FAQs

 

Can I double major in another academic discipline?

Yes. A number of students enrolled in the School of Creative Arts (SOCA) come to the University of Saint Francis because of the opportunity to major in other disciplines such as English, business or health sciences. If you choose to do the same, you will have two academic advisers: one from SOCA and one from the school representing your second chosen major.

» Back to top

 

How late are your facilities open and who is allowed to use them?

All SOCA and student studios are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The computer labs are managed by lab assistants and patrolled regularly by campus security officers.

» Back to top

 

How many students are enrolled in SOCA?

Each year, approximately 250 students enroll in SOCA programs. Over 2,000 students attend USF.

» Back to top

 

Are private studio spaces granted to enrolled students?

Yes. As a SOCA student, you will have the opportunity to apply for a private studio space. Faculty members select the students who will receive private studio space based on strength of studio project proposals.

» Back to top

 

Will I have exhibition opportunities?

Yes. As a SOCA student, you will have many exhibition opportunities throughout your education. The John P. Weatherhead Gallery features a yearlong schedule of monthly visual arts exhibits, including the work of contemporary, regional, national and international artists. The gallery also showcases the work of the faculty, students and alumni throughout the year. The Goldfish Gallery features a yearlong rotating schedule of student work, which provides opportunities for you to learn firsthand how to market, display and properly preserve artwork.

» Back to top

 

What is Talent Scholarship Day?

If you are interested in attending USF, Talent Scholarship Day is an opportunity for you to submit a portfolio or audition for talent scholarships. You may present a portfolio for review or audition and be considered for a scholarship. You’ll meet with SOCA faculty members and receive one-on-one critiques of your work or performance. Based on this review, you may be awarded talent scholarships to attend USF. SOCA holds two Talent Scholarship Days in the fall and spring semester each year.

» Back to top

 

What is required for an art or communication portfolio review?

SOCA needs a letter of recommendation and your transcripts. The faculty reviews art and communication portfolios and makes evaluations based on the following criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Design, drawing, layout or writing skills
  • Technical achievement
  • Academic achievement

Your portfolio should have 12-15 works demonstrating two-dimensional (drawing, painting), three-dimensional (sculpture or ceramics) or any other media illustrating design ability. Communication portfolios should have five minutes of video or sound work or a total of 10 newspaper, yearbook or other writing samples.

» Back to top

 

What is required for a music audition?

SOCA needs a letter of recommendation and a copy of your transcripts. The faculty reviews the performance audition and makes evaluations based on the following criteria, as applicable:

  • Singing voice or ability with instrument(s)
  • Range
  • Awards and recognitions
  • Performance experience
  • Skill

The audition should include the performance of a selection of your choice.

» Back to top

 

What conditions are attached to scholarships I might receive?

In order for the scholarship to be awarded, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid funding, as set forth in the USF catalog
  • Maintain full-time (12 or more credit hours per semester) undergraduate enrollment
  • Participate in a SOCA club or organization
  • Attend a certain percentage of SOCA events
  • Obey the rules and regulations of SOCA and USF

Institutional scholarships and awards are limited to a total of eight semesters of full-time enrollment. Failure to maintain the above-listed requirements or participate in the designated program listed will result in the scholarship being withdrawn.

» Back to top

 

What is required for a dance audition?

SOCA needs a letter of recommendation and a copy of your transcripts. The faculty reviews the performance audition and makes evaluations based on the following criteria, as applicable:

  • Technique
  • Musicality
  • Artistic quality
  • Interview

The audition will include participation in a class of 1½ to two hours in length. You should be prepared to perform a solo of your choice of up to three minutes in length.

» Back to top

 

How do I apply for scholarships?

If you are interested in applying for a SOCA scholarship, you can either attend a Talent Scholarship Day offered in the fall and spring semesters or schedule an individual critique or audition by calling the SOCA coordinator at 260.399.7700. Scholarship appointments are accepted any time of the year and are open to any high school senior seeking admission to SOCA. Scholarships are awarded to you when you have applied for admission, been accepted as a student and comply with all guidelines.

» Back to top