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Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers [Paperback]

Elaina Loveland

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July 16 2010 Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians, and Writers
Written exclusively for college-bound students interested in the creative arts, this updated guide addresses the unique concerns of students pursuing an education in acting, art, dance, music, and writing. Everything students need to know about deciding which type of program is the best fit for them is included—from taking standardized tests and filing for financial aid to focusing on specific needs such as preparing for auditions and creating artistic portfolios. More than 200 art, drama, dance, music, and creative writing programs in arts conservatories, liberal arts colleges, and universities are profiled with critical information such as degrees and concentrations offered, faculty information, cost of attendance, scholarship availability, and alumni accomplishments. Also included are day-in-the-life snapshots of students, frequently asked questions, sample admission essays, and tips from faculty.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Supercollege, Llc; Third Edition, Third edition edition (July 16 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932662464
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932662467
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 17.8 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,095,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Particularly helpful.”  —Jay Matthews, Washington Post

“A book that can help every high school junior and senior who wants to pursue acting, art, dance, music, and writing at the postsecondary level.”  —Bradford R. MacGowan, EdD, National Association of College Admission Counseling

“A must read for students in the arts or writing who are seeking the best fit in their college choices.”  —Jenifer L. Blair, EdD, vice president for enrollment management, College of Notre Dame of Maryland

About the Author

Elaina Loveland is a journalist, a magazine editor, an adjunct professor, a former dance teacher, and the author of Creative Careers. She has also contributed to Adjunct Advocate, American Careers, Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher, Hispanic Outlook on Higher Education, International Educator, Pointe, and U.S. News and World Report. She lives in Orlando, Florida.

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great resource for creative students Oct. 22 2005
By Bradford R. MacGowan - Published on
As if being a student in the college search and application process is not challenging enough, student actors, artists, dancers, and musicians are presented with additional and different sets of options and challenges. Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers by Elaina Loveland is a great resource for creative students, the parents of creative students, and the counselors who work with creative students.

The information in Creative Colleges is clear, practical, well researched, and well presented. Students will get help with decision-making and advice on applications, auditions, portfolios, essays, resumes, and other aspects of the process. They will also get a feel of what different colleges are like.

Much of the tips and advice is quoted directly from admissions professionals, professors at creative colleges, and from creative students who went through the college search and admission process.

The author is a former editor of the Journal of College Admission. In Creative Colleges, she combines that experience with her background as a writing student and writer and her experiences as a dance student and dancer. The author's experience and empathy for and understanding of the creative student are evident throughout the book.

Creative Colleges is a book that can be a great help every to every high school junior and senior who wants to pursue acting, art, dance, music, and writing at the college level.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I could have used this Jan. 21 2006
By Katya - Published on
I only wish this book was around when I was researching colleges in NY! It's very comprehensive, simple to understand for any high school senior, and all of the information is up to date. Most other books hardly touch on the creative student- this book specializes in it. I recommended it to all the high schools in my area, and I'm pleased to say that they all love this book!
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book Nov. 4 2005
By A parent - Published on
"Creative Colleges is very informative and it would have been so helpful to my daughter as a high school senior (she is now in college). It is much better to know about the things that are in this book well in advance. It is very helpful for parents and students starting the research. Also, there is very little information out there like this."
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Finding Creative Colleges/Conservatories July 5 2007
By M. Burke-Kelly - Published on
This reference book helps in choosing creative type colleges or conservatories by providing the facts we need to know before we choose the school, such as how many apply/audition and how many are chosen each year. It lists the department activities, degree concentrations, number of full time faculty, prices, enrollment, scholarships, entry requirements, and prominent alumni.

While certain colleges have been chosen to have in-depth profiles as described above, most creative schools have been listed by state under their specialty(acting, artist, dancing, music, writing) without in- depth profile for you to further investigate on your own. The biggest down fall of the book is that not enough colleges have been chosen for in-depth profiles on their creative departments.

This book also provides examples of creativer resumes and audition / portfolio requirements.

So the book is a starting ground for creative school investigation but must be used in conjunction with other information sources and books that outline creative schools. Use this in conjuction with Peterson's College Guide for Performing Arts Majors.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good resource, but incomplete May 30 2009
By W. Maite - Published on
There are very few resources for students wanting to find good schools for the arts, so this book is a welcome addition in the college search department. The problem is that it is not as comprehensive as it could or should be.

The process of applying to creative programs, which have different requirements for admissions than most standard college programs, is well-explained with lots of examples. That part of the book, along with profiles of several schools was very helpful.

However, upon doing my own research of art schools on the internet, I found much more useful information than what I found in this book. I cannot comment on the music, dance, writing and acting schools in the book, but I can say that I was somewhat disappointed in the small number of art programs that were profiled in this book. The indexed listings in the book offered some additional schools by name and region, but little more than that which one can find in the standard college review books.

I'm not sure what the criteria were for the schools that received the more serious profiles (versus the ones that were merely mentioned in the listings), but if you're going to write a book like this, with the intention of helping students find the right creative college, why not go all the way? Still, it's nice to see that someone is finally trying to help creative students find the right educational fit.

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