I am currently a student at an art university about to go into my Senior Year. Being that it is an art school, it demands a lot of hands-on learning and in-person teaching. However, with the pandemic, my Fall 2020 classes have gone remote (My school is hoping we can continue on-campus courses in the Spring; that is, if there isn’t a second COVID-19 wave–we’re in NYC by the way).
With online learning, the educational experience is significantly reduced, however, students are still expected to pay 60K. For remote learning, no access to campus art equipment/facilities and with many of my Fall 2020 classes being cancelled (Again, due to lack of access to the campus. For example, you can’t take a machine knitting class without the machine!), I’m seriously considering whether or not it would be more beneficial for me to take a gap year.
I have a lot of personal art projects in mind and I also currently have a remote job (paid) and internship (unpaid, unfortunately). I figured that if I were to hypothetically take a gap year, I could utilize the time to become a more realized artist. My dad is also a bit skeptical about the job market in 2021 and I know a concern of his is whether or not I’d even find work after I graduate.
Also, a little side note about my school. The curriculum does not allow for a student to take a semester off. The Fall and Spring semester are consecutive with one another, meaning… If I take my Senior Thesis course in the Fall (Thesis #1), I cannot take classes in the Spring (Thesis #2) without having first taken the pre-requisite course (Thesis #1) which is ONLY offered in the fall. Therefore, it has to be a gap year.
I guess my question now is… based on these circumstances, do you think a Gap Year would be more beneficial for me? (In the end, I would obviously have to make the choice with my parent–but, I am open for outside opinion) What are some other things I should consider if I DO take a Gap Year (cost of living, etc…) that most people don’t realize? How do I begin this discussion with dad? I doubt he is someone who is open to this idea, but this is still something I want to potentially express to him.
Thank you for the feedback!