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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. Eric from America

    I am thinking of leaving my design career to pursue MFA in painting

    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!
  2. Eric from America

    Skowhegan 2018

    Congratulations! Man, I was so happy for you that I had to do password recovery just to post this!
  3. Eric from America

    SAIC or CalArts´╝č Photo MFA

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

    There's a thread of common interview questions here: Good luck!
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    MFA 2018 All Art ADMISSIONS freak-out forum!!!!!!!!

    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.
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    Yale MFA 2018

    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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