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Counseling students who think they can draw, sculpt or paint
Counseling students who think they can draw, sculpt or paint
Counseling students who think they can draw, sculpt or paint
Counseling students who think they can draw, sculpt or paint
Counseling students who think they can draw, sculpt or paint
Counseling students who think they can draw, sculpt or paint
Counseling students who think they can draw, sculpt or paint
Counseling students who think they can draw, sculpt or paint
Counseling students who think they can draw, sculpt or paint
Counseling students who think they can draw, sculpt or paint
Counseling students who think they can draw, sculpt or paint
Counseling students who think they can draw, sculpt or paint
Counseling students who think they can draw, sculpt or paint
Counseling students who think they can draw, sculpt or paint
Counseling students who think they can draw, sculpt or paint
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  • 1. Counseling students who think they can… Draw, Sculpt or Paint “I am an artist… I am here to live out loud.” Emile Zola
  • 2. The five most important things to know about art schools*
  • 3. First, some good news… •  Plenty of options: •  More than 50 professional art schools •  More than 300 additional BFA/BFA programs in colleges and universities •  Creative programs are challenging, BUT the student usually does not have to be an accomplished artist •  What admissions committees look for: passion, commitment, work ethic, potential for success, creative ability, basic technical skills
  • 4. …and then the reality check •  But: Lots of competition •  What it’s like to be an art student –  Different from high school art classes: studio environment, workload/pace, commitment vs. expectations –  Typical four-year program includes •  Foundation Year •  Two years major area study (with/without concentration) •  Senior thesis and/or exhibit
  • 5. 1 Applying to an art program is basically the same process •  Finding a good fit: the importance of matching students and college personalities in art –  Different environmental and curricular emphasis and priorities: •  Traditional •  Progressive •  Technical •  Industry/career oriented •  Conceptual/theoretical •  Co-ops •  Hands-on
  • 6. 1 …basically the same process •  Degree options: BA vs BFA vs BS. Is an MFA really necessary? •  Institutional options: •  Conservatory: Regionally accredited non-profit independent professional art and design colleges offering BFA degrees •  University: College or division within a university, department •  Liberal Arts College major/minor programs •  Community colleges: AA, AAS programs
  • 7. 2 Applying to an art program is a different process •  So many choices: Why it’s important to discover and focus on the type of college experience the student wants –  Evaluating where and how to strengthen any weaknesses before applying •  Understanding how academic credentials do/don’t align with requirements for the college-bound artist “Arts education aids students in skills needed in the workplace: flexibility, the ability to solve problems and communicate, the ability to learn new skills, to be creative and innovative, and to strive for excellence.” – Joseph M. Calahan, Director of Cooperate Communications, Xerox Corporation
  • 8. 2 …a different process •  How? Additional elements: Visual • Portfolio: Basic requirements – Master portfolio vs targeted versions – Submitting art •  Uniform application assignments (“take-home exams”) Written • The artist statement Presenting: The interview
  • 9. •  Tackling and submitting applications •  CA4 Arts Supplement: the basics; what’s different? •  Non- Common Application applications 2 …a different process
  • 10. 2 …a different process •  Setting priorities and managing time: –  Why it’s even more critical for art students! –  How http://mycca.net/ can help with art students –  How http://portfolioprep.org/ can help: •  Website: portfolioprep.org •  Phone: 203.746.0100; 203.947.9899 •  Email: serra@portfolioprep.org •  Contact: Lorraine Serra
  • 11. 3 There are more areas of study than you can imagine •  Fine art/traditional •  Design •  Artisan/Craft •  Art History/Museum Studies •  Education •  Hybrid/Interdisciplinary •  Most popular/trending
  • 12. 4 Yes, you CAN make a living as an artist! •  Addressing parent concerns, i.e., “What can you do with a degree in art?” •  Career paths: 200+ possibilities… Fine Arts • Museums/Galleries • “Commercial” Art • Education • Therapy • Media • Photography • Fashion, Interior, Textile Design • Retail • Media, etc., etc. …and more every year
  • 13. 4 Yes, you CAN… • What the hard data tells us: research and case studies are more accurate: –  SNAAP Report: http://portfolioprep.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/ SNAAP_Press_Release_0503112.pdf “We need people who think with the creative side of their brains—people who have played in a band, who have painted…it enhances symbiotic thinking capabilities, not always thinking in the same paradigm, learning how to kick-start a new idea, or how to get a job done better, less expensively.” –Annette Byrd, GlaxoSmithKline
  • 14. 5 Resources abound… •  National Portfolio Days: http://www.portfolioday.net/ •  Other college fairs and opportunities: –  NACAC: http://www.nacacnet.org/college-fairs/PVA-College-Fairs/Pages/default.aspx –  Local: Aldrich Museum, (CT): http://www.aldrichart.org/education/adult.php •  Specialized enrichment programs: –  Extracurricular (summer): http://www.skidmore.edu/summerstudioart/ –  Year-Round (local): http://silvermineart.org/education/ •  Publications: http://www.amazon.com/College-Guide-Visual-Majors-Petersons/dp/B00D9TNYBQ/ ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375276178&sr=8-1&keywords=college+guide+for+visual+arts +majors •  Websites: –  AICAD: http://www.aicad.org/ –  NASAD: http://nasad.arts-accredit.org/ –  CAA: http://www.collegeart.org/ –  DI: http://www.di.net/
  • 15. Questions? Comments?
  • 16. Thanks for participating!

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