I can't help you with any schools out there, but the best schools I've
attended are New York based. New Paltz, NY state school gives art education
pretty serious merit and the School Of Visual Arts (Private) in NY city. The
latter I'm not sure gives art education, but they are very good for studio
courses, they can't be beat.
Your portfolio: should be neat, show a good range of your strong points, such
as drawing, photography, etc.
When you show your portfolio only offer answers to questions by your future
employer. Never, ever down grade your portfolio. Comment on different projects
that the studio teacher was looking for and how you accomplished this in your
Employers are looking for positive, flexible people that handle a broad range
of topics and come up winners. Your portfolio should be broad in subject area,
but show a niche (creative flair) in your medium!
I know this sounds unethical! But try to think of it from your bosses point
of view. He (She) needs a good performance by an artist (whether drawing,
painting, sculpture, model making, photography, graphics, commercial art,
print making, art teacher, etc.) because when he hires you, your achievements
makes him look good.
Don't get upset when your portfolio gets passed up. It happens to all of us.
Just keep on plugging away. You'll eventually find an audience who will love