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What To Expect As An Art Major

So you’ve started art school. You’ve picked all your classes and looked up all your teachers. All that’s left to do is to speculate over how your semester is going to go. Here are three situations you may experience and a few tips on how to proceed:

1.) Your teacher may suck.

It happens. Every once I awhile, you will have no choice but to take a class with a less than stellar professor. Chin up. Make the best of it. Learn from them what you can.

2.) You might feel like a giant ball of stress all the time.

Our work is an extension of ourselves. When a piece doesn’t turn out perfect, it’s easy to get stressed and down-and-out about it. Breathe. Nothing is perfect. Once you let go of your need for perfection, everything becomes much easier

3.) You’ll probably feel inadequate compared to your peers.

Everyone has their own style and their own strengths. Some people are great at portraits, others can illustrate breathtaking landscapes. Don’t compare yourself to others. Focus on what you can do and how to further develop your own skills.


  1. tcastane wrote:

    I’m a third year student here, and a second year art student, and honestly, these feelings and sentiments can still persist even til now. It’s a constant struggle with all of these factors but this post is a good way to help start dealing with that.

    Friday, February 23, 2018 at 9:06 am | Permalink
  2. ysaavedr wrote:

    This definitely hits on the target. I have had inadequate professors and no matter what I do in design, I’m always a stress ball. Your post helped me realize that other people are feeling the same way I am and that it’s okay. Thank you.

    Friday, February 23, 2018 at 3:45 pm | Permalink
  3. jcruz12 wrote:

    Those are very helpful tips, but I feel like there should be more on there, like how to critique one’s artwork, what kind of art materials and history a student should know beforehand, etc. The purpose of majoring in art is to prepare to enter the world of art, so the students should have most of the art knowledge in which they could use in the future.

    Friday, February 23, 2018 at 5:38 pm | Permalink
  4. hnguye91 wrote:

    These tips definitely hit the nail! I cant tell you how many times I have experienced #3 and I have been making art since middle school, I am a Junior now. Its always a great reminder to sometimes relax and breathe for it is all temporary.

    Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 3:24 pm | Permalink