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The Department of Fine Arts

Portfolio Day, Scholarship Competition                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and Open House, Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Department of Fine Arts will host its annual Open House, Portfolio Day and Scholarship Competition Saturday, November 15 beginning at 9:30 a.m. The event is an opportunity to learn more about Winthrop, the department, and to meet faculty and students.  It is also the day when fine arts faculty will review student portfolios for scholarship consideration for prospective fine arts majors.

Not only can you have your portfolio reviewed, but during the open house you will have a chance to tour facilities; interact with current students and hear their perspective on being a fine arts major at Winthrop; sit-in on a studio class; participant in demonstrations; and ask questions of the chair and faculty about degree programs in Winthrop's Department of Fine Arts.  An admissions table will be on hand where you can learn more about the application process for admission to the University and other Winthrop details.  Parents, too, will learn more about our programs and the many options a fine arts degree from Winthrop has to offer for a student's future.

To be considered for a scholarship, students must complete a portfolio review-interview with 3 different faculty members, each lasting about 15-20 minutes. This is a great time to speak up about your work and what you want to do with a fine arts degree. In fact, plan talking points as part of the review process. Be proactive and ask faculty their opinions about how to improve your work. 

To register directly through the Department of Fine Arts, or for additional information about Portfolio Day and the Open House, please call 803/323-2126 or email (copy and paste this address into email if server presents problems).

Portfolio Requirements

Portfolios should contain 10-20 original student works. The works need not be framed, or formally displayed, and may be reproduced (especially 3D artworks) in photographic digital images or prints. The type and kind selected to be included in the portfolio is up to the student, and do not have to be works for the intended major. What the faculty members want to see in the portfolio are artworks the student feels the best about. The artworks do not have to be from school art class projects or formal study of any kind. Faculty reviewers are also interested in the student's creative thinking process that might be best illustrated in sketchbooks or journals.

Students may compete for scholarships in absentia by shipping or mailing a portfolio, sending one electronically via email, for example, in a low to medium resolution PowerPoint, or notifying the Department of their website address where a portfolio is pictured. The Department must receive notification or shipment no later than the Friday before the Saturday event.  Send directly to


The scholarships awarded from the Portfolio Day and Scholarship Competition are Dean’s Meritorious Scholarships (DMS awards). They are for new students and are applicable to the first year of study. DMS awards are $500 to $1,000.  Many out-of-state scholarships are available that can translate to a 50% tuition discount. Please note that all applications for admission to the University and scholarship awards are reviewed by the Office of Admissions and the Financial Aid Office.  To learn more about a variety of scholarship options at Winthrop, please go to Types of Financial Aid to see excellent opportunities for in-state and out-of-state students.  To be considered for these academic scholarships however, the University needs to receive your Winthrop Application by February 16, 2015.  

Notification of Awards

Approximately two weeks after the event, a letter will be sent to all participants in the scholarship competition, informing them of the results.

*There are other scholarships available, which require portfolio-merit competition. These are the Endowed Scholarships, and are open to all majors in attendance. Competition is held annually in February or early March, and the scholarships are applicable for the next academic year.


  • 9:30 a.m. Registration Sign-in and Refreshments in McLaurin Hall Lewandowski Student Gallery
  • 10:00 a.m. General Session in 119 Rutledge Building
  • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Portfolio Reviews
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Open House Activities


Department of Fine Arts
305  McLaurin Hall
Rock Hill, SC  29733, USA
803/323-2494 (fax)
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