Art College Bubble
The Shocking Truth About Contemporary Art Education
The College Bubble
By Vladimir London
You’ve been told so many times by your teachers and parents that getting good grades in school can help you to get into a better college. And having a good college education will help you to get a better job, which in turn will result in a higher salary and quality of life.
I do not disagree with this sequence of events, apart from the fact that this was the way it used to be 10…20 years ago. The world is shifting very fast and contemporary art education no longer supports this staircase to success.
If you follow the path they told you to go along, there’s no guarantee you will get a better job, or in fact any good job whatsoever. This is particularly true for contemporary art education.
Who am I to make such a statement?
My name is Vladimir London and to help students like you, I founded the Drawing Academy. My art education spans 15 years and includes fine art school and two universities. I’m a fine artist and I also have an art teaching degree.
I am passionate about good quality education that allows talented students to achieve creative success in life. That is why I create educational materials and make them available for students around the globe. I’m an internationally published author of several books on the fine art topics. And also co-founder of the Web Art Academy -“How to Paint in Oil” video course, and the Drawing Academy course that presents “How to Draw” video lessons.
So, what is happening in fine art education today?
I can clearly see a new trend that developed in the USA and gradually but unquestionably is taking over all of the western world’s art education. It affects you even if you don’t live in the United States.
I will show you an example of the American educational system; however, the same forces are in place in your country.
Most American art students today have the expectation of a good quality of life and a successful artistic career simply by obtaining a college art degree. It is not necessarily the case.
Traditional, good quality art education, is replaced by the teaching system that can be summarized in just two words: “express yourself.”
How did this happen? Who benefits from this system? And what you can do about it?
Let’s have a look at how the contemporary education system works.
Today, the main objective of elementary school is to prepare a student for high school. And the main objective of high school is to prepare students for college.
In the US, there are many preparatory schools with extorted tuition fees up to $25,000per year that promise to boost the chances of a student getting into a good college.
Art students made to believe that without a top-tier art college education, they would have no chance of getting a good career in art. However, real life shows that success in art has no correlation with a college degree.
In fact, contemporary art colleges are ill suited to prepare a student for a successful art career.
Instead of teaching centuries-long traditions of classical painting and drawing, contemporary art colleges provide the narrow-minded point of view that only contemporary art has any value. Many of them are teaching worthless information that will never be used in real life.
Today, you will not find a college in the United States that has a successful fine artist as a teacher, who teach students on his or her own example:
– how to build their own successful art brands;
– how to effectively run their own art business;
– and how to manage their own art careers.
An average graduate leaves the art college with no knowledge or skills when it comes to building and managing their own creative careers. Many of graduates don’t even have sound skills to use the Internet to their full advantage when it comes to educating themselves outside the main-stream system. In addition, some art college graduates can’t even draw proficiently.
Some state colleges might offer art courses for as low as $2,200 per year. This translates into $8,800 tuition for 4 years. However, the quality of such education is not guaranteed.
The average cost of attending a private college in the US was $21,235 in 2005. This excluded the cost of text-books, art-materials, cost of living and other associated expenses. This enormous price is constantly rising. In 2010 it went up to $27,293, which is a 29% increase in just 5 years. For the 2013-2014 school year, non-profit, private colleges raised their tuition to $30,094. Including room and board, the actual cost is more like $41,000!
Providing this price stayed fixed – and we know it will rise further – a 4-year private college education would come to $164,000!
Private college tuition fees are going up 5.5% every year despite all other markets going down. The real estate market is down 26% from its peak in July 2006, DOW JONES is down 18% from October 2007; Oil is down 38% from its peak in July 2008. It looks like education is the only market on the rise regardless of the economic situation in the world.
Now, ask yourself a question. Is $164,000 a fair price for an education that does not even guarantee a successful career?
By the time, the art student graduates, not only would they not be able to pay back immense student loans, they might not even be able to get a job.
In just two years, between 2007 and 2009, 8.4 million jobs were lost in the USA. Today the unemployment figure stands at 11.3 million. That’s the entire population of the:
– British Virgin Islands
– and Jamaica
Or, this is almost the entire work-age population of Canada!
Will it get any better soon? Is the US government doing anything to save the situation? Yes, it issues treasury bonds, creating the biggest ever bond bubble. These bonds are converted into a Federal Reserve fiat currency. This currency is called the Dollar, and it’s not backed up by any real economy, or gold, or any other assets. It’s just paper – or rather electronic numbers typed on a Federal Reserve computer. And the Federal Reserve is neither Federal nor a reserve. It is not a government body at all, but a private institution owned by closed circuit of banks. It does not hold any assets to back up the very currency it is printing.
4.6 trillion dollars ($4,600,000,000,000) were printed in December 2010 to bailout banks. Due to this currency injection,1,124,000 jobs were recovered.That’s over 4 million dollars spent per every job created!
Do you think such money would be much better spent by giving them directly to jobless people? I would love to get a 4 million gift from the US government and never work again!
The truth is, somebody will have to pay for these expenses. That will be ordinary people just like you, who will face much higher taxes and cope with a higher inflation rate in a not-so-distant future.
You don’t need a PhD in economics to realize that this money-printing strategy will not make art education any cheaper. Quite the opposite. It can only mean one thing – contemporary art college tuition and fees will continue to rise at an accelerated rate.
In the USA students borrowed:
83 billion dollars in 2005-2006
87 billion dollars in 2006-2007
94 billion dollars in 2007-2008
96 billion dollars in 2008-2009
106 billion dollars in 209-2010.
Today, the US student loan debt stands at over 1.2 trillion dollars. Comparing to the total federal debt of $16.7 trillion, it accounts for 6% of the overall national debt and is larger than all credit card debt combined.
The US government, Federal Reserve and banks were responsible for creating a real estate bubble, lending money as sub-prime mortgages to people who would not be able to repay their loans. Today, a similar story is happening with college education, where people are made to believe that having no college degree will place their future salary opportunities into jeopardy.
With the “No Child Left Behind” policy, everyone with a pulse is qualified for a massive student loan that can’t be defaulted on even if a person is bankrupt. Governments in the US and UK guarantee student loan repayments, which means that even if a person can’t pay a student loan back, it will be covered by tax-payer money – your taxes.
As mentioned before, a private college education can cost up to $164,000. A 10-year student loan for this sum would mean that a graduate would have to repay $1,367 per month for 10 years. This doesn’t include 3.8% interest rate that is destined to go up in a future, as well.
You might decide to save money and enroll in a cheaper college. Let’s examine such an option. An average student loan in the US today is $26,600. Compounding this figure at 3.8% interest for year after year using the 10-year-payback plan, the total cost of your $26,600 loan is about $38,600. Break that down by monthly payments and you are looking at about $320 per month going toward student loan payments.
With currencies around the globe rapidly losing purchasing power, following the trend dictated by the Federal Reserve dollar, more and more people will realize that having a college degree does not provide a ticket to a better future. Quite likely, you would be much better off without a college degree, and having no student loan to repay.
Those who are able to think for themselves and are passionate about their creative career, are already starting to realize that having a contemporary art college degree offers no advantage whatsoever. Apart from wasting money and time, such colleges brainwash art students, giving them “express yourself” education.
The quality of art education has slowly but surely decreased in the United States and especially in Europe during last 50 years. This is due to the persistent strategy, which was a part of the Cold War propaganda for glorifying American abstract art and devaluing European and the rest of the world’s fine art, which had been developing for many centuries. This strategy was aimed at the US geopolitical enemy – the Soviet Union, however, did much greater damage to other European cultures.
Today, art students are taught by teachers who can’t draw because they graduated 10 years ago, having learned their drawing skills from teachers who graduated 20 years ago, which in turn were taught that traditional fine art is not in fashion anymore. Their teachers were conditioned that only shocking and expressive art should be called art. Who needs drawing skills when the quality of an artwork is no longer linked to its market price?
Why is contemporary education getting more expensive?
With all the modern technologies developed in recent years, education should be getting cheaper. You can see for yourself that broad-bands, satellite communication, computers, plasma screens, cell-phones, software, data storage and so on are getting cheaper. So, why is the cost of education rising?
It has no correlation with technologies.
If, according to a free market, colleges would compete for a better and cheaper education, they would offer less expensive ways to educate students. After all, new technologies make it possible to teach over the Internet thus saving a great deal of money. It is not happening. It is not a free market. Something or somebody is preventing the system from becoming more cost efficient.
To understand the reasons, you need to ask another question – who is benefiting?
Students’ loans increase profits for banks, and banks can’t fail since the government is backing those loans. US private colleges are legally forced to raise tuition every time the government raises financial aid for students. This is due to the “90 to 10 rule,” which states that at least 10% of a private, for-profit college’s income comes from non-federal government sources. Therefore such colleges must keep raising tuition costs to stay within the 90 to 10 rule.
It is crystal clear that banks are profiting at the expense of millions. And it can only get worse for those students who are conditioned to take huge loans and then become slaves of the banks for many years to come.
So, let’s summarize.
1. Contemporary art college education is expensive. In the Western world it comes with a price tag between $20,000 and $40,000 per year at some private colleges.
2. Any art student brave or stupid enough to take a student loan will be enslaved by banks for at least 10 years and often for much longer, repaying anything between $320 to $1,300 per month for years to come.
3. The quality of contemporary art college education is laughable. Students graduate with no traditional fine art skills. Some graduates don’t even know how to hold a graphite pencil the correct way.
4. The chances of getting a good-paying job after such a college are very slim. Students will be lucky to get any job whatsoever.
5. There is little chance that the situation will get better. With trillions of dollars printed by Federal Reserve and banks looking for bigger and bigger profits from students’ debt, it is highly unlikely the situation will change for the better soon. US government is not on your side; it is covering the bankers’ backs.
What is the solution to this challenge?
If you want to receive a good quality art education, there are only two options to consider.
1. Go for a good quality, brick-and-mortar art college that provides traditional fine art education. It is not as easy as it sounds. There are only a few art colleges and universities left around the world where students can get a proper, no-nonsense, art education based on the classical traditions of fine art. These art institutions are not cheap and most likely will require relocation for three- to five years.
2. Choose an art course that can give you a solid foundation of classical art education for a very reasonable price. One such place is the Drawing Academy course, which is prepared and presented by professional fine artists and art teachers – Vladimir London and Natalie Richy.
The Drawing Art Academy is the online course that teaches solid skills of classical drawing. The academy founders and tutors created a series of video lessons, which reveal secrets of traditional drawing techniques. Academy tutors will show you, by their own example, how to draw as they create artworks right in front of your eyes from beginning to end – all the while explaining, step-by-step, everything you need to know about drawing.
Let’s see how Drawing Academy course compares to an average contemporary art college.
1. A contemporary art college will waste 4 years of your life.
The Drawing Academy course is designed to be completed in just 3 months.
2. A contemporary art college can indebt you with a student loan payment between $320 and $1,300 per month.
The full cost of the Drawing Academy course is only $257.It is less than just one monthly loan payment.
3. The Drawing Academy course provides high quality video lessons that can be enjoyed in the comfort of your home, saving you the trouble and inconvenience of relocating to a college campus for several years.
4. A contemporary art college will leave you with a student loan for over 10 years.
After completing the Drawing Academy course in 3 month, you will continue to enjoy the full life-time academy membership for free. This includes future updates and upgrades at no cost.
The Drawing Academy course delivers no-nonsense information on how to draw proficiently. It is designed for students of all ages and levels. Beginners will find this course extremely beneficial to starting their creative career, while advanced art students will benefit from the deep experience of the academy tutors and can take their drawing skills to the next level.
It is never too late to learn how to draw. Even if you haven’t drawn since childhood, you can still improve your drawing skills by discovering the traditional drawing techniques found in the Drawing Art Academy course. Drawing is just a skill, not an inborn talent. Everyone can learn how to draw, whatever their age.
Every person is creative and every creative person must be able to draw. There are no excuses! By drawing, you can express your ideas, share your feelings, and communicate with your imagination. This is one of the necessary skills every culturally developed person must have. And we can help you to achieve your creative desires!
Through the Drawing Art Academy, we develop your drawing skills in such a way that you will be able to depict anything you want, any person or object you can see or imagine.
Here is what you will get with the Drawing Art Academy course:
– 45 “How To Draw” video lessons presented online
– Multiple fine art bonus books
– Personal academic support from the academy tutors via email
– Postgraduate, free, lifetime access to all video lessons and bonuses
– Diploma of Excellence in your name
The 45 multi-part video lessons are streamed online. Every month you will get 15 new lessons.
1. Drawing materials and equipment.
2. How to use pencils and hatching techniques.
3. Theory of drawing in perspective.
4. Drawing geometrical objects.
5. How to draw facial features – the eyes, the mouth, the nose, the ears, etc.
6. How to draw a head – antique bust of the hero, Meleager.
7. How to draw a head – antique bust of the Amazon Woman.
8. How to draw a head – antique bust of Asklepios.
9. How to draw a girl’s portrait – copied after Leonardo da Vinci.
10. Architectural detail drawing.
11. Live portrait in red pencil.
12. Exterior drawings in one- and two-point perspective.
13. Anatomy of the human head – the bones of the skull and head muscles.
14. Creative drawing – portrait of Shakespeare.
15. The Old Masters’ study – The National Gallery sketchbooks.
16. Human anatomy – the skeletal structure of human body.
17. Female portrait – Thalia.
18. Creative portrait – La Bella Principessa.
19. How to draw eyes in a realistic manner.
20. Drawing of antique figure – Belvedere torso.
21. How to draw hands – anatomy of the hands and gesture drawings.
22. Creative drawing techniques – drawing of the top model, Vodianova.
23. Architectural details – drawing Corinthian capitals of St. Paul Cathedral.
24. The secrets of Golden Proportions.
25. Pen and ink drawing techniques.
26. Landscape drawings in pen and ink.
27. Drawing of the horse’s head from the Parthenon.
28. Botanical drawings – How to draw maple leaves.
29. Botanical drawings – How to draw roses.
30. Silverpoint technique – Life portrait of a female model.
31. Anatomy for fine artists – the muscles of the human body.
32. How to draw hands – gesture drawings in pen and ink.
33. Classical human figure proportions.
34. Female figure drawing in silverpoint.
35. Discobolus statue drawing in silverpoint.
36. Female model – life drawing in red pencil.
37. Life female figure drawing in red pencil.
38. How to draw a girl’s portrait in charcoal.
39. How to draw animal – birds.
40. How to draw animals – squirrels.
41. How to draw animals – horse.
42. How to draw animals – dog.
43. Rome – Cityscape drawing in black ink and wash.
44. Figurative calligraphy drawing.
45. Creative composition – unique drawing technique.
In addition to the video lessons, you will also receive bonus books, which you can download in PDF format to your computer or read them online.
The Drawing Art Academy course is greatly subsidized, so you can learn everything you need to become a skilful artist in just three months for a miniscule price. This course will cost you as little as one cup of coffee per day. It will give you a much better value than you would get from a contemporary art college or university.
Here is how you will benefit from the Drawing Art Academy course:
2. You will receive advice and demonstrations on various drawing materials and methods, so you can avoid many amateurish mistakes;
3. You will discover the secrets of Golden Proportions, so you can use this knowledge to improve compositions of your creative works;
4. Multiple anatomy lessons will reveal all you need to know about the bones and muscles of the human body, so you can draw figures and models realistically;
5. Numerous portrait drawing lessons will present you step-by-step know how of head and face drawing, so you can greatly improve your portrait drawing skills;
6. Life drawing lessons will equip you with the necessary knowledge of model drawing, so you can draw confidently from life;
7. Multiple lessons on how to draw animals and botanical objects will help you grow your skills in depicting wild life;
8. Video lessons based on the drawing of antique busts and statues will help you form good taste in classical art;
9. You will discover classical and time-proven drawing techniques, used since the times of the Old Masters, so you can use them to improve your drawing style;
11. The Drawing Art Academy materials will be available for you 24/7/365 days a year, so you can benefit from them at any time convenient for you;
12. You will have the full support of the Academy tutors, so all your fine art related questions will be answered;
13. Your fine art education will be hugely subsidized, so you can enjoy the course for a price that is less than a cup of coffee per day;
14. Your membership will become free of charge after three months, so you will get lifetime access to all videos and books at no cost;
15. All additional video lessons and bonuses to be added in the future will be provided to you free of charge, so you will enjoy great savings on upgrades and updates;
16. After three months, you will receive the Drawing Art Academy Diploma of Excellence in your name, so it will commemorate your achievements;
17. You will get the Drawing Art Academy’s newsletter subscription at no cost, so you can stay up-to-date with all the latest news and updates.
When it comes to the course cost, consider this.
A contemporary art education will cost you at least $20,000 and take 4 years to complete without any guarantee that you will learn to draw skilfully.
Through the Drawing Art Academy, you will discover time-proven, traditional drawing techniques that will give you necessary knowledge and practical advice, so you can discover how to draw skilfully from the comfort of your own home.
The total value of the 45 video lessons presented in the Drawing Art Academy course is $4,455 (45 lessons at $99 each).
However, we will subsidize your education, so the course will cost you as little as one cup of coffee per day.
You can enroll on a monthly basis making 3 easy installments of $97 per month over three months. This gives you a total discount of $4,164. After those 3 months are over, no more payments will be due. You will continue to enjoy free lifetime access to all video lessons and bonuses. This includes all future updates and upgrades at no cost.
If you want to save even more, get all the video lessons and bonus books for a one time payment of only $257. This gives you an additional discount of $34. You will receive immediate access to all academy materials. Your subscription will become free of charge for a lifetime, thereafter.
In both cases, you will receive the Drawing Art Academy Diploma of Excellence in your name after 3 months.
- Receive 15 new videos monthly (45 in total)
- Incredible discount – $4,164
- Bonuses - Fine Art eBooks and Videos
- Drawing Academy Diploma of Excellence after course completion in 3 months
- Personal coaching by Drawing Academy Tutors
- Lifetime membership. Free after the 3rd month
- Immediate access to all 45 video lessons
- Incredible discount – $4,198
- Bonuses - Fine Art eBooks and Videos
- Drawing Academy Diploma of Excellence after course completion in 3 months
- Personal coaching by Drawing Academy Tutors
- Lifetime membership. No more payments