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Art personal statement example 1
"I hope that through this personal statement I will be able to demonstrate to you my desire and convince you of my ability and potential to be a ideal student for your course.
Although education is currently the top priority in my life, of equal importance is being able to learn in an environment where I can gain the experiences and social skills that will help me to develop as a individual. It is for this reason that I have decided to apply to your institution as I feel it has the right mixture of academic professionalism, welcoming atmosphere and vibrant social scene that can help me to grow professionally and emotionally. I have also been attracted to your institution by its well known reputation for producing highly employable arts graduates. This together with you stated commitment to providing students with the best academic tutoring and equipping them with the required work related skills has convinced me that enrolling with you is what I need to prepare me for my first job.
As a thoughtful person I have a clear idea of where I want to go in my career. This clarity of vision has made me eager to take my first steps towards achieving my employment goals by starting a degree course that will set me on the road to a financially secure future. As a artistic individual with a passion for design and expression I am keen to learn more about the world of art, in particular its history, how it works and what it can offer the world. I want to understand how contemporary and creative art can inspire people to experience feelings and emotions that they would not otherwise have.
I already possess extensive knowledge and practical experience of various related fields such as photography, painting, animation and visual communication. I would greatly like to expand my understanding of these disciplines and it is for these reasons that I am submitting my application to your university.
On a more personal level I am a social person who enjoys spending time with friends and family. Although a private individual I also like to be part of my local community and be involved in what is happening around me. I regularly get involved in helping out as a unpaid volunteer at local events and activities, particularly if there is a artistic element involved in it.
If you feel there is a mutual interest, I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you to learn more about your university and to discuss in greater detail why I feel I would be a good fit on your course."
Art personal statement example 2
"Image for a moment a world without art, if such a place ever existed it would be an environment without beauty, creativity and expression. Devoid of all forms of feelings and ideas it would be a bland existence indeed. Fortunately such a place does not exist, at least not in the UK and at least not yet.
To me art is like language, an expression, interpretation and response to the world around us. It allows us to see ourselves and the world differently and for many people can help to break the monotony of every day life by lifting them out of their daily struggle. It is a subject that has interested me for a long time and has become such an ingrained part of my life that I find it difficult to contemplate an existence without it.
It was at secondary school that I first realised that I had an artistic flair for drawing, painting and designing when a growing number of classmates insisted that I do pencil sketches of them. Word of mouth had spread the message around the school that I drew well and I soon had a long list of people ‘to do’. One of the art teachers subsequently heard about me and encouraged me in other areas, namely stitching and creating art from fabrics, threads and recycled objects. After a while I had such a large ‘portfolio’ that at the age of fourteen I held my own art exhibition at a local community centre. Today I feel that it was a combination of these experiences that made me realise how certain pieces of artwork can hold a tremendous amount of sentimental value to many individuals. It was also at about this time that my close family recognised my talents and realised how much I enjoyed what I was doing, from then on they encouraged me to develop my skills through academic study. Something I have been striving to do ever since through school, college and now hopefully at your university.
At the core of my artistic philosophy is a desire to be natural and express myself in my own unique way. In practical terms this means that when trying to capture a particular moment or feeling I try to rely on my instincts to express the essence of the subject.
I have experience of various fields including oil painting, photography, graphic design and visual communication just to name a few. I also posses the determination to work and rework a sketch until I feel I have done as much as I can to transform a picture, photo or idea into a living, breathing work of art.
Right now my ambition is to become a formally trained artist and to this end I have chosen your highly regarded university to achieve my goal. I would be very grateful indeed if you would consider my application to enrol on your degree level Art Course. I feel that I have the required ambition, personal commitment, knowledge and experience to make a successful student at your institution."
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Often the most challenging part of applying to university is writing the personal statement in the UCAS form. It's your opportunity to stand out from the other thousands of applicants that we receive applications from.
We want the statement to tell us about you, and what you want to study and why. The question is, how do you do this successfully and without sounding like everyone else?
We’ve put together some information on this page for those people that are struggling with their personal statement.
What is it?
The personal statement is 47 lines, or 4,000 characters (whichever greater), where you tell us why you want to study what you want to study, and why the universities you have applied to should make you an offer.
Who reads it?
The personal statement is read by someone that is making a decision on whether to:
- Make you a conditional/unconditional offer of a place of study
- Invite you to an interview
- Decline to offer you a place of study
Most statements are read by academics with a role called the 'Admissions Tutor'. These academics are specialists in their subject area. They have normally completed their first degree, Masters degree and their PhD (doctorate) in the subject area; they probably research the subject too.
The Admissions Tutor normally will teach, mark, research and do all the associated work of someone teaching. They have to make hundreds of decisions about who to offer a small number of places to. Making your statement stand out from the pile is really important!
Remember, most universities don’t interview applicants, and those that do base the interview questions, in part, on what you’ve said in the personal statement.
What should it contain?
- As a rule of thumb the personal statement should be exactly what it says – personal to you.
- It should be roughly 75% focused on the subject that you want to study, and 25% about your other skills and experiences.
- It should detail why you're applying to study the course.
- It should demonstrate understanding of the subject applied for and the skills that you’ll need to be able to bring with you, eg analytical skills or communication skills.
- About 25% of it can be about you. What do you do outside of the classroom? What do you enjoy? How does this link to the subject that you want to study, or show your readiness for university?
- The Admissions Tutor will be looking for your potential to succeed. They don't expect you to know everything already but want someone that is prepared to work hard and learn.
What do the people who read it say?
We’ve gathered some quotes from some of our Admissions Tutors who spend a lot of time reading statements.
"I like information in the statement that shows that students understands the subject that they have applied for and what using the degree professionally might entail after university."
"I like to know why the student has got to where they are now. If they have an interesting life story then they should tell it. However, if this has no relevance to the subject then it can put me off."
"I really like a well-structured personal statement; one that's easy to read and understand."
"The best personal statements that get to the point quickly and demonstrate real enthusiasm – I look forward to teaching these students."
Top tips for completing a personal statement
- make it snappy and easy to read – Admissions Tutors have many applications to read through.
- use line breaks in between paragraphs. While you may lose characters doing this, it will make the statement much easier to read.
- reveal your niche; tell us if you have a specific interest area within the subject area that you'd like to develop as part of your studies.
- present your academic reading. Quote or tell us about a favourite author, researcher or academic who shares your interests or inspires you.
- back up your statements with examples and evaluation. How and when have you been organised, motivated and inspired, and how did this help you achieve results?
- discuss your current studies and demonstrate how they are relevant to the degree you're applying for, subject by subject.
- talk about any extra-curricular activities that are related to your chosen subject area. For example, visiting galleries for those applying to history of art/visual cultures.
- check spelling and grammar. A well-presented and grammatically correct statement indicates that you can write for academic purposes.
- embellish the truth. You may get caught out if you're invited to an interview and asked about your statement.
- write lists – unless you’re listing technical specifications of programming languages or equipment that you have to use to complete the course, avoid lists.
- dedicate too much space to non-subject related content. We're interested in your extra-curricular activities that are relevant and because they demonstrate your broader skills.
- tell us you 'like reading' or 'like music' – if you’re not careful you can begin to sound like everyone else. It's better to tell us what you like reading and why, and how this relates to the subject that you’d like to study.