Pros: It will open up more doors for you in the work force. It will attract jobs for you that require a college degree even if they are not art related jobs. They say a college degree is better than no degree, especially if you want a job that is going to earn you a successful living. And it’s pretty common for people to be in jobs or careers that having nothing to do with what they went for school for. The main thing that some employers look for is whether their applicants have a college degree, the right skills, and connections. That’s it. And if you want to continue pursuing your art career just keep telling yourself, “Thank God for my day job.” You should base your artistic success on what you have accomplished and not what you’re trying to accomplish.
Cons: It hardly does anything to prepare you for the real world. All it does is just strengthen your portfolio and make you a better artist than you were before. If you are looking to make a serious living out of art, my advice would be to do one of the following: Either go to school for business and work on your portfolio on the side, or don’t go to college at all and just take courses in art to strengthen your portfolio and in business management to learn how to market and sell your work. Again, art is a business. There are plenty of successful artists out there without college degrees. The downside part would be if your art career fails, you’ll be stuck working in a lousy low paying job without that college degree to qualify you for something better.
Art school is only necessary depending on what your goals are as an artist. If you’re a high school student looking to pursue a degree from an art school my advice would be to ask yourself the following: What do I want to get out of it and where do I want to be when I graduate?