THE INDEPENDENT VOICE OF THE VISUAL ARTS
Art School and its value is a hotly debated topic. The criticisms being leveled against it include that it is too expensive, its curricula are too outmoded and that it is failing to produce an acceptable number of graduates who succeed in the art world. How can it justify a success rate below five percent? We think Art School can be accused of being a scam.
One problem is that too many art schools exist that have little business offering the Bachelor’s or Master’s fine arts degree. U.S. News and World Report ranks 200 “Best Graduate Fine Arts Programs” in the U.S. Such a figure is laughable. Anyone attending an art school below the Top 50 is not making a sound educational investment in their future.
To explore the topic in this issue, the Examiner features essays by two art teaching faculty, one at Northern Illinois University and the other at the University of Illinois, along with personal reflections by two MFA graduates. We share with you below a series of axioms penned by Robert Storr, noted art critic and former dean of Yale University’s School of Art. We hope you find this editorial package informative and challenging.
SOURCE: “Art School: Propositions for the 21st Century,” MIT Press, 2009