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Last week I was wondering if I'd be too old for college and a lot of people in this forum helped me see that being 30 isn't too old to start learning again. I'm so thankful and so happy with the response that I wanted to see if I could get more advice from you, fellow deviants! 

Well, there are two things I know for certain:

- I want to study illustration
- I want to live abroad for a time (possibly forever, if I can get a job or earn money with my art)

So, I've been researching some Art Colleges (why are they soo expensive??) and wondering where should I go.

I know Ringling and SVA are among the best schools and I'm really interested in them. I've also been to Florida (though not in Sarasota) and to NYC... I think it'd be nice to live in either place. I've also looked at Lesley University in Cambridge and School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University (SMFA) in Boston, which has a certificate program in illustration and would be the least expensive option among those. (Do you guys know anything about the programs at Lesley or SMFA?? I haven't seen reviews or comments about them...)

I was thinking of taking some online classes to improve my art a bit and build a portfolio so I can apply. I will also prepare all documents from my high school and my bachelor's degree (in business administration). And I have to take a TOEFL test too. Everything I just mentioned I plan to have ready by the end of April. Because I wanted to try and move to the U.S. for the Fall semester. (I know some colleges have a deadline for applications, but maybe I can try for those that accept app on rolling basis).

So, do you guys have any advice for me? Should I go to SMFA to start and then maybe apply to a better university next? Is Lesley any good? Do you know of any good Art Schools or Colleges in Boston/NYC/San Diego/Florida that might be a little less expensive but still nice? I know those cities are very expensive to live in, do you have any advice on that?

I just find so hard to always be second-guessing myself. I wish someone could just light the path for me. Sniff 

If you read everything, THANK YOU! :hug: 

I've been researching Art schools/colleges/universities in the U.S. and Canada. I've always had a dream of studying art and only now I got the courage to go after it. The only problem (though I'm not sure it's a real problem) is that I'm 30 years old. My worries are: will I stand out too much? is it too late to start? Should I just try to improve my art through online art schools?

I feel like this is the path I should take, to go after what I want... I just want to be mentally prepared to what I might go through. I know it will be hard work. I live in Brazil, so it will be a big move for me and I'll be alone at first.

I guess I just need some encouragement, since I feel like I don't get any at home. I'm 30 years old and I'm still dependent on my mother and I don't want to be like this anymore.


Amanda, 30 years old, brazilian, loves reading books/manga and watching anime/doramas :)

Current Residence: Brazil
Operating System: OS X
MP3 player of choice: iPhone
Personal Quote: Don't worry. Be happy.
Oooh I'm so sleepy... I think the last four days without classes spoiled me. Today I had to go back and to a test no less.

Anyways, I've been working on some digital art, but it's been going on slow. Too many projects at the same time. Some days I feel like working on lineart, some days on coloring... But I'll post something soon, promise.

Fandoms I'm working on currently: Sailor Moon, Harry Potter, Twilight, Hunger Games, Howl's Moving Castle, Ranma/Inuyasha... and some original work as well.


:iconhungergamesfanclub: :iconfan-art-central: :iconbrazilxargentina-fc: :iconharrypotteraulove:


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Suki-Manga Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016   Traditional Artist
thank you for the watch! :w00t:
amandioka Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016
You're welcome! I love your art and wish I could colour like you.. if I get anywhere half as good as you are, I'll be happy. Thanks for sharing your lovely art with us!
fayrinn Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for faving [Escaflowne] Night Flight !! :shylove:  
iamtabbychan Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015   Digital Artist
Muito obrigada pelo watch! Ayumi Excited Icon 
AlbaBG Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Student General Artist
aah *-* nice gallery!
amandioka Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015
Thank you! :D
AlbaBG Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Student General Artist
You're very welcome :3 :hug:
witch-hecate Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015
Obrigada pelo :+fav:! ^^
amandioka Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015
Imagina..! Tua arte é muito linda! <3
witch-hecate Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
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