CFA gets social: Meeting our newest class of fine arts Broncos

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Aug 1, 2017 5:02:13 PM


More than 300 new art, dance, music and theatre students will be joining us on campus this fall, but we just couldn’t wait any longer to welcome them to the College of Fine Arts community. Earlier this week, we mailed these fine arts Broncos their official welcome packet, including some CFA swag and a message to engage with us on social media.


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Topics: Admissions, Student Experience

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 product design?

Posted by Scott Irelan on Oct 14, 2016 1:03:30 PM


Western Michigan University’s College of Fine Arts, in collaboration with the WMU College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Haworth College of Business, recently announced a new program: Product Design and Innovation. Set to debut in the Fall of 2017, this program aims to prepare the next generation of innovators to create the future of design. But what does that really mean? What is Product Design and Innovation? And what will this program look like for the incoming students? Here’s everything you need to know about this exciting addition to the Gwen Frostic School of Art.

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Topics: Admissions, Frostic School of Art, College Decision, The Student Experience

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

Incoming class profile: The class of 2020

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Aug 26, 2016 2:57:50 PM

The 2016-17 academic year is upon us, and we're so excited to be welcoming another talented class of students into the College of Fine Arts. Who are these 189 students? Where are they from? Check out the infographic below to find out:

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Topics: Admissions, Student Experience

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

Public vs. private colleges: Where to pursue your arts degree

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Jul 12, 2016 10:26:00 AM


There's a lot to think about as you decide where to pursue your arts degree. Between the hundreds of colleges and universities offering art programs across the country and your own list of needs and wants in your education and college experience, you have so much to consider. 

To narrow your pool of options and simplify the decision ahead of you, we've documented the key differences between public and private universities and colleges. Deciding which type of institution is best aligned with your academic goals and general preferences is a great first step in your college search.

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Topics: Admissions, College Decision

How to approach your college decision

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Jul 6, 2016 3:33:00 PM


Senior year of high school is an exciting time. You’ve made your way through the ranks as a freshman, sophomore and junior, and you’ve finally arrived at the top. You’ve roamed the halls, you’ve mastered the classes and you’re ready to savor this final year and all the “lasts” that will come with it: your last recital, your last school play, your last prom, your last AP exam; all those momentous milestones before tossing your cap in the air and making the transition from student to graduate. But what will happen after the last “last?”

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Topics: Admissions, College Decision

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