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  • Application Season
    2018 Fall
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    MFA Studio Arts Painting

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  1. IrisR

    2018 Funding & Decisions

    How much funding do you have for applications? Is location more important than cost? Do you see your style of work represented in the faculty? Rutgers has wonderful studio spaces and a very diverse student body from what I have seen visiting the campus. I love that you are around BFA students as well as MFA students. You get teaching experience as well and access to NY. However, they only have a few MFA spots and they get an insane amount of applicants. I consider applying at Rutgers like playing the lottery. I can't talk about the other university since I did not visit them. All my professors told me I should visit the Universities and talk to the faculties I intend to apply to. That is a wise decision as some universities offer a great deal more than others when it comes to access to equipment, studio space and professional networking opportunities. Some advise you to enter an MFA program only in areas you will remain after you graduate. But that leaves a lot of good opportunities on the table.
  2. IrisR

    Post Bacc at UC Berkeley Extension

    It all depends on how much funding you are willing to spend. There is no promise that you get into an MFA program after a post Bacc. You could look into fellowships and gain the same experience without the expense. I had several offers but opted against them because I am at a different stage in my artist journey and did not want to add cost to my education nor delay my MFA any further.
  3. IrisR

    Is ArtCenter good in Art?

    After applying for two MFA seasons I can see how there is some truth to what has been stated here. Fact is there are too many applicants for the limited spots available funded or not. I am not an accountant but one does not have to be to see how the whole application process alone is a big money maker for some institution. I am amazed that after all the application fees they get they charge the few applicants they accept at all. The programs should be paying for themselves. I agree with the other poster, go for the fully funded programs but know there will be even more competition. Look outside the box and consider going overseas for your arts degree. It all depends on what your future goals are and if an MFA will help you reach those goals. Some of the elite and private Universities have funding and if you are the candidate they want they will find the money. Consider researching grants and fellowships. Best of luck.
  4. IrisR

    Need help/advice

    You could reach out to professional photographers organizations and get more outside help as well. PPA, ASMP and APA are a good start. ASMP and PPA have local chapters in almost every state. https://americanmediainstitute.com/journalism-resources/professional-journalism-organizations/ https://www.asmp.org https://www.ppa.com http://apanational.org
  5. IrisR

    Seeking Funding/Career Advice

    Hello Lilybet, Have you considered trying to get a job at RISD? A friend of mine did just that at Penn. She hopes that in a few years working at Penn she will be able to work towards her MFA. You can research Grants and Fellowships and other scholarship outside of RISD. Fellowships are the closest you can get to a similar experience you might find in an MFA program. They are a wonderful way to explore which direction you like to take and certainly look good on your application. Every university told me that you apply for a given program, however ones accepted you can pretty much select anything they offer in their MFA program. Some apply in a program with lesser applicants rate in order to get into their dream MFA program after they have been accepted. Best of luck,
  6. IrisR

    MFA over 50

    Update: I found my MFA home at SACI Florence Italy. My two-year journey will begin in September. My goal is to not only become a better artist but to add another language. I will certainly block and talk about my journey on all the major SN sites. If I am not too busy I come back and post an update here about my experience. https://twitter.com/IrisKnowsArt https://instagram/IrisKnowsArt https://www.buymeacoffee.com/IrisRichardson
  7. Congratulation so happy for you. VCU is a wonderful program go with them.
  8. IrisR

    MFA Accepted - Now What!

    Congratulation to all of you who have been accepted into your MFA program. My MFA journey will continue in Florence Italy. What are the things you are doing now to prepare you for the next 2-3 years? How do you go about your thesis research?
  9. IrisR

    Post-Baccalaureate Fine Art Painting

    From talking to others post-bac programs are great for people who do not come from an art background and those who want to build their portfolio. If funding is no concern it is a valid option.
  10. Nothing from UConn nor Delaware on my end.
  11. Accepted SACI Florence MFA Studio Arts
  12. IrisR

    MFA over 50

    Good to know and people will read your post long after we have out degrees. I know there are older students out there but few reach out to ask for help. Hopefully I can be a voice one day to ensure people there is never a wrong time to expand your horizons.
  13. They are building brand new studios for the grad students. The work I saw from the BFA program was fantastic. Because you are traveling between Germany and the US you will be limited to what additional courses you can take. Alfred is a cute little town. Perfect to devote all your time to your work. You will need transportation. The program director is a very nice person and all the staff is very professional and friendly. The campus has a close-knit feel to it. Düsseldorf is a wonderful city and you will be close to other major Cities. MICA and PAFA are expensive. Not sure if money is an issue for you. Alfred/Düsseldorf is a great deal. Yes, it is a new program and untested, but with the great reputation Alfred has and the commitment of the staff you are in good hands. Having an MFA from Alfred/Düsseldorf will certainly set you apart from other MFA grads. Building all those international connections can only benefit you professionally. Best of luck.
  14. Looks like Alfred/Düsseldorf has made their decision. I wish them luck with their new MFA painting program journey. It should be amazing for those who got accepted.
  15. For all of you who are still waiting to find their MFA home... "Many programs have acceptance rates of 1 to 2 percent, making them as selective as the country’s best medical schools and considerably more selective than top law schools, Ivy League colleges, and Harvard’s graduate school. Nearly 80 of the 148 full-residency M.F.A. programs in America have acceptance rates of 20 percent or less; rates under 10 percent are more common among programs that fund their students." https://www.chronicle.com/blogs/arts/m-f-a-application-season-etiquette/29172

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