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What college or university can I attend for illustration and/or cartooning, that doesn't require SAT or ACT scores, and also has dorms?

I am confused on how to make comics for a living. #art #fine-art #drawing #creativity #comics #drawing-skills #visual

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Ellen’s Answer

It's been awhile since I was applying to colleges, and I'm not sure I have all the info to answer your question, but here goes. To be a comic book artist you need art skills and experience, ideas, creativity, and a well rounded education. So, in my opinion, that means a degree from a 4 year college or university with a major in art or illustration. I think most schools do require SAT scores for admission. If your scores are really low, you might think about retaking them. However, how important the scores are in relation to your GPA, references, extra curricula activities, etc. is something that differs amongst colleges, so don't worry if yours are not that great.


To find schools that don't require SAT's for admission, I would just google the question you asked above "Colleges or Universities that don't require SAT scores" and see what pops up. I know George Washington University in Washington DC just announced they are not using them for admission. I'm thinking most art schools are more interested in your portfolio than your SAT scores, so you have a head start there already. I'm also thinking that if you have a stellar art portfolio, that could help to counter low SAT scores in applying for 4 year colleges; don't let low SAT scores hold you back from applying to colleges.


As for the dorm living situation, I would get one of those books that list and describe colleges; there are online sources for this too. Visit your local library or school library and ask the librarian for help on finding these resources. Check with your High School Guidance Office or Career Center, if you have one. Also, have you discussed this with your high school guidance counselor? That would be a great place to start.

Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for answering my question. That was helpful. Rita
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Chris’s Answer

Hi, Rita. Earlier today I responded to a similar question about colleges with comics programs. I've not personally attended Savannah College of Art and Design, but its Sequential Art program is well-known throughout the comics industry, and seems to generate a lot of very talented artists. A quick search reveals the following about SAT scores and SCAD: "SAT or ACT scores are not required of non-U.S. applicants. Domestic applicants who have been graduated from high school two or more years at the time their file is reviewed for admission are not required to submit test scores." Hope this helps! If I were you, the first thing I think I would do is find a list of colleges with exciting programs and try contacting their admissions departments to have a person-to-person conversation about the specifics of how you might enter even if you're missing SAT scores. I have to imagine many would be open to working with you on your unique situation. Direct contact never hurts--at least you learn something from it! Good luck!

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randy’s Answer

Not the answer you require. but food for thought..
Audit a class. Put together whatever you have (portfolio) show up at class pitch to instructor tell them your situation. It's a no loose.Most still care about teaching.
No clue on the dorm thing.sorry
Simple how to.to be working artist. Hard work & discipline. A little luck does not hurt, like art make your own..
Go for it and have fun.

Thank you comment icon Thank you randy addy for answering my question!! Rita
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Kristin Rymoen’s Answer

Hi :-D


I come from Europe I cannot tell you details about the education system here. The art-school I attended in Sydney (National Art School) asked for a folio, had an on-site drawing test, and interviews.
High grades would not get anyone in; they looked for evidence of talent, some skill... and commitment. But actually a lot of the students there were high achievers academically as well.


In my career I met educated people, but also self-taught. I suggest you find your heroes... those people doing what you want to do, those that inspire you and create things you relate to.
Try to find out how they got where they are... Their CV/ bio might be on the net. Where they came from might be a good place to go?


Then I say... draw, draw and draw :-D Anything... binge in animals, human figure, plants, buildings... get the visual library into your system.
Look up things like dramaturgy, creative writing... to make you a good storyteller you need to know things about narrative techniques and visual communication.

Some global University even have FREE internet classes in topics like this.


I worked as illustrator some years BEFORE I got my formal degree and also as Art-Director. I had 2 years of college focused on drawing and composition, and then self taught, when I caught someones eye and had never a problem getting a job after that; I could deliver what was needed. My 10 of thousands of hours drawing paid of... Competition now might be harder, and a degree needed. But without the own digging and good practice in drawing an education might not be enough. I know people with two BA in Fine Arts who still works in a Cafe... Uni produce academics, not artists? Well, that was not in US... maybe standards are different.


Also look at lots of images, go to museums... check online galleries ( Deviant Art) to feed your "visual library" and practice visualisation. Good luck!

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