You love drawing, designing and crafting but have no idea how to turn your hobbies into a career. Going to school for a certificate or degree in arts and design can help you build your knowledge. Earning money in the arts can sometimes take time, even for the best designers and artists. Knowing that your income may not go up for years is important in choosing the best school for your needs. Offline schools that have traditional campuses are only available in certain areas. You need to live close to one or else you need to move or commute to school. This requires money for either housing or your commuting fare. When you combine these costs with the cost of earning a degree, it can lead to a much higher tuition compared to what you originally thought. Look at loans, scholarships and savings, to pay for your continuing education.
Your other option is to obtain your certificate or degree online through a distance learning program. You have a few options with these types of schools. There are traditional schools that offer online courses for students, and there are also schools that are solely online. Pick the school that fits your needs the best, and has a program that you are interested in attending.
A solely online school has more flexibility with the scheduling of classes. Many offer independent study where you can do everything to obtain your degree on your own. This allows you to finish your degree much faster than other programs, which gives you a leg up on earning money faster as well. Taking classes in arts and design helps you expand your working knowledge of a variety of design techniques, and makes you a better overall artist.