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Art School admission 2017


Replies to: Art School admission 2017

  • lsichitiulsichitiu Registered User Posts: 71 Junior Member
    Thank you for the info, @spoonyj
  • moonpiemoonpie Registered User Posts: 514 Member
    @neapmom can't wait to meet IRL! I'm pretty sure SVA is it for her as well. Super excited about NYC this weekend!
  • indiahylandindiahyland Registered User Posts: 210 Junior Member
    does anyone know anything about SVA undergrad photography program? and how it compares with other photography programs in NYC - NYU Tisch, Parsons, etc?
  • NYCMomof3NYCMomof3 Registered User Posts: 492 Member
    edited April 2017
    We went to the MICA open house yesterday and we LOVED IT! I was shocked that my daughter who is not keen on attending an art school, loved MICA. She wants to get a BFA in Animation and wanted to attend a university with all sorts of different people (not just artists) but really loved MICAs animation program and the feel on campus. She also loved that even though it's in a city, it doesn't feel like she's in the heart of a big city. She was impressed that she had lots of control over what classes she'd like to take and explore. So far PRATT and MICA are her favorites. I loved how the area looked and felt like Brooklyn and is so close to transportation to NYC and DC.

    How did the accepted student days go @moonpie and @neapmom

    @spoonyj your son's school really impressed us. It was worth the 5 hour car ride

    As far as safety, I found the area to be safe.....but I'm from NYC so it takes a lot to make me nervous
  • NYCMomof3NYCMomof3 Registered User Posts: 492 Member
    @mom3intexas how was your visit on Friday? We did go yesterday and it's top of my daughter's list (along with Pratt)
  • moonpiemoonpie Registered User Posts: 514 Member
    @NYCMomof3 SVA is a done deal for us! After the admitted students day, she was 100% sold, and honestly I was as well. We are a bit under the weather today, so I'll fill more details in later!
  • NYCMomof3NYCMomof3 Registered User Posts: 492 Member
    @moonpie so glad it's all done for you both!!! I am hoping when my daughter takes computer animation at SVA this summer, she will want to apply. She would literally be about a mile from home. Congrats
  • magnetnhmagnetnh Registered User Posts: 468 Member
    @NYCMomof3 I've been on and off this forum as I have an S18 interested in arts and animation. What you said "She wants to get a BFA in Animation and wanted to attend a university with all sorts of different people (not just artists) " describes exactly how S18 has been feeling. As we finalize the college list I'd like to ask if you only applied to art colleges or did you look into other universities or LAC's?
  • NYCMomof3NYCMomof3 Registered User Posts: 492 Member
    @magnetnh my daughter is just starting to make her list. She is currently a junior. She really got turned off last summer at the idea of going to an art school because of the summer intensive she took at Cooper Union. She didn't like the vibe, felt fake and very competitive. She's currently at a boarding school with all sorts of kids and loves being on a campus with all types of people. What I did tell her is that she cannot assume all art schools would be like what she experienced at Cooper. That's why when we went to MICA yesterday and she told me she loved it, I was ecstatic. I've been telling her that for what she wants (BFA ANIMATION), she will most likely be attending an art school. We are still looking and I think she is softening to the idea of attending an art school. She was impressed by PRATT and MICA. These two are definitely on our application lists. We visited UCONN and she did like their program but the main campus has more than 20k students and the classes are huge. I think the size turned her off. We will visit RIT and Alfred this summer. I think she may look into SCAD, MASSArt, too. She's not a fan of hot weather so I'm not sure she will apply to SCAD OR RINGLING. There is s small university called Lesley that offers what she wants but I don't know much about this program. She will be taking computer animation this summer at SVA and I'm hoping she will like it enough to apply (she really doesn't want to be here in manhattan for school since we live here). I'm trying to convince her to stay in NYC or nearby for internships. She is willing to go anywhere so o just have to research more schools out west. We will see.

    Where are his guys applying to?
  • magnetnhmagnetnh Registered User Posts: 468 Member
    @NYCMomof3 Sorry I thought you were already admitted! S18 attends an arts high school as well as a traditional high school for his college prep work and it makes for a long school day. Freshman year was all about art schools with a love for RISD and CalArts. Towards the end of sophomore year he declared that he also wanted to be with science majors and history majors as he liked his current set up of a going to a regular and an arts high school. So I immediately thought of LAC's with strong art departments but that is hard to quantify. We are in CT, so UCONN is our state school. He also thinks it is too big and many of his classmates end up there. The Stamford branch is now becoming the animation hub under the Digital Media Design department umbrella and they will have housing this year. I like that it is close to NYC for internships, so that is one you may want to look into. I like PRATT and MICA but will now take some convincing. For LAC's Skidmore, Wesleyan, Vassar and Bard seem to have the arts component. We have heard of Lesley and he was accepted into their pre college program last year but did not attend. His arts school director has reported that students who have ended up there have not been too happy. She thinks that they have done so much at the arts high school that they think they were too advanced for Lesley, at least for their foundations classes. These colleges come and visit S18 arts high school for recruitment and he had a portfolio review and early acceptance to Montserrat, but not sure about their program. MECA in Maine is another one that has some students from his school and they report they are happy there. In summary, just when I think we should be done with finalizing a list it seems like we are still developing it.
  • JBStillFlyingJBStillFlying Registered User Posts: 4,711 Senior Member
    @magnetnh if he has the stats have him look into CMU.
  • NYCMomof3NYCMomof3 Registered User Posts: 492 Member
    @magnetnh we visited the UCONN Stamford campus a few weeks ago and she liked their curriculum but it's more of a commuter school and the rents for the new residence halls are so $$$ and they won't have a food plan. So that campus is out for us...and she doesn't want their main campus (because of their size and their animation is more focused in Stamford). Thanks for the heads up on Lesley. I was thinking it wasn't a great program since I could barely find anything on it. Your son sounds a lot like my daughter. Honestly I hope she goes to either Pratt or SVA so she will be close to home (we are in manhattan) and the internships...but who knows. Seems like you and I will be on this ride for the next year together.
  • moonpiemoonpie Registered User Posts: 514 Member
    We are so excited it's OVER. For us, it came down to Pratt and SVA. The money was better at Pratt, but nothing could shake the "feel and fit" factor of SVA. She's super excited about the honors program, and her AP credits and Governor's School are going to give her a lot of freedom to take additional classes. In the end.... it came down to being able to start doing animation first semester, and that was really important. The work of the freshman from this year was amazing! She's registered for classes... and BUMMED about going back to high school tomorrow! LOL
  • neapmomneapmom Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    @NYCMomof3...just like @moonpie we are DONE! SVA won my husband over and D was over the moon after seeing more and talking to students and the Illustration head. Just like @moonpie, she is REGISTERED AND READY!! Now to figure out the logistics of traveling from Ohio to NYC in August with a bunch of stuff for the dorm! Maybe we should fly and buy all the stuff there? We'll figure it out. So sorry my D and @moonpie 's D missed seeing each other by about 2 minutes! But so funny that they're twitter posts looked almost exactly the same by the 'SVA NYC' sign! We have to connect them in August! Less than a month of high school left thank goodness. My D is ready to move to NYC now!! Good luck to everyone!
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