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I singled it out because they have a two year program where the second year involves digital painting, and the digital painting and illustration teachers have some pretty cool art. Also, 8k a year seems on the reasonable side. Is digital art something that is pretty easy to learn once you know how to paint? Or is it worth it to pick a program based on that?
I don't know anything about the particulars of Georgetown, but on the point of digital art- although there are neat digital tricks and such that are worth knowing, if painting/illustration is your main goal, I wouldn't attend a program solely on the basis of it having a digital painting focus. Learning how to use Photoshop's interface isn't really all that tremendously difficult if you take the time to explore all the options it gives you, so I'd just pick it up and learn that aspect of it on your own. If you've got a solid grounding in traditional painting, painting digitally should not pose a particularly difficult problem.
That said, that doesn't necessarily mean a class with a digital focus is not worth taking- I guess the difference is between a class that claims, "This class will teach you how to paint digitally! By which we mean, we'll teach you how to use Photoshop and a tablet", and one that claims, "This class will teach you how to paint. The medium we will be using is digital".
You don't need a teacher to tell you what the brush tool does or the marquee tool does or what a Curves adjustment layer does, so if you're taking a class that's focusing on going over those things in checklist, I feel like it's kind of a waste. But if the teacher is teaching painting in the same manner as one would teach painting in any other media and is really good at it, it may be a great class. In doing that they'll be going over a bunch of tools as a matter of course, and you may learn something new about the tools as a result, but the real value is in teaching painting, not software.
Re: taxes: I sent mine off a day or two after my w2 became available and still haven't gotten my refund yet. I was banking on it to get my computer built and get back to the arts. So I guess I'm gonna take it somewhere and refile?
@Juggernut: Unless you've got proof that the IRS didn't receive your return (if you e-filed they should have confirmed that they accepted it, if you mailed you should have sent it certified or registered mail so you would get a confirmation of delivery reciept), refiling stands a decent chance of making you wait even longer to get your refund because then they'll have to sort through processing both returns and try to figure out why you did that. I'd check the IRS Where's my Refund thing (http://www.irs.gov/Refunds) or call them before doing that.
I was thinking of starting am art book review thread in the assignment and resource forum.
I'm always interested in new art books, so I'd be interested in this. Also having some reviews would probably help make a better pitch for explaining why people should be interested in all these books on the book lists (those Amazon.com reviewers can't be trusted).