Common Misconceptions Art Students are Tired of Hearing
by Shara Mae Balce, November 21, 2018 3:56pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
Art isn’t just about colors, drawings, and zero Math. It could be challenging and baffling, yet belittled sometimes. Yes, it takes a combination of skills, patience and burning passion to survive in the creative field. And like other courses, getting a degree in art has its highs and lows—both relieving and stressful.
But what’s more discouraging are other folk’s mistaken beliefs to art students. Bet as artist, you have shaken your head, too, if you are tagged with these stereotypes shared by art students themselves.
Art students are not ~that~ smart.
“B*b* raw, especially sa Math, ang mga art major.” The arts stream is not for everyone—and is definitely not the easy alternative to ‘just get a degree’. The people who say “wala namang Math diyan, kayang-kaya ipasa iyan,” actually don’t know what they’re saying. It takes strong desire, pre-established skills, and persistence to make it thru art school.
FYI, some universities have a series of “talent tests” to make you qualified for a certain art degree, so art students are obviously not just playin’ around.
Art students are emotional and lazy.
People on the creative stream are often stereotyped as introverts and “mahirap lapitan at kausapin.” While it could not be always the case, isolation is a thing for some artists to squeeze out creative juices and “blending in” sounds more of the other way around, “eh kasi ‘yung iba mangingialam at papanoorin ka pa habang nagdo-drawing or nag-e-edit.Ang awkward kaya.”
Art students have deadlines and minor subjects to juggle with as much as other courses do, too.
“Walang pera sa art”
That usually includes the line “ang mahal ng course niyo pero pagdating sa industry maliit lang ang kikitain.” Art-related jobs may not be the highest paying ones, but working on what you're passionate about something priceless. And believe us, there are lots of opportunities for creatives in this city (or even abroad!).
There are many job opportunities art students can pursue after college and even while studying and other perks to enjoy in their field.
Art students are grubby hipsters.
“Ang mga hitsura raw parang mga hindi naliligo, madudumi, gano’n. Tapos ang mga pormahan, weird.” Well, art students are unique—that’s more appropriate to say. Their creativity is expressed freely mostly through how they dress, and most schools give them the freedom to do so.
These misconceptions, to some extent, could add more negative connotations, whether it stands with any connection to reality or not. There is no point in comparing the arts stream to other courses because in the end, what we all want is to make the most of our skills to create a positive impact in the society—no matter how small.