Is rejection an intrinsically good experience or a future hindrance for an MFA program application?
November 13, 2009 12:17 PM Subscribe
Is it a bad idea to apply for a competitive graduate program, knowing you will probably get rejected or will it be a good experience for a future attempt at the same program?
posted by Jeffy to education (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My SO wants to apply for a highly competitive MFA program. The program accepts less than 10 of the over 300 applicants every year. She feels that her portfolio is not up to snuff as she has been out of the art world for a few years and the bulk of her current work rests in one large piece.
She's decided to spend the year improving her portfolio, and apply next year.
I'm of the opinion that it can't hurt to apply now and get the experience and feedback that the process will provide, but I know the academic world is often very political.
Does the cloud have an opinion on whether an application before her work is truly ready will be a hindrance to future her chances?