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  1. Hi all, I have been on here before but it was a while back. I have bounced back and forth between two undergrad programs 100 miles apart and got most of the training in one school. 1. I have major sanity/safety/housing issues as I'm in that location now, and do not think I can stay here to complete 14 last credits. 2. The other school is the one I'd consider in the same state for an MFA in Studio Art if I were to choose to stay at all(I want to go to CAL State in a perfect world). *I'm in OR. Does anyone have experience with being just shy of a second BA for the new study subject and applying for grad schools? I literally am now out of undergrad aid as of this term. I may be able next fall to squeeze out two more courses that are very germane to my grad school goals/focus and the Cal State Modern/Contemporary Art History Req. Do grad schools look down on you or is it a significant limitation for me to almost have a second BA(so it's pretty nearly negligible). I mean as far as Cal State schools, I think it might be short 6-9 semester credits as compared to their requirements as an equivalency for and Art BA. It's beg. Ceramics and a couple of other odd ball non-studio courses if I remember right that their degree has as compared to my current hrs. standing in OR.
  2. Hi! I'm asking advice about my PhD in History. I have applied for two programs in Art History (rejected from Toronto, accepted at St Andrews) and two in History at Cambridge and Oxford (accepted from both) as my research project involves both architectural history and history. My problem is that I've a MSc in Architectural History and Theory and a BA in History of Art and my dream was doing a PhD in Architectural History as I want to be an Architectural Historian. My MSc supervisor suggested me to apply for a PhD in History at Cambridge as there is a potential supervisor which has already worked on my research topic and the same in Oxford. With my surprise, I have been accepted but now I don't know what to do. I'm not worried about the supervisors who are expert in material culture (so both art and architecture) and really interested in the "architectural" part of my research. What I fear the most is that I wouldn't be prepared enough in History and that I wouldn't fit in the department and that I would regret not being in the Art History one. I can still accept the offer at St Andrews (with no chances of funding) but I feel really stupid in refusing the offers from Oxbridge. Is it true that I will be relatively free to shape my research regardless of the department? Can I attend courses held by other departments? My supervisor told me that a PhD in History (and from Cambridge) is more prestigious that a PhD in History of Art, Is that true?
  3. A thread to post about progress in post graduate admissions for PhD Fine Art programs. Post here listing the school, if you applied/plan to, had an interview (add date), received an acceptance/rejection (add date). AARhus-Denmark Oxford-UK PhD Arts/Leiden-Netherlands Royal College of Art-UK, PhD Fine Art, Accepted 1/15
  4. Hi everyone! Thinking of going to CCA for MFA in Design in the fall focusing in IxD. Anyone planning to attend/ received their financial aid letters yet? Would love to hear people's thoughts/experience with the program!
  5. Hi all, I spent two years researching and visiting programs in order to find the right MFA, and I got into my top choice and I’m super excited to start this fall! I applied to five programs and was accepted, and offered a teaching position and full tuition remission, at three. I picked up some helpful advice along the way and I thought I’d share. My disclaimers are, 1. Obviously this is my opinion, and others might feel differently. 2. I’m enrolled though I don’t actually start school until September. My perspective on my choice could very well change after a year of grad school! Here's my advice: Visit the school I scored big points with future advisors by visiting schools the year before I planned to apply. (ie. visited in 2014, applied in 2015) They remembered my name when calling back for interviews, and knew I was serious about their program. I also saw a highly ranked program that was a complete shit show in person, and was grateful I didn’t waste my time applying there. Look for advisors, not highly ranked programs Your advisor will have a huge impact on your experience during school and after. Whether the program is highly ranked according to US News and World Report will have much less bearing on your success. Those rankings are notoriously inaccurate and meaningless anyways. Find an advisor you don’t mind having dinner with, and who seems like they have enough interest in your work to give you the time of day once you’re a student. Recommendations matter more than essays I asked a potential advisor during a visit how much the essays mattered, and his response was, “We don’t read as much as we should”. Yikes. I still worked super hard on my essays, but per his advice, worked harder to get recommendations from important names in his field. He also said that the name/reputation of the recommender matters more than how glowing their opinion of you might be. (ie. Big name > person who knows you super well) **Note!** You’re going to need to send your recommenders near-final drafts of your essay and portfolio in order to get a good letter, and then to give them at least a month to write your letters. So start your applications a few months before the due date for best results. Play to your strengths I had this wacky idea that I had done enough printmaking in undergrad, and should pursue a grad degree in one of my other areas of interest. I started emailing professors of sculpture about their programs and kept having my emails forwarded to the print professors. Finally I was given the advice that you can explore all you want once you get in (if you choose a program without rigid departmental divisions) but you need to put your best foot forward to get in at all. IMHO, Don’t Pay for an MFA I've heard this from several artists with MFAs, though I also know lots of fantastic artists who did take out large loans to get their degree and felt it was worth it. For me, in an uncertain job market, I find debt to be too large of a liability to be worth a degree that brings no guarantee of employability. There are funded MFAs out there – the trick is to look for universities that keep programs small enough to give each grad student a teaching job. There are also scholarships at private schools (Stanford!). Don’t obsess over this forum I visited grad café a few times during my search and definitely got some helpful stuff here. The level of anxiety on the forum in general though was… unhelpful to say the least. I referenced it during the early stages of choosing schools and then intentionally stayed away from the wanton freaking out. I hope this was helpful! Good luck!!
  6. I've been accepted by both Christie's Education and Georgetown art and museum program. I'm debating which one to go. Anyone have any experience with the two schools? I read somewhere saying that both are not very "academic" which is exactly what I'm looking for (yes I need a job). I also see a huge overlap in the future career of the two. I would love to hear any kind of advice!! Thanks!
  7. I'm majoring in communication arts, mainly producing media arts. I'm making decisions between doing UI/UX design, or doing something more speculative/artsy and having exhibitions. I'm super curious about how to get into the world of artists, galleries and museums? Do artists reach out to galleries by themselves? I have seen that some admitted grad students have a list of exhibitions and awards when they are at school, just feel like I'm not "active" enough. Anyone have suggestions? Thx!!
  8. Hey Grad Cafe - Just checking in. I am from Arkansas an I applied to Northwessern and Yale but I'm really anxious given th at I didn't get an email to interview just yet. I think I will be waitlisted. If you get in HYale or North western and you have other options please go elsewhere given that these are my dream schools.
  9. Hey all! This is my first post on here and I'm terrified really excited. So here's my dilemma: I've completed my undergrad and have always known that I've wanted to go to Graduate School and - oddly enough - I knew it would either be in screenwriting (my undergrad) or I'd go off paths completely and pursue my other passion, which is the study of history. I've had my fill of the film industry after working on a feature film, some commercials, doing the LA thing for a while and whatnot. I'm just not looking for that kind of life any longer. Academia is a place I've always wanted to be and so I'm strongly considering - if not fully decided already - to finally pursue my love of history and get my masters and possibly my PhD as well. Frankly, most of this is coming from my imagination. It's something I want to do and I've been doing research on the schools I want, but a few things are frightening me. The biggest hurdle for me right now is the obvious one - is changing your academic path something schools will consider in a negative way? "Oh, he did film as his undergrad and now he wants to do history? We might as well choose someone who did their undergrad in history!" This thought it beginning to worry me. I've got a 3.89 GPA from undergrad and I'm prepping like mad for my GRE. All of this is possible, right? Or is it just a pipe dream and I should stick to my current path in life? Or should I do another undergrad altogether? Oh gosh, the possibilities. As you can tell, I'm really nervous and confused about the whole thing. Any advice would be really appreciated. Thanks guys!
  10. Jeanne d’Arc, Albert Lynch (1851-1912) , does anyone know who is the person that posed for the picture ? If any of you knows something please let me know
  11. Do you get paid minimum wage for TA-ing?
  12. Hi! Fairly new to grad cafe, been lurking for awhile and have some questions!! What has been your experience in receiving a TA position? I know it probably depends on the program and how competitive it is. How much do they take into account previous teaching experience? I'm trying to figure out how much of a long shot it is to apply...I also work in a weird, non-traditional medium and most of the TAships I hear about are like, teaching intro to drawing, etc. Am I doomed for funding???! I will also have been out of undergrad for five years if/when I enroll...should I wait another year and try to get teaching experience some way, some how?? SO MANY QUESTIONS. Here are the schools I'm interested in (mostly in the pacific northwest because my husband and I wanna stay close to family/his work): Washington State U, MFA Interdisciplinary U of Oregon, MFA Fibers Northwestern, MFA Art Theory & Practice (longshot) Portland State U, MFA Contemporary Art Practice Here is my website if anyone is interested: maykytonen.com
  13. Hello everyone I'm interested in a masters in art history with a focus on postwar American and European documentary photography. Ultimately I'd like to do museum curation. I'd like to stay in a medium-to-large US city. Ideally the school would provide funding. Could you please let me know which schools I should add to or remove from this list? NYU - IFA Bryn Mawr CUNY City College of NY University of Maryland-College Park UC Riverside Tufts University Boston University U of Arizona (Tucson) U of New Mexico SUNY Stony Brook Thanks very much!
  14. I'm busy doing reading for my research proposal which will eventually become an 8000 word dissertation with practical component. I am an illustration honours student. I am looking at Dream descriptions as narratives and I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for me, I also want to create illustrations (visual art, visual representations) (part of my practical component) based on these dream descriptions (that i gathered from other people). Which type of theories would I look at in terms of this sort of subject? And what sort of topics would help me narrow down my research scope enough? I have a vague idea that image and text is something I might explore, I also looked a bit into narrative theories of Roland Barthes. And i found a few good articles on dreams as narrative texts. I'm also not sure if my topic is maybe too broad, am I researching too broad? (I haven't gotten a supervisor yet as they only assign one after we gave our research proposal presentation)
  15. I'm look to apply to these schools in the coming fall (for admission for the Fall 2017) and I was hoping for opinions about these schools. Which is ranked higher, are they about the same, etc.? My focus is Renaissance art. Should I visit the schools before or after I apply? University of Maryland College Park, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Pittsburgh, Boston University. Thanks!
  16. I got into Art Center Media design and Carnegie Mellon ETC. I'm mostly interested in motion graphics and UX. I am more drawn to Art Center but am not sure because it seems like a very unique program. Do any of you know about either one? I feel like I should first attend Art Center and try out the foundation year and if it is not the one for me, I should reapply to programs like Parsons D&T or CMU MFA. I applied at the last minute so couldn't do much research. IF ANYONE HAS ANY THING TO SAY ABOUT MY QUESTION PLEASE DO HELP!!!!
  17. For future reference, does anyone know which Visual Studies programs are known for providing the best funding? I understand PhD programs are more likely to provide a full ride, but are there programs with good funding for MAs as well? UBuffalo, I believe, but not sure any others.
  18. Does anyone have any information or opinions on Seton Hall's Museum Professions Program? Also, where is a good/affordable/safe place to live that would be in between South Orange and NYC?
  19. Hey there Has anyone taken or heard about the online course offered by NODE (Center of curatorial studies)? Do you have any opinions? Thanks!
  20. What are some good MA Art History fellowships in the Boston area?
  21. Hello everyone, well as the title states I'm in my final year (joined degree BA history of art/archaeology & Study of religions) and have been looking for some work experience after I graduate. I've already applied to some summer and graduate programs in museums (Peggy Guggenhem, Metropolitan museum, Smithsonian) but I am still looking for more opportunities. I am not set on a particular country or region but really feel like the few online graduate internships are in the US. So I was wondering if anyone else was in the same position, where have you guys applied to?
  22. I am an art student in a second BA degree I plan to apply for grad school and I'm struggling to get art professors to be interested in writing recommendations. I asked 2 and they made excuses or told me I wasn't ready. And I can ask the person who I volunteered under at an art community ctr to possibly write a modest one as well as the person who chose me to have a small solo show through a spiritual ctr. that was on an art walk. But I'm still trying to figure out how to ask or get art profs to be willing to even look at my whole body of work and seriously consider writing me a recommendation when the time comes.
  23. Trying to decide between two great offers from Washington University in St. Louis/Sam Fox School of Art, and UNC-Chapel Hill. I'm going for a Masters of Fine Arts, with an emphasis on college teaching preparation. WUSTL/Sam Fox sounds like a great school, and I'm pretty excited about being in St. Louis. The class size is medium, and they are offering me a very nice package. The school is very conceptual and independently driven, which is what I'm looking for in a program. UNC-Chapel Hill has offered me a bit better of a deal (although, the tuition for UNC is lower than WUSTL, so they can afford it in a way.) The program is also very conceptual and independently driven, but they only take very few students each year, making their class size very small and intimate. I'm a little worried about this-- I feel like too small a size might mean that everyone influences each other in each incoming class, and everyone's work might develop similarly. I know it's not totally possible, but I'm still a little worried about it. So, My advice is, - Medium Sized program, or Very Tiny program? -St. Louis or Chapel Hill? -Really Good Offer or Great offer? Thank you!
  24. I think i just posted this in the wrong place-- so, here it is, can anyone help me? Trying to decide between two great offers from Washington University in St. Louis/Sam Fox School of Art, and UNC-Chapel Hill. I'm going for a Masters of Fine Arts, with an emphasis on college teaching preparation. WUSTL/Sam Fox sounds like a great school, and I'm pretty excited about being in St. Louis. The class size is medium, and they are offering me a very nice package. The school is very conceptual and independently driven, which is what I'm looking for in a program. UNC-Chapel Hill has offered me a bit better of a deal (although, the tuition for UNC is lower than WUSTL, so they can afford it in a way.) The program is also very conceptual and independently driven, but they only take very few students each year, making their class size very small and intimate. I'm a little worried about this-- I feel like too small a size might mean that everyone influences each other in each incoming class, and everyone's work might develop similarly. I know it's not totally possible, but I'm still a little worried about it. So, My advice is, - Medium Sized program, or Very Tiny program? -St. Louis or Chapel Hill? -pretty great offer, or totally great offer? Thank you!