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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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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great resource for students considering applying to schools that offer strong performing arts programs.Published 15 months ago by Melinda M. Larson
I only looked at the music portion of this book, but found that very disappointing. The listing of colleges was very incomplete!Published on October 28, 2012 by Bibi B
This guide offers much more than just a listing of colleges. It also gives additional valuable information for each of the different types of creative people.Published on April 23, 2012 by Charlotte M. Klaar
First - I should note that my son is a musician (instrumental)which makes my opinion not very helpful if you or your child is pursuing a different art form. Read morePublished on November 18, 2010 by jp