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sadeyedlady_
Dec. 14th, 2006 03:50 am (UTC)
After finding you in a community, I went through a lot of your past entries. I really love your work, and I always feel a little better about my major choice when I see someone who's actually succeeded as a photographer. I'm applying to schools in New York for 2007, so if I get in, maybe I can be your assistant some time! : )
blaneyphoto
Dec. 14th, 2006 03:55 am (UTC)
Thank you for the compliments, its always nice to hear from people who enjoy my work. What schools are you considering? There are alot to choose from here and you don't necessarily need to stick with the art schools in order to get a good education, so be sure to explore all your options!

sadeyedlady_
Dec. 14th, 2006 04:14 am (UTC)
Oh no, I want to go to a university because I want to minor or double major in English literature. My number one school is NYU, and I'm also looking at Columbia (though mostly just to say, "Hey I got in", i'm not really sure I'd fit in there), and Hofstra. As for art schools, I looked at Parsons and I was thoroughly unimpressed with their photography department. I'm applying to Pratt, other than that, no art schools. Any suggestions?
blaneyphoto
Dec. 14th, 2006 04:27 am (UTC)
Hmmm... you might want to reconsider whether you'd like to assist me! I HATED my masters program at Columbia. Couldn't stand it. Last year, I interviewed at the photo dept of NYU and that wasn't my thing at all either - the faculty that I met were all very self important and the work they showed me which was graduate final stuff looked like a joke - needless to say, I ran from that program too. I don't know much about Hofstra though. Parsons? My dream school. I loved every single minute of my program there. I'd go back again in a minute if they had a program that met my needs these days. Pratt is fine as well, but you may also want to look at Hunter College. Its well respected and has a great art dept.
sadeyedlady_
Dec. 14th, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
Really? Dang. I don't even know what to say to that, haha. Coming from Dallas, I'm basically only going on statistics and what I saw on the websites. The Parsons work on their website all seems really unimpressive to me. Well, what did you dislike about Columbia? And what did you like about Parsons, specifically? I know I'm coming out of nowhere but this is a huge decision and you're the first person I've spoken to with any familiarity with the schools. Hofstra is a small private school on Long Island that let me apply for free, and they have a BFA major in photography, so it's a safety basically. Where is Hunter at?
blaneyphoto
Dec. 14th, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC)
Are you planning to visit any of the schools? I know that's a long way to go, but ultimately, you'll get a much better sense of what the schools are like in person. Also, I don't know anything about Dallas, but coming to NYC can be quite a shock if you're not ready for it - NYU actually has a rather disturbing history of suicides among undergrads.

Columbia: I am not at all a "Ivy League" type. It was a complete mistake to go there, because everything and everyone seems to have this "I'm better than you" attitude. And to top it off, my program was completely uninteresting. And the commute was a pain too.

Parsons: The school, students and faculty are really mellow. Not quite a "hippie" vibe, but it was a bit of an oasis in an otherwise crazy city. Everything was very hands-on and there was plenty of discussion - unlike columbia which was pure lecture. Parsons was also much more like the schools I attended for my BFA - Univ. of RI and RISD.

Check out Hunter. Its on the east side, around 68th street I believe: http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/ I've never met anyone who wasn't happy with thier Hunter experience, although do be warned that Hunter has a huge amount of students, so it may not be as much one on one time with teachers if that's what you're after.

Are you firmly committed to coming to NY? If not, then there are also plenty of great schools in places like Boston and Providence - smaller cities, but still great art scenes.
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