Ashcan Art’s Pre-College Summer Program 2016

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Ashcan Art‘s Pre-College Summer Program 2016



Drawing for BFA admissions – DRAWING CLASS Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11-3 & 4-8


Sculpture for BFA admissions – SCULPTURE CLASS Wednesdays & Thursdays  11-3- & 4-8



Design for BFA admissions – DESIGN CLASS Mondays & Tuesdays  11-3- & 4-8


Model for BFA admissions – ARCHITECTURE Class Saturdays 4-8

 Fashion Design for BFA admissions, FASHION DESIGN Class Mondays 11-3 & 4-8






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Students in the design program develop innovative and meaningful ways to communicate ideas in a wide range of concrete and dynamic media. Design students acquire skills in form-making, systems thinking, typography, interaction, and data visualization, while shaping content and form in both personal and client-driven work. Studio courses emphasize context and audience in formats such as books, identities, interfaces and motion graphics.


Students explore drawing as a discipline with its own history, traditions, and materials, as well as one where boundaries are fluid enough to include the diverse media and conceptual approaches embraced in contemporary practice. Emphasis is placed on students developing personal visual languages with which to explore their interests and goals as artists in the21st century.


Through creative exploration of video, audio, animation, interactivity, and art for the web, as well as installation and performance, students in the media program develop a strong foundation of technical proficiency in the context ofhistorical and theoretical research in technology, art, and contemporary culture. Media graduates will be able to enter a diversity of professional fields as they maximize their artistic potential and become creative problem solvers.


The painting curriculum is structured around a deep and rigorous engagement with the practice of painting. Students are challenged to explore the interwoven historical, material, formal, and conceptual aspects of the medium. Drawing on a range of technical approaches and historical models, including its relationship to other art forms, students are immersed in painting culture to develop and strengthen their individual artistic voices.


Through the study of photographic technique, the history of photography, and the critique of images, the photography curriculum emphasizes development of a personal voice. In the first year, students are introduced to photography through 35mm, 4×5 and other film cameras and the analog darkroom. The second year is devoted to digital photography, and the third year concentrates on portfolio development and preparation for the thesis exhibition. Optional advanced courses enable students to expand their practice of photography.

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Students in the print program explore a full range of printmaking processes including silkscreen, woodcut, linocut, reduction printing, intaglio, lithography, digital printing, and letterpress as well as paper making and creating handmade books. Students study the history of print, paper, collaboration, and criticism. Courses encourage students to combine print mediums, and artistic development is addressed through individual and group critiques and the collaborative studio.


The sculpture program is devoted to the process of developing three-dimensional forms through the use of traditional and nontraditional materials. Curriculum and coursework are designed to provide students with a strong foundation in a range of technical skills and processes and to challenge more advanced students to develop their own personal voice. Emphasis is placed within the context of contemporary art practice and in recognition of historical developments.

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RUTGERS Mason Gross School of the Arts BFA Admissions Requirements

Screen Shot 2013-10-08 at 2.42.29 PMChecklist:

  • Application
  • Application Fee
  • Eassay
  • Interview
  • Audition
  • Portfolio

How to Apply

All applicants to Mason Gross School of the Arts must submit a formal application and fee through Rutgers University.

**It is highly recommended that all UNDERGRADUATE students applying to Mason Gross School of the Arts also apply to the School of Arts and Sciences (S.A.S.) to increase their chances of receiving academic scholarships (which are awarded on a first come first serve basis) and also will give them the option of admission to the B.A. programs through S.A.S. in their chosen major if they are not admitted to the B.F.A. or B.M through Mason Gross.

For more information about academic scholarships please click here .


Application Instructions/Requirements

For more specific application instructions and requirements please chose one of the following links below:



The essay is required of first-year applicants. To be considered, essays must be included in the space provided on the application. They cannot be sent separately.

Rutgers is a vibrant community of people with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. How would you benefit from and contribute to such an environment? Consider variables such as your talents, travels, leadership activities, volunteer services, and cultural experiences. Max 3800 words

Essay is not required for transfer applicants.

Talent Assessments – Auditions, Interviews and Portfolios

In addition to submitting your application, a portfolio, or interview demonstrating your artistic talent is required for all applicants to Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Applicants to the BA programs in Visual Arts through the School of Arts and Sciences must also audition/submit a portfolio.

More information on auditions and portfolio reviews can be found here Portfolio Reviews

Admissions decisions are made once your have submitted a complete application to the University and completed your talent assessment.

  • Visual Arts students should submit their portfolio online. CDs, DVDs or hard copy portfolios will not be accepted.  Portfolio reviews are a closed process.  We do not conduct interviews. For more information on portfolio submissions click here: Visual Arts Portfolio Requirements.

ONLINE PORTFOLIO SUBMISSION – will become live for 2014 applicants after September 1, 2013.

A $35 non-refundable audition fee (in addition to the university’s standard $65 application fee) is required along with the slideroom portfolio submission, payable online via credit card.

The Mason Gross visual arts department requires all applicants to submit digital portfolios online via SLIDE ROOM. Hard copies of work or portfolios on CDs will not be accepts.

Be sure to submit your portfolio to the correct category:

  • CATEGORY: 2014 Visual Arts Undergraduate Applicants – New undergraduate students, never attended Rutgers before, First year and Transfers.
  • CATEGORY: 2014 Current/Former Rutgers Students – Currently attending Rutgers or attended Rutgers and took a leave of absence.  Includes: School to School transfers, students declaring a B.A. in Visual Arts from SAS and students returning from a leave of absence. This category also includes the option for ADMITTED transfer students to submit their prerequisite waiver portfolios.

Please be sure your pieces are clearly labeled in the fields provided with:

  • Title
  • Size
  • Meduim
  • Media (for Photography and Video)
  • Date


Please submit at least 15 examples of your artwork (produced within the last two years) that reflect your accomplishments and emphasize your strengths. Your portfolio should tell us that you will be successful in our classes including those that introduce to you new materials and ideas.

Please include at least one page from a sketchbook and if possible include a variety of media such as painting, observational drawing, photography, print, sculpture. If possible include self-initiated work as well as classroom assignments. If your primary interest is video include at least one video in addition to your other work. If your primary interest is photography you must include other media in addition to the photographs in your portfolio.

Things to consider:

  • Be selective and show only your best work
  • Show some personal work
  • Show a variety of media, color as well as monochrome
  • Avoid cartoon action figures, monsters, graffiti art, cute pets, portraits drawn from photographs, and images of vacations, in particular sunsets and flowers.