Plainfield, NJ, January 08, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Registration for Spring Semester, which begins January 17, 2011, is currently underway at the duCret School of Art. Founded in 1926, duCret is the oldest private art school in New Jersey and has long been a major center for the development of artistic talent in the state.
Though little known to the public until recent years, duCret School of Art has begun to emerge in the public eye in a surprising multitude of ways. For example, four recent graduates are now sculptors for Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken and two of them have been featured on the highly successful TLC series “Cake Boss.” Ralph Attanasia, the most prominently featured sculptor and now an instructor at duCret, is but one of a long line of artists who have carved surprising careers right from the graduate gate.
At a challenging time when continuing education has become unexpectedly unattainable to many families hit hard by economic circumstances, many parents have found themselves lost in a sea of impossibility when it comes to affording standard collegiate education programs. So difficult are educative circumstances that on December 21st CNBC launched a series of investigative reports on the “College Tuition Crisis,” which they termed, “the next bubble to burst.” The sliding economy has left families stranded with tuition fees they can no longer afford. According to the CNBC report, college tuition is rising at twice the rate of inflation and students and families have found themselves struggling to meet the financial challenge.
If college is not in the cards, then what other alternatives do parents have for their high school graduates looking to study art and work in a creative capacity? The New Jersey community’s near–hidden artists’ haven, duCret, has found itself suddenly spotlighted as a result and, along with its impressive eighty-five year history, it has some other surprising statistics for parents to entertain. The tuition at duCret is equal to or less then many state schools with a single course costing $410 per semester and full-time tuition, (ten) classes per semester, costing $8,000.00 per year. Many duCret graduates have gone on to become nationally acclaimed portrait artists, illustrators, and graphic designers affiliated with some of the nation’s most prestigious advertising agencies. The professionals who teach at duCret are well-established artisans who bring insight plus an extensive wealth of knowledge to their respective classroom studios. Creating a closely related professional environment in the classroom is the goal of many of the advanced level courses. Classes such as Graphic Design Studio and the duCret Design Group bring in outside jobs that students work on during class time. They learn about client contact, client requirements, budgets and deadlines while building extensive “real world” portfolios.
Because duCret is a small school, students benefit from a direct teacher-student relationship. In contrast to the big campus collegiate arenas, at duCret everyone knows each other. How many schools feature a hands-on director who also teaches and maintains a direct pulse on student talent?
The school offers several options for study, including the full-time three-year program or attendance on a part-time basis, which ironically, has begun to appeal not only to the students but to parents themselves, as well as to professionals of all types. Night classes are also available and have taken on new meaning, as individuals can design their school schedule to accommodate their work and personal lives. Majors are offered in Graphic Design, Illustration and Fine Art with nearly fifty different courses offered this spring including Toy Design, Special Effects Make-up, Watercolor and Japanese Pottery Techniques. Starting in February the school will be offering an expanding "Open Studio" program on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. The “pay as you go” series is a community oriented artist environment where individuals can work together with other artists, both professional and student, to develop a rapport and a revised sense of inspiration during these tough times.
Additional information and registration for all classes and workshops may be in person at the school from Monday through Friday, 9am to 4 pm, by telephone at (908) 757-7171, or online at www.duCret.edu.