College doesn’t have to be a pit stop on the way to your career. In fact, it shouldn’t be treated as such. Your college experience should be an opportunity to gain exposure.
If you haven’t yet realized it, exposure is often treated as currency in the arts. Eventually you will need to make a living wage. For now, a college program should give you bang for your buck by preparing you for your future.
Interviewer: “So, tell me about yourself!”
Has this happened to you? Have you been asked the hardest question known to man? For some reason, answering this simple question sometimes proves to be the most difficult. How exactly can you sum up everything about yourself in one teeny tiny answer?
Before you head to campuses to scope out potential colleges and go on interviews (don’t forget to brush up on our blog post: 4 Great Questions for your College Tour Guide) be sure to come up with what we like to call your 30 Second Story. Whether you are a musician, actress or visual artist – you are ultimately your own business. You are the CEO of your own brand – so you better be able to describe it!
A 30 Second Story is a chance to reveal a bit about yourself and your passions in a concise and compelling manner. Here are some keys points you should be sure to hit:
Maybe you are one of the lucky ones, but for many students who consider getting a degree in visual arts they are faced with the following question: what are you going to do with a fine arts degree?
Our answer: anything you want! Let’s take a look at some outside the box career options for those who have a love for everything visual arts. Read more
The fall of your senior year in high school can be a busy time, especially if you’re planning to go to college, especially especially if you’re planning to study the arts. Music, theatre, dance, and visual arts programs often have a more rigorous application process and can be much more competitive than general admissions to the university. But when you want to study the arts, choosing the right program can be a huge part of getting your career off on the right foot, so you want to get everything right.
If you’re a high school senior approaching graduation, you’re probably used to fielding a lot of questions. Where are you going in the fall? and What are you studying? probably pop up most often. It’s about that time of year when you’ll start being able to answer at least that first one with confidence and (hopefully) excitement. Usually, everyone will be happy to hear your college choice, smiling and nodding politely. When you tell them you’re studying the arts, however, you could face some blank stares or, even worse, negative opinions you didn’t ask to hear.
For everyone applying to college for the performing or visual arts, it probably seems like you’ve been working on it forever. Your college search most likely began over a year ago, and the process of building your resume and portfolio began even earlier. You’ve put in the work at summer intensives, camps, and festivals and you’ve spent countless hours perfecting and rehearsing your craft. You have every right to be exhausted and burnt out on the entire college application process. Read more
If you’re applying to college this year, you may have heard of the myth of the magic number: the secret number of colleges you should apply to that will guarantee you an acceptance letter in the spring. If you do a quick search, you’ll find that the magic number can be as small as 2 and as high as 20. Needless to say, it can be a little confusing.
We’re excited to announce that visual artists can now build free discoverable profiles in the Acceptd network! We’ve helped thousands of performing artists get discovered by universities, scholarships, and summer programs, and we want to help visual artists do the same thing.