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    Unhappy Getting into Art School as a Homeschooler

    Hi, I'm kinda new (note the lack of avatar). Anyway I was home-schooled and, while I wouldn't trade that experience for anything in the world, I am a little worried about how it will affect my ability to be accepted into one of the art schools I want to go to (SCAD, MCAD, or SVA for sequential arts).

    I've been taking art classes at a community college to build up a portfolio, but I'm worried that the big art colleges (especially SCAD because that is my first choice) might not let me in because my diploma is not "official" or because I'm not a "state certified home-schooler."

    Another thing is most of my older siblings got into the schools they wanted and they were pretty prestigious, (Hillsdale college, Grand Valley State University) but I'm unsure that an art school will accept me because none of my older siblings went for art.

    Are there any other formerly home-schooled art school attendees out there with tips on how you got in?

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    Do you have a GED? I imagine they need some sort of proof of high school equivalence.

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    No, and I know many home-schoolers who have gotten into colleges without them, just not into the art schools I want to go to as none of the home-schoolers I know ever tried.

    The colleges' websites all have sections in their admissions guidelines talking about home-schoolers, except for MCAD.

    I just want to know about other former home-schooled students experiences with art school admissions.

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    I don't think it will be any problem. If you have specific questions, contact the school's admissions office, that's what they're there for.


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    Hi, former home-schooler here! I managed to get accepted to Parsons, RISD and Pratt with no trouble (ended up choosing Parsons...) They even offered me scholarships, so I guess there weren't any objections.

    Basically if you pass the GED, that usually covers your "official" credentials. The most important thing is having a good portfolio; being able to list a lot of impressive art-education-oriented activities doesn't hurt either - if you've been taking community college classes, those should make you look pretty good. (That's what I did, too - I took a bunch of local art workshops, community college classes, joined life drawing groups, did an art summer camp, and so forth.)

    I don't know if the schools you're applying for still ask for SAT scores or results from similar tests, but if they do, getting a good score there can also help a lot. (I spent a fair amount of my pre-college time cramming for the SATs.) Good scores on the GED and SATs can help make up for not having had any "grades" in your education (we didn't do grading in our house, it was pretty free-form.)

    But most importantly... ROCK THE PORTFOLIO!

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    Wow, thank you, that really helps. I'm planning on putting my portfolio together once I finish the figure drawing class that I am taking now, and getting my applications out for the 2012 school year over the summer.

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