The Princeton Visual Arts Program, in 7* Steps*More or less
1. Get interested in visual arts
3-4. Take a bunch of classes; make art (in no specific order)
5. Make a thesis
6. Let people see it
Display your work. Invite some people you know (and don't know) to pick apart everything you've created, in what is commonly called a critique. Have the Lewis Center pay for some catering and invite everyone you know to come see your work during a reception.
After opening my "baby" for the world to see, I subjected myself to one of the scariest parts of being an artist—the critique. As VIS faculty, students and friends gathered to discuss my work for one hour, I heard from others about what they saw in my work. The discussion weaved around everything from philosophy, to communism, to teenage angst and gossip. But beyond hearing both praise and criticism, I came out of the critique with a distinct sense of fulfillment. I was struck by how it felt to have my artwork be treated and discussed as a real piece of art. Over the course of the week, everyone from art historians to small children came to see the show. It gave me a distinct sense of dignity and pride that others could see my work and lend it such legitimacy.