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Delphian School Students Attend Performing & Visual Arts College Fair in Portland

The students were able to meet with representatives from dozens of traditional colleges and universities, as well as performing and visual art specialty schools.

There is nothing like a college campus visit to give graduating high school students a feel for their next step in life, if that step is college. But such trips are very time consuming and expensive. An option is to attend a college fair with representatives from a host of colleges, all in one room, to cull one’s list to only finalist colleges.

With a broad brush look in mind, our Craig Bader arranged for 13 Delphian arts-oriented students to attend the Portland Performing & Visual Arts College Fair held at the Portland Art Museum. The overall organizer was the National Association for College Admission Counseling or NACAC.

The schools that drew our students’ interest included New York Film Academy, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Berklee College of Music, The Glasgow School of Art, Chapman University, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, and UCLA.

The Delphians got their questions answered regarding admissions processes, what they need to prepare to get into various kinds of schools, and how schools with a variety of focuses could help them achieve their goals. The students unanimously stated that it was a great trip and that it should be scheduled every year. 

The Portland Art Museum was an appropriate setting for the Performing & Visual Arts College Fair.

Here’s what the attending Delphians had to say:

Minou: I was very excited to go to the college fair, but I had absolutely no idea what to expect. So when we got there and I found out that I needed to talk to people at their booths I was a little frightened. Both Craig and Robin encouraged me to go and talk to people and even figured out which booths I needed to go to, but I was seriously out of my element and did not want to. I'm not sure why I wasn't willing to talk to people, but I think I was a little scared to actually confront what college I'd be going to, even if I already know what I want to do.

Geneva: Deciding to go to this fair was an extremely good decision. I have always wanted to pursue a career in the arts but until now I had many considerations on how realistic job opportunities were in the fields that interested me. In all honesty, I was scared to undertake a major that would lead to a very limited future. After talking to the representatives from these schools I realized not only how passionate they were about their own art, but also how many positions are available after college. Becoming a professional in an art form allows you to create your own career. Now I know that I need to revise my personal plan in order to cater to a life path that I will be truly passionate about. I really realized that if you have enough passion for your purpose, you will succeed through pure determination. I can be a successful artist.

Zack: What I got out of this college fair is an understanding of what art colleges are looking for. I now understand what the colleges are looking for in a student and what type of portfolio they want. I also got a pretty good understanding on the basic art college curriculum. I now understand how most art colleges work and how these differ from college to college.

Rachael: The college fair was helpful because it was a more-narrowed-down college fair – just performing and visual arts ‑ and I didn't have to search through 20 million booths, finding the ones I liked. Also, it was a much easier way to find colleges than searching for them on Google. At the fair they had people to talk to and ask questions of, which made it easier to get an idea if a college would be a right fit for me.

Jacob: I gained a great amount of data from the Performing and Visual Arts College Fair. I already knew what college I want to go to (Berklee), but I had only one school to which I knew I wanted to apply. At the fair, I found several other colleges like the one I had in mind. I was ecstatic that there was actually more than one place that I could go. These places not only have great contemporary music programs, but they also offer a wide variety of liberal arts ‑ often relating to music ‑ that students can take, giving the opportunity to earn a BA. I gained from the fair more information about colleges I'm interested, in a shorter amount of time than I have in hours spent researching schools online.










Posted by twright on Monday November, 12, 2012 at 05:08PM


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