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    Boston, Ma
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    Master's in Art History

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  1. 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.
  2. @neversure2 Still researching but thus far: CUNY, UC Berkeley, perhaps UCLA...
  3. @manierata Are you a NY state resident, and, if so, do you think that had an impact on your scholarship package?
  4. 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.
  5. They can't offer a video interview?
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Submitting your evaluation a month later than the deadline and also failing you seems very...deliberate on the examiner's part.
  9. @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!
  10. @Valorship98 many MA programs require students to have a certain amount of credits in art history before applying to a Master's program...
  11. I just posted about online course credits but was told by one of the graduate programs that these do not carry the same amount of competitiveness as traditional art history courses. I live an hour+ outside of Boston, and none of the colleges around offer evening courses in art history. I currently work full time at an organization that won't look kindly upon a looser schedule to accommodate daytime course work. Even trying to get to a 6 pm class will require me to leave early and scramble down to Boston which I'm not sure my supervisor will allow for. Since I am also in the middle of a job search, there is a possibility that we will one day be situated closer to the colleges in the city. Until then, I would face over an hour commute to race to class. In addition, the only evening classes in art history I've been able to find are through Tufts and are twice as expensive as my alma mater. Obviously, the commuting will greatly take away from time studying and writing, and I already have a lot of obligations to work around. While I will have to make something work for me, I am curious about whether there are some tricks or tips to address my dilemma. I feel pulled between earning as much income as possible before starting grad school and taking a few part-time jobs that would allow greater flexibility in my schedule. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
  12. Just to follow up on my own post. I spoke with an old professor, a friend who works in graduate admissions, and one of the schools I hope to apply to. While my friend thought that it mattered more where you were earning credits, my professor and the school I reached out to confirmed that online courses are weighted differently in the review process. This obviously makes sense for art history courses. I'll post about my new predicament. Thanks!
  13. Hi there, I had posted a similar question earlier in the forum but was searching for an answer in regards to online undergrad credit. I am thinking of applying to Masters programs in the next two years. I've already taken a few art history classes as a requirement for my Art History minor and just started taking online courses to bulk up my transcript. However, I live about an hour or so from the city and have only been taking online courses through my art school alma mater. I've felt challenged and really pushed myself in each course, but wonder if these credits will not carry much weight in my application to various art history programs. If so, I do not want to continue taking online courses and will have to figure out an alternative. Any advice is appreciated.
  14. @poorstudent Your response was so helpful to me. I studied drawing and sculpture and went on to earn a Post-Bac with the intention of going on to an MFA. However, I had a pretty terrible experience in my Post-Bac program, which was basically a money mill for the school at the time. I thought about it for many years, and I believe I can continue making work on my own that is focused and impactful without that terminal MFA. However, I am contemplating an MA in art history. My main concern is that the process and the profession will take me away from the actual art making, as there has been some feedback of that very issue. The other issue is that many of the jobs I have interest in require an MFA or MA. I'm probably better set up to return for an MFA but, of course, with the economic uncertainty of the times, I am trying to make the most pragmatic choice.
  15. I am extremely interested in returning to school for a Masters in art history, but I also wish to maintain my artist practice which I know will be difficult to maintain if I am also trying to fit in time to think, research, and write. However, I've been working for almost ten years in a variety of arts administration jobs, and I know I need something more intellectually challenging from my day job. The after-work side hustle, classes, podcasts, and reading is not enough. I've been exceptionally lucky to be in commuting distance to world-class panel discussions on visual culture, and have taken some fantastic courses on art history as of late. I've joined a variety of organizations for administrators and creatives in the arts both nationally and locally, but I want more. There are a variety of positions I would love to build a path towards, but most of the people in those roles have at least a Masters, if not a Ph.D., in art history. I've interviewed a variety of people who now teach or work as curators, etc. The issue is that none of them are actual artists or have maintained their practice. Am I being unrealistic, or am I spreading my ambitions too widely? Am I taking a roundabout route to fund my artist practice?
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