Sep 10, 2009

Learn About Performing & Visual Arts College Fairs

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) offers a number of wonderful resources designed to support students and their families throughout the college admissions process. For example, the NACAC website contains lists of online materials for students with special needs, multicultural students, and athletes as well as information on financial aid or study skills development. NACAC also sponsors research, surveys, and studies related to college admissions or the concerns of college-bound students.

For the past year, NACAC has begun collaborating with experts to present a series of “webinars” targeted to students and their parents as well as to counselors or anyone with interest in college admissions. For those new to this technology, a webinar is a seminar conducted over the internet. A key feature is the ability to give, receive, and discuss information. This is as opposed to a webcast which does not permit interaction between presenter and audience. In other words, a webinar gives participants the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the presentation. It’s a very useful tool for simulating a classroom experience in the privacy of your home.

This month, NACAC is conducting a webinar on Performing and Visual Arts (PVA) College Fairs, scheduled for Tuesday, September 15, at 7:00 p.m. EDT. For students interested in the visual and performing arts, this is a wonderful no-miss opportunity. Here are some of the topics to be discussed:
  • The basics of a PVA College Fair including areas of interest (disciplines), educational opportunities, admission and financial aid, portfolio days, audition and entrance requirements
  • How attending a PVA Fair will help with the college search process
  • Tips on preparing for the fair

The 60-minute program will be moderated by Mark Rasic, University of Southern California, and the presenters will be Paul Hilner, University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, Tommy Newton, Southern Methodist University Meadows School of Music, and Laura Young, UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture. It is recommended that participants use a PC with Windows Media Player (version 7 or higher), as the software is not compatible with MAC’s.

Registration information is available on the NACAC website. The program is free and open to the public. And if you can’t attend, the full presentation will be posted online shortly after the webinar airs.

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