Creative Colleges: Finding the Best Programs for Aspiring Actors, Artists, Designers, Dancers, Musicians, Writers, and More

Creative Colleges: Finding the Best Programs for Aspiring Actors, Artists, Designers, Dancers, Musicians, Writers, and More

by Elaina Loveland


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You're 100% unique. Your college should be too!

Finding the creative college that best suits you doesn't have to be hard. Creative Colleges is a terrific starting point in your search, plus it'll be your trusted handbook as you work your way toward admission to just the right academic home for you.

This comprehensive guide for creative students features the best arts colleges and programs in the country, alongside tips and advice from students who've "been there, done that." You'll read expert advice on how to find the school that will best fit you as an individual, develop your talents, and help you make a career out of your passion.

• Peruse more than 275 in-depth profiles of colleges and creative programs, including degrees offered, concentrations, scholarship opportunities and alumni accomplishments.
• Get the scoop on academic life from students in each discipline and peek inside the offices of top admissions directors.
• Learn exclusive tips on auditioning and preparing portfolios, plus how to prepare and present artist statements, admission essays, and artistic résumés
• Explore all of your options including conservatories, art schools, liberal arts colleges, and universities

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492647119
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 1,176,121
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments x

Introduction xii

Chapter 1 The Creative Student's College Search 1

The Artistic Component in the Admissions Process 1

Doing Your Research 2

The Campus Visit 3

Standardized Tests 3

Financing Your Education 4

Have a College-Cost Talk with Your Parents 5

Federal Aid and the FAFSA 5

Artistic Scholarships 7

Part-Time Work 8

The Double Major; Studying the Arts and Another Discipline 9

Creative Students Not Majoring in the Arts 10

Chapter 2 Frequently Asked Questions 11

Chapter 3 Colleges for Actors 24

Types of Drama Programs 24

How to Decide Between a Conservatory Program and a Traditional College Program 26

Concentrations in a Drama Major 27

For Aspiring Musical Theater Majors 28

Film, Television, and Cinema 32

Drama Auditions 32

The Portfolio for Prospective Design and Production Majors 34

Drama Program Philosophy 34

Evaluating Drama Programs 37

Actor Interview, Essay, Application Questions, and Résumé 40

Sample Drama Curriculum 52

Profiles of Selected Drama Programs 58

Comprehensive List of Colleges with Drama Programs 95

Chapter 4 Colleges for Artists and Designers 104

Identifying the Type of Art Student You Are 104

Types of Art Programs 106

Art Program Philosophy 107

Concentrations in Art Degrees 107

The Freshman "Foundation" Year 108

Graphic Design Programs 111

The Artistic Portfolio 116

National Portfolio Days 118

Evaluating Art Programs 118

Artist Statement, Essays, Portfolio, and Résumé 123

Sample Art Curriculum 130

Profiles of Selected Art and Design Programs 136

Comprehensive List of Colleges with Art and Design Programs 179

Chapter 5 Colleges for Dancers 191

Types of Dance Programs 191

College Options: Dancing without a Dance Major 195

Dance Auditions 196

How They Stack Up: Comparing College Dance Programs 205

Dancer Essay, Application Questions, and Résumés 207

Sample Dance Curriculum 217

Profiles of Selected Dance Programs 219

Comprehensive List of Colleges with Dance Programs 252

Chapter 6 Colleges for Musicians 255

Types of College Music Programs 255

Types of Music Degrees 258

Music Specialties 259

Music Auditions 259

Evaluating College Music Programs 263

Preparing for Your Audition: Suggestions for Prospective Musk Majors 268

Musician Artist Statement, Essay, Repertoire List, and Resume 276

Sample Music Curriculum 284

Profiles of Selected Music Programs 288

Comprehensive List of Colleges with Music Programs 327

Chapter 7 Colleges for Writers 338

Types of Creative Writing Programs 338

Writing Portfolios 341

What to Expect in a Creative Writing Workshop 342

Finding a Writing Community 342

Evaluating Creative Writing Programs 343

Creative Writing and the "Real World" 346

Writer Essays and Resumes 349

Sample Creative Writing Curriculum 355

Profiles of Selected Creative Writing Programs 357

Comprehensive List of Colleges with Writing Programs 383

Chapter 8 The Next Step 389

Making the Most of Your Creative College Experience 389

Exploring the Local Arts Community 390

Study Abroad Opportunities 390

Internships 391

Exploring Career Choices after Graduation 392

Appendix 395

Index 398

About the Author 401

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