Thursday, August 15, 2013

Creative Colleges
Elaina Loveland Author. Freelance Writer & Editor. College & Career Coach

Creative Colleges

A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians, and Writers


Creative Colleges aims to . . .
  • Help students choose the right college to fit their unique needs as a student actor, artist, dancer, musician or writer;
  • Aid students in understanding the important differences between BA and BFA programs and an education at a college, university or conservatory;
  • Determine students’ career path by focusing solely on the arts or choosing a double major; and
  • Teach insider tips for the creative component of the admissions process — an audition or portfolio.

What’s Inside

From preparing for an audition and creating a portfolio to taking standardized tests and filing for financial aid, the entire college admissions process as it pertains to actors, artists, dancers, musicians, and writers is covered in this guide for creative college-bound students.
Real-life profiles of students in each discipline, day-in-the-life snapshots, answers to frequently asked questions from admissions directors, and tips on auditioning and preparing portfolios from real students and faculty are included along with samples of artist statements, admission essays, and artistic resumes.
More than 125 art, drama, dance, music, and creative writing programs in arts conservatories, liberal arts colleges, and universities are profiled with information that is critical to making the best college choice, such as degrees offered, concentrations, faculty information, cost of attendance, scholarship availability, and alumni accomplishments. An appendix lists books, Web sites, and magazines that students might find useful in finding the right program for them.
View Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: The Creative Student’s College Search
Chapter 2: Frequently Asked Questions
Chapter 3: Colleges for Actors
Types of Drama Programs
How to Decide Between a Conservatory or a Traditional Program
Concentrations in a Drama Major
For Aspiring Musical Theater Majors
Film, Television and Cinema
Drama Auditions
Portfolios for Design and Production Majors
Drama Program Philosophy
Evaluating Drama Programs
Actors’ Essays and Resume
Sample Drama Curriculum
Profiles of Selected Drama Programs
Comprehensive List of Colleges with Drama Programs
Chapter 4: Colleges for Artists
Identifying the Type of Art Student You Are
Types of Art Programs
Art Program Philosophy
Concentrations in Art Degrees
The Freshman “Foundation” Year
The Artistic Portfolio
National Portfolio Days
Evaluating Art Programs
Artists’ Essays and Resume
Sample Art Curriculum
Profiles of Selected Art Programs
Comprehensive List of Colleges with Art Programs
Chapter 5: Colleges for Dancers
Types of Dance Programs
College Options: Dancing Without a Dance Major
Dance Auditions
Dancers’ Essays and Resumes
Sample Dance Curriculum
How They Stack Up: Learn to Compare College Dance Programs
Profiles of Selected Dance Programs
Comprehensive List of Colleges with Dance Programs
Chapter 6: Colleges for Musicians
Types of College Music Programs
Types of Music Degrees
Music Specialties
Music Auditions
Evaluating College Music Programs
Preparing for Your Audition
Musicians’ Essays and Resumes
Sample Music Curriculum
Profiles of Selected Music Programs
Comprehensive List of Colleges with Music Programs
Chapter 7: Colleges for Writers
Types of Creative Writing Programs
Writing Portfolios
What to Expect in a Creative Writing Workshop
Finding a Writing Community
Evaluating Creative Writing Programs
Creative Writing and the “Real World”
Writers’ Essays and Resumes
Sample Creative Writing Curriculum
Profiles of Selected Writing Programs
Comprehensive List of Colleges with Writing Programs
Chapter 8: The Next Step
Making the Most of Your Creative College Experience
Exploring the Local Arts Community
Study Abroad Opportunities and Internships
Exploring Career Choices after Graduation
Praise for Creative Colleges
“Helps creative students find that special place where they can realize their potential.”
–Barbara Elliott, Director of Enrollment Management, The University of the Arts
“A ‘must read’ for students in the arts or writing who are seeking the ‘best fit’ in their college choices.”
–Jenifer L. Blair, Ed.D., Vice President for Enrollment Management, College of Notre Dame of Maryland
“Excellent advice for ‘creative applicants’ bewildered by many college options.”
–Keith Todd, Director of Undergraduate Admission, Northwestern University
“This book will help you know yourself, know what’s out there and find the right match where you will cultivate your talents, grow and prosper.”
–Bradford R. MacGowan, Ed.D., College/Career Counselor, Newton North High School

Published by SuperCollege, LLC
September 2005
paperback / 320 pages
ISBN-13: 9781932662054
ISBN-10: 1932662057


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