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Shiraz Chavan

Shiraz Chavan came to the United States from Nigeria to study education and work with international students like herself, and she is currently Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions at California College of the Arts. Chavan is passionate about equal access to education, with an undergrad degree in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a graduate degree in Education Administration from University of the Pacific.

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Choosing A College

Starting Your Art College Search? The 6 First Things You Need to Know

By: Shiraz Chavan
June 22nd, 2017

This is a post for absolute beginners. Not beginning artists, of course. You already have a passion for art and the talent to build your life around it. And you know that an art college degree will help make your dream a reality.

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Choosing A College | For Undergraduates

Searching For an Art College? The First Question You Should Ask Yourself

By: Shiraz Chavan
June 15th, 2017

Question: Why do you want to go to art college?

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Animation | For Undergraduates

How much do animators make?

By: Shiraz Chavan
May 30th, 2017

By any measure, now is a great time to be an animator. Recent blockbusters like Avatar, Marvel's The Avengers, and Frozen have raked in billions of dollars at the box office, thanks in large part to their dazzling CGI. Meanwhile, the global video game market, an industry that leans heavily on animation, is expected to grow nearly 5% between 2015 and 2020.

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For Undergraduates

7 Things to Watch Out for on Your Art College Visits

By: Shiraz Chavan
May 23rd, 2017

You can take all the virtual tours you want, cruise campus neighborhoods with Google Street View, browse student work on Instagram, and chat with admissions reps on Facebook and still, there is no substitute for visiting an art college in person. For many applicants, the choice between two or more schools — all things being equal in theory — comes down to their gut feelings on a campus tour.

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Choosing A College | For Undergraduates

Three Simple Questions to Ask Yourself to Choose the Perfect Art College

By: Shiraz Chavan
April 11th, 2017

Before you tour campuses and meet with professors, before you compile your application portfolio, before you start thinking about a major, before you even Google the phrase “art college” and start jotting down a list of your favorites, you’ve got some serious thinking to do — about yourself. That’s because there is no single art college out there that is perfect for everyone. If there was, your art college search would be a lot simpler and this article would be a lot shorter. Finding the perfect art college — for you — has more to do with finding the perfect fit between who you are as an artist, a student, and a person, as well as the teaching philosophy, community makeup, and overall objectives of an art college. In other words, before you can find the perfect art college, you must, as the Greeks said, “know thyself.” Here are three questions you must ask yourself, about yourself, at the beginning of your art college search:

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