Anna Shpeter (Langley HS, 2021) - Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)


College for Creative Studies - Industrial Design, Early Action, CCS Scholarship $147,000
Parsons School of Design | New School - Industrial Design, Early Action, Merit Scholarship $64,000
Maryland Institute College of Art - Industrial Design, Early Action, MICA Visionary Scholarship $84,000
School of the Art Institute of Chicago(SAIC) - Industrial Design, Early Action, Presidential Scholarship $71,400
Massachusetts Collge of Art and Design - Industrial Design, Early Action, Merit Scholarship $40,000
The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) - Industrial Design, Early Action, Achievement Honors Scholarshp $16,000
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) - Industrial Design
California College of the Arts (CCA) - Industrial Design, Creative Achievement Award $72,000
UAL - Central Saint Martin - Industrial Design

1. Tell us your feelings about college acceptance!

Coming from a completely different (Russian) culture it was very stressful for me to adapt to all the new requirements and expectations. At the beginning of my application process (January 2020), I felt like I was completely lost and I didn’t believe in myself. Now that I have applied to many prestigious colleges and now that I am accepted I can confidently say that I am proud of myself, my works, and my patience.

2. What was the most difficult thing during your portfolio preparation?

The most challenging part for me was the idea stretch. I could never really work on my process book. I prefer working on the actual works, rather than organizing my ideas.

3. When did you start the portfolio class and how did you prepare your portfolio?

I began the portfolio classes in January 2020. I worked very hard because I knew how much effort I need to put into this part of the application process. As I was not attending the portfolio prep classes since my freshman year and I came as a junior I did not have much time left. During the summer I came every single day for more than 5 hours and just drew.

4. What is your favorite artwork that you made?

As any other artist, I cannot name my favorite work, I really enjoyed my last observational drawing.

5. What was the reason to make the decision for the school?

I haven’t chosen a school yet.

6. Do you have any advice for the new portfolio students?

I recommend starting your portfolio as soon as possible so that before the first deadline you do not rush. Also, it is best to apply as an early action so that you have your answers earlier. Really, just enjoy the process and do what you like. Ask for help if you are not sure about something, but always remember that it is your work and you have the last word on everything.

7. Can you tell us why you choose NYSA?

I chose NYSA because when I first stepped into the studio it inspired me and I wanted to startclasses immediately. The spirit of the studio is indescribable, people who teach and learn hereare very creative creatures and it is such a pleasure to work and create at New York Schools of Arts.