Art school programs are pretty stuck in a conceptual approach - demanding students 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. (And, by strong, I mean both traditionally figurative as well as attracts like the Abstract Expressionists and others who loved fundamentally great visuals.)
As a professional in the ad biz married to a fine artist, these programs are out of date. They are, for example, quite weak at application of digital arts. And most art that sells is still traditional 2D and 3D art. And a commercial career? Art school conceptualism may ruin your potential for a career as an art director.
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 things as concept based knitting work that's really ugly.)
So I'm looking for ideas for my son's future... Where are the schools who see art and art education differently from how badly entrenched many of the so-called "top" schools are?