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    I personally knew someone who applied and got into the Business of art major last year. There isn't a requirement for a portfolio for that major but it wouldn't hurt though.

    Seewhattimesdone-You aren't allowed to switch into CA from another major but you may switch into another major from CA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kedrew View Post
    I personally knew someone who applied and got into the Business of art major last year. There isn't a requirement for a portfolio for that major but it wouldn't hurt though.
    Yeah, I would say both my portfolio and my reference letters are quite good, but my GPA was... less then perfect lets say... Just dicked around too much during the first 3 years of HS

    My senior year was very much so good, but yeah, the old crap is still there pulling me down like a boulder attached to my angle :p

    Been 2 years since I graduated from HS

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    So I went to accepted student day and heard that there isn't enough work the first year for students, and that some even get "bored". Anyone want to start some kind of sketch group for us firsties to fill up the time and not waste money?


    BTW, I got the pres. scholarship for GAD! Congrats to all who got scholarships and got in! This will be a time to remember.

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    Inkmaster if you take a certain amount of college courses at your local community college you can erase that high school GPA. I'm just not sure exactly how many and the details. I'd call Ringling and ask.

    mvcurtiss have you heard of FEWS? It's an after school live model drawing club/class?. Its really cheap and cool. That's were I think I'm going to spend any extra time. I went to one and it was pretty cool

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    No, I haven't heard of that. Any idea how much it costs? I am financially unstable.

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    Does anyone have any recommendation on the letters of recommendation??

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    Quote Originally Posted by mvcurtiss View Post
    No, I haven't heard of that. Any idea how much it costs? I am financially unstable.
    It's something like forty dollars a semester.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meloncov View Post
    It's something like forty dollars a semester.
    plus or minus a few pennies

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    seewhatimesdone, didn't do the exercises on the application page, sorry. Hopefully someone else is able to answer that question!

    As for recommendation letters, I've never had a reference ask me about format. I'm not sure what my references wrote in mine, but typically people write about the applicant's character and academic merit. Whether they're a hard worker, how they behave in class/on the job/etc., their personality, their passion for art (or whatever discipline you're applying for). The reference is basically telling the institution why s/he thinks you would be an asset to the program. Honesty and enthusiasm are key.

    One page, single-spaced is a good letter size.

    Hope this helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by berf View Post

    mvcurtiss have you heard of FEWS? It's an after school live model drawing club/class?. Its really cheap and cool. That's were I think I'm going to spend any extra time. I went to one and it was pretty cool
    I'm gonna join FEWS as well.

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    Just to add to what nilaffle said, Ringling doesn't have a standard format for the recommendation letters.

    On a different note, I've never really understood what the point of recommendation letters was.
    Aren't they basically asking you to get a friend to write something nice about you?
    It's not like a teacher is going to say, "Mary is lazy and has a bad attitude. Please don't accept her."
    I'm guessing all recommendation letters says essentially the same thing, "Billy is a hard worker, has a good attitude, is honest and passionate, etc..."

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    yeah I guess so but when it comes down to it, its just another way to eliminate a student over the other. I had my letter of reccomendation written by the owner of a Japanese animation company where i interned for a year. Im sure it looked slightly better than one written by a P.E teacher. Its just another method to eliminate someone over the other aside from the portfolio and grades.

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    Sorry, does anyone know

    1) When we can sign up for classes - such as paintin ect..

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    2) When does summer break start? I was looking for a calendar that listed holidays and such and I cant find one my family lives outside the U.S so I need to know when our breaks areee gah.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lowercase View Post
    Just to add to what nilaffle said, Ringling doesn't have a standard format for the recommendation letters.

    On a different note, I've never really understood what the point of recommendation letters was.
    Aren't they basically asking you to get a friend to write something nice about you?
    It's not like a teacher is going to say, "Mary is lazy and has a bad attitude. Please don't accept her."
    I'm guessing all recommendation letters says essentially the same thing, "Billy is a hard worker, has a good attitude, is honest and passionate, etc..."
    I imagine truly negative letters are nearly unheard of, but I'm sure their is some range. From "Mary is a good art student" to "In my forty years of teaching, I've never had a student as dedicated as Mary."

    Also, it tells them details about you that they might not come through in your essay or portfolio; for example, if you were extraordinarily good at giving constructive peer critique.

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    I was also wondering about 5coop's first question. I'm getting really anxious to find out what I'll be taking first semester.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5coop View Post
    When does summer break start? I was looking for a calendar that listed holidays and such and I cant find one my family lives outside the U.S so I need to know when our breaks areee gah.

    Here's the academic calendar:
    http://www.ringling.edu/fileadmin/co...icCalendar.pdf

    Meloncov, alright, I could see that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toxdel View Post
    I was also wondering about 5coop's first question. I'm getting really anxious to find out what I'll be taking first semester.
    right? isnt there supposed to be one of those rush sessions where everyone logs in online and signs up for the classes they are interested in before everyone else fills the spot?! HAHAHAHA i see all my friends doing it im wondering if it works the same way. Id like to take a few classes i saw.

    And lowercase thanks a lot! where was it?

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    Thanks for the info nilaffle! It really helps

    I hope my exercises are okay!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5coop View Post
    And lowercase thanks a lot! where was it?
    No problem.
    At the top of Ringling's homepage, click "Apply".
    You'll see "Academic Calendar" in yellow, directly underneath the photo of the girl in the red pants.

    They hid it pretty well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5coop
    right? isnt there supposed to be one of those rush sessions where everyone logs in online and signs up for the classes they are interested in before everyone else fills the spot?!
    Not first semester. In the first year, everyone pretty much needs to take the same courses, and Ringling's curriculum is rigidly structured - certain courses are only available to you during certain stages of your education. So when you first enroll, Advising makes your schedule for you.

    Don't worry, you'll get to be a part of the battle royale for spring semester.

    As for when you'll be getting your class assignments... I believe mid-summer?

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    when you guys do get your core classes and teachers, go ahead and post them here, i can give you a idea of how they are and what to expect.

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    Ok I was looking at their site closer and found this
    http://www.ringling.edu/fileadmin/co...ation_Form.pdf

    yea it looks like they mostly just schedule everything for you unless you fill the form out and tell them what AP credit or college credit you have. I passed the AP art history test I hope I don't have to take it again...

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    Nevermind

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    On the exercises for the portfolio one of them asks you to make a self portrait using any medium. I was really wanting to do something abstract or is that a big NO?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by seewhatimesdone View Post
    On the exercises for the portfolio one of them asks you to make a self portrait using any medium. I was really wanting to do something abstract or is that a big NO?!
    Generally speaking, Ringling wants to see representational artwork from life, so abstraction is less desirable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lowercase View Post
    Generally speaking, Ringling wants to see representational artwork from life, so abstraction is less desirable.
    Hmm I understand what you're saying. But the instructions say not to draw from a photo. How am I supposed to draw myself unless i'm sitting in front of a mirror?

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    Quote Originally Posted by seewhatimesdone
    Hmm I understand what you're saying. But the instructions say not to draw from a photo. How am I supposed to draw myself unless i'm sitting in front of a mirror?
    That's exactly what you do: use a mirror.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nilaffle View Post
    That's exactly what you do: use a mirror.
    Haha okay thanks. Super embarassing

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    Not at all. Don't worry about it. It's a bit challenging to do, but gets easier the more you do it.

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    Thanks I feel very foolish applying because I see how incredibly talented everyone is on these boards. But it couldn't hurt to try. At least i'll know I gave it a shot. Would you guys mind critiquing my first piece when i'm finished with it? I very much respect your opinions.

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