Dear Reader: In this, our annual education issue, Susan Hilferty, the chair of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Department of Design for Stage and Film, offers a daring suggestion for undergrad students contemplating grad school: Don't rush into anything. After seeing numerous applicants coming in for interviews woefully unprepared artistically and mentally for the rigors of grad school, she realized the problem was not that these students weren't potentially good designers, but that they ...

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