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How do you know what school is right for you?

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Im having a hard time trying to decide what school i want to pursue. I am currently going into my last year of high school and looking to improve my grades so that i can get into a good college. I am looking at design and art schools because I am currently majoring in Industrial design. #design #graphic-design #industrial-design #college #apply #art

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Ellen’s Answer

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Hi Terrence:

Good question to think about before you apply for art school or college. For careers in the art world, it would be good to have a general idea of what you want to study...industrial design is a great field, as are other art careers, but like anything else, you have to be committed to it. The art world is a very competitive one, and to succeed you need to be ready to work hard and love what you do.

Have you talked to your current art teachers about your future plans? They might have suggestions for you in terms of art careers and schools, and they might see strengths in your work that you don't. If your school has a career center, you could also talk to someone there for guidance about art careers.

If you are still undecided as to where in the art world you would like to work, but you want to continue your education after high school, then you could go to an art school, or even a college or university, and take some general art classes. College, art school, university is very expensive now a days, so when looking at a school take into consideration your family's finances and how much debt you are willing to take on after you graduate from wherever you get your degree. Be sure to check out financial aide and any scholarships offered by a school. Keep in mind, art careers don't pay very well at the beginning, so unless you are really committed to an art school or to a specific art career, you might look at your local state university.

Best wishes!



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Cuong’s Answer

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It's a very risky move when choosing upon a school at this moment. The positive side of your whole predicament is that you know what you want to study, and it is a great major being in the design industry field.


But the risky part about it is, are you committed and won't faltered when you're studying to become a industrial designer? I know some friends who had a great starting year when pursuing and studying for the design field major and succeed but there are some who will decided to change their major.


When choosing the right school for you, you have think about location and how much you want to spend on school. Right now, you can look for which school fits what programs and degree that you are seeking, do some research regarding where you want to live and if you can afford it. Try not to attend a school that you can't afford, the first couple of years of your college will be trial and error. You never know if you decide to change your major or alter your career.

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Alwyn’s Answer

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First, you have to know what you want - be dedicated and committed to a field of study, otherwise, don’t waste time and money on something you’re likely to give up on. Based on that self-assessment search for schools that fit your personal needs and educational goals. As some people do well in large schools, many do not, so be selective and winnow down your choices to a select few. Out of those few, you’ll know where you fit in.
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