Attending an art academy is an important step into a career in any of the arts. It is a chance to learn new techniques in a chosen field. It is also a way to explore other arts that may or may not be related. It gives students the opportunity to learn in an environment where creativity is the norm. For this reason, art academies are not generally age restricted. Not everyone grows up knowing they wish to become an artist. Some find out later in life they have a gift and choose to pursue it. Others have to wait until they have the financial resources to pursue their dreams.