Too Old

I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do with myself when we decided to move to Munich. I had a hunch I wanted to more aggressively pursue my career as an artist, and so I investigated going back to art school as an option. I found the website of the Akademie der bildenden Künste München and eagerly read through the information presented for those hoping to be admitted for an art degree course. I got so excited thinking about life as a full-time art student – how much I would enjoy the various challenges in each course, how much I could grow as an artist with all that new knowledge.

And then I started reading through the admissions requirements. And then I came to this bit: (Section 6.1.a.)

Minimum Age: Eighteen years at last birthday
Age Limit: Thirtieth birthday

Fabulous. My over-30-year-old-brain just isn’t worth their time. Too shriveled and useless to benefit from art school!

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2 Responses to “Too Old”

  1. Kesha Bruce: says:

    Eh, at a certain point (age?) I don’t think academic art training is all that necessary. Art school didn’t teach me how to paint. And it certainly won’t teach you how to make a living as an artist.

    You MUST read this immediately:

    http://brooklyndays.blogspot.com/2006/01/why-i-do-not-have-mfa.html

  2. Jul says:

    Interesting read. Reminded me of my evil painting teacher form college…

    I think the appeal of school for me is 1) all the structured assignments, forcing me to try different things and 2) the other people. I suppose I can gets assignments in other courses, and come to think of it I don’t think I’d like hanging out with a bunch of 18-year-olds, anyway.

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