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And it's never too early to start. I am planning to apply to 10-11 different MFA programs. Slowly figuring out the logistics and getting folks lined up for letters of recommendation. More details to arrive here later.

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And this is for everyone who eventually sees it, do less competitive fully funded MFA in painting/drawing programs exists? I am looking at several list for fully funded MFA programs and there's a consistent theme of programs having over 200 applicants and accepting like 7 people. I understand why these programs are so competitive but I'm trying to find at least one that doesn't have the typical 5% or less acceptance rate. 

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1 hour ago, Gaara said:

@SocialKonstruct what are you getting your MFA in? (creative writing, painting/drawing, photography, etc) Also, what 10 or 11 programs are you looking at? 

I am going to be applying to visual arts MFA... dependent on school mostly photography, painting/drawing, printmaking, sculpture, new genres.

I don't have a final 10-11 on my list but my focus is to get to Los Angeles mostly. So basically ArtCenter, Otis, UCLA, Calarts, etc. (no USC).

Yale and SAIC are my main focuses out of that area.

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1 hour ago, Gaara said:

And this is for everyone who eventually sees it, do less competitive fully funded MFA in painting/drawing programs exists? I am looking at several list for fully funded MFA programs and there's a consistent theme of programs having over 200 applicants and accepting like 7 people. I understand why these programs are so competitive but I'm trying to find at least one that doesn't have the typical 5% or less acceptance rate. 

I think that University of Georgia is a fully funded which is very good for painting/drawing :)

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@SocialKonstruct hope you get into UCLA, there's small stipend but they do waive tuition. I'm rooting for you! Be careful with those other schools, I don't think any program is worth taking on more debt. But perhaps you come from a wealthy family that can afford it. 

 

UGA is actually on my list, the website says 10 students are accepted to the program but it doesn't give information about how many people apply. My guess would be 200 or more which makes their acceptance rate 5% or less. I wonder if there is a fully funded MFA program that has an acceptance rate of at least 30%? Because all these other fully funded programs are basically long shots, if you get accepted to a program with a 5% or less acceptance rate you are one lucky person. And personally, I'm not trying to go to a non fully funded program just because their acceptance rate is higher. 

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On 7/23/2022 at 6:44 AM, Gaara said:

And this is for everyone who eventually sees it, do less competitive fully funded MFA in painting/drawing programs exists? I am looking at several list for fully funded MFA programs and there's a consistent theme of programs having over 200 applicants and accepting like 7 people. I understand why these programs are so competitive but I'm trying to find at least one that doesn't have the typical 5% or less acceptance rate. 

Off of the top of my head I think Oklahoma University has a fully funded MFA that’s maybe lesser known. Some UT schools and UMass schools too. I’d look for big state schools that don’t heavily advertise as being fully funded programs but do indeed offer grad teaching assistantships and stipends. I know USF and UArk but I think those would fall into the more competitive category since they accept few students. 

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52 minutes ago, impliedpaste said:

Off of the top of my head I think Oklahoma University has a fully funded MFA that’s maybe lesser known. Some UT schools and UMass schools too. I’d look for big state schools that don’t heavily advertise as being fully funded programs but do indeed offer grad teaching assistantships and stipends. I know USF and UArk but I think those would fall into the more competitive category since they accept few students. 

Thank you for the response! I've been thinking lately, and I would love to know that I am likely to be accepted into 1 of the 7 programs I am applying to, but everything that is worth it is going to be hard. I wouldn't be happy settling for a program and location, if it takes multiple years to get into an ideal program for me I think that is worth it. 

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19 minutes ago, Gaara said:

Thank you for the response! I've been thinking lately, and I would love to know that I am likely to be accepted into 1 of the 7 programs I am applying to, but everything that is worth it is going to be hard. I wouldn't be happy settling for a program and location, if it takes multiple years to get into an ideal program for me I think that is worth it. 

I can speak to all of this. This is year two of applying for me. I was waitlisted to several programs last year but didn’t get in anywhere. I attended a grad program a few years ago and ended up leaving halfway through my first year (for several reasons, but a major one was that it didn’t feel worth it for me and wasn’t as challenging as I hoped). So, I feel you on wanting to be pretty certain about getting in somewhere, but after already going to a program I didn’t like, I feel somewhat uncompromising about wanting to go somewhere more ideal for me. Very nervous about applying again though!!

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2 hours ago, impliedpaste said:

I can speak to all of this. This is year two of applying for me. I was waitlisted to several programs last year but didn’t get in anywhere. I attended a grad program a few years ago and ended up leaving halfway through my first year (for several reasons, but a major one was that it didn’t feel worth it for me and wasn’t as challenging as I hoped). So, I feel you on wanting to be pretty certain about getting in somewhere, but after already going to a program I didn’t like, I feel somewhat uncompromising about wanting to go somewhere more ideal for me. Very nervous about applying again though!!

I feel you!! This is my second year applying too, I graduated June 21' and applied that same year in December. I was a bit naive to how difficult it is to get into an MFA program(especially fully funded ones)...so I was denied by all 3 programs. Having another year to work on art really allowed me to have a more polished portfolio. This time I'm applying to 7 different fully funded programs that give good stipend, although I'm confident in my art, written papers, and recommendation letters....there is still a very anxious/nervous feeling of going 0 for 7 like you explained. So initially I thought I should find a safe school so I don't have to go through this again but it's just not worth it. I would be unhappy being at a program that isn't worth my time. 

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3 hours ago, SocialKonstruct said:

The ArtCenter MFA Art application for Fall 2023 has opened up and I already have started to fill out the apropos forms just now.

They're making a push to make the program fully funded eventually! They're starting out I think with a full ride slot, but have started auctions and some other general pushes to try to flip it to a fully covered program down the road which would be wonderful. The MFA studios are always fun to check out :D

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