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    New Media, New Genres, Sculpture, Sound

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  1. Yeah, I can tell you some of what I know about VCU's Photo + Film program: It is pretty selective and competitive, only accepts about 3 students per year, and has some really good faculty members — Jonathan Molina Garcia and Sonali Gulati are a couple that come to my mind but definitely look into and google the faculty at any school and program you are interested in. I have had several classes with Photo + Film MFA students and they've all been cool people doing some really cool work, but I can't really compare it to other photography programs. My general advice with any program is to look rea
  2. Yeah, too many to list, but some VCUArts MFA alums that were on my mind when I applied to VCU included Teresita Fernandez, Diana al-Hadid, Tony Cokes, Tara Donovan, etc. It seems like every week there's a VCU alum, student, or faculty member having some cool show in New York or Los Angeles or London or whatever. Recent MFA grads with recent shows in New York just in the last couple months that I recall include: Ruben Ulises Rodriguez Montoya at Sargent's Daughters https://www.sargentsdaughters.com/ruben-ulises-rodriguez-montoya Grace Weaver at James Cohan https://www.jamescohan.com/e
  3. Hi, Aniben3! I love Richmond. One of the reasons I chose VCU was because of its location. Part of that is the city itself, which is a very arts-friendly city (besides VCUarts, there's the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, VCU's Institute for Contemporary Art, many other local galleries and venues, good music scene, etc), and part of that is its proximity to places like Washington DC (3 hours by train) and New York (8 hours by train). COVID changed how often I took advantage of all that, of course. As far as funding, definitely check with whichever specific departments you are applying to, beca
  4. Hi SocialKonstruct! The average day for me at VCUarts right now is that we have full access to our studios 24/7, and then 99.9% of classes meet over Zoom. Some people are choosing to work remotely from their home studios, whether in different cities, states, or countries. We still use exhibition spaces like crit rooms, student galleries, local galleries, etc. but just invite fewer people at a time for social distancing, we wear masks in common areas, etc. We have visiting artists doing lectures and/or studio visits over Zoom maybe once or twice a week. (I am actually typing this while also wat
  5. Hey everyone! I am at VCUarts 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! If anyone has any questions about VCU, I'd be happy to try to answer. I am in the Kinetic Imaging (time based and new media) program, and I also know VCU's other programs well, since we are all often together. It looks like the biggest issue this year is that some schools and programs are not accepting applicants this year. VCU definitely is. The VCU open house is this Saturday https://arts.vcu.edu/academics/graduate/virtual-open-house/
  6. 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 h
  7. 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 optio
  8. 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, yea
  9. 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 pr
  10. Congratulations! Man, I was so happy for you that I had to do password recovery just to post this!
  11. 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
  12. There's a thread of common interview questions here: Good luck!
  13. 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. Ander
  14. 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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