A Piece of Paper..........................

I’m starting a Fine Arts degree in a week. If there is anyone else that has or is completing this degree and can offer any advice it would be most gratefully accepted. The degree is online, and this in itself is pretty scary.

When I asked my teacher about a degree at Tafe he seemed to just think it was a piece of paper and really not necessary.

The thing is I would love to gain a degree in Fine Art. I thought about it long and hard and really want this will all my heart. I hope I will make it, and if I don’t…..well it won’t be the end of the world or for the lack of determination and dedication……fingers and toes crossed.


  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Tayloralmost 3 years ago

    …that’s wonderful news Cate, big hugs! I know you’ll blitz it! ;0) xxxxx

  • Thanks beautiful, I can only try xox

    – Cate Townsend

  • sentimentum
    sentimentumalmost 3 years ago

    I have a degree hons .. It took 4 years full time art art school and is quite intence. I think to to do this online is amazing, and also may be even harder, if it’s covers all the same subjects as a location based art school.

  • Charlie, thank you so much. I think that interaction is really important and I will be missing out on that hands on working with my peers and teachers. Having said that I believe there is interaction through forums and video conferencing. It’s all baby steps for now, lots of listening and a bit more discipline. I will share my experience as others may not be aware that they can study online. Who knows it might open possibilties for others as well. In Australia there are many that live in remote locations that do not offer Arts courses. I also think that there a lot of people unaware that they can study online.

    – Cate Townsend

  • Barbara Cannon  ART.. AKA Barbieville
    Barbara Cannon...almost 3 years ago

    GO GIRL n have fun most of all :) xx

  • :) thanks Barbara xox

    – Cate Townsend

  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 3 years ago

    good luck Cate you have the artist in you and thats what counts most Liz

  • Thank you so much Liz…big hug xx

    – Cate Townsend

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelalmost 3 years ago

    Congrats, I don’t know this program, but if it’s a good one I think you will be happy you did it. I got a university degree here in the USA some time ago and feel it was beneficial. A degree can open a lot of doors, particularly if you want to gain experience working in an art related job. Your work looks like that of someone who has the tools an artist is born with, like talent and confidence in your concepts. You’ll do well. You may hear some negative comments, but ultimately what anyone does with any degree is up to them, because until they make the most of it, they’re all “just a piece of paper.” So is a sheet of drawing paper…until you make something of it. If it’s something you’ve researched and determined it’s a good program and you want it, go for it.

  • Thank you so much Cindy. I have always felt that I was an artist, but have had a huge problem with confidence. I do believe I have come a long way but still have so much further to travel. I really feel that you are right and a degree can open a lot of doors. It is up to the individual.

    I’m hoping to learn lots and most importantly learn a lot more about myself and my art. Redbubble has been a fantastic experience for me and I am so happy to be amongst such great company as yourself.

    – Cate Townsend

  • Gordon Stead
    Gordon Steadalmost 3 years ago

    Passed with distinction, and followed by wolf whistles and much cheering from me and my mates, all in kilts and nothing else!
    Yours sincerely,
    Professor Gordy.

  • Congratulations :) you always know how to put a smile on my face. Hey Gordy a big event occured here last Wednesday at 3 am in the morning, young Charlote.. our charlie girl gave birth to six of the most adorable babies you have ever laid eyes on. Five girls and one boy, two completely white so far, one with a pale tan patch and two with some black on the white. I’ll send you some pics when they get a little bigger.

    – Cate Townsend

  • Gordon Stead
    Gordon Steadalmost 3 years ago

    Awww man ! That`s so cool !
    Please hold Charlie girl close to your face, and say , " Gordy from Scotland is so proud of you baby !"
    I can`t wait for the pics Cate, thanks for thinking `bout me.
    But, hey ! I didn`t pass with etc etc, it was a premonition of you passing, and how it would be celebrated !
    I`d do the kilt thing forya tho !

  • :) Now that’s something to look forward to

    – Cate Townsend

  • Bec Schopen
    Bec Schopenalmost 3 years ago

    Ah, now I know what your were talking about. I missed this post! Well done you, I am very proud of you. I had a conversation with a friend of mine last night confiding in her that I would love to study but am very fearful of it! I feel that I cannot go through life not having studied art (I have done a couple of certificates at TAFE) but still nothing like being qualified. I would love to know where and what you are doing so if you get the time send me a bmail. So excited for you woop woop!

  • Thank you Bec. You are very talented and if you want to study you should. I’m terrified Bec, but I have found some friends through a friend that have a study group. They are doing the same course and this should help me so much. I will bmail you with all the details, and let you know how I find it.

    – Cate Townsend

  • Rhinovangogh
    Rhinovangoghalmost 3 years ago

    How many of the world’s best artists had an art degree? What do you want to do? Teach? degrees are good for that. You can study art through You Tube tutorials or join challenge sites on Red Bubble… Money can be used for paints. I am self taught and am still learning but will not pay for a class. If you wanna do it badly then do it. Good luck!!!

  • Hi Jerry I don’t know how many great artists have degree’s, or how far they studied. I do know that the majority of successful artists through history that I have studied, have had formal training in the arts. I do want to teach, not so much children, but more adult education. I also want to work with young adults that have been victims of crime, especially those that end up in institutions because they run of the rails as a result of crimes committed against them. I think a degree will definately help open doors for me. Thank you I will need loads of luck.

    – Cate Townsend

  • Duncan Waldron
    Duncan Waldronalmost 3 years ago

    I’m sure you’ll give it all you’ve got, Cate. It might be a big undertaking, but once you’re out the other end, I’m sure it will have been worth it. Then of course, there’s the doctorate, then a post-doc research placement, then a professorship, then… ;-) xo

  • xox Thank you

    – Cate Townsend