FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q :: When are Applications REALLY due?
Last year, applications were due in early May. We take the due date seriously. Applications arriving after the due date will be considered for a wait list. If you have a problem getting us some materials before the due date, send us an e-mail; we will consider you based on what we have when we do the applications. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us!
Q :: What should an applicant send?
Good Things: things which tell us about you, the person; things which tell us what you are interested in as art. Creative presentation of materials is always a bonus.
Unnecessary Things: Formal admission documents; college essays which have nothing to do with art; letters from Mom, letters from your soccer coach; money -- we'll ask for tuition in an acceptance letter (see tuition and financial aid). Also, don't send us anything of significant financial or personal value (i.e. anything one of a kind or original, that you will greatly miss). We cannot return portions of your application. We love pictures of your art, too!
We are trying to understand who you are. We are looking for people who will enjoy and contribute to the multi-disciplinary art of FAP. Send us something which gives us a little insight into your artistic self.
Q :: I want to go to FAP, does everyone get accepted?
Unfortunately, not quite. We generally have a significantly larger number of applications than spots. Please do not make travel plans assuming you will be accepted. Because FAP offers Financial Aid it may take a few days longer for us to get acceptance letters out than some other programs. Hang in there!
Q :: When do we arrive?
FAPers are asked to arrive between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM on Thursday, August 20. We will all go to dinner together at 5. If you are accepted and it is truly impossible for you to arrive within that window, call or write us, but we really need you to arrive on time. In any event, please let us know your travel plans.
Q :: May I arrive early?
Unfortunately, no. Our dorms are not open until Thursday. If you absolutely cannot arrive during the day on Thursday, we will send you a list of hotels or bed & breakfasts in the area, but we cannot make arrangements for you.
Q :: Where do we live?
In Holworthy Hall in Harvard Yard. You will not be in the room assigned to you for the term (except by fluke; it has happened!).
Q :: Will we be doing . . . ?
The application is calculatedly crafty regarding the exact program of FAP. The main reason for that is that FAP is a multidisciplinary program; we hope the FAPers will be open to trying new ideas. We value those 16 years of flute lessons and your first Pulitzer prize at age 8, but we'd like you to try, say, a little sculpture, or maybe even a little scene painting.
Some elements are sure. There will be performance opportunities in FAP, some music, some studio art. What other art forms come in, and how these all fit together, will be determined as we find Resident Artists, Visiting Artists, review our own interests, and work through the mechanics of the program. If you are fired up about one art form and interested in others, you will have fun in FAP.
Q :: Do we stay here until school starts?
(Moms ask this question.) Yes, FAP will feed you and house you until your regular arrangements begin. You move into your term room on the afternoon of Tuesday, Aug. 25 2020.
Q :: Are we fed?
Yes. We all eat together; we have breakfast in Holworthy and dinner in one of the Houses; we sometimes eat a box lunch at the place we are working during the day. If you have special needs in food (restricted diet, allergies, etc.) you will be given the chance to register those with us after you are admitted into the program.
Q :: When should parents visit?
Parents are welcome to drop FAPers off on arrival day, Thursday, Aug. 20. Parents and other family are also invited to our Open Dress Rehearsal on Tuesday, Aug. 25, immediately following our term room move in. If you are within driving distance, we encourage your parents to visit for the Pageant on August 29. You will be in your room then, so you may want more possessions; and we'd really like your parents to see the Pageant. (It is free, but get them tickets to be sure they have seats. It always sells out.)
Q :: How does Tuition and Financial Aid work?
FAP costs $460 with significant financial aid available, which includes all meals, board, and programs. Once we have decided who will be offered a place in FAP, we consult with the Financial Aid office. With their advice we determine what tuition rebate (if any) will be offered to each applicant. Notification of Financial Aid will come in a separate e-mail from your acceptance e-mail. There is no need for a separate application. For many students, tuition ends up being completely waived.