Earning Extra Money: Student Art Sales

…Even if you’re not planning to go into retail or production work, creating this type of work is an opportunity to improve your technical skills, explore the commercial side of art and help build a greater community that understands and appreciates art – something that benefits all of us…

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The Application Process, Part II: The Interview

…The interview is where you will find out what can neither be expressed nor sensed on paper – whether or not that program is the right fit for you, and vice versa. Yes, it is primarily a time for the program’s faculty to get a sense of your preparedness but it is also an opportunity for you to feel out if you will be at your best there…

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Financial Breakdown, Part II: Paying for It

…Calculate your potential expenses and income for each program before you decide so that your final decision is an educated one. Once you do, be prepared to pare down on frivolous expenses and work your butt off for the next few years…

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Financial Breakdown, Part I: Expenses

…Money is a huge consideration when deciding whether or not to go into a graduate program and subsequently which program to attend; it can be a major source of stress and anxiety. As artists we cannot (typically) count on a big payday immediately after graduating to pay back loads of student loans…

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The Application Process, Part I: The Nitty Gritty

…Choose recommenders who can vouch for more than just your artistic ability. The university will see your portfolio and what you have made, but a recommendation can speak to your creativity, problem-solving skills, work ethic, teaching skills, organizational skills and overall ability to succeed in graduate school. Universities usually require 2-3 recommendations so choose people who can attest to different aspects of why you’re great for graduate school…

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The Time Between: Waiting a Year... or so

…Take your time. You made a big decision to go to college and you completed your goal. Take a breather before you make the next big decision. Grad school isn’t going anywhere. You need time to soak in what you’ve just learned and approach your work with new ideas, not recycled old ones…

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Starting your Search

…There are so many great programs to choose from and each will shape you in a slightly different way as an artist. Start your search early and allow enough time to do so before deadlines start approaching. Most importantly, keep an open mind and don’t try to force a fit. If it doesn’t feel right, it’s not the right place for you, no matter how much you had your heart set. The perfect program for you is out there and it’s your job to find it!…

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So You’re Thinking about an MFA...

…An MFA program is a great opportunity to build a body of work in a safe “bubble” environment with constant feedback from faculty and peers, to gain exposure to new techniques and processes, to network in your field and to perhaps gain teaching experience and credentials. It is not, however, a place to figure out whether you’re interested in a career in art, a free and easy passageway to a successful career, or a way to pass the time because you can’t think of anything better to do with your BFA…

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Introduction: My Story

…There was no assignment, no peer review, no critique. It was my ideas freshly molded into their physical form with minimal outside input. I had to do my own editing. And though I had my various resources throughout the process, at the end of the day it was me, sitting across from a faculty member with my work laid out on the table, trying to explain why I made what I made. It was both terrifying and exhilarating. But after my last interview I realized that no matter what happened, I had accomplished so much already…

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