Art School Is a Tragic Ripoff

Noah Bradley: It's a crime to pay $246K for an art education

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 27, 2013 11:37 AM CDT

(Newser) – Move over, law school: There's a new worthless degree in town, at least according to Noah Bradley. The artist, writing on Medium.com, gets right to the point: "Art school is a waste of your money" (emphasis his). Though Bradley himself attended two prestigious art schools, he's not some bitter unsuccessful grad. His career is chugging along just fine, but he finds himself "saddened and ashamed at art schools and their blatant exploitation of students." The number-crunching reality: Four years at Rhode Island School of Design cost $245,816, he writes, which is nearly $10,000 more than you'd spend getting a degree from Harvard Law.

You can support yourself, even comfortably, as an artist. But not if there's a $3,000 student loan payment that comes due ... every month ... for 10 years. And guess how many times Bradley's diploma has landed him a job? Zero. "Nobody cares," he writes. But an art education is still key. You just don't need to go to college to get one. He lays out what he's calling the "$10K Ultimate Art Education," which ranges from a $190 must-read reading list to $1,040 to be spent on a year's worth of weekly figure drawing sessions. "Art is a wonderful, beautiful, fulfilling pursuit," writes Bradley. "Don’t ruin it with a mountain of debt." Click for his full column.

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