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Kavin Buck, Visual and Performing Arts College Counseling Specialist

With over 25 years in the arts as an educator, administrator, and practitioner, Kavin has helped hundreds of young artists and designers find their best-fit college or university, as well as assisting them with portfolio preparation for competitive college admissions and scholarships. Since 1998 Kavin has held the positions of Director of Admissions at Otis College of Art and Design, Director of Enrollment and Outreach at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, and most recently as Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.


Kavin is an art world polymath; in addition to his expertise in college admissions and student services, he has also been an exhibiting artist and curator for over 30 years, taught studio art and portfolio development at UCLA Extension, and was the co-chair of the Arts Mentor Program at Santa Monica Community College. He studied studio art and art history for a year at the American University in Paris and completed a year of post-graduate work with the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program in New York. Kavin has exhibited work at galleries in both New York and Los Angeles and was the founder of the South La Brea Gallery. Don't let his expertise in the visual arts fool you—he's just as comfortable helping future architects build their portfolios and theater students prep for auditions. In fact, Kavin has years of experience working with animators, industrial/product designers, game designers, graphic designers, dancers, actors, singers, musicians, and theater techs. Whew!


When he’s not counseling young artists and designers about their portfolios, auditions, and college and career options, Kavin can be found in his studio in Portland, Oregon creating work for his next exhibition.

Education & Experience

MFA, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

Former Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services at The Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon

Former Director of Enrollment and Outreach at UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, Los Angeles, CAPast President of the Western Association for College (WACAC)

Professional Organization Memberships

NACAC: National Association for College Admission Counseling

WACAC: Western Association for College Admission Counseling

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