that they should cater to those with experience, and actually try to push us farther instead of having us sleep through entry level courses. I feel as though every class was essentially an arts and crafts session instead of a prestigious art school course.
Onto the actual experience. Not only were the majority of students completely condescending and arrogant, it was without merit. While on a daily basis, trying to courteously, respectfully, and constructively critique the work of others in class, the majority of other students had zero respect for any of their peers. I was insulted on numerous occasions, even at one point accused of being a chauvinist for portraying a set of female lips enjoying candy. By a Graphic Design instructor, I was pulled aside after a class and was told I was "too visual oriented" as an artist. Think about that statement for a second. The fact that this conversation happened inside of one of the supposed top art schools in the country, I was simply amazed, and still am to this day.
At the Maryland Institute College of Art, if you didn't oil paint it, it is not acceptable. Unless you throw a bunch of red things inside of a red scarf, and then it's brilliant. It was a complete waste of time putting any effort into projects, and I probably would've been better off creating the most simple paint splash for every project. Unfortunately, the majority of artists in this world take their art very seriously, and enjoy putting their lives into it. Not here. I will not be returning to continue my education at MICA, and would advise others who are going into the Digital field to look elsewhere. The school is extremely traditional, and arrogantly stuck in the past.
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