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affordable art schools

belikinbelikin Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
anyone have any info on umass dartmouth,purchase or any other affordable art schools for a financially challenged hopefull finearts major w/good portfolio but average grades?thanks
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  • bears and dogsbears and dogs - Posts: 3,076 Senior Member
    Are you in state?
    Purchase and New Paltz, FIT are state schools
    Hunter, Lehman are City schools with so so art dept.
    Kingsborough is sad-OK digital Community school.
    Cooper Union if you are that kind.
  • belikinbelikin Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    thanks.actually from maine but would like to get out of dodge for college- maybe boston or ny but am open to anything
  • bears and dogsbears and dogs - Posts: 3,076 Senior Member
    Maine should be part of Massachusetts or vice versa.
    I love people working for MECA admission, super nice. So were people at LL bean. Is this Maine thing?
  • taxguytaxguy Registered User Posts: 6,625 Senior Member
    Talk a look at Towson University. Also check out other state schools including Mass Art, University of Cincinnati, Ohio State etc.
  • artmom08artmom08 Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    If you are located in Maine seriously consider Massart - for certain majors you can be a Maine resident and get a lower tuition rate ( in between in state mass resident tuition and out of state )through the NE regional tuition program. My D is a freshman and we live in NH - and she falls under this plan - making it very reasonable for her to attend- she loves Boston and is loving Massart
  • TheresaCPATheresaCPA Registered User Posts: 661 Member
    Look for state colleges in your area that are in the National Portfolio Day in multi cities. Start there because those colleges at least are committed to art enough to send staff to portfolio days across the country.

    Then look at those colleges art that is posted on the web sites.

    And see Cooper Union in NY @ npd its free if you get in to it.
  • RoaringMiceRoaringMice Registered User Posts: 325 Member
    As others said, Mass Art may work for you, because you may qualify for a lower tuition due to your being from Maine. Speak to them directly about that.

    The Cooper Union certainly would work, because it's free of tuition if you can get in - although you still need to pay room and board and etc., which in NY, ain't cheap.

    The Fashion Institute of Technology is a SUNY, and actually is surprisingly inexpensive even for out-of-state students.

    Other schools that are relatively inexpensive, have good art programs, and which someone with good but not amazing grades might get into, are: UMass Amherst, U Conn, UMass Dartmouth, Hunter College, SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Purchase, Rutgers New Brunswick, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Albany. Again, as another poster mentioned, as with Mass Art, because you're from New England, you may be able to get a lower tuition rate than a typical out-of-state student would at the state schools in New England, if you major in certain things that aren't available at the public unis in Maine. It's worth it to ask.

    You also may want to think about applying to a couple of private universities that have decent art programs in them. While private pure art schools don't always have a lot of non-loan aid to offer, private universities sometimes do. Thus you may want to look at: Boston University, Lesley University, Rochester Institute of Technology, NYU, Temple, and Syracuse.

    Now, I don't know your grades and SAT scores, so I don't know if NYU is a fit re: those, or if Lesley is a better fit; or Rutgers v. New Paltz, etc. You need to figure all that out.
  • SpruceSpruce Registered User Posts: 1,173 Senior Member
    i think mica is pretty good about financial aid
  • FindmepeteFindmepete Registered User Posts: 345 Member
    Try Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of art but hurry. Register online for school then get your 10 pcs portfolio in by Jan 21 - admission decision depends on artistic review from the art school and you should hear by late February. The train is blocks away, NYC or Philly an hour away
  • jr18jr18 Registered User Posts: 22 New Member
    I wouldn't recommend Rutgers. I'm from NJ, about 15 minutes away from New Brunswick and I know A TON of people attending RU in the fall.
    The school is a typical party school. The academics are good if you want that type of education... but the New Brunswick is a dump and there is no sense of artistic atmosphere whatsoever. I think Mason Gross (their art school) is most noted for performing arts, so if you're into that then maybe consider it. But as far as visual arts, I would not recommend it.
  • FindmepeteFindmepete Registered User Posts: 345 Member
    Totally disagree with the above post - Have you ever toured the Mason Gross art facilitites? Can you name name another affordable art school, especially one near the NYC and Philly? It is worth looking into and make your own decision
  • RoaringMiceRoaringMice Registered User Posts: 325 Member
    Mason Gross, at Rutgers NB, has a good reputation in the visual and in the performing arts. Rutgers NB in general is a good school academically as well.

    Yes, it has a rep as a party school - in New Jersey, not outside of NJ. But that's typical of any big public university's rep in its northeastern home state. They tend to get overshadowed by the famous private schools in that region, and people from the state often don't even realize what a gem they have.

    Just because people in NJ think Rutgers NB is a party school, that doesn't mean the school is any more (or less) of a party school than any other school in metro NYC, and it doesn't mean the school isn't good.

    As the other poster said, if you think you may like Rutgers, go there, tour the place, and make your own decision.
  • artmommy77artmommy77 Registered User Posts: 295 Senior Member
    I would recommend Kansas City Art Institute. Great reputation. Gives scholarships. Your in a safe and secure (and Cheap) city in the fashionable arty section of town. Plaza shopping, to the west, the Nelson art gallery, to the east is the Kemper Modern Art Gallery across the street, and the University of Mo is a couple of blocks south. Check it out. Several people (Art teachers at Universities that we looked at) recommended it to my daughter. She didn't apply because she lives in the midwest and wanted something different.
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