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What career can I get with a Drawing Academy diploma?

What career can I get with a Drawing Academy diploma?

Question from Jerritt

I am interested in taking this course. What kind of career or job can I get with a Drawing Academy diploma? Also, is this a work-at-your-own-pace kind of course?

Feedback from Vladimir London, Drawing Academy tutor

Dear Jerritt,

The main question you need to solve is what is more important for you—to get good drawing skills or a piece of paper that says you are an artist.

You can get an artist diploma after four years in a contemporary art college. It might cost you anything up to $100,000 or above. The time and money spent won’t guarantee your art skills, though.

Art colleges have many teachers who are not successful fine artists; otherwise they would be busy doing their art and not working full time as teachers. If you think otherwise, just do some research—find a college you like and check who the art teachers are and what quality of art they do.

Also, a contemporary art college curriculum is not aimed to give you strong constructive drawing skills, good understanding of perspective, human anatomy, in-depth knowledge of proportions, and so on. Actually, in such a college, you won’t be even shown how to hold a pencil the right way.

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(Photo from one of contemporary art colleges in the UK)
Would you learn much by drawing with markers hanging ropes?

In a contemporary art college, you will spend a great deal of time talking about and writing essays on the topic of what is art, rather than practicing traditional drawing techniques.

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As one graduate told me: “I entered a college without drawing skills and graduated the same way, but I have a piece of paper that says I can put any shit together and call it art.”

What you will get in the Drawing Academy online course

If you want to improve your drawing skills, in the Drawing Academy you will get a far more comprehensive curriculum than in any contemporary art college.

At any time after three months, you will be entitled to apply for a Drawing Academy Diploma of Excellence, which is to commemorate your achievement of completing this online course.

In the Drawing Academy, you will receive a lifetime of personal support from the Academy tutors, which includes critiques of your artworks and tailored advice on how to improve your art skills. This support is unlimited and comes at no extra cost for a lifetime, even after graduation. No art college would ever offer the same deal.

What career can I get with a Drawing Academy diploma

What career can I get with a Drawing Academy diploma

What career can I get with a Drawing Academy diploma

What career can I get with a Drawing Academy diploma

Regarding a diploma, if you think of a career as an artist, no client or art gallery would ever ask you what diploma you have. They are interested in other things—how good your skills are, how professional your art is, how creative you are, whether your art is a good investment, and similar questions.

A diploma doesn’t make any difference whatsoever. I’m talking here from my personal experience and knowledge shared from many fellow artists, art collectors, and gallery owners.

However, if your goal is to become a fully qualified art teacher, then (unfortunately for college students) your art skills are optional, and qualification papers are more important. The choice is yours.

To answer your second question, yes, you will have a lifetime Drawing Academy membership and can study at your own pace in the comfort of your home. 

I hope this gives you some more information to think about your art career and what art courses to take.

Best regards,

Vladimir London

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Tom Bolt says:

    As a former student of an accredited University and a Graduate Diploma in Art I testify to the fact that I did not receive anything close to a Fine Art education I believed I was going to receive and yes, upon application for work the most improtant thing I could offer was my graduating Grade Point Average, my Diploma and no interest in a portfolio. How well I could draw was a non-factor. So. Mr. London is point on. Skilled artist or no!
    It is sad that thousands upon thousands of students will graduate from four year Universities and have no better skills than Pierre Brassau, Michael, Noppakhao, Winkelhimer Smith, and others. We have simply become trained animals as far as the Universities are concerned, or are they also duped, a product of the CIA maybe?

  2. DoggieMI says:

    >> What kind of career or job can I get with a Drawing Academy diploma?

    I think this is a good question, which always circulated in my mind. I think this is an impressive curriculum and website that inspires me to try harder. However, I don’t think the above question was answer.

    This person (and it’s not me) might be wondering about something specific, especially if it’s outside freelance. For example, can you be an animator (mostly digital these days. You may use programs that use layers such Clip Studio), a storyboarder, a sculpture, or comic book maker? Book cover artist? But since you’re inclined towards Fine Art, maybe a designer, a critic or curator.

    Whacha think guys?

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