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Thank you for understanding!
Below you'll find an UPDATES section, followed by the TIMELINE of the progress we're making toward our education:
UPDATES - Most recent posts are listed first:
Wednesday, August 1st, 2018
Our UK Student Visas have been granted! After a couple of intensely suspenseful weeks, our 2-year student visas were printed and sent to us. Of course, no phase of this process would be as exciting without some extreme anticipation; Aloria's visa arrived about 6 days before David's did, but both have now been granted. This was our final flaming hoop to jump through, so now it's OFFICIAL!! We're moving!!
Monday, July 16th, 2018
The final round of applications has finally arrived, this time for our UK Student Visas! We completed the intensive application process for student visas and sent everything to the UK consulate. We should hear back by early August that we've been accepted into the UK for the 2 years of our studies. This is the last hurdle between us and London!
Monday, July 2nd, 2018
Many weeks of suspense have just ended, as we have been accepted into our first choice for housing in London, called Goodenough College! We applied to live at this extremely competitive independent campus for international postgraduate & doctorate students, and we were accepted! There were 4 applicants for every available room, and the applications for housing were nearly as comprehensive as those we submitted for our MA program.
It is a major relief to have made it into this prestigious housing campus, where we'll be active participants in their Art Club, among many other wonderful opportunities.
Wednesday, April 11th, 2018
After a suspenseful month, good news has arrived! We've both been accepted into our first choice school! Our letters of acceptance arrived over the period of 2 days, so there was an added element of stress at the very end, but we made it! Now we're actively raising funds through the sale of original paintings, in order to help cover tuition and living expenses!
Deepest gratitude to those who have already purchased original artwork in support of our education!
Friday, March 16th, 2018
Today we had skype interviews with the entrance examination committee at our first choice school! We gave it our best, and they had some good questions. After the interviews, we heard that it will not be until after April 10th that the decisions will be presented to the director of the school for approval.
We're feeling cautiously optimistic, as the saying goes, and are attempting to exercise a modicum of patience as we await the official acceptance letters!
Friday, March 9th, 2018
We both received emails stating that we successfully completed Round One of the application process for our 1st choice school! We have Round Two interviews scheduled for mid-March, after which time the school makes their final decisions!
Send us good thoughts on Friday morning, March 16th.. we're excited to have this opportunity to have a Skype dialogue with their entrance examination committee!
Monday, February 26th, 2018
Application deadlines have now closed at our 1st choice school. We finished our applications ahead of time, and have been watching the calendar slowly tick by, in anticipation of this date!
Now we're waiting to hear the response to our 100+ page portfolios and extended essays which far exceeded the online forms, so we had to send our documents separately.
Wednesday, October 4th, 2017
Today we both received emails, from our 2nd choice school, that we've been accepted into their 1-year MA program! This is a milestone achievement in that it is the first piece of official evidence that our extensive relevant life experience is being counted in place of undergraduate degrees.
This sets a precedent for the value of our self-guided education, and emboldens our confidence for the applications to our 1st choice school, which are currently in progress!
Sunday, October 1st, 2017
We officially submitted our applications, along with extensive essays, to our 2nd choice school for the 1-year MA program!
Phase 1: COMPLETE
Applications & Acceptance to Master's Degree Programs
Timeframe: Winter 2017/2018
We both applied to two different MA programs at two small, prestigious private schools in London. We have already both received acceptance letters from both schools!
Phase 2: COMPLETE
Acceptance to our 1st & 2nd choice schools
Timeframe: April 2018
Upon confirmation of acceptance to one of our chosen schools, we'll be able to complete our applications for Student Housing & Student Visas!
Phase 3: COMPLETE
Timeframe: June 2018
We've located our ideal housing in London; it's cheaper than most of the modern tiny-dorm high-rises, and might even have enough space for guests! This campus demands active community participation from its residents, and will provide a forum for networking and professional advancement, aside from the academic institution we'd be attending. This student housing requires an extensive essay application and has mandatory community participation and engagement requirements.
Phase 4: COMPLETE
Student Visa Applications
Timeframe: July–August 2018
The main goal is to establish a strong financial foundation in order to document that we have the means to cover one year of tuition and at least 9 months of living expenses, which must be in our possession over a month before the application. Applications can be filed starting 90 days prior to the course, which is around the beginning of June.
Moving to London
Timeframe: August–September 2018
In addition to all the preparations for an overseas relocation, we've been teaching painting courses all over the world and the US, while completing a multi-faceted business plan for post-degree integration. Our teaching has come to an end, at least temporarily, and we are looking forward to being students again for a while!
Visit our ART VAULT to browse the vast collection of original paintings that are available for purchase. This page features a diverse selection of original paintings at nearly every price range.
The cost of higher education in the UK is incredibly reasonable, at a mere fraction of college tuition within the United States. Yet, even with comparably affordable tuition and living in student housing (less than 10% of the square footage of our living space in Colorado), the move to a world-class city like London and the cost of pursuing dual master’s degrees simultaneously will be a challenge… and we’ll need all the support we can get to meet this challenge.
Our combined tuition and materials costs will be just under $60k. It will be another $65k for student housing, plus approximately $68k for basic living expenses for the duration of our studies.
Our goal is to raise $200k by June of 2018 to cover tuition for two Master of Arts degree programs, as well as shared accommodation in student housing and daily living expenses (as any MA program schedule will preclude our working/earning ability for the duration of our studies).
Should you wish to contribute to our ambitious life goal, we wanted to give you first choice of our available paintings for sale.
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