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  1. spikeyspike

    Big time error in my MFA SOP

    I just realized that in the last sentence of my SOPs, I refer to the programs as lasting "three years." Only one of my programs lasts three years....whoops! How bad is this?
  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. OnBeingKenn

    MFA - CREATIVE WRITING

    Why I am putting myself through this again? I do not have an answer, but I am here. Anyone else out there going through the portfolio/statement of purpose process, still? My first application goes out next week (University of Arizona). I am beyond nervous. How do you decide when everything is "done"? When is anything ever done, haha
  4. MFA application opened up this month!!! Who's ready for 2018 freak-out forum?
  5. So I'm currently applying for an MFA in film production at UCLA and in the guidelines they don't indicate anything about a personal history statement, however in the application form it seems that we are required to fill it. There are no specific guidelines given and I'm very confused as to how to approach it. I feel like it will sound like my statement of purpose...
  6. kohlman

    Trans/anti-disciplinary MFA

    Hey everyone, First post Have decided to return to school this past year and just begun program searching(with sights set on matriculating in 2019). Read a few posts here, and am sure there's heaps of helpful information lurking in the backlogs, but am particularly curious about trans/anti-disciplinary MFA fine art programs. Really don't know that much about programs at large or even many individual programs, so any info is greatly appreciated! Also, if there are any forums that might be helpful for a beginner like myself, feel free to link these as well! For reference: I formally work in "scuplture", but mediums spans clay, fabric, sound, and light. Pretty interested in venturing into installation & conditional art. Looking for a program that'll allow/encourage me to explore all this and more both individually and collectively. Also for reference: I'm located in the USA, but open to looking both within and outside. Heard good things about Goldsmiths in London... Thanks again!
  7. Hi there! I'm new to this site so hopefully I'm doing this right... I'm hoping to apply to some Directing MFA's this fall with a fall 2019 admission. It has been strongly suggested to me that I reach out to the department heads to introduce myself and ask them questions about their programs. But I'm not quite sure what I should ask other than "what is so special about your program?" Any suggestions on what type of questions are good to ask, good vocabulary to use, ways to make myself look good, etc. This is my first time applying to grad school ever, so I am really learning as I go. I have a few schools picked out and have started gathering the application materials, but I feel like this is an important step I shouldn't miss. Thanks for the help!
  8. DancesWithDogs

    Good School? VCFA??

    Hi Guys, thanks in advance for any takers. My sister applied and was accepted to the Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA in Creative Writing. I'm very supportive of her pursuits, but just worry about her school selection. Has anyone heard of this school? is it a good school? I read that it sorta encourages distance learning. Is that typical? Or does that signify a cash-cow scenario? (i come from a very typical type of grad school-- Public Policy, so I am not accustomed to the idea of GRE not required, but open to it) any thoughts, ideas, opinions? Thanks a lot! DWD
  9. 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
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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!!
  14. 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?
  15. 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!
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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?
  19. 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
  20. 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?
  21. Mojojojo555555

    MFA 2019 - Literary Arts Applications

    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?
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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