jpngrl Posted October 7, 2012 Share Posted October 7, 2012 I'm in the middle of applications and my focus is looking at the history of collecting in America during the 19th/20th centuries. I am specifically looking at smaller, more focused MA programs that teach material culture (BGC, Winterthur, Cooper-Hewitt), but I'd also like to expand my options by applying to universities that maybe have a professor that specializes in this area or whose curriculum offers a more oriented focus on the objects, makers and markets involved in collecting and material exchange. The problem is, I can't find any! (anyone rec Columbia or UPENN?) US or UK schools are fine, and ideally in a city. Since everyone on this forum has such varied experiences, I'd love to hear your opinions as to which programs/schools I should do more research on. In addition, how closely do admissions people look at how the subject of your writing sample relates to your intended program? The chapter of my thesis that I'm submitting deals with Japanese illustrated encyclopedias, which I tie in with my interest in collecting, but I'm anxious that they'll only focus on the subject over the quality of my writing. Is this just me freaking out? Finally, how would you guys recommend tying in three summers as a tour guide at a historic home? I call myself a 'historic interpretor' on my CV, but do you think this is something that admissions people want to hear about in a SOP or should I leave it alone? Thanks everyone! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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