Some time ago a classmate made me realize that soon people will start to look for universities to apply, and will possibly search for more information about specific programs, etc. There is very little about IDI and it’s very vague, that’s why we started a blog to document what we’re doing there.
Here, however, I wanted to talk about application. The deadline still a couple of months from now (half of January), but I want to start with some information. I want to do a small blog series on my application for IDI. I don’t want to make a one extra-long entry about the entire application, because it would be too long. Instead, I’m going to write one entry about one or two aspects of application, and specifically how I applied. This was I can include more details, and have a non-lethal amount of text at once.
First of all, applying to IDI requires completing a home assignment. It wasn’t really clear to me at first, because it was quite unusual actually. Normally applications required only a transcript of records and at most a recommendation letter. So I’ve been asking myself Do I have to do it? How do I do it? When do I do it? How much time do I have? I’ll try to answer those questions now:
Do I have to do it?
Yes, they don’t accept portfolios for IDI. But it might happen that applicants for Master programs (who needed to send a portfolio) are dropped into IDI if they don’t meet the requirements, but the staff sees the potential. I don’t know if there’s anyone like that in my class. Most people applied with the home assignment.
How do I do it?
That is indeed VERY unclear. There are general tasks, but it’s not said in what way they should be realized. This school likes to “torment” student by giving open tasks like that for us to figure out. That’s part of the reason why I wanted to write about it – to sow how I approached the tasks, but there are many other ways as well, of course. If just needs to fit in an A4 envelope.
When do I do it?
As soon as possible I would say. The more time you have to think about the tasks and start thinking about solutions the better. Since I had only a week to do my application, I was working after my school classes. I had deadlines for other projects at that time as well, so time management was difficult. I just decided that since around 6 PM it’s my time to work on the tasks for as long as it gets. I did around one task per day. (Some took more days.)
How much time do I have?
Don’t leave that until the last moment, because they take time. I learned about IDI only a week before the deadline, so I had roughly a week (the deadline got moved, so I had about 1.5 weeks). It was really past-paced cutting-corners work, resulting in a tiring and frustrating week. I do not recommend that, especially with such open tasks. It’s good to have time to think.
Next time: Task #1 Visually describe yourself