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Clarke University Fine Art Scholarships

art portfolio preparation - ceramicsClarke University is pleased to offer Fine Arts Scholarships for excellence in performance to students who major in art, drama or music. Award amounts are determined after a portfolio review.

Candidates must also apply to and be accepted for admission to Clarke, preferably prior to the portfolio review. 

Eligible candidates must complete the admissions process and gain acceptance by February 15, 2015 for priority consideration. 

Students competing for a Fine Arts Scholarship in art must submit a portfolio of 12-15 of their best artworks to the Clarke University Art Department. These works should be original and demonstrate the student's abilities in drawing, color, design and any specific area of interest. Two- and three-dimensional examples should be submitted and presented in person or by digital portfolio if unable to visit campus. Strength in diversity is a plus. Faculty welcome seeing artwork created outside of class projects that demonstrate personal initiative, creativity and/or volunteerism and extra-curricular interests.

Portfolio reviews may be scheduled with the Clarke University Admissions Office by calling toll-free (800)383-2345 or locally (563)588-6316. If a student is unable to visit Clarke and compete for a Fine Arts Scholarship, the student may make other arrangements by contacting the Clarke Admissions Office.



PORTFOLIO PREPARATION 
Clarke University Department of Art and Art History

Best Works Portfolio includes 12-20 artworks

- What should you include?

- Actual work or digital portfolio?

- Presented in person or by mail?

- Ask your HS teacher/s to help you make choices.

Artwork should be original and demonstrate your abilities in drawing, color, design and any specific area of interest. 

Ideally, the portfolio will demonstrate your artistic breadth and depth; it will show variety of media yet show your skill level. Consider including works which show a variety compositional strategies and scale of work, different angles of view, a range of subject matter, etc.

Nearly all schools request that you include samples of

Observational Drawing

Drawing from life:

  • Still life
  • Self portrait
  • Figure drawing
  • Landscape
  • Perspective studies

- Observational drawing shows skill in eye/hand coordination. (Avoid including works copied from magazine photos or images taken from web.)

- Creative works that show imagination, color and design sensitivity.

- Include a variety of drawing and painting media: graphite (pencil), charcoal, conté, pastel, pen & ink, acrylic, etc.

 portfolio preparation - two dimensionalOther 2-Dimensional media

  • Printmaking
  • Photography

Digital work

  • animation
  • illustration
  • game design
  • web design
  • iMovies
  • YouTube
  • etc.

(include CD or Web URL in portfolio)

Works in 3-Dimensional media

  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Fibers
  • Jewelry/metals

Sketchbooks

  • Show us your process
  • Process Books/Sketchbooks/research journals/free writing or journaling
  • Thumbnail or preliminary sketches for works in portfolio

- Faculty welcome seeing artwork created outside of class projects that demonstrate personal initiative, creativity and/or extra-curricular interests. 

- Consider including volunteer work for yearbook, church posters, 4-H, etc.

- Theatre work: set design, costume design

Practice talking about your art
What was the assignment if the work is a class assignment? How did you respond to teacher’s prompts? Which work/s shows your greatest strengths? Which work/s provided the greatest challenge? How did you arrive at subject matter? 

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