Why take online art classes in Maryland?
Most importantly, few states can boast as many arts-related career opportunities as Maryland, especially given its size. The Americans’ for the Arts 2012 Creative Industry Report reported there were 17,720 arts-related businesses in Maryland, which was 4.33 percent of the total businesses in the state. Those businesses employed just more than 61,000 people. The report for the District of Columbia said there are another nearly 3,000 arts-related businesses in the district. This is important because people who choose online art classes and schools in Maryland may have a leg up when it comes to job-hunting locally because these businesses are familiar with the schools and their graduates.
Also, the aforementioned University College at the University of Maryland is unlike almost any online degree-granting institution. For one, it offers an unparalleled selection of online degrees, of the undergraduate and graduate variety, including many arts-related degrees. Secondly, it comes with the prestige and reputation of the University of Maryland, a well-known and well-respected institution that holds its online courses to the same standards as its traditional ones.
Finally, online arts classes use technology that is often used in the professional world. This allows online arts students to get familiar with the technology and design software they may be using once they secure their first job. This may also be an advantage when it comes to showing off knowledge and skills interviews and proficiency tests.
Online Education in Maryland Overview
Online education in Maryland is really still in its infancy. The state offers individual courses online statewide, but still doesn’t have a full-time virtual school and its state laws and policies have hardly even mentioned online education to this point. This doesn’t mean the state doesn’t have the potential to implement effective statewide online education at the secondary and post-secondary level, it just means they are still very cautious when it comes to opening their educational doors to online education possibilities.
As expected, the national campaign for online learning, Digital Learning Now, did not have high praise for a state that has really only scratched the surface when it comes to online learning. Maryland earned zeros in important categories like infrastructure and funding as well as low scores in advancement and quality of content. It did earn moderate scoring in quality of options, but that was about it. There is still plenty of hope, especially given all of its online education options at the collegiate level.