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Fine Arts

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Fine Arts


Portfolio Day and Scholarship Competition
Fall 2014 Portfolio Day Date To Be Determined Soon

The Department of Fine Arts holds an annual Portfolio Day and Scholarship Competition in conjunction with an Admissions Preview Day, typically a Saturday in November. Portfolio Day is open to all who wish to attend, regardless of intention to apply for admission or compete for scholarships. The event is for review of student portfolios by Fine Arts faculty to award scholarships, and also to receive comments about your work. 

On-site registration begins at 12:30 p.m. in McLaurin Hall's Lewandowski Student Gallery.  Portfolio Day General Information Session begins at 1 p.m. in Rutledge 119. 

Students and parents are encouraged to attend the full day of Preview Day. If you have attended a previous Preview Day you may only want to come to the Portfolio Day activities at McLaurin Hall.

To be considered for a scholarship, students must complete a portfolio review/interview with 3 different faculty members, each lasting about 15-20 minutes. Instructions and guidance, including group tours of the Fine Art facilities, are provided by fine arts faculty and administrative staff members.  Current students who participate in the event each year will also be available and provide their own perspective. Parents will learn more about our programs and what we have to offer for a student's future after graduation.

For additional information or to make a reservation for the Fine Arts Portfolio Day Competition, please call 803/323-2126 or email

Make a reservation to attend Preview Day, or call the Office of Admissions at 803/323-2191 or 800-WINTHROP (800/946-8476).

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 the artworks the student feels the best about, what s/he is proud of and want others to see. The artworks do not have to be from school art class projects or formal study of any kind.

Students may compete for scholarships in absentia by shipping or mailing a portfolio, sending one electronically via email 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.


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, although a limited number of out-of-state scholarships are renewable. DMS awards are $500-$1,000 and typically include a fee grant of $10,000 for out-of-state students. 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.

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. This may include a scholarship offer amount, or the placement on a waiting list for any funds which may come available in the future, or a notification, regretfully, of not scoring high enough in the reviews to qualify for a scholarship. The letters with a scholarship offer amount will include an acceptance form which the student must sign and return. All students should pay particular attention to the timelines required for making application to enter Winthrop University, and understand any scholarship funds awarded take effect only when admitted and attending Winthrop as a declared Fine Arts major.

*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.

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