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Oct. 3rd, 2009 | 07:04 pm
posted by: burningiris1 in cooperunion

I figured I might as well apply to The Coop; it wouldn't hurt.  I'm applying for early decision.  The Coop is the only art school I am applying to since it is the only one, to my knowledge, that offers free tuition.

So, questions (I am a very detail-oriented person...):

1.)  I have my GED (which I did very well on) and 30 hours of college credit.  So this means I don't have to submit any SAT/ACT scores, correct?  I am applying as a freshman.

2.)  Does The Coop prefer depth or breadth?  I was going to submit 20 examples of work and was wondering if I should submit many different types of work in many different medias (I've dabbled in many, many different medias) or one type of work in the same media with a similar theme?  Right now I am leaning toward breadth since this is an undergraduate admission and they are usually more interested in diversity.

3.)  I wasn't going to send any originals because 1) Most are too big and 2) I don't want them to get damaged.  I assume I have to either make nice prints and send them in a portfolio or make slides.  I really don't want to send slides because some of the artwork I want to send in I don't own anymore and the pictures I have aren't big enough to make into 35mm slides.  So, is it okay to make nice prints, about 8x10, put them in a portfolio and send them in?  On the website it said to send in originals or slides so I don't know if this would be okay.

4.)  I know The Coop is more interested in creativity than technical ability so is it better to submit works that are more creative or works that show off technical ability (e.g. figure drawing vs. abstracts)?  I figured that The Coop figures that technical ability can be taught while creativity cannot.  I was going to submit all non-realist works because this is the style I enjoy working in the most and that I feel best expresses my vision.  I feel that if I submit figure studies just to prove that I have technical ability that it will ruin my portfolio.

If I think of more I will ask...

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from: 22daysleft
date: Oct. 4th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
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there are lots of scholarship opportunities at other schools, not to discourage you from applying to cooper, but it is an extremely competitive acceptance process and you might want to look into other art school options just in case?

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from: 22daysleft
date: Oct. 4th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)
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also, you should also factor in cost of living in new york.

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from: burningiris1
date: Oct. 4th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
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To be honest, I'm not really interested in going anywhere else. I've looked at other schools and Cooper seems like the best fit for me. I've read that SAIC is the closet to Cooper but it is much too expensive, even with a scholarship.

If I don't get accepted than I'll just continue with what I am doing now: art and school. I make money doing artwork, not much at the moment, but I figure I will eventually through the self-taught route.

I'll probably end up doing a menial job and doing art. This is probably what many Cooper students end up doing anyway. Since we all end up the same than why even bother going?

I really want the excellent education and mentoring that Cooper offers and the opportunity to engage in many different artistic disciplines.

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from: anonymous
date: Feb. 28th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
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please stop me "the coop"

love,

cooper union

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from: limbolinda
date: Oct. 4th, 2009 04:29 am (UTC)
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It's my first time applying to this school, I am beyond nervous because i like you am very focused on detail too. I'd say if you have a little bit of everything show a little bit of everything. Don't hide you'r technicall skill & don't over show it. Deffinately show them you can be creative too.
Also, I'd love to see some of you'r work if you wouldn't mind showing. :]

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from: coppergecko
date: Oct. 4th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
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1. I would advise you to to have a nice long chat with the good people of 30 Cooper Square. There is an information request system at info.cooper.edu, as well as a phone number to the admissions office: 212-353-4120. Frankly the freshman/transfer credits/can I apply here mystifies me so good luck. There are people here who have completed some or all of another degree and start as freshman, some who are pure transfer, and many who are a half-freshman, half-sophomore beast that must take the Color class.

2. Trust your instincts, Cooper appreciates multidisciplinary efforts.

3. You only have to send five originals. The rest of your portfolio (normal size, 10-20 pieces) can be on a CD or whatever.

4. Is it clear from your abstract pieces that you have technical prowess? Kids come in at a variety of levels on this point. Again, do what feels right, you've got a lot of time.

Good luck! I applied Early Decision too. Feel free to ask questions, but a lot of the time you can find the answers you need by wandering around the archives of this community.

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from: anonymous
date: Oct. 4th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
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"3. You only have to send five originals. The rest of your portfolio (normal size, 10-20 pieces) can be on a CD or whatever."

Are these five originals part of the hometest thingy or do I have to send five separate original pieces?

"4. Is it clear from your abstract pieces that you have technical prowess? Kids come in at a variety of levels on this point. Again, do what feels right, you've got a lot of time."

I think so. My abstract pieces aren't purely abstract a-la Pollock. It's not paint I smeared on a canvas: there are dimensions, drawings, shadows, highlights, etc. I think it is clear that it shows my technical ability.

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from: burningiris1
date: Oct. 4th, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
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Sorry, that's me above; I always forget to sign in.

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from: coppergecko
date: Oct. 4th, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
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You send in five originals in addition to your hometest. As for what to send in your portfolio, I really can't be the one making that decision. Listen to your stomach, etc. etc.

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from: anonymous
date: Oct. 5th, 2009 08:04 am (UTC)
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where on the website does it mention the original 5 pieces requirement for the portfolio? i did not see that anywhere.

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from: anonymous
date: Oct. 5th, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
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I didn't see that either but maybe they send that information when they send your hometest and whatnot; I don't know, I'm just speculating.

It says on the website that you can submit 10-20 supplemental pieces as well as a sketchbook but an applicant isn't required to.

- burningiris1

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from: anonymous
date: Oct. 5th, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
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From the Cooper website:

"The School of Art
First Year Admissions Process

Early Decision

Submit the first part of your application online before December 1, 2009.
You will receive a confirmation letter.
You will have to prepare and submit:
Your official high school transcript
Any official college transcripts
Your SAT or ACT scores (directly from the Collegeboard or ACT)
You will receive a hometest at the end of December which you must complete and submit by the deadline (approximately 3-4 weeks later).
The hometest will contain one recommendation form. One letter of recommendation is required.

*The hometest will include portfolio requirements. All portfolio work should be sent with the hometest in the envelope provided.*

You will receive an admissions decision by mail at the beginning of February."

- burningiris1

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from: limbolinda
date: Oct. 6th, 2009 04:50 am (UTC)
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"The hometest will contain one recommendation form. One letter of recommendation is required."
Woah, the hometest?
I got a letter the other day asking me to submit my SAT, Highschool/College transcripts & Letter of recommendation form was along inside with the transcript request form.
I amalmost positive the letter of rec. form said to submit it directly to the school. In which my teacher did.
It's not being sent with the hometest.
I'm worried.

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from: coppergecko
date: Oct. 6th, 2009 09:40 am (UTC)
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Don't. Recommendations are trouble every year. Call 30 Cooper for real information, but for the most part as long as they get their letter(s) of recommendation Cooper will be happy.

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from: anonymous
date: Oct. 21st, 2009 09:08 am (UTC)
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Hi, I am french and I am really interested about studying in cooper union.The problem is that I see that we need the SAT to be able to apply.I called this morning a center to know when can I take this exam and the next exam will only be in january.
I also see that the limit date to apply in on the 5th of january.
Do someone know if we can send the score after this date?
Thank you very much to help me.

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from: anonymous
date: Oct. 21st, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
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If you have 30+ college credits you can apply for a SAT waiver. Otherwise, I think you need SAT scores. But perhaps if you explain your situation they would use a substitute or accept late scores.

You'll have to talk to whomever is in charge of this. Try Susan over at the Cooper Union Facebook page: she is usually very helpful.

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