Posted by Will Hayes on June 28, 2002 at 20:19:58:
In Reply to: Re: masters programs/ theory posted by sara again on June 28, 2002 at 19:51:28:
The best course of action, truthfully, would be to go and talk to students at, or recent graduates from, schools you are interested in, and find out about their experiences.
Another way is to take a look at firms or designers who are doing work that you find interesting. Find out where those designers went to school.
As far as admission goes, honestly it's often a roll of the dice. An officer at one school may see something in your portfolio that s/he thinks is fantastic that someone at another school may have missed. I would just apply to every school you are really interested in.
I can tell you how I did it:
When I applied to graduate schools, I narrowed it down first by thinking of places (geographic) that I would be interested in living and studying architecture in for three years. Then, I looked at which of those places had good architecture schools. This narrowed the options quite rapidly. I ended up applying to 6 schools. I was admitted to 5 of them. Then, I was able to compare the financial aid offers from the various schools, and I went to visit the schools to take a look at how they operated, see the student work, talk to students/faculty, etc.. This was the critical part.
When all was said and done, I ended up at the University of Pennsylvania GSFA in Philadelphia. It was a great school and great experience. I now live/work in Philadelphia and teach a course & studio at the school.