If you love art and want to make a career out of it, you may want to look into art schools. While being an artist of any type takes a certain amount of talent, you will also need additional training to make you the best artist you can be and art schools can help you meet your potential.
There are things you should do to ensure being accepted into an art school. One is that you should continue to work on your art. Even if you are looking around at different schools, keep working and developing your craft. Visit the art schools in person if possible. It is great that you can do so much research online, but nothing can take the place of a in person visit to a school to get a feeling for its atmosphere. Also, pay close attention to the admission criteria of all the art schools you look into. This will let you know immediately if you meet their criteria instead of wasting your time at those schools whose criteria you do not meet.
Students wishing to attend art school should get good grades in high school. You should also have some type of portfolio to show the art school you want to attend. If they see the type of art you have been doing, they will know if you will fit into their school and they will be able to provide you with the type of learning that will be helpful to you. Art schools look for students with strong technical skills in a variety of different types of media. Art schools also look at your personal statement and letters of recommendation when considering you for acceptance, so pay great attention to both of those. Students that have bad grades, a weak portfolio, or those that show a lack of commitment will not stand as good a chance of getting into art school.
Art schools are more likely to accept students that are passionate about their art and motivated. Schools love art students who are dedicated and insist on pushing the boundaries of their art. However, they also look for students who are open to new ideas and critiques of their work.