Bvrejj Posted May 12, 2014 Share Posted May 12, 2014 Hello world! I wanted some input on how to hide some of the deficiencies in my background for future graduate applications and highlight the strong points. I graduated two years ago from a small, liberal arts college (good, but not elite by any means) and am ready to apply for graduate programs. Currently, I am working full-time as an assistant to the research coordinator for the school of engineering at a R1 university; working once a week as a curatorial intern at a local museum; and an on-line/remote teaching assistant for art history courses for a university in Arizona for classes offered during fall and spring semesters. To date, I am still in regular contact with my undergraduate advisor as well as my research advisor who supervised my independent project. Also during these gap years, I have worked at an art gallery as a gallery associate/projects assistant; presented my undergraduate research project at SECAC in 2012; chaired a panel on my research specialty l'art Pompier and new technologies in 2013 at SECAC; and had two freelance articles published in a local art magazine. My academic background is ... interesting. I started off as an anthropology/archeology major and due to external/personal factors had less than stellar grades in the spring semester of my freshman and sophomore years. However, I fell in love with art history ( I was required to take courses for the archeology degree) and made the switch at the end of my sophomore year; my grades greatly improved for my junior and senior years. In addition to improved grades, I studied abroad in India with a program that focused on Himalayan Buddhist art and architecture during the summer after my junior year. Finally, I completed an independent research project (in lieu of interning) that was accepted for presentation at SECAC. With the previous background information in mind, I have identified what I think are the weaker points of my application: 1. My major GPA is a 3.7, while my cumulative GPA is a 3.2. The only positive aspect is that my GPA gradually improved over my time in college and most the poor grades are confined to my first year. 2. The curatorial internship I have is the only internship I have had to date. I had to work paying jobs over the summer breaks and was not able to participate in summer research projects or hold an internship during my undergraduate program. Starting my degree so late in school, I had to take a few course overloads and, during my one available semester, I opted for my research project over an internship. 3. I have a strong background in Latin, but I have a weak/basic background in French and no exposure to German due to my late start. 4. My two full-time jobs to date have been related to engineering and software, not art history. I think I should have tried to work several part-time jobs in various museum environments to get more relevant experience. Basically, I feel that my application would qualify as "okay" and not "excellent" or "strong" at this point. The high points of my application would be my writing sample and letters of recommendation. I am currently studying for the GRE and will take it in August/September. I am also concerned that the programs I'm considering are too ambitious for my background: 1. Courtauld - Caroline Arscott 2. USC - Kate Flynt 3. Williams College - Marc Gotlieb 4. AIC - David Getsy Do you have any suggestions on how to address these items? Should I take additional language classes in preparation for graduate programs? I would like a PhD in art history; however, I assume I am not strong enough to apply without completing a Master's degree first? Any advice would be greatly appreciated Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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