We have clearly stated in the past that TAD is not accredited and that we are not able to assist with Visa's. We also stated that we were focused on the US launch first. With that being said we are looking to put together the first European POD but not until the US launch is completed. If the demand is high enough there could be action sooner. At this point it comes down to demand. TAD has prestigious Euro faculty lined up for Amsterdam (the community poll winner), but we must first see the US programs fill so officially, such growth is not announced. Right now, best case scenario looks like Jan for Europe, though as said if the US pods fill tight there will not be a business argument against earlier growth. If the US PODS do not fill tight, then expansion to Europe will be delayed. Kansas City, San Francisco, Austin, and Richmond are the first POD locations. We hope to see you there.
The best way you can help is to help TAD get the word out. Posting on forums and linking the scholarships threads and the art dept website www.theartdepartment.org is a great way to do so.
With all that said, Euro students are able to easily manage either stage 1 or stage 2 of the TAD program and can schedule time to visit in stage 3. As stated, stage 1 is online only. In stage 2, there are many on site workshops which will range from 4 days (International Art and Design Symposiums) to the multiple three week events (TAD on-ground Immersion Workshop Programs at the start middle and end of each semester). We are confident that either stage will supply a better art education than any student will find in any European art school today.
Stage 2 provides plenty of time in person with the faculty and students in person to boost learning, and does so more inexpensively than coming all the way to the US to get only part of the education we offer by attending another college. Stage 3 is even more of that.
Stage 2 info:
June 14-July 2 2010 - TAD Immersion Workshop Program Kick-Off. Students will be learning on site (location TBA March 1) with a host of professional TAD instructors from games, film, illustration, and Fine Art. This program is intensive and gives students the in person time required to boost their learning in TAD's online program. Events take place at the beginning and end of each semester and at the very end of the program as TAD prepares students for the rigors of the professional art world. Semester two begins with the Jan 10 - 28 2011 Immersion Workshop. Those following each semester are announced prior to the start of that school year.
TAD will continue to look into the student visa matters but at this time we are unable to assist with visa matters. Stage 2 students are able to attend as they are attending these Immersion Workshop conferences just as if they were attending the previous International Art and Design Symposiums, on the standard entry allowed. For this, no assistance is required, in most cases. Romania, for example, used to have pretty stringent entry requirements, as does China. Please consult your local consulate or embassy for additional information on US entry laws.
Stage 3 info:
POD attendance will not require students to have the ability to be in the US for the duration of the program in every case. What this means is TAD PODS will have a quota of open seats for on site workshop attendance/visitation. These are first come first serve and require permissions of the department head of your major and the POD leader, and available seats. TAD applicants will receive additional information upon acceptance into the program, enabling such visitation to be scheduled. It is not an open door policy. However, in the event of demand surpassing supply, merit will outweigh the first come first serve scheduling currently in place and we expect it to be full. If you want in, students need to apply now so they may get their places, both in the full on site stage 3 program, and those who wish to have time between the stage 2 events at the TAD PODS.
I hope this is of some help.
Last edited by Jason Manley; February 22nd, 2010 at 01:10 PM.
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