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    Boston, Ma
  • Interests
    Contemporary Art, Art of the Americas
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  • Program
    MA/PhD in Art History

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  1. @art.historian.cat thank you, that's helpful to know. I'll look into those faculty members.
  2. Thank you for that suggestion. I'd have to research Tulane as I've only been looking at highly progressive institutes but thats an intriguing program structure. I'll also check out UBC, thanks!
  3. Hi there, I plan to apply to MA and Ph.D. programs in Fall 2021(not yet an option in Gradcafe profile settings) and am looking for programs and faculty that can support my interests. I hope to focus on contemporary art of the Americas, specifically contemporary Latin American and contemporary Indigenous North American art, through the framework of CRT and Decoloniality. After attending an art and design school for my post-bac, I am seeking out liberal arts colleges with strong Gender and Race Studies departments and strong Latin American Studies departments. I am already looking at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz. I also had the privilege of attending the Vision and Justice Convening at Harvard, so I am well aware of the amazing Sarah Lewis and her work. Other schools I am looking at: UCLA BU Grad Center at CUNY CUNY Hunter I went to UC Santa Cruz during my junior year of college and would prefer to go there or somewhere out West, or in NYC, mainly because New England has been a weird place to have discussions on race and gender. Plenty is going on as far as public programming, but the actual dialogue can be weird. Any advice you can offer is extremely helpful!
  4. @erikaash I've thought about applying for an MA before a PhD but, as you referenced, the length of an Art History PhD is so incredibly long in the States. I'm hoping to take a course on research methodologies next fall to better prepare myself, though I am wondering if I should hold off until I am actually in a program? Trying to be cost effective.
  5. Hi Federico, Do you mean four courses? Four credits seems very low. I would imagine that Italy would have some fantastic courses in art history, and would reach out to universities in your area. Also, reach out to a few MA programs in the US to see how international credits would be evaluated, I would assume it would be fine from a reputable institution. Lastly, I'd say wait a couple of years before rushing in. You just graduated. Make sure its not a fleeting fancy.
  6. I'd imagine that your eight art history courses will make a compelling case, especially if you did well in them. However, I would definitely submit a writing sample that focuses on art history in some direct fashion. I'm pretty sure that's a requirement unless you can somehow link your argument to an artist's work.
  7. @neversure2 Still researching but thus far: CUNY, UC Berkeley, perhaps UCLA...
  8. @manierata Are you a NY state resident, and, if so, do you think that had an impact on your scholarship package?
  9. Can you submit a complaint or have another professor be part of the evaluation process? It seems quite problematic to have a single person responsible for a review. Just speaking as a person from one of the many communities traditionally discriminated against in all industries.
  10. They can't offer a video interview?
  11. I enrolled in SMFA"s diploma program after undergrad with the same intention - to develop a portfolio and eventually apply for an MFA. I already have an art minor so thought it would be a somewhat straightforward process. In hindsight, I wish that I had three very crucial pieces of knowledge before signing up: 1. The SMFA is very small and pretty disorganized. While students were making interesting work, there was as many students kind of floating along which is very easy to slip into based on the environment. The Diploma program itself is pretty flexible, which sounds great initially but what it means is that you will not receive overall direction. You will most likely get a sampling of a lot of areas and mediums but it will be up to you to sort through it all and map out a cohesive track. I floated around for a bit before realizing that I was necessarily developing my hand in a particular area. Classes at the SMFA are also extremely expensive, so I would think carefully about how you want to invest your money. To me, it's more of a money-making program than anything else. Humanities courses are not part of the curriculum so you are not technically allowed into art history courses which are as important to take in your development as an artist. Many of your fellow Diploma program students are retirees and some of the BFA students will look down on you for being a Diploma student. 2. Art teachers, in general, are not necessarily the best at giving you sound advice in regards to academics. Two professors there gave me completely inaccurate guidance and told me that I couldn't earn another bachelor's after earning my first degree in a separate field. This was backed up by an academic "advisor" who was someone I only met with once or twice throughout my time there. I did a little more research but couldn't get a straight answer from anyone because they honestly didn't know. It was only when I starting working in admissions at another art school years later that I learned the guidance I received was inaccurate. Honestly, if I had switched to the BFA program back then, I would be in a better place professionally. Make sure you talk to multiple, knowledgeable sources and do your own research in regards to mapping out your academic path. It also blows my mind that there wasn't anyone in the various departments that could accurately answer such an inquiry. 3. Massart next door offers far more affordable studio art courses and greater resources for students who want to dabble in a lot of different areas before focusing in on one in particular. I ended up earning my Post-Bac from Massart after realizing that the SMFA Diploma program was not very structured and did not necessarily offer a clear path towards an MFA. Again, I would have done things very differently than what I ended up doing. If I were to go back in time, I would have taken courses through Massart and then considered earning a Post-Bac from the SMFA. I did get accepted into SMFA's Post-Bac program which was far more structured and in-depth than Massart's program at the time. However, I believe the price tag was more than double Massart's tuition. Perhaps what you can do is take studio courses at Massart and then apply to SMFA's grad program. The general difference I observed as a student at both of these institutes is the curriculum - SMFA is very much focused on theory and concept and Massart is focused on technique and craft. This is an extremely generalized statement but I found that my ideas were very accepted at SMFA and seemed to confuse my advisors and instructors at Massart. On the other hand, the students at Massart had professional-level technical skills though not always driven by the most highly intellectual concepts. Again, this is a huge generalization. The most important thing is staying centered and focused. I was at both schools when I was relatively young and sometimes let myself become too influenced by the critique of my teachers, which were often in opposition to each other. Good luck with figuring out your next steps, and apologies for some of my grammatical mistakes, I am too tired to proofread and edit.
  12. Congratulations! That is great news, and so interesting that you first applied for painting but then followed up with sculpture. I'd love to hear more about that part of your journey.
  13. Submitting your evaluation a month later than the deadline and also failing you seems very...deliberate on the examiner's part.
  14. @Adelaide9216 Thank you for sharing this incredibly challenging moment in your academic life. If you are well known in your field then this is only a temporary set back regardless of the outcome. I've only read a few of the comments but your situation is eye-opening and will absolutely be a teaching moment for others in the forum. Wishing you the best!
  15. @Valorship98 many MA programs require students to have a certain amount of credits in art history before applying to a Master's program...
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