If you are interested in taking courses in the visual arts, there are many things to consider. You’ll be shocked when you begin to observe the wide variety of artistic pathways available at art school. Art courses can be very regimented or quite open and independently driven.
There are studio arts and art history in the visual arts but performance artist would study more theatre in an educational setting. Some of this is surprising. If you are looking to take a course that specializes in one medium than you should expect projects which require you to execute a wide variety of styles. The mastery of all styles involved in the art is required for specialization.
The course load in arts programs are always quite heavy. Although, the work is not always labor or detail intensive, there is often many works to create. Each course will request that you keep a sketchbook. It is a great habit to carry a sketchbook everywhere, draw on your spare time and take notes in a collective space.
All courses require research paper whether it be a personal reflection on the course content or a paper showing a fuller investment in the subject. Instructors should request that students document their opinions to questions being asked during the duration of the program.
Objective vs. Subjective
Art will always test you to create a balance between order and chaos. In any art course, there will be a certain amount of space to be of your own style but there will also be many very clear directions. Those directions need to be followed and ruled need to be taught. Once these rules are understood, it is the artists job to find ways to manipulate those rules and transform a viewer’s initial perspective of the medium.