Yurika Shi (Shanghai HS, 2021) - Pratt


Otis Cllege of Art and Design - Communication Design, Early Action, Presidential Scholarship $72,000
School of the Art Institute of Chicago(SAIC) - Communication Design, Early Action, SAIC Creative Honors Scholarship $37,800
School of Visual Arts (SVA) - Communication Design, Early Action
California College of the Arts (CCA) - Communication Design, Early Action
Pratt Institute - Communication Design, Early Action

1. How do you feel about your college acceptance?

I was so excited when I got my first offer, even though it wasn’t the best college I applied to. It was 11pm when I received it, and I didn’t sleep for the whole night. Later on, when I got my next 4,5,6 offers from SVA, Pratt, UAL, SAIC, CCA, etc, I wasn’t as excited as the first time I got the acceptance from OTIS. Somehow, I felt so confident about myself after the first one, I believed that all the schools I applied to would accept me. And it turned out they did.

2. What was the most difficult aspect of your portfolio preparation?

I always have a lot of thoughts and ideas but it is hard for me to pick one and use it for my work. So, I drew several mind maps and shared my thoughts with the professors and the NYSA teachers, and by talking to them I could finally find one topic that I was most pleased with.

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

I actually started it quite early, in my 10th Grade summer vacation when I attended the NYSA camp. This benefited me a lot because I finished my whole portfolio in just about 40 days with the help from the professors and teachers. Therefore, I had my entire Junior year to prepare for the language achievement like TOEFL and IELTS.

4. What is your favorite artwork that you made?

My favorite piece of work is a self-portrait called “Not Blunt Enough”. In this painting I have red hair, a screaming expression, and different colors all over my face. The color palette is grotesque because I wanted to make the viewer see me as a zombie and not a human. For the background I painted hyperbolic breasts, then I marked colorful brushstrokes on them. I got my color palette inspiration from Ryan Trecartin’s film I Be Area. From the perspective of crazy Americans, it gives us a more aesthetic and intimate understanding of their lives. The depiction of this world opens a striking new vision of queer culture in America.

5. When choosing a college how did you decide on where to apply?

I think it’s important to consider the location and the public security while choosing where to go. It's where you spend four years so you must feel comfortable with it. For me, I prefer Los Angeles, New York City, and London. So now I’m choosing from CCA, Pratt and UAL.

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

It’s normal to work on your pieces till midnight or even till tomorrow morning. Prepare yourself and expect to spend a little more time on your art works. Because everyone is trying hard and if you don’t compete you lose. Also when you go to college I believe it’s even more common to see those future artists working on their pieces without sleeping and eating. Here is one advice I would like to give to you: Whatever you do, do it full-bore, full time.

7. Tell us your thoughts about the NYSA!

First and foremost, NYSA is a professional and responsible art camp. Once you choose NYSA and try your best to follow what the teachers say, you would definitely get accepted by the colleges you want. Secondly, work that normally takes 1 or 2 years can be finished in a few weeks with NYSA’s program. Last but not the least, your mind becomes more creative when you go to a new country or a new city and start your art works there. In this environment people from different places can share their thoughts and comments on each other’s works so that everyone improves.