Your post is great Kittehpawz!! I wish you could have written it before application... great info to have.
Unfortunately, I overdosed on difficult classes my senior year, and only made 1 portfolio piece during the school-year. I think it's really important that one try to start at least a year ahead, and if there's any feeling of laziness, get in some sort of studio class if possible.
I was lucky to have a lot of backup pieces from years before... but I wish I hadn't had to use such old work, it was risky! I think I am kind of the example of what you shouldn't do when applying. I didn't write my CommonApp essay about art (I accidentally submitted the same essay to all unis)... and I didn't have any gesture drawings either
Again, kudos Kittehpawz for writing all that and for leaving your portfolio samples.. you've made amazing progress!!
It's a slip. Not really big I don't think. It's folder size. One of my friends from school got accepted to graphic design there. And no, you don't get a package -> just a letter (but letter can be rejection or waitlist). I wanted the bracelet-junk drive thing with the videos so badly, lol. It was so cool!
Ah well. I kinda knew I wasn't going to make it. I just know for a fact that I am pumped and ready to challenge myself. I think I'm gonna take the community college route and raise my gpa up and build a stronger portfolio!
In the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger, I'LL BE BACK!
Good luck to those who are still waiting and congratulations to those who've been accepted!
Just got accepted into GAD!!! Where are all the GAD people at? I feel left out. I'll post my portfolio for you guys to see in a bit.
A couple questions:
1. Did anyone get anything regarding Scholarships and Financial Aid in their packages? I know they don't give out many merit awards...but how does their financial aid system work? I've done my FAFSA so are we going to receive a seperate letter regarding financial aid stuff?
2. Does anybody know how selective Ringling's GAD program is? I've heard it's harder to get into than CA. According to Collegedata.com, as a school, Ringling's acceptance rate last year was 73% (out of 1147), but I know the numbers for CA and GAD are wayyyy lower.
So far I've been accepted into SVA (CA), Laguna (GAD), Rinlging (GAD) and I'm still waiting on Cal Arts (CA) , USC (CA), Pratt (Digital Arts), Digipen (GAD), and my two "just to see if I can get in" schools UCLA (Design Media) and RISD (Animation).
@waazup - Congrats! c8 A couple GAD people have posted before, but they just haven't been as active haha. I wanna see your portfolio!
To answer your questions:
1. I'm pretty sure your FAFSA info comes in a separate package/letter later this month
2. The percentage for people accepted to CA is under 10%. They accept around 100 people into the CA department, 65 in CA and 35 in GAD. During the portfolio review the CA staff sits down and reviews all portfolios for CA's and GAD's at the same time and judges them all together based on the same criteria. So even though it's just as hard to get into one as the other, since there are only 35 open spaces in GAD as opposed to 65 in CA, it is harder to get into GAD. So again, congrats for getting in!
@Aresa: sigh... I am sorry that it doesn't work out this time, but you are a young "terminator", which you have a lot of time and opportunities. People at my age could still dream to join Ringling, so you can be "back" many times. The acceptance rate of Ringling's CA program is approximately only 14% each year, and they scout the talents WORLDWIDE, so they have to make a lot of hard choices, picking the "best of the best" portfolios from tons of best portfolios. "One step back today is for two steps forward tomorrow." I believe you will become much more competitive when you come back~
@Aresa: Gaaaahhhh, I'm sorry. Yes, don't give up! Next year will fly by and you'll improve so much.
I think if I don't end up at UArts or SCAD I'll stay home for one more year and go to community college too.
i still haven't heard anything from Ringling!! ): this is getting me depressed. I thinkk I really screwed myself up. Not enough figures and I didn't get to put my gestures in. :C aaah. anyway. possibly just going to community college and hone down some major skillage. money is really tight and even if my parents don't say it, I know they're crunching numbers. My parents also want to go back to school and everything. scholarships are hard to get by, money is a problem. aaah. D: Good luck to everyone! If I do get in, I don't think I'll be able to handle it all things considered. 40k-50k a year is far too much right now. perhaps this is just me speaking as a disheartened gal but I think I'll take my time and figure out what path to take before diving into a potential financial problem.
@Praemium: Aw thanks xD;; Having figure drawing like 2-3 times a week at Ringling was probably the thing that helped me the most (There's a figure drawing club there for like 2 hours 4 days a week But hey you still got in so it's all good! :p
@Aresa: )))): Aww well you'll get in next year I'm sure! You definitely have the potential!! I really love your cartoon sketches, they have so much life in them! Just translate that over to your figure stuff and you're a shoe-in. ;D
@roiducirque Awwe )): Money does really suck...but hey if you come back with an even better portfolio, that'll just increase your chances for scholarships!
Also a little tidbit of info, Ringling does give out more than just the presidential scholarships, well not them technically, but people donate money to Ringling to give to the students so there's actually a decent chance for for scholarships, more so for CA and GAD. Last year Dreamworks gave out 10k per year scholarships to 8 students. Like 8 for CA and one was Ill and the other BOAD. I'm reallllyyyy REALLY hoping this happens again this year! D:
You have such a good eye for drawing and interpreting the model's figure. It's really gorgeous. They look so mature jshfakj How old are you? And have you been professionally trained/taken a bunch of art classes or are you self-taught?
Congrats on getting in! I hope to see you in the fall (:
Oh wow well those private lessons and figure classes really helped you then! Any of the art schools you applied to would be lucky to have you. Ringling's the best of them, though ;D ;D
And CONGRATS ON GETTING INTO CALARTS! That's really impressive! Not many people get into CA the first time they apply there.
Rainingwalker, it's always better to have more than you think you'll need, because if you get there and run out during the school year, you'll be in trouble. You need to consider the cost of transportation, groceries, art supplies (don't buy the starter kit thing 'with everything you need' that they're trying to sell for a grand because it's a ripoff, you can find everything cheaper at Art & Frame. You'll also have to buy a ton of charcoal (expensive ff), paints, sketchpads, etc and it all adds up), anything you want for your dorm (like a waste bin, microwave, fridge, glasses, silverware, bathroom supplies, decorations like posters, bed-sets, etc!!!), and quarters for the laundry machine. WHEW! But if you use that money sparingly and use coupons whenever you can and when you go on shopping trips, to try and buy the brands that are on sale, I can imagine you'd have leftover money for the next year (:
And good luck to everyone reapplying! I'm rooting for you all!
katiegeewhiz: That sucks! ): Next year for sure though! You can do it!
twerrb: I have a scholarship there. I'm just kind of weighing my options right now while trying to save money. My father's against me going to community college so . . . ekk. You can ask katie about UArts. I won't be seeing it until I visit in few weeks.
Don't assume until it comes in the mail! You never know!