Natalie Faculak

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Is a college fair worth your time?

Posted by Natalie Faculak on Mar 20, 2017 2:57:19 PM


It seems everything can be done online these days, so why bother attending a physical college fair? Other than logging some serious steps, it can actually save you time from clicking aimlessly for hours searching numerous sites for answers for each school that sparks your interest. At a college fair, there are dozens – if not hundreds – of colleges and universities under one roof. What better place to get all (or at least most) of your questions answered? Take advantage of this opportunity. Plus, who doesn’t love freebies? College fairs are not only a source of free information, but also free pens, coasters, flash drives, note pads and more.

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Topics: Admissions, College Decision

4 questions to ask yourself before submitting your portfolio

Posted by Natalie Faculak on Jan 17, 2017 2:10:42 PM


You’ve meticulously selected which artworks to include in your portfolio, spent hours crafting your statement of intent, and asked your favorite art teacher for a recommendation letter. Are you ready to hit submit? Take a moment to ask yourself these four questions just to cross your 't's and dot your 'i's. 

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Topics: Admissions, Frostic School of Art, College Decision

What is FAFSA? Why is it so important?

Posted by Natalie Faculak on Oct 3, 2016 12:44:25 PM


So you’ve begun your college search. You’re comparing academic programs, locations, and student life. But we’re about to add another important piece to puzzle – finances. There have been guidance counselors, teachers and college reps telling you about this thing called FAFSA. (You don’t have to know where you’re attending school to fill it out.) It sounds important and maybe a bit confusing, but we’re going to walk you through it, so take a deep breath.

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Topics: College Decision

Four reasons to attend a portfolio review

Posted by Natalie Faculak on Sep 20, 2016 1:21:54 PM


As you’ll read in our Portfolio Pointers e-book and hear from instructors and college advisors alike, seeking out feedback on your work is undeniably important in order to build a strong portfolio for art school admission. Portfolio review days are an excellent way to not only gain this sort of valuable feedback, but they’re also a way to explore your options in pursuing your art degree. Read more about the benefits of attending a portfolio day:


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Topics: Admissions, Frostic School of Art, College Decision

Dialogue with the Deans

Posted by Natalie Faculak on Sep 12, 2016 2:33:55 PM


It’s that time of year again. Classes have resumed, the leaves are starting to change color and sweatshirts are replacing beach towels. But while you were on summer break soaking up the rays and working a part-time job, not everyone left campus. Among those that remain on campus during the summer months are admissions counselors, academic advisors and deans in order to prepare for the new academic year come September.

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Topics: Insider, Careers in the Arts

5 benefits of getting involved during college

Posted by Natalie Faculak on Aug 11, 2016 10:18:10 AM


While it’s critical to evaluate the academic programs available at the colleges you’re considering, it’s equally important to check out the opportunities that exist outside of the classroom. Getting involved in college is a must in order to build on the knowledge learned in the pages of your textbooks, meet friends and get to know your new environment.

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Topics: Student Experience, Student Organizations, College Decision

A tale of two artists: Building your art portfolio

Posted by Natalie Faculak on Aug 4, 2016 1:54:05 PM

It’s time to start constructing your art portfolio to demonstrate to colleges and universities your technique, creativity, and potential as an artist. But as you navigate this intimidating college application, portfolio submission and decision process, keep in mind that each artist’s journey and experience is unique, just as each artist’s style and work is unique.

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Topics: Admissions, Frostic School of Art, A Tale of Two Artists

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