Hello, all. It's been a long time since I frequented a forum, so I hope I'm not posting in the wrong place! I apologize in advance for this little speech.
I'm in my senior year of high school and have been accepted to the art school I've been planning to go to, but I'm currently at a loss as to what I should study there. My school has a foundation year, so this is just food for thought and a little reassurance on my part. I always assumed I would pursue graphic design since I'm handy with Photoshop and designing simple, elegant compositions. I designed a teacher's business cards and the drama club's logo--little things like that. Okay, really, it's what first comes to mind to a young artist such as myself considering practicality in the workforce. The thing is, though I enjoy what little graphic design I've done, it's just not my passion. My "ideal" job would be a costume designer, specifically for period pieces. My interest in history and culture almost rivals my interest in art. Plus, I've already dedicated so much time and energy to portraiture (my subject of choice) that it seems to make sense to transition to another form of art that centers around the human figure. Ideally, I would being drawing the costume illustrations, budgeting the physical costumes, choosing fabrics, and tailoring them here and there. I'm not so good with the actual sewing from scratch part... Hah. My school doesn't offer a straight fashion major, but they do have graphic design, illustration, and fiber/textiles. I'm also thinking of adding a minor of Culture and Politics, if my bank account ever allows it. The area I'll be studying in has plenty of small theaters that have offered various internships to students in the past. At least a few alumni are part of the fashion force. I mainly chose the school for its location and because I felt comfortable there on my visits, so I wouldn't think of changing schools anytime soon when I don't even know what being a costume designer entails, exactly. Does anyone have any experience in this field who could possibly throw in a few words on which of those majors would be the safest bet for me? I will of course get in touch with school career advisers, but as of now I'm more concerned about the career itself.