I'd like to think that one of you clever readers doing or having done postgraduate studies can provide a little advice to a good friend of mine who needs Setting On Teh Right Path:
ADVICE REQUIRED - THE IN, OUTS & BETWEENS OF APPLYING FOR POST-GRAD
Dear Fellow Travellers,
I'd love to pick the collective intellect of blogsphere for advice as to tactics for applying for postgrad. A little background then the list of questions.
The area of research is in furniture design & research; it is not course work. The likely institutions at this point are UTS, COFA or an oddly stitched together cross-faculty marriage at USYD. Not particularly concerned as to whether it's Masters or PhD, but given the size of the research project, it's more likely to be PhD. A grad of ANU, I go bearing a Diploma of Visual Art & Grad Dip of Visual Art, which ANU treats as an Honours equivalent.
Now for the questions:
1. Do you approach the institutions through the postgrad co-ordinators only?
2. Do you, in that initial approach, send them material to dazzle & daze them?
3. Or do you simply quietly phone or send an email with a little info & ask them to outline their process of application? (institutional websites are big on graphics & not big on useful info)
4. Do you take another tack & having checked out staff, find someone who looks like they may be interested in your work, & approach them?
5. Or is there something I'm missing?
6. Or should I get an extension on my extension on my extension on my credit card & start slipping big green bills into envelopes under office doors?
Thank you, oh seers - fill my ears with your wisdom & I'll photocopy you some green bills as well.