RISD Pre-College Program. Thoughts?

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  1. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601

    Plymouthbreezer

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    I figured with all the good minds here on this forum, thoughts from you guys can help me decide about this... But first, here's some background information:

    I'm a sophomore (I'm 16) in an "Arts Magnet" based highschool outside of Boston. I have a passion for the visual arts, and plan on going to college in some art related field. Ideally, I would love to go into architecture, but realistically, I don't have the high level math skills most architecture programs require (I did however score extremely high on the English and Writing sections of the PSATs - scoring in the 96th and 98th percentile. Unfortunately, my Math score was in the 49th percentile). I do however have an "advanced eye" for design and composition, as well as the artistic skills to back it up. Industrial design is something else that seems like a good possibility if architecture doesn't work out for me. I guess my third choice would be something along the lines of graphic design or interior architecture. At this point I'm undecided between 'em, but I know I want one of those.

    Anywho, I plan on taking two art classes next year at my school, one of which will be an Advanced Placement class, and my senior year, I'll also have two classes in art, with one being AP Art History. So, when I graduate highschool, I'll have taken 6 art classes, 2 being APs that can count towards college credit.

    Now I've stumbled across RISD's (Rhode Island School of Design) Summer Pre-College program. It looks fun, and my first college of choice is RISD. It's only an hour away from my home, in a nice city, and I have some family that lives in Newport, RI, just 20 minutes away from Providence. The program offers a rigorous study in a selected "Major," along with other basic required design courses. It is expensive (about $5,000, probably more with supplies all said and done), and it is demanding. So, my question: will this improve my chances of getting into RISD, or another "exclusive" design school (Pratt, etc...)??

    The other dilemma I'm facing is the fact that it will eat away my entire summer. The program starts on June 24th, and goes all the way through August 5th. I'd have to miss summer camp (Boy Scouts, I'll have the rank of Eagle in the next few months), give up any job opportunities I might have, skip our annual family vacation to our summer home on Cape Cod, and obviously miss out on the social interactions with my friends here at home. I know that might sound silly, but I honestly am not sure if the trade off is worth it. This summer will be the last time I'll really get to spend with a few of my close friends, as they are going to an advanced Math and Science school for their remaining two years before college. On that same note, would it be better to miss summer this year then the summer before my senior year (or the summer immediately after I graduate HS)??

    Like I said, I'm honestly not sure. I'd love to do the program, and I feel it will [obviously] improve my design skills immensely. While I might be "top" at my school, I know there's kids my age who are far more talented then I am, and I don't want to be shocked when I do go to college. I think doing the program will maybe give me that "competitive edge" that's oh so needed in art related fields today.

    Sorry for the long post, but I know there's a lot of like-minded people here who might be able to give me advice about what to do. Any thoughts are truly appreciated!

    Ryan. :)
     
  2. thedude110 macrumors 68020

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    Well, I'd say go for it. Providence is a great place to spend the summer, and RISD is a cool place. Plus it's right next door to Brown, so between the two colleges, you'll never be short of anything to do.

    Will it improve your chances of getting into RISD? Not by default. But if you have this program on your app. and someone else doesn't, it does make you a more competitive candidate.

    You're right to debate foregoing your social life at home for this opportunity. But don't forget the social life you'll find at RISD -- that should weigh into your decision as well.

    In short, I say "yeah, go for it." Good luck -- let us know what you decide to do!
     
  3. clayj macrumors 604

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    Do it. So many great artists came from or studied at RISD... Toots Zynsky, Dale Chihuly, Howard Ben Tre, the list goes on and on.
     
  4. mlw1235 macrumors 6502

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    I'm not sure about your chances into getting "ins" at other schools, but RISD would have you on record for attending that. Many schools keep track of the times you officially "visit" them and take that into consideration as well. (This is coming from both my high school counselor and an admissions counselor at Marquette University)

    Whatever you do, make sure it is your decision. Only you can line up your priorities, and if this is what you want to do, go for it.
     
  5. Plymouthbreezer thread starter macrumors 601

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    Also cool. Sadly, boarding residents are not allowed to take their cars to campus. But, I would surely bring my bike.

    That's what I figure. It will also help build up my portfolio.

    Good point.

    I will keep everyone posted. :)

    clayj, RISD has produced some awesome amazing artists. I'm a big fan of Howard Ben Tre, and Chihuly's works have tend to have a great aura of "excitement."

    Definitely good to know.
     
  6. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    Not in the summer. That's when Newport is more like 45-60 minutes from Providence. Anyways, I personally wouldn't consider being near Brown (or anywhere on Providence's East Side) a good point, but you would be rather close to Downtown (10-15 minute walk to the mall, probably 20 to PPAC/Library/AS220/Trinity theatre/brewhouse), and not too far from Thayer St., which is like Newbury St., but appropriately scaled down. Also, you should go to AS220 a few times if you get a chance, they have some great jazz on Tuesday nights, if you're into it, and they also have art shows there too. I think currently, there are some oil paintings by, er, someone.
    Also, there's been an Apple store rumored for Providence Place Mall for a few months now, maybe there's something to it. :D
     
  7. latergator116 macrumors 68000

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    Good idea. Keep in mind though it is located on the side of a steep hill, so it is a pain in the ass to get around.
     
  8. latergator116 macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, I'll have to second that, or any college for that matter.
     
  9. Plymouthbreezer thread starter macrumors 601

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    I have a mountain bike... :D
     
  10. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    Steep, yes. Tall? Not so much. That's near where they had the street luge when the X Games were in Providence.
     
  11. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Remember, there are opportunities that come along only once in life, and those that are repeatable.

    Kickin' back on old Cape Cod is an option that can be exercised later.
    Pre-college at RISD is definitely a one-off.
     
  12. jensh22 macrumors newbie

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    I know this is a total long shot, but I've been looking up the risd precollege program online for my daughter. Did you end up going? Did you enjoy it? Would you do it again?

    Thanks!
     
  13. hallux macrumors 68020

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    10 year-old thread and the OP hasn't been seen since November, I doubt you'll get an answer.
     
  14. jensh22 macrumors newbie

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    Yep, I knew it was a long shot, but you saw it?
     
  15. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    It never hurts to try. And at least this isn't one of those threads that gets revived for absolutely no reason.
     

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