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thank you @SocialKonstruct for your honesty! i am curious tho, what type of transition period are you refering to?

hopefully not something that affects the quality of the program. i will for sure extensively research external scholarship options.

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2 hours ago, gssh said:

thank you @SocialKonstruct for your honesty! i am curious tho, what type of transition period are you refering to?

hopefully not something that affects the quality of the program. i will for sure extensively research external scholarship options.

Recently Columbia had some issues with faculty going on leave for 1-2 years and students there wanted a tuition refund. Recently the program is trying to make sure that most of the faculty stay on campus and there is less turnover. However, I think those are attending there would be the best folks to discuss this in better detail than I could.

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On 6/30/2020 at 10:53 AM, incoming first year mfa said:

hey all, what is everyone doing regarding covid-19 restrictions for mfa programs in the fall?

Nothing really. One of the artists who lives around me is just going to be attending Yale program this fall just as usual. I guess just wear a mask and do the social distancing type of thing.

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On 6/30/2020 at 9:53 AM, incoming first year mfa said:

hey all, what is everyone doing regarding covid-19 restrictions for mfa programs in the fall?

I'm really struggling with deciding what to do. I have to let the school I've been accepted to know in a week and its hard to commit knowing that theres a good chance that at least part of the year will be online. 

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I am just starting to look at grad schools and after some lurking here and research (plus an eye-opening meeting at Tisch where I learned very few applicants make it and they're all mostly older and experienced), I'm unsure what to do...my undergrad is theater design/tech, although definitely more design than tech.  I'm  at a flagship university in the South, will graduate next May and although I love the theater, I have fallen in love with film production. I've been trying to beef up my portfolio  and while I've worked on several short films, have a few awards, am doing what I can here-  I feel it's a thin portfolio and I don't have any professional experience (and no internship this summer, obviously).   Should I even bother to apply to MFA programs this fall? These are the schools I'm interested in:  Brooklyn College, Tisch (dream school), plus UT-Austin, University of Miami and some schools in the west. If I wait and work, I'm not sure how I could even get a job or internship in film production, with the pandemic and the uncertainty.  Thanks for any advice!

 

 

 

 

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On 6/30/2020 at 11:53 AM, incoming first year mfa said:

hey all, what is everyone doing regarding covid-19 restrictions for mfa programs in the fall?

Still planning on going! I was really going back and forth for a bit when I didn't even know if it'd be online or or not but it's good for now! My program will be a mix of online and in person as needed. But I'm also in design so a lot of stuff can be done online with more ease than full studio work. If it was only online that would have been a more difficult choice for sure, but I figure this seems as good a time as any to shelter from Covid a bit as well as making work during all these changes. 

I'd also strongly recommend to anyone attending this round to speak to your school and ask for more funding given the circumstances - especially if you've actually been financially impacted in anyway, or some of your funding is tied to work study/TA stuff. Worst they can do is say no, best is you get a little bit more and can feel a bit more secure. 

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On 7/12/2020 at 12:11 AM, Jaux said:

Still planning on going! I was really going back and forth for a bit when I didn't even know if it'd be online or or not but it's good for now! My program will be a mix of online and in person as needed. But I'm also in design so a lot of stuff can be done online with more ease than full studio work. If it was only online that would have been a more difficult choice for sure, but I figure this seems as good a time as any to shelter from Covid a bit as well as making work during all these changes. 

I'd also strongly recommend to anyone attending this round to speak to your school and ask for more funding given the circumstances - especially if you've actually been financially impacted in anyway, or some of your funding is tied to work study/TA stuff. Worst they can do is say no, best is you get a little bit more and can feel a bit more secure. 

Which program is it btw? :)

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On 1/21/2020 at 6:25 PM, nbh said:

Hello! My name is Nick. I just discovered this community and I'd like to participate in sharing information.

You can see my work at: www.nickhobbs.art

I applied for the painting programs at:

- Tyler School of Art (Invited for interview)

- Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

- New York Academy of Art

- Virginia Commonwealth University

- School of the Art Institute of Chicago

- University of N.C. Chapel Hill

- University of Arkansas

- University of Mississippi

 

No word yet from any of the schools except Tyler. Good luck everyone!

I went to Tyler. Not sure what happened but please reach out if you have any questions. 

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On 12/2/2019 at 7:16 PM, RedPoppy said:

Hey folks! Is anyone else thinking about programs outside of the U.S.? Particularly Royal College of Art (London)... would love to know if anyone's heard about interviews from the first round of applications?

RCA is highly competitive and doesn't offer much (if any) financial aid for international students as far as I'm aware. 

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Long-time lurker here and I have applied to MFA/MA programs two years in a row and been accepted, but financing/family issues and now the pandemic have forced me to defer my studies to next year. I got into RCA but there is no funding from the School unless you are a UK/EU resident, or being admitted to a specific program which has a limited number of scholarships. Scotland has Saltire Scholarships for students from certain countries, Canada being one of them, and Glasgow School of Art also offers some international scholarships. You are better off asking for funding in your home country, as there may be a number of scholarships to study abroad. Also, if your work is representational (and also not digital), the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation offers grants to students who are pursuing an MFA/MA in Fine Arts and the stipend is quite generous.  

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