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  1. Hi Everyone, I am new to this site so please forgive me if I am ignoring any seemingly obvious protocol. I graduated from a reputable design school in NYC with a BFA in apparel design back in 2014. I have been working professionally as a menswear designer for the last four years, however I've slowly come to realize this is not what I want to spend the rest of my life doing. When I was in high school I wanted to pursue a degree in fine art but was dissuaded by my parents with the old "you'll never make any money" argument. In the last year I have developed an intense interest in art. Completely unlike the interest I had when I was younger. I found myself diving into theory, learning and reading about all sorts of artists I was not familiar with. It has been such a joy to rediscover my passion for art this way. I have also spent the last 6 months painting figurative and portrait work under a professional artist. I feel deeply that this is what I want to dedicate the rest of my working life to. This has lead me to begin researching MFA programs. I'm still not sure if an MFA is right for me. In the design and fashion world there is this perception that the art world looks straight down its nose at designers therefore I'm worried certain systemic prejudice may work against me while applying to programs. Does anyone have insight into the academic art world's perception of designers pursuing art careers? I've never met anyone who has made a move like this so I do not know if this notion is totally in my head or if there is an existing hierarchy of industries. I am hoping to use this forum as a place for advice as I do not know any working artists or other people who are interested in art in general, so I thank you in advance for reading and responding! Thanks - Jack
  2. Odysseus24601

    MFA Directing 2019- Let's Connect

    Hi all, I ended up lurking last year and it looked like the forum was helpful and interesting to those involved. So, since I've been chomping at the bit and waiting to take another swing at Grad school, I wanted to go ahead and get the conversation started. About me: I applied to several directing programs in 2015 and went through URTA. Schools: Indiana, Illinois State, East 15, Yale, Northwestern, Cal Arts, FSU, Brooklyn. I interviewed with Indiana, Illinois State, Yale, Northwestern, East 15, and FSU. I received offers from East 15 (couldn't afford it) and Illinois State (not a good fit). My wife applied to MFA Acting programs and was accepted into one of her top choices. So we decided to do that. Last year I applied to Yale again (we decided we could be apart for a year if I got into Yale because...it's freakin Yale). I made it to the first round again and was not selected for the final weekend visit. I can only afford to apply to programs that are fully funded so this year I am applying to Boston U, Brown, Northwestern, and Yale (again). I am seriously considering USCD. Maybe: Purdue and CMU. I won't do URTA this year. Not a great experience. This will probably be my last crack at grad school, so fingers crossed. What is everyone else looking at?
  3. archerb

    MFA for Graphic Design

    Hi all! I'm starting to research MFA's for Graphic Design, and I'm super lost. Most advice articles treat MFA fields the same, which is super unhelpful (graphic design and ceramics? totally the same! biochemistry and physics? sure, same thing!). My portfolio isn't incredible, I didn't go to undergrad for gd or any sort of art (BBA in Marketing), and I'm working currently as a Marketing Assistant and Graphic Designer for a theater company. When looking at school rankings, i feel like there's a huge gap - either the top of the top (RISD, SCAD, Ivys) or your community college. It's really hard to estimate where I could get in because there arent standardized test scores to go off of. Basically I'm looking for any and all advice. My boyfriend whom I live with is probably moving to Boston for a new job soon, so I'd love to look around there but I know the big ones near Boston (Harvard, RISD) are probably way out of my range. HELP!
  4. Looking to get some advice from the folks here. I've just started at a 3 year MFA program and I'm not a fan of the location. This is definitely my fault, as I should have visited but it was by far the best offer I received and I felt the need to leave my home of 17 years. I feel I will most likely settle into the program itself but my feelings for the city won't change, and thus, I need to prepare to leave after a year. The primary issue, however, is how I would transfer back home. Only 1 out of the 5 programs I'm considering back home (NYC) is a 3 year program. The rest are 2 years. I personally don't have any qualms starting a program from scratch, but I'm not sure how to approach the application process for the 2 year programs once I have a year under my belt. I wouldn't receive credit for my courses but I'm okay with the value of a year of school/writing regardless. If you guys have any thoughts on how to handle the situation, it'd be much appreciated.
  5. Looking to get some advice from the folks here. I've just started at a 3 year MFA program and I'm not a fan of the location. This is definitely my fault, as I should have visited but it was by far the best offer I received and I felt the need to leave my home of 17 years. I feel I will most likely settle into the program itself but my feelings for the city won't change, and thus, I need to prepare to leave after a year. The primary issue, however, is how I would transfer back home. Only 1 out of the 5 programs I'm considering back home (NYC) is a 3 year program. The rest are 2 years. I personally don't have any qualms starting a program from scratch, but I'm not sure how to approach the application process for the 2 year programs once I have a year under my belt. I wouldn't receive credit for my courses but I'm okay with the value of a year of school/writing regardless. If you guys have any thoughts on how to handle the situation, it'd be much appreciated.
  6. Hi! I am looking into a few more mfa programs including some online. Does anyone know of National University mfa program in creative writing? I got in and don’t know yet. I am still waiting on Roosevelt University and 2 programs at Emerson College one online and one on campus. I would love to know if anyone has info on these programs! Is National University a good one? Thanks!!
  7. IrisR

    MFA over 50

    This is my second round applying and after the NY Portfolio Review I will be changing my application approach. It was quite an eye opener. How many fellow MFA applicants are over 50? Have you been told Universities are concerned that they don't know how to handle mature students? Worried you are to stuck in your ways and not fit into their programs? How did you convince them that you are the kind of students they desire?
  8. Adam wilde

    ONLINE MFA Programs

    So I'm currently making a list of possible online mfa in Creative writing grad schools to apply to. My main requirement is that it be completely online (0 residency required). I'm also focusing on price, availability of financial aid, and quality of education. Does anyone have any recommendations? I've spent hours looking and this is what I have so far: UAMONT, UTEP, nsula, Lindenwood, national university, tiffin MA humanities, and wnmu MA in interdisciplinary studies. Both tiffin and wnmu have writing concentrations. Does anyone have some insider knowledge on these programs? Thanks!
  9. I’m really looking for some opinions more than anything else. This year I will be applying to grad schools in creative writing (fiction). I was hoping to know what schools are best for MFA/PhD programs in creative writing, maybe ones that a good but not prestigious. I could also use some general advice about how to comb through all my options, and if a PhD will be better than getting an MFA. Thanks to anyone who replies! All advice is greatly appreciated.
  10. sssstea

    Is ArtCenter good in Art?

    I was accepted by ArtCenter in graduate art program, the school looks like have a strong faculty and special classes. But the school is small, no scholarship, so it's expensive. Have you guys applied to this school? Or any ideas for accepting this offer? I am reeeally anxious because the other offer I get is BFA in SAIC.
  11. MFA application opened up this month!!! Who's ready for 2018 freak-out forum?
  12. IrisR

    MFA Accepted - Now What!

    Congratulation to all of you who have been accepted into your MFA program. My MFA journey will continue in Florence Italy. What are the things you are doing now to prepare you for the next 2-3 years? How do you go about your thesis research?
  13. This is my second round of applying for an MFA in painting. Last round I was offered 3 Post-Baccalaureate. I decided against a Post-Baccalaureate as it would cost me a year and money I rather spend towards an MFA. As a serious artist I will not stop making art because I was not accepted in an MFA program. My portfolio organically will improve and change as time passes. My questions is how many MFA program have you applied to and who offered you an Post-Baccalaureate? Did you decide to take them up on it? If not why not? After finishing your Post-Baccalaureate year did that university accept you into their MFA program? Mica, PAFA, LCAD and Tyler offered me Post-Baccalaureate
  14. Hey folks! I just cracked my knuckles this morning, and decided to get started on my 2018 grad school apps. I didn't apply last year because I was opening a show early February and couldn't manage the workload, but applied for fall 2016 to Yale, Brown, Columbia, Calarts, and CMU. Got interviews with Brown, Calarts, and CMU. This year, I'm currently considering Columbia, Brown, UCSD, UW, Northwestern, Yale, and CalArts. Other schools that seem interesting, but I'm not sure about applying to: UMass Amherst, Penn State, UT Austin, DePaul So what's up with you?
  15. Hi everyone! I write fiction, and I'm planning to apply to MFA programs for Fall 2019. I know the actual applications aren't accepted until much later; still, I am creating this forum so that we can start talking about the process, the pre-process, or whatever (virtual reality, the President, Birchbox subscriptions--no, I really hope not). I'm working on my writing sample right now, and haven't really thought too much about the schools I want to apply. But I do know that I'll only apply to fully-funded, probably two-year, programs. Has anyone decided what schools to apply to/ what writing samples to submit?
  16. Hi all, I'm receiving my BFA in creative photography next spring. My GPA isn't amazing (in my art class grades it's a 3.5) but otherwise I've had personal issues that have made school hard. I eventually want to go to grad school and hopefully post-bac up in NYC when I move next fall. Are grades the most important thing when trying to get into a grad school for art, or portfolio? What if your work is what they want but your grades are meh? I need help, thanks
  17. Mfa hopeful

    Writing MFA waitlisted

    Is anyone else still waiting it out? It’s May 1st and I’m waiting to hear back from Columbia. At this point I am obviously not banking on an acceptance but it sure would be nice to get some closure one way or another.
  18. color_aid

    University of North Texas?

    Does anyone know anything about the program at University of North Texas? I've heard some surprisingly good things and would love to get some more information.
  19. TheReluctantDragon

    Should I Go? (College of New Rochelle, Fiction)

    I applied to approximately 11 schools for MFA in fiction and I was rejected from 10 of them. The school that did accept me was College of New Rochelle in Westchester, NY. While the program is tempting given its proximity to NYC, its social justice theme and its exceptional 'newness' (it was launched in 2015), they only offered about 5,000 in merit scholarship overall, and for a school that's $10,000 a semester it barely covers much, especially for someone who has to simultaneously live in new york that is, in of itself, unaffordable. As such, that makes going to get an MFA less than an obvious choice. I am a relatively new writer, wet behind the ears and still trying to get a handle on my work ethic and routine, and as such didn't have much a portfolio to cull from when sending out samples (This was probably what shot me in the foot). Still, I was taken by how impressed the college was by my work, and appreciated their personal approach to writing. My question for the folks here on this forum is thus: should I attend the program at College of New Rochelle now, or should I wait it out and develop a better voice on my own terms and have a better body of work to submit should I apply again? I'm just afraid that if i let too much time elapse, I'll never do this, or if I enter the fray again, I'lll just be rejected across the board again.
  20. Hi all, I'm going down to the last minute with my decision. I'm deciding between Berkeley's Masters of Journalism program and Rutgers-Camden's Creative Writing MFA. I'm ultimately interested in pursuing some type of career in journalism, with a preference for longform, reported stories and working at magazines, websites, other platforms that do that type of storytelling. So, both programs appeal to me. Ultimately, I think Berkeley Journalism would offer a more direct path into the journalism industry via the network of alums/profs/peers from Berkeley, the ability to build a solid portfolio of journalistic clips, a concrete skill set that would make me more employable, an internship program that's required, etc. But, it costs a lot of money and has minimal funding to offer, so I'd be looking at somewhere around $40k to $50k in debt by the time I completed the two-year program. And I'd be entering an industry that doesn't pay much, especially at the entry-level jobs I'd likely be working at for the first few years. Basically, I don't know if the debt is worth it, especially, since j-school is not the only way to break into the journalism world. Rutgers-Camden's MFA is fully-funded, so total tuition remission, healthcare provided, and a $26,000/yr TA stipend. In addition to journalism, I also write poetry and creative nonfiction, which would be my main focus at Rutgers. Their program is super flexible, so it's possible I could try to do the work of longform journalism along with pursuing poetry and some other interests of mine. They have awesome professors and it seems like a great program. It's just that an MFA doesn't really lead to an concrete professional paths, and the one it most often does lead to--academia and being a professor--is both an oversaturated market and a path I'm not that interested in. It would offer me the time to focus on my writing and seek out freelancing opportunities, to try to break into journalism that way. But, ultimately, I worry that an MFA won't really get me any closer to the type of journalism I want to pursue. Any thoughts from anyone? I'm still really on the fence. In particular, anyone who has some background in journalism, j-school, an MFA program, or creative writing. I gotta decide by tomorrow!!! Eeek!!!!
  21. Ckoh

    MFA creative writing

    Hi! So I didn’t get in anywhere for an MFA In Creative Writing. I’m now trying to look into different options. Does anyone know good programs that are either online and still have open admissions or places with rolling admissions?
  22. breakfastfordinner

    Columbia's MFA Fiction waitlist

    Hi everyone, Does anybody have inside info on Columbia's waitlist for Fiction? I emailed admissions earlier today, but the response essentially said that they didn't have any more information and they'd let me know if a spot opened up. They also said they don't rank their waitlist. I really want to go to Columbia but I have to give other programs needing a decision soon. I'm feeling pretty stressed and any info about this year or even the process in past years would be helpful. Thanks!
  23. Ultimately, my admittedly unrealistic goal is to be a literature or writing professor. I realize that my chances are slim, so part of my thought process with grad school is that even if I end up continuing to work administrative jobs like I do now, at least a master's will allow me to apply for better jobs. Two years ago, I applied to PhD programs, but failed at getting admitted to any. This time around, I lowered my sights and applied to MFA programs, resigning myself to do my master's first. The results are that every funded and well regarded program rejected me. The only school I was accepted to is the City College of New York, but I would have to loan out 50k to 60k over two years to finish the degree. I was declined from Columbia, NYU, New School, Hunter, and Rutgers Newark. Blargh. It's disappointing because I did a research fellowship as an undergrad, I've got nearly a dozen publications in literary journals - small ones, but it's still something - and a few years of work experience. Has anyone here gone to CCNY's MFA or is in it currently? Would it be worth it? They do have a few success stories that they boast about on their program page, but I’m just afraid that CCNY wouldn’t be a big step up. I started out at community college, worked full time while I while toiling away at a small state school, and wasn’t as active as I could have been, and I feel like a lot of these schools frown upon that background. Especially when I was applying to PhD programs. I’m honestly not too sure what I should do – I could just barely afford the cost of tuition and travel to City College of New York, and while I was mentally prepared with the possibility of taking large loans, I really hoped that it’d be at a school I could be certain is worth the money. I’m also afraid that I’ll just throw away another thousand dollars on grad school applications next year and end up with the same results. After failing at getting into PhD programs last year and mostly failing at MFAs this year, I’m kind of wondering if I’m just not good enough for anything better. Right now, I'm working down in Baltimore and but I'm really eager to leave. The other option I'm considering is pursuing the MA in Teaching Writing at Johns Hopkins University. It’s a brand new program, just started up last year, and their admissions are so lax that they only ask students apply 30-60 days before the term they wish to start. Additionally, while I would have a snowball’s chance in hell at being a professor with a MFA, I feel like I might have even less opportunity with a MA. The entire degree would be about 27k, which isn't terrible compared to other schools and degrees but still definitely an investment. Thanks so much for taking the time to read that big wall of text.
  24. Hi guys, I'm from Taiwan and applying to MFA Dramaturgy programs (Columbia, Yale, UMass Amherst) and a few MA Theatre programs (CUNY Hunter College/dramaturgy concentration, U of Pitts, U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, SUNY Binghamton) for 2018 fall admission. I just got two invitations for interview from Columbia and UMass today (Jan. 30, GMT+8) and have no idea about what to notice or prepare for interview. The related posts are quite few. Anyone has advice or experience to share? Please also feel free to exchange info and opinions about dramaturgy programs, theatre & performance studies programs (especially MAs), etc. in this thread! Thanks :)
  25. Hi, I've applied for Emerson Film and Media Art MFA program and hasn't gotten any updates. I checked the portal too but still nothing.. Did anyone get any updates? I don't even know when they're gonna make the decision approximately.
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