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  1. MFA 2018 All Art ADMISSIONS freak-out forum!!!!!!!!

    Another list of Interview questions + tips someone posted last year: Common Questions Visual Arts Applicants are Asked During an Interview How does your work fit in with the contemporary art world/scene? Why do you want to go to XXXXX? Why do you want to go to grad school? Why now? What resources of this program will be the biggest benefit to your development as an artist? What is your work about? What are your influences? What for you constitutes a good work of art? What draws you to a piece of work? What motivates your work? Who are your main influences? Where do you see yourself in 10 years? How does your work fit in with the contemporary art world/scene? What do you think is a good critique of your work/bad critique? Why/how did you choose the people who wrote letters for you? How will you contribute to this program? What do you do for fun? What artists do you like? (you can have a list prepared) What artists who are no longer living influence you? What book are you reading right now? What do you think about it? What are you working on right now? Please explain this work (xxxx03.jpg) What is your favorite piece of art? Why? (Title, artist,year) Can you describe yourself, such as personal habit, etc. Do you get along well with others ? What would you bring to a group dynamic ? What can you offer this program? Any special skills? What do you think is a good way of criting ? a bad way? What other aspects of culture influence your work besidesart/art history? How do you see yourself taking advantage of this school’s enviroment/program? What exhibition have you been to in the last year? What have you done since you’ve graduated? What contemporary artists are you into, and why? Tell us about the conceptual underpinnings of your work? Talk about your process. What do you think about *this essay*? (related to your work) How is your work related to *this movement*? Do you have any questions for us? What do you think about (artist, movement, subject/topic) What can't you stand? Why? What do you think about your own work? How do you want your work to develop? Why are you making the work you're making, and why do you want to keep doing it? Meaning behind your subject matter? influences so you've written a good amount about your practice in your statement...can you expand a little more what was the last show you saw that had a profound effect on you? Ideas for Questions to Ask During Your Interview what's the degree of permeability between the department's different studio areas? what do the teaching assistantship duties generally consist of? Will I be assisting a professor, or will I be teaching my own class? Have recent alumni stayed in the area or ventured elsewhere? What is the grad student to faculty ratio? Ask for more information about particular courses in the curriculum. Other Tips Be able to speak about the professors work and why you are influenced by it. Write a follow up Thank you email within 48 hours after your interview.
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    All of the ones I know about do have interviews after applications are submitted, but they only give interviews to people that they are thinking about accepting.
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    Thank you! No, I applied for photography. Did you apply to Yale for painting?
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    I would say yes that is a good sign! I don't think that they would suggest that you apply to a program where their friends teach if they didn't think your work was something that they would like. Good luck and keep us updated!
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    I got a hit on Google Analytics from New Haven! It was from a mobile phone so probably not from admissions... still exciting! I only added analytics recently and yesterday was the first day it showed info for, so I don't know if anyone looked before.
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    I saw this posted in another forum. Interesting to look at for those of us interested in MFA programs and gallery representation: "Art Statistics 2016-2017 The data presented here was produced by the Arts in NYC course taught at CUNY Guttman College by James Case-Leal Spring 2017. We built a database of 1300 artists represented at the top 45 commercial galleries in New York. We researched each artist noting their: Age, Race*, Nationality, Gender*, and Education (highest degree, institution, and date of graduation)."
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    I created a Yale MFA 2018 forum as I noticed there were ones in previous years. Anyone, please join me over there if you'd like! @OldMFA it would be great if you could post about your experience visiting there!
  8. Yale MFA 2018

    Hello! I noticed in years past that there has been an open forum for Yale MFA applicants so I wanted to start one for 2018. Please use this forum to ask questions about this year's application process and share any information that you may have about the program. Based on years before we should be hearing back about interviews on February 2 and final decisions on March 9. Best of luck to everyone!
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    @Mr.PoopyButtHole thank you so much for posting this information! I will say contrary to what was said, Yale is also a program where different departments work together. Students from various departments spend time together, some have studios in the same building, and go to each other crits. It isn't an interdisciplinary program but the students do interact a lot with each other and have a strong community. What is the financial aid like at Columbia?
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    I think this is true indeed! Which open houses did you attend? Any useful information you can share?
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    The number of applicants per program I've found in different places on this site. I know that some programs have 200 or less students apply (some less than 100 even!) and some programs like Yale or Columbia have over 1,000 students apply.
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    I can certainly relate to this. However, I think it is smart to only apply to schools that you know you want to go to. Doing an MFA program is a big time and (depending on schools) money investment. I received a booklet about the program at MICA (not a school I applied to) and I like some of the quotes they have in there: "Because life is defined by the choices you make, and this is a big one." "Because if it doesn't work for you, it doesn't work." "If you've come this far, you know the risks, you know your goals and you're ready for the next step. You know 'why graduate school.' You know 'why now.' You have an idea of who you are and what you're doing." If you've done your research and know that the schools you applied to are the best fit for you, then don't worry. If it doesn't work out this year, there is always next year with time to recollect yourself, make new work, and apply stronger next time.
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    I couldn't agree with this more. I wish that more schools would put student work on their sites or at least a list of students with links to their websites. What are MFA programs that have a list of students or current student work on their site? I only know of a few.
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    I wouldn't worry too much about having some misspellings. I know a few people in top MFA programs that can't write English very well and they still got in. I've been told by current and previous students that many of the best programs forgive a lot of things if your work is strong. This is a fantastic list of things to do during the waiting process! I also find that planning things is very calming, it is fun to dream about the possibilities and can help distract from the feelings of worry and dare I say panic. I also like to do things like create a calendar where I can put the dates of when I should be hearing back and cross off each day. It isn't as healthy or productive as the things that you listed, but when I really get into a stressful mood I will watch a show that I like with a strong storyline to distract myself. Other things I'll do when in that headspace is go run errands or clean the house. It sounds like you are very dedicated to art. I imagine that passion will help you get into a program that you desire.