What does it take to become an artist? From my understanding and experience in 3D modeling programs art courses are not necessary. However, do you need schooling in art to be an artist? In the contemporary art world fine arts degrees are pretty much a prerequisite to be an artist. If you try to crack into the art world without a BFA and MFA you need to play the political game much harder. As a side note, the history of art is in itself an exclusionary story that has and continues to marginalize certain art forms and people. That being said, a 3D modeler could play the game and show work in galleries without a degree in fine art. Getting into the art world through 3D modeling would be the exception and not the norm.