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  1. MFA 2017 All Art ADMISSIONS freak-out forum!!!!!!!!

    I'm familiar with SFAI, my friend Simón Garcia Minaur studied film commercially prior to pursuing it as an art. He went to SFAI and did well there. Although I don't think you should attend a school if you have doubts and feel more strongly about another school. If that's the case, you should wait and do more research and apply to schools you can get excited about.
  2. MFA 2017 All Art ADMISSIONS freak-out forum!!!!!!!!

    I live in SF, it is ridiculously difficult to make ends meet in this city. There is a close community of artists, but it is small and primarily emerging. The city is beautiful, but unfortunately doesn't offer much to support or stimulate artists as it used to. I would only suggest paying that much more to be at CCA if you really like the program, but it is a good deal of money that may haunt you.
  3. MFA 2017 All Art ADMISSIONS freak-out forum!!!!!!!!

    I'm going to London. It's such an exciting international hub for all of Europe's art that it's so easy to connect with artists and follow opportunities to other countries. I feel pretty confident about the choice. DM me if you're going too. Would be good to know more people prior to the move.
  4. MFA 2017 All Art ADMISSIONS freak-out forum!!!!!!!!

    I had a Bachelor of Science degree and though my portfolio got me into some really great interviews (Columbia, Yale, Goldsmiths) some interviewers verbalized their issues with my undergrad degree. I went the route of exhibiting heavily with recent MFA grads and learning by doing. There is a bias against applicants without a BFA at some schools. I feel like not having a BFA opens your work to a degree of skepticism and requires a stronger portfolio or perhaps just more 'flexing' of your ability to understand art intellectually. I dont believe that you'd need a BFA, but you should be aware that some schools take issue. I strongly recommend against getting a BFA if you think it would be a step backwards in developing your work. If you think you might benefit from the education (not the degree) I'd consider a few short "Post-Bac" or summer programs. Best of luck
  5. MFA 2017 All Art ADMISSIONS freak-out forum!!!!!!!!

    I thought this BBC feature was really helpful. There are painters, but all the classes are mixed and people tend to switch media often. This was made in 2009 and features a painter as well. Best of luck with your decisions and the Visa process.
  6. MFA 2017 All Art ADMISSIONS freak-out forum!!!!!!!!

    I got into Goldsmiths as well and I've done a lot of research on the program. The school is really radical and very much in the realm of conceptual art. They respond to the research you propose, so it's good for self directed artists but frustrating if you need more guidance. The MFA doesn't maintain any specificity to your claimed medium but rather teaches more about content and concept, so it produces very conceptual interdisciplinary artists. You are also in a community with a lot of arts writers (MA) and curators (MFA) so the conversations are very brainy. I don't know anything about Slade, but I've heard very good things. overall London seems like a really exciting place to be right now.
  7. MFA 2017 All Art ADMISSIONS freak-out forum!!!!!!!!

    UCLA 100% the students there are very happy with the program.
  8. MFA 2017 All Art ADMISSIONS freak-out forum!!!!!!!!

    LA is the place to be. There's so much space for artists to make work and rents are more affordable so the art scene is definitely growing. UCLA will likely offer significantly more funding than Columbia. The program is very self directed and "chill". I just think overall the quality of life will be better in LA. You can focus on your work in a relaxed environment and not be distracted by the high cost of being alive in NY.
  9. MFA 2017 All Art ADMISSIONS freak-out forum!!!!!!!!

    They were in Dogpatch previously, talk about a hike. North Beach to the Marina is pretty close.
  10. MFA 2017 All Art ADMISSIONS freak-out forum!!!!!!!!

    I know both of these programs well. I prefer SFAI, given the smaller size and very strong network of alumni that seem to be running the emerging scene in SF. The work is a bit more intellectual than CCA, which is a mixed bag. The campus is also ridiculously beautiful and the grad studios are moving into Fort Mason into a big warehouse pier that juts into the bay. The programs are comparable, and the alumni tend to exhibit and mix well together in the end. I would try to see which one offers the best scholarship, and which neighborhood would be more affordable. Most SFAI students (who aren't supremely wealthy) live in the Tenderloin, which is still gritty, but becoming hip very fast.
  11. MFA 2017 All Art ADMISSIONS freak-out forum!!!!!!!!

    Go to Calarts. Its got a better reputation than CCA and LA has so more of a dynamic art scene than SF. Also, the average 1 bedroom in SF is $3500 a month............its rough.
  12. Skowhegan 2017

    Y'all, if I died tomorrow, Imma haunt this realm until I hear back from Columbia. For Real.
  13. MFA 2017 All Art ADMISSIONS freak-out forum!!!!!!!!

    Sure thing, Best, Tyler
  14. MFA 2017 All Art ADMISSIONS freak-out forum!!!!!!!!

    So, I interviewed at Yale for sculpture. They ask you to do a formal presentation of your work to the students and faculty. I was not flustered, I spoke from the heart and hip about my practice. However, they took issue with me not having an arts degree. A faculty member had stated that my work was too emotional to critique, and that the work I presented containing my brother's ashes (though absolutely relevant to my research about "performative objects", and the feature of an entire conceptual exhibition) was a faux pas. I had gotten rejected from Yale. I interviewed at Columbia. I have not heard anything, and I realize that if I were to gain acceptance, I'd likely be a second or third choice after other artists have passed due to their high tuition. I had been conversing with faculty at UCLA and I had current grad students advocating on my behalf. I had gotten a rejection without even an interview. I know we all understand this sentiment; of feeling yourself and your practice under repetitive scrutiny and valuation, only to be confronted with the hard realization that some people have the ability to prevent you from moving forward. I had expected nothing as a self taught artist, then my morale was so high from the offer of interviews at these schools. I had thought, "finally, my god, thank you." Visions of vast studios and dynamic conversation of art critiques quickly populated my mind. I am an idealist, and as such I am consistently let down. The rejection had me reeling in self doubt, without any touchstone to regain my faith in the art world. How am I to function if my work is too emotional to critique? How am I to move forward from this? Truthfully, I have always done my best by proving people wrong. I realize that you should never ask permission for what others do not own. Your art is your's, your intention should be sincerely your own. If your work is not compatible with a program, that does not make it irrelevant, it simply means its different. I had an interview at Goldsmiths this morning, a radical mfa program that had seemed like a wildcard in my applications. I had spoke from the heart and the hip about my work. I was immediately granted admission. Every thing that these ivy leagues took issue with, they appreciated. Grad school is dating and you should find someone who loves you back.
  15. MFA 2017 All Art ADMISSIONS freak-out forum!!!!!!!!

    Just wondering, how was the interview experience for you? I felt like mine went really well, but they do a good job of keeping a poker face. I ate an entire funfetti cake yesterday because I've been so anxious.