Art institute online

Does anyone has anything to say about taking classes online? Is it worth it?

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Joseph Campbell's picture
Joseph Campbell
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For the most part, no. One of the tremendous advantages of physically going to a school is the network of people you become a part of, and the advantage this has in attaining jobs as your career unfolds. I taught for many years, and I can't even count the number of times a student of mine got a job because of someone they met in school. I have even hired a few of my former students.

If your chances of attending a school are pretty slim, then I suppose some classes online wouldn't hurt. But I honestly think you'd be better off attending a local university. Hope this helps.

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pixelbomb1's picture
pixelbomb1
2555 pencils

or hang out with your friends that are in the field and watch them work. I am a street smart I learned a lot from friends. We'll I attended some classes but I think I got ripped off. The subject I have learned are back in the paste-up days, when you have to manually put registration marks, call out colors, cut amberlit,ruby lit when wax is the bomb, I am sure almost none of these exist anymore. I hung out with my stripper friends (Film separators) in the printing industry. When we use send kids to the art supplies to buy half tone dots. The very first MAC I worked on was the LISA, then SC then MAC Quadra with AV.

Read books, play with the computer.

Goodluck (wow I just spilled my life. Oh well)

Sincerely,
Arnold Santillan
714-206-2459

ellehcimeo's picture
ellehcimeo
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hands down agree with Joseph. you will get so much more from going to a class and meeting people face to face and working on projects with them. it's a much richer experience.

Besha's picture
Besha
299 pencils

Thanks a lot!

Joseph Campbell's picture
Joseph Campbell
230 pencils

You know, Pbomb has a good point as well. I never went to portfolio school. I went to design school, and not a very good one. I had a horrible book when I went looking for work. I ended up working paste-up in the studio of an advertising agency for $6 an hour for two years. I learned everything there. So, if school isn't an option, work for free or nearly free at an agency and learn learn learn. You'll meet plenty of people that was as well.

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RobMc's picture
RobMc
243 pencils

dude... dont take the online classes. they are more work than they seem and a real pain. however, if you have patience you may find that sitting at your computer for a while everyday is good for you. i enjoy the campus. plus i bombed an online AI class. good luck holmes.

pixelbomb1's picture
pixelbomb1
2555 pencils

hey holmes.. whats up wit your site? no pictures. btw are you related to steve?

Sincerely,
Arnold Santillan
714-206-2459

RobMc's picture
RobMc
243 pencils

haha no. but i have said i was. and that site is me trying to learn how to write html and css. with whole lot of learning ahead of me.

pixelbomb1's picture
pixelbomb1
2555 pencils

I heard CSS is the shiznits. so much easy to navigate, a lot easier for the search engines to pick up. my buddy told me waaaayy so much better than java script.
(i don't know)

Sincerely,
Arnold Santillan
714-206-2459

RobMc's picture
RobMc
243 pencils

the small amount i have learned about it. GOLD BABY! its really clean and not as techie as java. still though its like learning another language and i can barely speak english.

pixelbomb1's picture
pixelbomb1
2555 pencils

you're in SD you should be able to speak Mexicali language.. Como? Que?..

Sincerely,
Arnold Santillan
714-206-2459

Besha's picture
Besha
299 pencils

Thanks, I am actually working as an AD for a medium size agency. I though that having a B degree would help my career. I have an Asociate degree from one of the AI (digital arts) I love school, I think I get the creative freedom that I wich I had at work. Does that make sence?

Besha's picture
Besha
299 pencils

oops... I mean wish (sorry for my english)

RobMc's picture
RobMc
243 pencils

in your case, i would actually suggest the online classes. It is a very self driven course though. as far as networking you will meet people across all the campuses so it is fantastic in that regard.

weighter's picture
weighter
744 pencils

I am far from someone to offer expertise, but I can give a single perspective on the matter.

Portfolio School would be a great help for anyone... but you need talent to make it. Without talent, no level of schooling will compensate.

Talent without portfolio school is a different beast. Then it comes down to dedication and hunger. Anyone that has talent and a dedication to learn the ropes through reading books and networking (sites like these) can overcome an absence of portfolio school. Lack of talent is probably inescapable.

In the end, if you're truly good at what you do, you will make it. Meeting people is a big advantage that school offers, but theres something to be said for the underdog thats willing to dedicate themselves to overcoming their disadvantage.

Ultimately I want to be someone that learned the profession, and not someone that was taught it. Theres a big difference, and different paths to get there.

hi10's picture
hi10
105 pencils

very well said weighter i truly agreed what you said
i too never joined any portfolio school i worked in an agency
it has helped me a lot

Besha's picture
Besha
299 pencils

Thanks wighter that was good! Can you recommend me some good books? I just got
Hey, Whipple, Squeeze This and I really liked the purple cow.

weighter's picture
weighter
744 pencils

Whipple is very good.

A few that I took a lot of information from:

Cutting Edge Advertising II
Creative Advertising
The Brand Gap (marty neumeier)
ZAG (marty neumeier)

approach these books picking their thoughts on strategy instead of just making ads and I find thats a great help. the best ads always come from a brilliant strategy and insight.

Besha's picture
Besha
299 pencils

I'll do that! Thanks for your help :)

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