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Counseling students
who think they can…
Draw, Sculpt or Paint
“I am an artist… I am here to live out loud.”
Emile Zola
The five most important things
to know about art schools*
First, some good news…
•  Plenty of options:
•  More than 50 professional art schools
•  More than 300 additional BFA/BFA ...
…and then the reality check
•  But: Lots of competition
•  What it’s like to be an art student
–  Different from high scho...
1 Applying to an art program is
basically the same process
•  Finding a good fit: the importance of matching students and
...
1 …basically the same process
•  Degree options: BA vs BFA vs BS.
Is an MFA really necessary?
•  Institutional options:
• ...
2 Applying to an art program is
a different process
•  So many choices: Why it’s important to discover and focus
on the ty...
2 …a different process
•  How? Additional elements:
Visual
• Portfolio: Basic requirements
– Master portfolio vs targeted ...
•  Tackling and submitting
applications
•  CA4 Arts Supplement: the
basics; what’s different?
•  Non- Common Application
a...
2 …a different process
•  Setting priorities and managing time:
–  Why it’s even more critical for art students!
–  How ht...
3 There are more areas of study
than you can imagine
•  Fine art/traditional
•  Design
•  Artisan/Craft
•  Art History/Mus...
4 Yes, you CAN make a living as an artist!
•  Addressing parent concerns, i.e.,
“What can you do with a degree in art?”
• ...
4 Yes, you CAN…
• What the hard data tells us: research and case studies
are more accurate:
–  SNAAP Report:
http://portfo...
5 Resources abound…
•  National Portfolio Days: http://www.portfolioday.net/
•  Other college fairs and opportunities:
–  ...
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Counseling students who think they can draw, sculpt or paint

  1. 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. 2. The five most important things to know about art schools*
  3. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 9. •  Tackling and submitting applications •  CA4 Arts Supplement: the basics; what’s different? •  Non- Common Application applications 2 …a different process
  10. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 15. Questions? Comments?
  16. 16. Thanks for participating!

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