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Art Schools - Making People Beautiful
By: Kevin Dark
Art schools offer programs that foster the intensive development of a creative mind. Yet they are not opening their doors to any
and all dreaming poets. Such schools want students who demonstrate a real enthusiasm for their particular discipline.
How does a creative student demonstrate his or her enthusiasm for a particular type of artistry? Such a student needs to develop a
portfolio. The student who wants to apply to an art school must assemble a collection of samples, samples that show his or her
innovative and determined spirit.
The nature of those samples will depend on the type of program that the student hopes to enter. A student who wants to study
fashion design, must have drawings of clothing that he or she has designed. A student who wants to study photography must have
striking and compelling photographs within his or her portfolio. A student who wants to study music needs some audio equipment to
share the contents of his or her portfolio.
Advances in technology have led to a sudden expansion of the programs at art schools. Such schools have added to traditional
programs in dance, music, and design. The nature of those additions might best be viewed by examining the programs at CalArts.
CalArts is an arts school in Los Angeles County. Its development resulted from the introduction into that same region of the film
industry. That introduction encouraged a close association between many different artists. CalArts seeks to guide creative young
people who might take part in such an association.
CalArts has a large number of courses not found in all art schools. It has courses that focus on the design and production elements
of filmmaking. Some of those courses teach students about stage lighting. Some teach the students about making scenery. S