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Help! Graphic Designer applying to B-school [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2010, 11:46
Hello,

I'm very new to this process so any help I can get would be much appreciated. Could you let me know what you think my chances are at the following schools?

Top3: Harvard, Stanford, Wharton
Second 3: Tuck, Booth, Kellogg (3 yr jd/mba)

Me: 24 yr old asian american female

GPA: 3.63/4.00 from a top Ivy (HYP) in fine arts
GMAT: 750 V-96%tile M-85%tile
GRE: 1590/1600 V-800 M-790

Job-Art Director
- I design museum exhibitions for cultural institutions such as the New York Public Library, Yale School of Art, Acquavella Galleries (a powerdealer in the art world)
- I also design company identities and marketing campaigns for clients such as Oxford University Press, and have done rebrandings for a series of architecture and non-profit organizations
- I also work with prominent contemporary artists, architects and critics as well as museums like the Guggenheim, the Museum of Art and Design (NYC), and the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston) to design catalogues and books

What I want to do: I want to start my own design/marketing firm post-MBA which would focus on rebranding and updating existing marketing campaigns.

I work in a very small firm--by industry standards it is a prestigious place to work because of all the awards its won. Because of its size, I have been given exposure to all aspects of the business, and the opportunity to actually watch my designs happen. However, it doesn't pay very well for all the time and responsibility that's required of me and I haven't gotten a chance to manage a lot of people because my boss has wanted to keep the designs "exclusively ours".

Will adcoms look down on this? Will my artistic background hurt me?

Please help! Thanks so much.
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Re: Help! Graphic Designer applying to B-school [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2010, 19:46
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Hello,

I'm very new to this process so any help I can get would be much appreciated. Could you let me know what you think my chances are at the following schools?

Top3: Harvard, Stanford, Wharton
Second 3: Tuck, Booth, Kellogg (3 yr jd/mba)

Me: 24 yr old asian american female

GPA: 3.63/4.00 from a top Ivy (HYP) in fine arts
GMAT: 750 V-96%tile M-85%tile
GRE: 1590/1600 V-800 M-790

Job-Art Director
- I design museum exhibitions for cultural institutions such as the New York Public Library, Yale School of Art, Acquavella Galleries (a powerdealer in the art world)
- I also design company identities and marketing campaigns for clients such as Oxford University Press, and have done rebrandings for a series of architecture and non-profit organizations
- I also work with prominent contemporary artists, architects and critics as well as museums like the Guggenheim, the Museum of Art and Design (NYC), and the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston) to design catalogues and books

What I want to do: I want to start my own design/marketing firm post-MBA which would focus on rebranding and updating existing marketing campaigns.

I work in a very small firm--by industry standards it is a prestigious place to work because of all the awards its won. Because of its size, I have been given exposure to all aspects of the business, and the opportunity to actually watch my designs happen. However, it doesn't pay very well for all the time and responsibility that's required of me and I haven't gotten a chance to manage a lot of people because my boss has wanted to keep the designs "exclusively ours".

Will adcoms look down on this? Will my artistic background hurt me?

Please help! Thanks so much.


Given your high academic stats and the fact that your artistic work experience is very business-oriented and your goals will benefit from an MBA, I think your artistic background will be a point of distinction in your favor as you apply. I think it will help you.

In terms of your academics and the quality of your work experience, you are competitive at your target programs. I am a little concerned that that the quantity of work experience, especially if only two years, may be an issue at Kelloggand Tuck. If 3 or 4 years, I wouldn't worry about that. You might want to consider Columbia.

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