Yesterday morning I had my final meeting with the woman who is in charge of the Book Arts/Printmaking Program at UArts. I felt like the meeting went pretty well, and I was feeling good about my chances of getting accepted. Today I got this email:
I just received a call from Admissions. It’s really bad news and I’m very distressed. Apparently the Art Institute’s lack of accreditation means you can’t be considered for the MFA program. I asked if there were anyway around it, but apparently there isn’t. (It’s actually a hard and fast legal matter.) The best that they might be able to do is for you to enter as an undergraduate, possibly, if the Printmaking Department passed your portfolio, as a sophomore.
I really am very sorry about this, Joseph. You clearly have both talent and drive–and an interesting mind. I hope this ultimately won’t set you back too much.
*********, MFA Book Arts/Printmaking Program
The University of the Arts
I have worked toward getting into this program for a really long time. I was specifically told that I would be accepted as an applicant despite the “lack of accreditation”. And now, just like that, it is all over. Gone. I can’t even begin to express the massive, life-altering disappointment that I am feeling right now.