One of the most important things for any budding art student to consider is the cost of art and design school. Although there are many other factors to consider as you delve into the art school admissions process, the cost is obviously one factor that cannot be ignored. It is best to have a good sense of the cost before applying for any art and design schools so you will not be surprised at any point and so you will be able to seek out the right schools for your budget. You can also begin planning now to find ways to afford the schools of your choice.
The art school fees you pay will depend on the type of institution you attend. Tuition is the most important fee to consider - this is the cost of attending the school. Community colleges may cost as little as $1,000 for tuition, while state universities tend to average between $5,000 and $10,000 per year, and private universities may range from there up to $25,000 per year, or more. An art institute will probably cost around $6,500 per year, while a traditional art school will probably cost up to $27,000. And then there are the costs of books, art supplies, miscellaneous school fees, room and board, transportation and other living expenses.
Although the cost of art and design school can get pretty high, there are often financial aids and scholarships available. And when you consider the various art school fees, also consider what you will get for the money you pay. Some schools are more prestigious, and some schools might be more appropriate for your specific goals or areas of interest. The location of the school might also be a very important consideration for you. If you really don't want to move away from home, for example, you might be willing to pay more for the luxury of staying in the area.
If you have decided to apply to art school, there will be many factors to consider before you apply. But before you make any more decisions, it's important to do a little research to figure out just how much art and design school is really going to cost.