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Friday, January 16th, 2009
11:30 am
MFA - Photography question
Just joined this community. My background: I am currently in a Masters program studying two fields which have absolutely nothing to do with photography.

I'm now rethinking my current program status. Basically if I could do college over again I would have majored in photography and I kick myself everyday for not taking advantage of the opportunities when I had the chance (I went to a school that was next to RISD!). This being said, if I only dabbled in photography (I took a course or two as an undergraduate) what would the steps be that I would need to take in order to prepare to even apply for a MFA program? Would I need to take time and take introductory courses again? I assume a current portfolio would also be required?

Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.

p.s. Icon is not me but I thought was appropriate.
Sunday, August 17th, 2008
8:30 pm
Photography Grant
Life In Focus - 2008 Photography Grant

$1,000 grant open to any 3/4th year photography student within Canada and the US. It is also open to 2007 graduates.
Thursday, July 31st, 2008
5:53 pm
Does anyone here have an MFA in Acting/considering one? I have a few questions about it because it's something I'm considering applying for in the future, and I'd be so grateful if anyone would be willing to answer them for me.
Sunday, April 6th, 2008
4:43 pm

they were here, originally uploaded by girl_onthe_les.

I thought I'd share with you guys a photo from an installation I did last week here in NYC......

A flock of stark white static two-dimensional birds sit in branches in a single tree to suggest an absence and mass extinction of the natural within the New York City environment.

Addie Wagenknecht an artist at Eyebeam in Chelsea deconstructs controlled unnatural green spaces in a physical manifestation of the negative form to suggest the impact we have on our environments. The birds’ physical negatives were cut from actual forms of the species that have inhabited Manhattan at one time.

Twenty species of birds average decline is currently sixty eight percent, according to a recent Audubon repot. Forty years ago they estimated there to be approximately 31 million bobwhite birds and currently there are 25.5 million birds missing. The concern is it is unknown as to what caused their deaths and what brought down 25 million is likely to bring down the rest.

Scientist say this is how extinction happens and soon all that will be left are static representations of what was.
Thursday, March 20th, 2008
2:30 pm
Rejection letter.
 I just received a rejection letter from University of Arizona. I applied to their MFA Program in Creative Writing. They did not, and I'm sure this is standard practice, give me any reasons or justification for rejection.

So if I don't know why I wasn't accepted, where should I start in even changing my application for future submissions? Any advice appreciated.
Wednesday, March 5th, 2008
1:24 am
I'm interested in writing and teaching.

I'm considering my options for grad school. I'm looking mostly at creative writing programs.
(I am considering other things too, but they aren't relevant to this question.)

There a bunch of low-residency programs and a bunch of traditional programs.

I think I would enjoy a low-residency program a lot more, as it would let me be somewhere else and doing something else too. But I'm worried that I'd be severely hurting myself long-term.

I was wondering if anyone could help give me a sense of how possible/impossible (relative to if it was a tradition degree) it would be to take my low-residency mfa in creative writing and get into a phd program (literature or education, perhaps) or to a get a teaching job.

Dan Copulsky, dan@copulsky.com
Saturday, February 9th, 2008
11:38 pm
Anyone know which schools offer an MFA in Documentary Film/Video?
Wednesday, February 7th, 2007
5:14 pm
Hi all --- 1st time posting.

I just got done sending in all my apps a couple of weeks ago. Now I gotta do a follow-up on fafsa (already sent in app in January with 2005 numbers)... and I was wondering how the scholarship (offered by colleges, not private) application process worked. Do you get to apply before you know if you are accepted or not? I know it's different for graduate vs. undergrad. I didn't have to apply for financial aid for undergrad (lucky me!) but this time I'm completely on my own, so I desperately need any monetary help I can get my hands on. Any info will be appreciated.


Current Mood: anxious
Monday, January 30th, 2006
6:24 pm
MFA hopefuls?
Assuming anyone here is an MFA hopeful, as opposed to an MFA student/holder...

Has anyone got word back yet from MFA programs in creative writing? Particularly interested in hearing from those who applied to the "top-tier" programs. I heard that acceptances start going out in February to March.
Tuesday, December 20th, 2005
8:36 pm
MFA: Music Majors
Any music graduate students here? Anyone that could offer advice about jazz auditions at that level? I'll be auditioning for a masters in music: jazz studies in the spring of 07 and am working towards getting ready for an audition now. (Drumset / vibraphone player, really more of a drumset player but I am working the vibe stuff as a back up)
Friday, December 9th, 2005
3:08 am
I am enjoying reading the posts in this community! I will post more soon enough. If anyone checks out my journal and/or art and would like to "freind" me please feel free to do so.

Thanks for your time!

Thursday, December 8th, 2005
10:47 pm
Sunday, December 4th, 2005
5:03 pm
MFA and my SOP.. they don't read it?!
According to a professor at one of the programs I am applying to (in fine art/ design) they only read the SOP/Artist Statement if they need more information about the work or are borderline on accepting the person based on their portfolio and GPA.

In this case, if my GPA and portfolio are both decently strong, does it even matter what I write in my SOP?

Originally I had wrriten my SOP about just the theory behind my work, however, after talking to various people I have rewritten it to be more about my history to this point in my work and where I want to go from there with MUCh less art speak..

Traditionally what are they wanting in an artist statement?
Thursday, October 27th, 2005
1:39 pm
where are people currently applying or attending grad school?
Tuesday, October 4th, 2005
1:01 pm
Another Hello Post


I'm an MFA student in the summer program at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. My main medium is photography, but I dabble in poetry as well. I am getting an MFA because I like the intensity of the education, plus I admit to being a total geek about academic discourse. I'd love to actually have in depth discussions online with readings to compare if anyone else is interested. My program being of a distance learning and independant nature, I don't get as much discussion as I'd like...

What I'm reading right now:

  1. Light in a Dark Room - Photography and Loss - Jay Prosser
  2. Rootprints - Memory and Life Writing - Helene Cixous
  3. Family Secrets - Acts of Memory and Imagination - Annette Kuhn
  4. Poetics of Space - Gaston Bachelard
  5. Being and Time - Martin Heidegger

Plus several more. I have a really really huge stack of books in my living room from the library. I'm a bit over-ambitious with my reading lists.

I'm currently working on a project regarding the shaping of loss and memory through intimate and personal spaces. Let's get this community moving!


Thursday, May 12th, 2005
8:29 pm
So I've been minorly vocal in the grad school community but very few people over there seem to be getting an MFA (actually most of them are going for english or social work it seems) and I'm glad to find some compatriots.

My name's Victoria and I'm graduating with my BA in Theatre Technology and Design just over a week (on the 21st) and then in the fall I'm going to begin my MFA work in Lighting Design at Rutgers University. It's a 3 year program, I've gotten some decent funding, and a TA.

Wow, this has wound up being a lame "hi" post. Hmmm... any other theatre people in the community yet?
Monday, September 13th, 2004
12:52 am
I meant Bar, not bar...sorry about the typos. A dirty shame at an MFA site! Time for bed, good night!

Current Mood: tired
Wednesday, September 8th, 2004
6:14 pm
Silence is torturous
Since I can't bear silence, I'm banging a gong here.

As a snooty MFA holder (mother fuckin' A!), I am twitchified by all the bad writing floating around. An MFA is no guarantee, but we tend to be a little more serious about critique, editing, and general development of our mad skills. Hope I'm not wrong about that...

FYI: I am a Minneapolis-dweller, former New Yorker...left sick of rents skyrocketing and living with low-grade fear ever since the buildings came down. Minneapolis has less stuff to bomb. Pa-pa-paranoia.

I write poetry and essays and endless letters to the editor because I am a furious girl, ever-angry, but generally write poetry that's dark humor/political/familial.

So there's me. In a nutshell.

Current Mood: chipper
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