ok so im currently in the uk about to start my BTEC extended diploma for photography, after my course i am wanting to go to uni, but im really wanting to go to university out of the uk and study in the US.
how would i do this?
what qualifications would i need?
do you know any good photography/art universities in the US?
wanting to go to uni in the US watch
- Thread Starter
- 14-05-2013 21:53
- 14-05-2013 21:57
- 14-05-2013 21:58
Yes you can study in the USA and it is probably easier than you think, I did the exact same when I was 18 but came back to the UK at 20.
What do you wanna study over there?
- 15-05-2013 17:17
Most US unis won't let you study *just* photography/art. You normally have to do a broad undergraduate degree comprising many different subjects which you get to choose. A degree lasts four years or more, and in your second two years you can focus down a bit more on a specialist subject (called a "major"). You don't apply to study a specific subject, you just apply to study at the uni as a whole.
If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, then definitely go ahead and do it. Loads of UK students do their degrees in the US, and almost all of them love it. The US uni experience is in many ways way more enriching than at most UK unis.
Apply to the US does take a lot of time and effort, but it is doable. Start planning your application as soon as possible. Some unis you're applying to might not know what a BTEC is, so you'll have to explain. The very best unis probably won't accept you without A Levels, but don't worry, because many of the less prestigious unis are still really awesome places to study! You also need to take the SAT exam - make sure you study hard for this, as the results matter a lot. The better your SAT score, the better the uni you can get into. Also think about funding - many US unis are v expensive, but they often have quite a lot of financial aid available. Make sure you check if international students are eligible for aid.
Despite what I said at the top, there may be some specialist art schools where you can go to study art and photography - I don't know much about this, but they probably exist even if they don't necessarily call themselves "universities". Worth looking into, although you probably won't get the same overall stereotypical US uni experience as you would if you did a normal degree.
For more info on US unis, including choosing and applying and funding them, check out Uni in the USA (written specifically for British students).