Ultimately all students are not on the same level when they are accepted. I wouldn't say the reason is to guzzle money- there have been some students here who came in with little ability to draw, but turned out to be amazing 3D modelers and texture artists. On the CA side I would say the ability to draw is more important, but ultimately your inability to succeed in one aspect of art won't necessarily prevent you in succeeding in another. The 40% statistic you are hearing is an over estimate (it's more like 34%) and it is not based on students failing. That amount of students *do not complete their degree* which means students who voluntarily switch majors, have medical complications which don't allow them to complete their scheduled credits, fail their liberal arts, and fail in the department count as well. It also means students who can't afford to return to school are included in that statistic. I have had friends and acquaintances whom have dropped out for these reasons. I also have a friend who had to leave the school to complete military service for his country. There are other reasons that statistic is so high, I'm sure.
Originally Posted by steampoweredseagoat
I couldn't give you an accurate number on what percentage of students genuinely fail out of the program- the reason being is this (supposed) policy: If you fail one of your CA/GAD department classes, you cannot move on to the next semester in these majors. You are effectively removed from the program until you can retake the class you failed- and sometimes if the incoming class for that semester is too large you won't be able to get back into the major. This is a student-by-student basis thing and doesn't have to do exclusively with skill. It may include whether the student actually bothered to turn in their assignments or not, because believe it or not sometimes a student thinks they can pass without ever turning in work.
As I have said in one of my previous posts- you get in essentially based on potential and ability to understand basic artistic principals. Not everyone lives up to that potential. That may be the student's fault, that may be the wrong fit between the student and the school, or it may be the classes they take. I would say in the case of Ringling- the #1 reason why students do not complete a degree is cost.
Firmitas, utilitas, venustas.
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