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Sammantha W. (Liberty High School, 2023) ArtCenter College of Design


  • College for Creative Studies (CCS) - Entertainment Arts, scholarship $104,000.00

  • Ringling College of Art and Design - Entertainment Design, $56,000.00

  • Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) - Animation, scholarship $38,000.00

  • ArtCenter College of Design - Entertainment Design

  • School of Visual Arts (SVA) - Animation

  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) - Communication Arts, scholarship $16,000.00

1. How do you feel about your college acceptance? I'm ecstatic. Art is my passion, and pursuing it in college is a fantastic opportunity.

2. Why did you choose this major? I have always loved art, and when you're spending thousands of dollars on a degree and then getting a related job, you want it to be something you love, and art is just that.

3. When did you start the portfolio class, and how did you prepare your portfolio? I started around March 2022, which gave me little time to work on my portfolio compared to others. It wasn't until Summer that I truly felt the intensity of the class and understood the importance of my portfolio for school. Over Summer, I spent my entire day at the studio attending classes and driving myself to work on my pieces. I am lucky to have had teachers that pushed me to do the best I could and were patient in answering my questions and teaching me more.

4. What is your favorite artwork that you made? My favorite piece is called 'A New World,' a 360-degree book I created with Miss.K, the sculpture teacher. They were very helpful in ensuring that I planned and designed my idea properly before executing it and encouraged me to push myself to make my piece. Miss.K was very helpful and friendly, so working with her genuinely felt like something other than work.

5. Tell us your thoughts about the NYSA! Really great for people looking to pursue art from a hobby to a career. It's clear that the teachers are very knowledgeable and are committed to helping the students to the best of their ability. I have been doing art my whole life, and when I first tried to pursue art, I was disappointed by the lack of knowledge and passion that my teachers had for the subject. NYSA was the first art studio I attended and the first set of art teachers I enjoyed. It was challenging, but through lots of hard work, they helped me significantly improve.

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