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Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers Third Edition, Third edition Edition

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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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Product Details

  • Series: Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians, and Writers
  • 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: 7 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Elaina Loveland is the author of Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians, and Writers and Creative Careers: A Guide for Aspiring Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians, and Writers. She has been a professional writer and editor since 1999.

Elaina grew up in upstate New York and discovered her two greatest passions in life--the arts and writing--at an early age. Elaina began dancing at age five and started writing short stories at age 11. As a teenager, Elaina performed in several classical ballets. When Elaina began her college search in ninth grade, she wanted to find a perfect fit that had both writing and dance programs. Her search led her to study English and dance at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. An artist at heart, Elaina has also taken opera lessons and studied sculpture. Elaina did not ultimately pursue a professional dance career--she followed her interest in writing instead.

Elaina also earned a master's degree in English at George Mason University and has taught college English courses as an adjunct instructor at several higher education institutions. She has also taught ballet to children and continues to take ballet, jazz, and modern dance classes.

As an independent journalist, Elaina has written for numerous magazines, including Adjunct Advocate, American Careers, Dance Teacher, Dance Spirit, Hispanic Outlook on Higher Education, International Educator, Military Officer, Pointe, and U.S. News and World Report's annual college guide, among others.

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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.
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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!
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"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."
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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.
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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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I am a parent of high school musicians who are interested in pursuing their dream in college. There are very few comprehensive resources available to music students and their parents. The book provides some foundational information about what to expect and gives one a lead or two on places to begin the search. Its quite a different process than deciding between engineering schools. I would recommend the book to all parents of artistic students.
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