Saturday, September 19, 2015

Introduction to Popular Art and Design Programs in the U.S.

By Xiao Lu

World Education Services

Art and design degree programs in the U.S. are attracting international students with their practical curricula and powerful industrial supports. A study abroad experience in the U.S. can also serve as a bridge to a career in the film, animation, or design industries.

This blog post will introduce you to some of the most popular art and design graduate programs among international students.

Graphic Design
Graphic design is a broad category that includes advertising, animation, architecture and many other fields. After completing a graphic design degree program, you can look for a graphic design job or further your academic experience by researching or teaching.

To apply for a graphic design program, you’ll usually need to take an English-language proficiency exam and a portfolio may be required. You can arrange your sketches, paintings, animations, websites, and any other kind of artwork in one central portfolio. You may need to create a digital copy of your portfolio and send it to the admissions office electronically.

Film schools in the U.S. are the backbone of the Hollywood film industry. You can pursue a degree from a specialized art school or from an art department within a liberal arts school. At some schools, you can select from different film majors such as filmmaking, photography, acting, digital editing, screenwriting, and more.

To apply to a film school, you will usually need to provide a narrative statement that explains your purpose of study, letters of recommendation, a creative portfolio, and a TOEFL score. For filmmaking, producing, and screenwriting applicants, writing samples are also required.

Fashion Design
The U.S. is known as being one of the biggest fashion capitols of the world. This is especially true in New York with its famous Fashion Week. New York also has many renowned fashion design schools that includes Parsons School of Design with prominent alumni such as Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui, Alexander Wang, and Jason Wu. Other than fashion design, these schools also offer programs in fashion marketing and management.

For applicants interested in fashion design, a portfolio with a clear representation of your concepts and skills as a designer is usually required.

Stay tuned for our upcoming webinar on September 29 at 10 a.m. EST. Erin Stine, director of undergraduate admission at the Parsons School of Design, will give tips and advice applying to art and design programs. Make sure to register here!

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