Art school programs are pretty stuck in a conceptual approach - demanding students to create academic art with highly intellectualized meaning (conceptual) and preferring performance art, installation art, and other 1960's derivatives to strong painting, drawing, sculpting, or digital arts.
As a professional in the ad biz married to a fine artist, these programs are out of date with how art has changed - for example quite weak at application of digital arts. (The new media art work I've seen from them and in museums is incredibly boring - lacking the key fundamentals that make great work in those medias. It's either shock art or elevator music - not compelling.)
Reading on these boards this over-emphasis on conceptual is found everywhere - at RISD, SAIC, Parsons, etc. (It's even here in Oregon at the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts where students are forced to do such conceptual knitting work. Really?)
So I'm looking for ideas for my son's future... Where are the schools who see art and art education differently from these standards?