I'm a newbie artist living in London, leaning towards working in print but this isn't set in stone. I know the school subject has been done to death but please bear with me. I've decided (after much debate) that I WOULD like to attend school to increase my confidence, diversify my skills, learn hairstyling properly and also because I think I'd enjoy it. I also recognise the potential to gain considerable contacts, particularly for the future...
I've rounded it down to two schools - MUD (New York campus) or Delamar Academy in London (either the 22 week "make-up school certificate" type course or the 1 year Higher Education Certificate course).
Both schools appear to be of an equivalent high standard and have successful alumni, although MUD doesn't appear to shout much about their teachers whereas Delamar has an impressive list of industry-active teachers. Both appear to offer good post-grad work experience oppurtunities (only in London would I be able to take advantage of these of course). Money is not a primary issue.
The main argument for MUD is it's international reputation for good quality teaching, and it's location - basically I'd love to spend an extended period in New York purely for the adventure! However Delamar, on paper at least, is certainly the more "sensible" option. Do any UK artists have opinions on Delamar? I'm struggling to find much by way of discussion on them.
For artists who did go to school, are you still in contact with your fellow alumni? Do you ever work with them? Did you find it useful having these contacts, for referrals and support, or do you think that the school contacts issue is more minor than that and the vast majority aren't working as MUAs anymore? Because if it is, I may as well just go to New York. If it's more vital, I think I would stay in London, where I plan to work for the foreseeable future.
I've been on (good) short courses and pretty much no one is working towards becoming a full-time MUA any more, bar two or three. I'd assume the percentage would be higher for these longer courses...?
Any guidance or opinions on the schools or any other issues are much appreciated
I'm open to all advice!