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    2018 Fall

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  1. I second taking some time off between your BA and your MA/PhD. To be candid: I am currently in a PhD program and there is a stark contrast between those who worked between degrees and those who went straight through to graduate school. The latter are intense and driven students, but TBH I have noticed that many (but not all) have trouble connecting with their peers or discussing anything outside of academia. My time spent working as a freelance art critic, in restaurants, and as a curatorial assistant really gave me the time/space to think deeply about why I wanted to pursue graduate school an
  2. Are you thinking global, or specifically North America? If the latter, check out the faculty lists at UCSB, UC Berkeley, Bard, and U Delaware. Just a starting point. When applying I had similar interests--I wasn't really keen on theory-based programs (museum work being my ultimate goal).
  3. It's a new-ish program, no? I can't find a solid placement record for their PhD grads... Their current students seem to publish and present frequently, though. I was on a conference panel with a UCSC student and their research was interesting and unique. Your best bet would be to contact current students and ask them what the atmosphere is like--I found this most helpful when considering where to apply. Are they all fully funded? Is there a lot of competition for funding and external fellowships? Are the faculty supportive of their students?
  4. Noscrubs

    Fall 2018

    Thanks for your honesty. For those still weighing their options, U Del's delayed response is very unfortunate.
  5. Noscrubs

    Fall 2018

    Interesting. Thanks for the info--seems like they have some communication hiccups!
  6. Noscrubs

    Fall 2018

    I emailed them yesterday and was told that while they have sent out acceptances, all other notifications will go out after April 15th. I find this a tad unethical, as most schools require you to accept financial packages by that date. I just accepted an offer at another school, but was curious to hear back since it was the only program to which I applied that failed to send any form of notification.
  7. "It might also be helpful to ask program advisors/directors where recent graduates have ended up in the last few years. (I.e., did they get curatorial positions in museums? Move on to PhD programs? exit the industry? etc.)" This. There seem to be a lot of Hunter M.A. grads who have curatorial positions. So, if that's what you're seeking, Hunter might be a great option. If you decide to pursue a PhD in art history later on having an MFA could make your application process more challenging. While many programs now recognize the benefits of MFA-->PhD candidates, more traditional schools
  8. Noscrubs

    Fall 2018

    Anyone want to claim that U Del rejection? Haven't heard either way--just curious.
  9. Noscrubs

    Fall 2018

    I completely rewrote my SOP. Granted, the first time I applied I had little experience, compared to this year. Also my interests and scholarship evolved so I made sure to really communicate how and why. Also, I think I now realize that my SOP from 2 years ago was totally weird and came across as too theoretical. It didn't demonstrate how I am interested in applying my scholarship, just that I enjoyed studying a particular topic! I didn't change my writing sample because it was my M.A. thesis (and a lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into it and I am super proud of it). The topic isn't s
  10. Noscrubs

    Fall 2018

    I think they were implying that 11,000 people applied to the Graduate Division of Arts and Sciences or whatever (at least that's what my rejection letter made it sound like).
  11. Noscrubs

    Fall 2018

    I would think PhD programs might be more inclined to accept someone with teaching experience than curatorial experience--but I guess it depends on the program? Good luck in your application season! It sounds like you have a lot of great experience.
  12. Noscrubs

    Fall 2018

    This is my second time applying to graduate programs. The first time around I received all rejections (I applied to 13 programs. Just a tip: don't do that). I took two years off in between my M.A. and applying again, and I'm glad I did. I wrote exhibition reviews, worked as a freelance research assistant, presented at a few major conferences (which allowed me to really develop my interests) and later received a pretty prestigious year-long fellowship. These experiences helped me to strengthen my application and prove to admissions committees that I was really committed to my scholarship and my
  13. Noscrubs

    Fall 2018

    I would also be interested in hearing from others regarding proper attire. I’m planning on dressing like I would for work: black jeans, nice shoes/boots, maybe a blouse and black blazer? I mean, is a suit TOO much? My POI’s at both schools are fairly casual from what I can tell, but I am terrified of showing up underdressed. HALP.
  14. Noscrubs

    Fall 2018

    I thought the same thing about the acceptance board this year, in general. So many decisions are rolling in earlier than previous years...
  15. Noscrubs

    Fall 2018

    I'm trying to remain hopeful, but my gut instinct tells me that if we weren't contacted by Penn for an interview by now the chance of acceptance is slim. Same goes for Northwestern. Harvard doesn't do interviews, FYI. Sending y'all good vibes. Wine helps.
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