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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

I. About P.I. Art Center (General Program) 

I-1. Does P.I. Art Center issue I-20 (Student) Visas?
I-2. How do you apply to the P.I. Art Center in New York or New Jersey?
I-3. Can a student without any artistic background still study art at
       P.I. Art Center and apply to U.S. art colleges?

I-4. Can a student begin to prepare a portfolio at P.I. Art Center without choosing a major?
I-5. Is it necessary to have conversational English skills to learn 
       at P.I. Art Center in the United States?

I-6. How long doabsolutely es it take for a student to prepare a “strong” portfolio?

 

II. About P.I. Art Center (Special Programs)

II-1. What is the 1+3 program with SVA and PCA?
II-2. Do I need to learn French to attend PCA?
II-3. What is the P.I. Art Center Summer/Winter Camp in Korea?
II-4. How can a student apply for the Summer/Winter Camp in Korea?

III. About P.I. Art Center (Affiliated Program)

III-1. Does P.I. Art Center issue an I-20 for TOEFL classes?
III-2. Are the TOEFL classes taught in international languages?

 

IV. About P.I. Art Center (Other Questions)

IV-1. Is P.I. Art Center a study abroad agency?
IV-2. Does P.I. offer scholarships?
IV-3. Does P.I. Art Center invite schools to its campuses so students
         c
an learn more about their admissions criteria?
IV-4. When would be the best time to arrive in the States to take courses
         at P.I. if a student wants to apply to an art school for the coming Fall Semester?

IV-5. Where do the students of P.I. Art center generally reside?
         Are there cost-effective places to stay?

IV-6. Is it true that 100% of P.I. Art Center students advance to top 50 U.S. art colleges?

 

V. College Admissions (General)

V-1. What are the admissions requirements for U.S. art colleges?
V-2. When is the deadline for portfolio submission?
V-3. When are the decisions on admissions made?
V-4. What is “Conditional Acceptance”?
V-5. If a student’s TOEFL score does not meet the minimum TOEFL score schools expect,
       what would be the options for the student?

V-6. Does P.I. Art Center offer TOEFL classes to help students with a low TOEFL score or 
        who have not taken the TOEFL?

V-7. Is it possible to apply to a US college right after graduating from high school
        in another country?

V-8. How is high school GPA calculated?
V-9. Is an official high school equivalency examination taken in another country valid?
V-10. Who gets scholarships?
V-11. What is the recommended GPA to be eligible for a scholarship?
V-12. Are the credits earned from an online college transferrable to art colleges
          in the United States?

V-13. Do schools accept students for Spring Semester?
V-14. Do schools offer scholarships for Spring Semester?

 


 

 

 

I. About P.I. Art Center (General Program)

I-1. Does P.I. Art Center issue I-20 (Student) Visas?

P.I. Art Center is the only art school of its kind authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant students. This fact alone is strong evidence of the quality of education P.I. Art Center offers. Many students get accepted into top US art colleges through P.I. Art Center’s Art and TOEFL programs.       

    

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I-2. How do you apply to the P.I. Art Center in New York or New Jersey?

You can download an application from the How to Apply section on our website. Once you finish filling out an application, you can submit it either by email or mail. You can also visit our New York or New Jersey campuses directly, or visit our office in Korea.

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I-3. Can a student without any artistic background still study art at P.I. Art Center and apply to U.S. art colleges?

P.I. Art Center has developed a unique way to help students with no artistic skill or background. We also have an Education Director, who can plan and monitor these students’ schedules and place them in proper classes with professors who are experienced in helping these students. Also, these students are allowed to use our open studios at times of their convenience to sharpen their skills and develop their ideas in discussions with professors.

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I-4. Can a student begin to prepare a portfolio at P.I. Art Center without choosing a major?

Yes. That is because for almost all majors at most art colleges, portfolio requirements are similar. In fact, it is often while preparing the portfolio that the student finds the right major for him/herself. The student can also seek for advice from experienced professors.

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I-5. Is it absolutely necessary to have conversational English skills to learn at P.I. Art Center in the United States?

It is good to have conversational English skills since it is important for students to be able to communicate with professors and administrative officers. However, it is not absolutely necessary since we have administrative officers who are fluent in one or more of the three other languages most commonly spoken by our students (Korean, Japanese, and Chinese) and who also can interpret for students.

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I-6. How long does it take for a student to prepare a “strong” portfolio?

It all depends on how much effort is put in and how much the individual is interested in art. However, on average, students spend between 4 and 8 months preparing their portfolios. Also, some students complete their portfolios during the 8-week intensive summer portfolio camp or the 6-week intensive winter portfolio camp. “Strong” portfolios are assembled focusing on each student’s personality and artistic creativity, unlike those made for example at the Asian Institute, which focuses essentially on techniques. US art schools highly rate portfolios that show creativity and uniqueness—in other words, those that best and most clearly represent the identity of the persons who prepare them. At P.I. Art School, our curricula teach students to express their own identity with a combination of artistic creativity and technical skills. Our faculty, all current or former professors of US art schools who have experience lecturing in an American pedagogical environment, are experts in facilitating this.

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II. About P.I. Art Center (Special Programs)

 

II-1. What is the 1+3 program with SVA and PCA?

It basically means completing the first year foundation program at one institution and then completing a three-year program at another institution after transferring, completing a four-year program in this way. P.I. Art Center offers its Transfer Opportunity Program (T.O.P) as a 1+3 program. It is an assistance program started in 2010 by P.I. Art Center for gifted and promising international applicants who failed initially to obtain admission to an art school in the U.S. TOP offers top-notch art education, admission advising, and application assistance. TOP’s rigorous 3 semesters-long (one year) training focuses on strengthening and refining students’ art and English skills. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be prepared to start at partnership art schools as sophomores. For more details about the T.O.P. program, please contact our office of admissions.

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II-2. Do I need to learn French to attend PCA?

No, absolutely not. Even though PCA is located in Paris, France, it is accredited by NASAD and all courses are taught in English. Besides, since almost all French people speak English, students who speak English would not experience much inconvenience living in Paris.

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II-3. What is the P.I. Art Center Summer/Winter Camp in Korea?

It is a unique program for students who cannot come to the United States on a long-term basis, designed to help them prepare their portfolios. It is a very intensive program over the summer or winter, for 8 and 6 weeks respectively, allowing students time to fully prepare their portfolios. P.I. faculty members as well as visiting professors join each year to participate in this unique and exciting program.

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II-4. How can a student apply for the Summer/Winter Camp in Korea?

The P.I. Art Center Summer/Winter Camp is available for a limited number of students, so it is wise for students to apply as early as possible. Students can simply fill out an application form and submit a deposit to secure their spot. But remember there is no refund for the deposit, so think carefully before you apply and pay a deposit.

 

III. About P.I. Art Center (Affiliated Program)

 

III-1. Does P.I. Art Center issue an I-20 for TOEFL classes?

No. P.I. Art Center does not issue an I-20 for its affiliated program for TOEFL classes.

 

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III-2. Are the TOEFL classes taught in international languages?

Some classes are taught in international languages for students’ benefit, but most classes are taught in English.

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IV. About P.I. Art Center (Other Questions)

IV-1. Is P.I. Art Center a study abroad agency?

No. P.I. Art Center is an institution authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant students. We do not recruit students for other institutions by accepting a commission. However, we do offer top-notch art education, admission advising, and application assistance.

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IV-2. Does P.I. offer scholarships?

P.I. Art Center offers students the chance to receive an “early registration scholarship,” provided they register early (scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first served basis), when applying for study at a short-term portfolio camp.

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IV-3. Does P.I. Art Center invite schools to its campuses so students can learn more about their admissions criteria?

Yes. Last year, P.I. Art Center invited 16 different schools (Art Center, CalArts, CCA, Central Saint Martins, FIDM, FIT, NYSID, MICA, OTIS, PCA, Pratt, Pratt MWP, SAIC, SCAD, SFAI, and SVA) to help P.I. students learn about the schools and have admissions counselors from these schools review P.I. students’ portfolios for advice about admission to their school and sometimes for acceptance. This event is truly beneficial for P.I. students in that they not only learn more about the schools they were interested in but also learn about schools they were not interested in before but become interested in when they learn more about them. Getting advice on their portfolios directly from different school admissions counselors with different perspectives is priceless. In addition, some students get accepted and/or nominated for scholarships on the spot.

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IV-4. When would be the best time to arrive in the States to take courses at P.I. if a student wants to apply to an art school for the coming Fall Semester?

The deadline for the Fall Semester differs by school, but in general the deadlines are either in early February or early March. Often, it takes longer than a student normally expects to prepare a portfolio and prepare for and take the TOEFL so it would be wise to come to America by at least May of the preceding year. For students who lack experience in art, it is recommended that they come earlier than that to the P.I. Art Center so that they have enough time to prepare their portfolios. Depending on the students’ efforts and level, they may need as little as 6 months or as many as 2 years of preparation time.

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IV-5. Where do the students of P.I. Art center generally reside? Are there cost-effective places to stay?

P.I. Art Center is conveniently located both in New York and New Jersey, and in both areas students can easily find an apartment or a share rental with a roommate. We also provide a list of guest houses and other housing facilities that can accommodate students for both short-term and long-term stays.

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IV-6. Is it true that 100% of P.I. Art Center students advance to top 50 U.S. art colleges?

So far, it has been. Of the students who have successfully completed our recommended courses and graduated from P.I. Art Center, to date 100% have been admitted to top 50 U.S. art colleges.

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V. College Admissions (General)

V-1. What are the admissions requirements for U.S. art colleges?

The most important requirement for admission to U.S. art colleges is the portfolio. Most schools used to require students to submit their portfolio in the form of a CD or slides. Currently, students are being asked to use Slideroom online to submit their portfolios. In addition to the portfolio, the following are other requirements:

—An essay

—The TOEFL

—Transcripts (high school and college)

—Bank statement (Certificate of Deposit)

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V-2. When is the deadline for portfolio submission?

The deadline for portfolio submission is the same as the deadline for application submission. School have different deadlines for application submission. However, most schools set February 1 or March 1 as the deadline for freshmen applying for Fall Semester and April 1 as the deadline for transfer students applying for Fall Semester. For Spring Semester, October 1 is the usual deadline for both freshmen and transfer students. However, a portfolio is not the only requirement for acceptance. GPA and TOEFL scores must also be taken into account before applying to top art colleges since these two criteria are seriously considered in the admissions process along with the portfolio.

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V-3. When are the decisions on admissions made?

It differs by school, but in general colleges announce decisions about 4–12 weeks after the interview or the date of application submission. Important Note: School admissions committees base their decisions on a careful review of all credentials submitted by the applicant. Admissions files are not considered complete and will not be reviewed until all required materials have been received.

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V-4. What is “Conditional Acceptance”?

“Conditional Acceptance” is available to international students who meet all university entrance requirements except for the minimum TOEFL or IELTS scores. Minimum TOEFL or IELTS scores are provided on each school’s website.

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V-5. If a student’s TOEFL score does not meet the minimum TOEFL score schools expect, what would be the options for the student?

Often, as long as a student has a TOEFL score of 60, many schools (not all) offer conditional acceptance. In this case, students must attend ESL courses offered by the school over the summer and must pass these courses. After that, students are often required to take more ESL courses or lower-level English courses prior to taking a required standard English course to graduate. So yes, there is a still way to get into one of the schools a student desires with a low TOEFL score, but the student then has to fulfill many requirements to graduate, which will cost significantly more money and time.

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V-6. Does P.I. Art Center offer TOEFL classes to help students with a low TOEFL score or who have not taken the TOEFL?

P.I. Art Center does not directly provide TOEFL classes, but it has an affiliated program that helps students with low TOEFL scores or who have not yet taken the test. Through this program, each student is placed in classes according to his/her results. However, P.I. Art Center does offer free help sessions about the TOEFL from time to time, providing useful test-taking tips, and it has on site a certified ETS TOEFL Center to accommodate test-taking students conveniently.

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V-7. Is it possible to apply to a US college right after graduating from high school in another country?

Yes. As long as a student has a high school diploma or a certificate of graduation, or a passing score on an official high school equivalency examination, he/she can apply and get accepted. If the student has attended any college or university the credits earned at that institution can usually be transferred to credit at the college or university he/she attends in the United States. This is true of courses taken at P.I. Art Center, which has helped many students with diverse educational backgrounds and has been very successful.

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V-8. How is high school GPA calculated?

Every school has a different standard and comparison table to calculate GPA from schools abroad. However, the most common practice when admissions counselors assess international students’ GPA is an absolute, not a relative, evaluation, which uses “Curve”. Also, often a school will require students to have their GPA assessed by a recognized body such as WES (World Education Services).

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V-9. Is an official high school equivalency examination taken in another country valid?

Yes. As long as it is official in your country, it is valid.

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V-10. Who gets scholarships?

Both domestic and international students are eligible for merit-based scholarships. Usually, students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships upon acceptance. Students with a strong portfolio, a good GPA, and showing proficiency in English usually get scholarships. It is also important for students to check with each school to find out scholarship deadlines. The admission file must be completely submitted by the scholarship deadline. The TOEFL for international students and the SAT for domestic students are important criteria in addition to the portfolio and grades.

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V-11. What is the recommended GPA to be eligible for a scholarship?

In general, one needs to have above a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale to be eligible for a scholarship. Also, a minimum GPA of 2.8 (on a 4.0 scale) is required in order to ensure successful admission to top art colleges in the United States.

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V-12. Are the credits earned from an online college transferrable to art colleges in the United States?

Yes. As long as the online college is a regionally accredited institution in your country, the credits earned at that college are transferrable. However, very often you may have to have your courses assessed by a recognized body such as WES (World Education Services). Also, not all credits earned can be transferred.

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V-13. Do schools accept students for Spring Semester?

Yes. Most art schools accept students for Spring Semester but on a limited basis. From time to time some schools do not have any openings for the Spring Semester, so it is important for students to check on availability of space from time to time.

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V-14. Do schools offer scholarships for Spring Semester?

Yes, when there is an opening for Spring Semester, schools offer scholarships to students applying.

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U.S Campuses

New Jersey Campus
2025 Lemoine Ave. 3rd Fl.
Fort Lee, NJ. 07024
Tel: +1 (201) 592-0677 / 0355
Fax: +1 (201) 592-6032

New York Campus (Manhattan)
38 West 32nd St. Suite 705
New York, NY. 10001
Tel: +1 (212) 695-5470
Fax: +1 (212) 695-5478

Korea Office

Korea Office
(137-857)
703 Seocho Hyundai Tower
1319-13 Seocho-Dong, Seocho-Gu
Seoul, Korea
Tel: +82 (02) 3482-9111
Fax: +82 (070) 8230-3630

Hong Kong Office

Room 1706, Block D, Focus Square, NO.6 Futong East Avenue,
Wangjing, Chaoyang District, Beijing City, China
Tel: 10-8478-5423

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38 West 32nd St. Suite 1200
New York, NY, 10001
Tel: +1 (212) 216 -9484
Fax: +1 (212) 564-9718