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Eric from America

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  • Application Season
    2019 Fall
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    Sculpture, New Genres

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  1. Hi, Pollypocket! I didn't have any issues at all with Cranbrook! Cranbrook is a great school. The reason I didn't end up going to Cranbrook was because I was excepted to multiple really good schools, and it was a very difficult decision, but you can only go to one school! As far as funding goes, Cranbrook is probably somewhere in the middle of the schools you are applying to, with Cranbrook's tuition probably being more than Northwestern, but far less than RISD. Cranbrook does award some scholarships. I'd say Cranbrook is worth strong consideration for anyone. I know a lot of people who have had great experiences at Cranbrook in all media -- painting, sculpture, ceramics, print media, graphic design, etc, they're all good. I work in new media (AR,VR, AI, video projection, code, electronics, etc) so I applied in their 4D Design program which is AMAZING. Cranbrook has one of the later application deadlines -- it's still open, their deadline is Feb. 1 -- so it's still an option for people who might want to send in one more application! Let me know if you have any other questions.
  2. Yeah, sure, I remember it like it was yesterday! VCU applications were due Jan 15, I sent mine in on Jan 13. They contacted me by email Feb 6 to say they wanted me to interview. My interview was Monday Feb 11 at 10:30 in the morning over Skype, with the department chair, the department grad director, and a current 2nd year grad student. They emailed me an acceptance letter on Feb 19. I visited Richmond the weekend of March 16 and 17 and visited with VCUarts (met more faculty, met more current students, sat in on a class, etc.) on Monday, March 18 to help make a decision. I had some great options, so I had a lot to consider. I had until April 15 to accept their offer. Thanks for asking. I hope that helps.
  3. Hey, I am at VCU right now. this forum was helpful to me when I was applying, so I am checking in to see how everyone's freak out is going! Hey, Cixelated, yeah, Cranbrook is an awesome school. Of the schools I was accepted to, it was one of the hardest ones for me to turn down. I lived in Detroit for several years, I know several Cranbrook alums really well. It's great to hear you are having such a good experience there. I'd love to see what you're doing. Shoot me a message if you want. All of those schools that Vlad listed have great programs, thanks for posting that info, but, yeah, some of that info seems probably out of date, or maybe just based on a small sample size. from what I know, there's like nobody at U-M doing traditional work! Their last MFA show was pretty much all social practice, performance for video, installation work, etc. U-M is another great school that was hard for me to turn down. Tthe description of VCU regarding interdisciplinary work is similarly off. Yeah, there are separate departments, I am in the Kinetic Imaging department which is fantastic and is all experimental video, sound, performance, new media, etc. but there are also painters working in performance, people in the glass department working with sound, etc. There is a lot of overlap, taking each other's classes, etc. If anyone has any questions, particularly anything about VCU or maybe other schools' new media programs (I looked at and visited a lot of them!), let me know. Good luck everyone!
  4. Hi, Jack! I really wouldn't worry about that at all. I don't think most people are going to look down on your fashion design background any more than if you'd worked in a bookstore or a bank or a restaurant or at any other "day job." In fact, you could treat working in fashion as a positive. "My fascination with the human form led me to a career in fashion design, but I've since moved towards figurative painting because ..." Myself, I happen to be working on some wearable sculptures lately. They aren't exactly fashionable, but if I had any background in fashion design, that would probably influence my work and I would probably be spelling that out for people. Plenty of artists (Andy Warhol, Barbara Kruger, Richard Prince, etc.) have worked in a design field that has also informed their artwork. Other artists (like Rebecca Horn and Nick Cave) have worked in wearable artwork that blurs the art/fashion lines. Cave has an MFA in Fiber Art at Cranbrook and is now on the Fashion Design faculty at SAIC. So, yeah, I'd say don't worry that other people might have some sort of prejudice that will hold you back. Instead, I'd say try to focus on the things we have control over, like the quality of the work in our portfolios, and the ideas in our statements. Good luck!
  5. Congratulations! Man, I was so happy for you that I had to do password recovery just to post this!
  6. I am not expressing an opinion or providing advice one way or the other -- those are both overall great schools and I don't know much about their photo programs -- but for background information, that comment about SAIC and "political correctness" is possibly in reference to this from last summer: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/07/24/debate-over-art-teaching-and-prejudice-school-art-institute-chicago
  7. There's a thread of common interview questions here: Good luck!
  8. You're obviously past this point, but I would have said don't spend the time and money applying to "safety" schools unless you're really ready to go to them if your "dream" schools don't work out. At this point it's hard to say without knowing your exact situation, but for me personally I'd say I'd either: 1) Take my time and try to get into that school that's going to be the best fit for me, or 2) I'd consider getting two MFAs, one at the school that's accepted you now, one at that school you think would be even better. That's definitely not for everyone! But, for example, Noel W. Anderson who is teaching at NYU has an MFA in printmaking from Indiana and an MFA in sculpture from Yale.
  9. That is a lot of great advice and a, um, great username, Mr, PoopyButtHole! First time poster, I just got my "no interview" from Yale last Friday ... I wish I would have known about this forum sooner! There is a lot of great advice here that I could have used! It sounds like a few of the things that I left on the editing room floor when cutting my statement down were exactly the types of things I should have found a way to include. Good info for next year! Congrats to everyone who got interviews and good luck everyone!
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