Parsons in NYC

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by PCportinc, Nov 12, 2003.

  1. PCportinc

    PCportinc Guest

    Just had a chance to look over their application for a BFA in photog.
    They've gots to be kidding!
    They want people who already have experience in photography,
    with a portfolio, slides, etc.
    write a 500 word essay about some avant garde photo or an item
    in your house.
    a self photo and some other BS.
    and you need 134credits.
    dont even ask about tuition.
    Anyone have other examples of schools offering degrees in photography
    with such an outrageous acceptance policy?

    CUNY, SVA, NYU seem a better choice even if they offer only certs.

    check out their horrible HTML site,
    http://www.parsons.edu
    a worse site I've yet to see for a school with a good rep offering
    classes in web design. Text without line breaks. A 12 year old
    could see this is unreadable. It would appear their own teachers need
    a lesson in design before teaching others.
    [although their Flash site is pretty good]
     
    PCportinc, Nov 12, 2003
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  2. Why build quality into your students, if you can inspect/test it into them?
    Quality in = quality out......
     
    William Graham, Nov 12, 2003
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  3. PCportinc

    Gordon Moat Guest

    With any of the top thirty big name schools, going there is more about
    making connections than any special aspects of the education. While it is
    possible to learn from some famous people, in the end your goal should be
    to develop your own style.

    Parsons is better know for graphic design than photography. Anyway, an
    important point to consider is what connections you could make there.
    Outside of that, the level of education should be available at any
    college with a decent photography program.
    If you want to work in New York, then attending a school there is one way
    to build connections. It is not the only way, and it is highly
    competitive, so there is no guarantee it will work.
    College is about networking. Pick a city where you would like to live,
    attend a college there, and try to build connections that will get you
    work when you graduate. Of course, you could just use college to gain
    knowledge, hone your craft, and build a portfolio that you can take
    anywhere.

    Just a side comment, but the problem with web design is that there is
    little "design" in it. Too much is still heavy duty coding and linear
    thought processes. Visually creative individuals often do worse with
    analytical processes, repetitive tasks, or linear thoughts.

    I use to get the Parsons catalogue (printed version), and it was fairly
    well done. Some other colleges showed better catalogues, like Art Center
    College of Design in Pasadena (use to visit there often).

    After I graduated from SDSU in 1998, I only kept up with other colleges
    and programs for a couple years. Recently, I started looking again, since
    I am developing an interest in MFA programs. It is tempting to view New
    York schools as the best choices, though there are also good choices in
    Miami, San Francisco, LA, and several other places.

    Do some research, and actually try to visit any school you might
    consider. Get a look at the facilities, and try to talk to some students.
    Think about what you want to do when you graduate.

    Ciao!

    Gordon Moat
    Alliance Graphique Studio
    <http://www.allgstudio.com>
     
    Gordon Moat, Nov 12, 2003
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  4. PCportinc

    Dallas 1 Guest

    You don't need a degree to be a photographer, or even to rise to an above
    level of competence.

    Apart from some professions, degrees are purely there for employers to use as a
    discriminatory measure when it comes to employing people, especially in
    the business world.
     
    Dallas 1, Nov 13, 2003
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