Complex Lists 25 Musicians Who Went To Art School

Some say school is for fools, others don’t. It’s not the same world it used to be, where going to school was seen as guaranteeing a career and success in the real world. Certainly for musicians, going to school, even for music, isn’t the surefire path for “making it” as an artist. Funny enough, though, a ton of your favorite musicians went to art school of some sort, whether it be for film-making, fine art, or performing arts. Check out these 25 Musicians Who Went to Art School and get inspired to pursue your dreams.



A$AP Ferg
Studied: Studio Art

Following in the large footsteps of Harlem’s own A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg is becoming a household name for hip-hop heads in 2013. Prior to his mainstream success, Ferg attended art school, where he studied drawing and painting. Rumor has it that a painting done by Ferg hangs over A$AP Rocky’s bed.



Toro Y Moi
Studied: Graphic Design

Prior to Toro Y Moi’s music career, he (Chaz Bundwick) graduated from the University of South Carolina with a graphic design degree in 2009, where he met fellow electronic artist and collaborator Washed Out.



Azealia Banks
Studied: Performing Arts

Azealia Banks, known for her Twitter antics and eccentric raps, attended the same LaGuardia High School as Nicki Minaj. Little is known of Banks’ educational background, besides that she studied performing arts before dropping out of high school to pursue her music career.


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