kunstgeschichtedude Posted July 2, 2012 Share Posted July 2, 2012 Greetings fellow Art History gradcafers! I just recently made an account, and like so many others of you who have already applied, or are applying to grad schools, I am wondering if anyone would be so kind as to evaluate my chances, if possible. I am currently a senior at a large, public research university double majoring in Art History (of course) and English Literature. My overall GPA is 3.4, and my major GPAs are 3.7ish and 3.6ish respectively. I was first enrolled as a Biology major who quickly found himself gloomy and disillusioned with large class sizes, unapproachable professors, and a very, very structured curriculum. In other words, my grades from Freshman year are to say the least, deplorable and embarrassing. I didn't fail, but I did receive some unremarkable Cs and Ds. My only As and Bs were given to me in Humanities courses. I don't believe I did better in the latter classes because I found them easier, but because I found them to be more intellectually stimulating and exciting. So when I was a Sophomore I changed to my current majors, and with each succeeding year since then my marks have improved. I should have graduated this past May, but I recently decided to pursue departmental honors in Art History and English, so I'm doing an extra year. I completed my honor's thesis for the former in the Spring. In this paper I compared Last Judgment paintings produced during the Renaissance period, and I received an A. Other accomplishments of mine include a publication in an online undergraduate English Honor Society Journal, and a paper presentation on Georgia O'Keeffe's Abstract works at an undergraduate Art History Conference. I've been a gallery docent/guard at one of my university's art galleries, and as of right now I'm a curatorial and administrative intern at a small museum. In my internship I've had the privilege of working intimately with the curator, in which I have helped research and edit her endnotes for an upcoming catalogue she has written, as well as assisting with the formatting of labels and the creation of a powerpoint for the museum's current and recently opened exhibit. Moreover, the curator has been kind enough to mention me in the Acknowledgments section of said catalogue; it will be available in late July. In the upcoming fall semester I will be doing an independent study on a twentieth-century german artist, working in my school's writing center as a tutor, and helping one of my English professors as an undergraduate teaching assistant in a British Lit. survey course. I am interested in German Expressionism and Renaissance Art. I taken courses in elementary and intermediate college level German, averaging a B+. I understand B+ is not stellar, but I will continue to work at the language, even if it means re-taking German at the undergraduate level while I'm in a Masters Program; I understand some departments offer this option... or so I think? Regardless, I will investigate further. I will be applying only to MA Programs in Art History, especially those that are particularly strong in Modern and Renaissance art. Schools that are of interest to me include CUNY Queens, Penn State, Temple University, University of Oregon, University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Toronto, University of Madison- Wisconsin, Columbia and University of Texas-Austin. I intend to try to narrow this list to about 5 or 7 schools. I understand that finding a POI at the Masters level is not mandatory, but I am researching them nonetheless. Any suggestions on other schools and instructors will be greatly appreciated! I also understand that grad programs, some more than others, seek to diversify their departments by enrolling students of different ethnicities. I'm half Hispanic (mother's side). I'm not really sure if that will help or not, I mean obviously no matter what race or sexual orientation, if one does poorly in school and lacks emotional maturity, it's going to be difficult to be accepted into any grad program. Also, as I briefly stated earlier, some departments value diversity, while others not so much, therefore being Hispanic may do little for me. Sorry about my digressions, I just want to provide you all with a solid picture of who I am and what I have done. Although the application process is overwhelming, it is also exciting and educational! So if I can help anyone else in any way, please let me know! Thank you for taking the time to read and/or skim! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Create an account or sign in to comment
You need to be a member in order to leave a comment
Create an account
Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!Register a new account
Already have an account? Sign in here.Sign In Now