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School of Fine ArtsArt & Art History Department

Art and Art History Application FAQ

Can I visit the Art and Art History Department?
Yes, please come visit us before and/or after you apply. See our Visit Us! page for details.

How do I schedule a tour of the department?
Please contact us at art@uconn.edu or call 860-486-3930 to arrange a tour. You can also visit us during UConn Open House, Fine Arts Discovery Day, or the Spring Open House (date TBA). UConn’s Husky-for-a-Day program provides an in-depth experience with a student host, including visits to the dorms and dining halls.

Can I speak with faculty members in my studio art concentration or in art history?
Yes! Let us know your areas of interest, and we’ll arrange for you to meet a faculty member in that area when you visit for a tour or during Open House or Discovery Day. You can also sit in on a class in your area of interest.

Who should submit portfolios to Slideroom?
Only students applying to the BFA in Studio Art (a portfolio of images) or the BA in Art History (an essay). Slideroom is not set up to document extracurricular arts activity for students applying to other UConn Schools or Colleges. We have no way of sharing this information or forwarding it to other departments.

Do art history students need to upload a portfolio to Slideroom?
Art History students do not upload portfolios of artwork; however, they do upload an essay about their interests and experiences in the arts and art history.  The Common Application will prompt art history students to enter Slideroom to write the essay.  The essay helps us to get to know you better and respond appropriately and individually to your application.  The School of Fine Arts is a professional arts school, so all prospective students complete an additional admissions component of some kind (essay, portfolio review, audition, etc.)  Slideroom is simply the program we use to collect and process the essays – you don’t actually upload images as a prospective art history student.  The deadline is January 15, the same as the Common App deadline.  Please see the following guide for detailed instructions on navigating Slideroom and uploading your essay:  UConn BA in Art History SlideRoom Guide

What is Slideroom and how do I begin uploading my portfolio?
Slideroom is a program that allows you to upload images of your artwork for review. It is accessed through the Common Application, and requires that a small supplemental fee be paid. Once you enter Slideroom, the program will prompt you through the steps to upload images.  Even if you attend an in-person portfolio review, you must upload your portfolio to Slideroom.  This is a necessary part of the application process.

Why do I only see the MFA program in Studio Art as an option for uploading a portfolio?
This means that you have entered Slideroom directly through their website, not through the Common Application. Undergraduate applicants must enter Slideroom through the Common Application; graduate students apply through Slideroom’s own website. We have no way to move a portfolio from the MFA pool to the BFA pool, so it’s important to upload the images to the right place.

What is the deadline for submitting a portfolio through Slideroom?
Although the University deadline for the Common Application is January 15, the final deadline for the portfolio is February 1.  The sooner you complete your application, including Slideroom, the sooner your application can be evaluated. Transfer students have different deadlines – please consult the Admissions page for transfer students athttp://admissions.uconn.edu/content/transfer

How many pieces do I need for my portfolio?
We require 15-20 images in the portfolio. Detailed guidelines are available at http://art.uconn.edu/apply/art/portfolio-requirements/

May I have an in-person portfolio review instead?
Of course! And the in-person portfolio review does give you an opportunity to discuss your work directly with a faculty member. You can do either, but you do not need to do both– one or the other will complete your review.

When can I submit a portfolio in person?
There are two opportunities to submit a portfolio in person:

Portfolio Review Schedule & Application Deadlines

NATIONAL PORTFOLIO REVIEW DAY

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Hartford Art School (host)

Hartford CT

12:00 Noon – 4:00 p.m.

www.portfolioday.net

UCONN PORTFOLIO REVIEW DAY

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Department of Art and art History

University of Connecticut

Art Building, Room 109

12:00 to 2:00 pm (no appointment necessary)

(snow date: Sunday, December 6, 12:00-2:00 pm)

The Storrs review is the final opportunity for an in-person portfolio review.

Is there an advantage to the in-person portfolio review?
Whether submitted online or in person, all portfolios are carefully considered by full-time members of the faculty so the review itself is not affected. The in-person review allows you to receive feedback and have a conversation with a faculty member. It also enables us to get to know you better, which can help if there are any difficulties with your application, or if you need mentoring through the college decision process.

Is it ok to come to an in-person portfolio review as a junior, to get feedback and advice?
Of course! We’re happy to review junior (or even sophomore) portfolios. We can discuss your work, and give advice on the best way to assemble the portfolio to showcase your work.

What concentrations are available in studio art?
All students complete the Studio Foundations program and then choose a concentration in communication design, illustration/animation, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture/ceramic art. For more information go to: http://art.uconn.edu/programs/art/

What is the difference between the Communication and Communication Design majors?
Communication Design students learn how to present information and communicate visually in print, web, and social media. The focus is on the visual presentation of information and ideas. The Department of Communication teaches about communication with areas of specialization including  interpersonal, persuasion, communication technology, nonverbal, and media effects. It does not include design.

Can I minor in art or art history?
Yes. We offer minors in studio art and art history. The School of Fine Arts offers an interdisciplinary minor in digital arts.

How many students are in the department?
There are approximately 220 students in the Studio Art degree and 30 students in the Art History degree. Our programs are small enough that students get to know each other and feel like a community, but large enough to be diverse and interesting.

Are there internship opportunities for students?
Yes, many Studio Art and Art History students pursue internships, either during the semester or during the summer. Studio students have worked for illustration or design studios, as artists’ studio assistants, and for large and small animation firms. Art History students often pursue museum internships, and our students have interned at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Real Art Ways, the Florence Griswold Museum, and other institutions in and out of state.

Do undergraduates have an opportunity to exhibit work?
Yes. We strongly encourage all students to participate in the yearly Scholarship Exhibition, which is professionally juried and helps determine the distribution of prizes and scholarships. Students frequently have the opportunity to exhibit in small shows organized by faculty or fellow students in the Art Building and Student Union. The BFA degree culminates in the Senior Show at Windham ArtSpace, a professional, non-profit exhibition space. It is one of the highlights of our year.

What is the deadline for submitting the common application to UConn?
December 1st in order to be considered for all university-wide financial aid opportunities. The final Common App deadline, January 15, is firm but the slide room deadline extends past this to accommodate students who encounter difficulties uploading images and finalizing the online portfolio. The deadlines for transfer applications are different and transfer students should consult the transfer admissions page at http://admissions.uconn.edu/content/transfer

Is there early admission at UConn?
No, there is no early admission at UConn. However, applications received by December 1st are ensured to be eligible for all university-wide financial aid opportunities.

Are there any scholarships for freshmen?
Yes. If you apply by December 1st, you will be considered for all the financial aid and merit scholarships available to UConn students. The Art and Art History Department has a small number of merit scholarships available for 1st year students. Continuing Studio Art and Art History students (sophomores and above) are eligible for scholarships and awards each year through their participation in the Scholarship Show.

If I receive an AAH scholarship, when do I need to accept my scholarship?
We ask that prospective students accept or reject their scholarship offer by April 15.

Can I start my BFA in Studio Art or my BA in Art History at a regional campus?
The availability of Studio Art courses varies at the regional campuses. Both Waterbury and Stamford offer Studio Art courses every semester. However, all Studio Art students must come to the Storrs campus to complete their degrees. Students can complete more Studio Art requirements in the Start Art at Waterbury program on the Waterbury campus. Art History students can fulfill General Education requirements at regional campuses and sometimes take a survey course in Art History, but must attend Storrs as well.

Where can I find information about the university, student outcomes, financial aid, and other practical concerns?
UConn has created the Student Consumer Information page as a place to gather this information. We recommend that prospective and current students visit this site frequently.