OF FINE ARTS
In addition to the academic scholarships and grants
available to all Francis Marion University students through the
Assistance Office, the Department of Fine Arts is sometimes
able to assist deserving students in a variety of ways.
Visual Arts and Art Education Scholarships
acknowledging exceptional work in the visual arts are
awarded as funding permits on the basis of portfolio and other
CRITERIA / PORTFOLIO PROCEDURE FOR INCOMING FRESHMEN
MAJORING IN VISUAL ARTS / ART EDUCATION
Fine Arts Scholarships for
Visual Arts and Art Education are awarded to incoming freshmen
when available on the basis of portfolio and other criteria
- Approximately 25% of
available Art Scholarship funds will normally be set aside for
qualifying incoming freshmen. This amount will then be broken
down into different increments and allocated based on the
number and quality of submissions, if any.
- Suggested allocation
of funds will be determined by the art faculty after all have
reviewed the portfolio. Final approval and dispersal of
scholarship monies will be determined by the Financial
Assistance Office and the Chair of the Fine Arts Department.
It is official only after the Fall semester begins and all
scholarship funds are dispersed.
- The number of
winning applicants, and the amount of funds allocated to each,
will be awarded according to artistic merit as determined by
the art faculty, using a 10-point rating system. If the
faculty feels that an insufficient number of portfolios have
been submitted, or that the work is not of sufficient quality,
the number or amount of awards may be reduced or eliminated.
This money would then be rolled back into the general Art
Scholarship fund for that year and awarded to previously
enrolled applicants in the Fall.
- Winning applicants
must be accepted at Francis Marion University as full-time art
majors to receive funding.
- The scholarship will
be for the Freshman year; the student must be enrolled as a
full-time art major (minimum of 12 hours each semester) for
both the Fall and Spring semesters. Students wishing to
continue their Art Scholarship must a) keep up their grades
and b) reapply annually with other full-time students at the
beginning of each Fall semester; awarded amounts may vary.
- Notification of
winning applicants will occur as soon as possible after the
March portfolio review. Students must notify the Fine Arts
Department whether they will accept or decline the award by
- Local students
should first notify the Fine Arts Dept. by phone or e-mail
before delivering portfolios in person. 3-D work may be submitted as JPEGS. Video can be submitted on a CD or DVD.
- Though examples of
actual work are preferred, applicants not in the local area
may mail a CD or DVD of their work (enclosing a self-addressed
return envelope if they wish materials to be returned).
- In either case, 10
to 20 examples showing a variety of the student's best work
should be submitted. Care should be taken to avoid wrinkled
paper, poor matting, bad photos, etc. At least 2 or 3 media
must be represented. Some work done by hand is required (e.g.,
some drawing or painting or printmaking or sculpture or
ceramics must be submitted with any digital or photographic
- Noting the year,
grade or level when each work was done is suggested.
- Drawings and
paintings: if possible, submit work done from life as well as
from imagination, photographs or cartoons.
- Each portfolio
should indicate the applicant's name, address, phone number,
and e-mail address.
- Return of
portfolios/notification of pick-up will be completed as soon
as possible after the portfolio review is complete.
- Deadline for
submission of portfolios is the first week in March. If an extension is needed, inquire with Professor Gately (see contact information below).
Music Scholarships are
awarded through audition and/or interview to selected music industry
majors and to exceptional music minors participating in the University
instrumental and vocal performance ensembles. Incoming freshmen who
wish to be considered for music scholarships should contact the music
program coordinator to schedule an audition/interview the February
prior to entering the University.
Theatre Arts Scholarships
may be awarded on the basis of interview/audition for those
interested in the acting/directing program, or interview/portfolio review
for technical/design track students. Incoming freshmen who wish to be
considered for theatre scholarships should contact the theatre program
coordinator to schedule an audition the February prior to entering
Work Study Assistantship
funds are available for positions ranging from photography and
computer lab assistants to theatre shop carpenters. In addition,
a wide range of other work study positions are available
campus-wide. Students who apply for and receive work study
assistantships not only receive financial support, they gain
valuable work experience. For more information about the student
work study program contact the Department of Fine Arts or the
||Academic Awards Day
At left, Keith Best, chairman of the Department of Fine Arts, speaks at
the April 2017 FMU Academic Awards Day program. Standing with him
before the President, Provost, Deans and Chairs of the University are
recipients of the outstanding senior award in music industry, Geoffrey
L. Starling; oustanding senior award in theatre, Rebecca T. Prohaska;
the Donna H. Goodman community service award in art education, Emily
Elaine Powell; and the Peggy Love McLaughlin oustanding senior in
visual arts, Ellen Victoria Payne.
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