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Students

OVERVIEW

The School of Visual Arts has four undergraduate degree programs with different courses of study:

  • ART HISTORY
    • BA/Minor
    • Do not apply through portfolio review

  • STUDIO ART
    • BFA
    • Must apply through portfolio review

  • CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY
    • BFA
    • Must apply through portfolio review

  • GRAPHIC DESIGN
    • BFA
    • Must apply through portfolio review

  • MFA in Creative Tech
    • MFA
    • Apply through VT Graduate School

  • MA in Material Culture
    • MA
    • Apply through VT Graduate School

GETTING STARTED

Prospective students, both freshmen applicants as well as transfer students, should declare ART as their major. Students must then be accepted to Virginia Tech, SOVA is not involved in the acceptance process and does not review portfolios at that time. Once accepted, students will be enrolled in the three prerequisite courses: ART 1204 Principles of Art and Design, ART 1404 Drawing I, and ART 1604 Principles of New Media Art & Design for the fall semester.

PORTFOLIO REVIEW

Application to Studio Art, Creative Technology and Graphic Design BFA programs are made at the end of a student’s first semester at Tech through a portfolio review process– Students applying for acceptance into Virginia Tech do not submit portfolios for admission.

OUR MISSION

The School of Visual Arts prepares undergraduates to enter visual design professions and graduate programs in the visual arts. The School serves the public, regionally, nationally, and internationally through events, exhibitions, internships, competitions, workshops, and courses that nourish and renew the vitality of art and design leading innovation in art and design as it interfaces with technology.

 

A goal of the school is to present the world with culture-enriching leaders, talented visual communicators, and innovative designers. The studies of Art History, Studio Arts, Creative Tech and Graphic Design lead to careers in museums, auction houses, galleries, graphic design, computer animation, and more. SOVA’s FourDesign is the school’s professional student-run, faculty-led graphic design agency. The XYZ Gallery at 221 N. Main Street is home to the Student Art Association, which operates its program of exhibitions by students and local artists.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID

 

In the Fall semester, first year School of Visual students are invited to apply for the VT Arts Scholarship at the time of their required Portfolio Review. In the Spring semester, current majors who meet the basic academic qualifications, are asked to apply for SOVA endowed and annual scholarships. Scholarships are awarded for the upcoming academic year (the following Fall). Click here for details.

 

How to Apply for SOVA Scholarships

 

All scholarships require student applications. Applications are carefully reviewed by the SOVA Scholarship Committee and other faculty representatives from all areas of the School. The SOVA scholarships are awarded primarily on merit, though financial need may be considered as a factor.

 

Click here to apply for SOVA scholarships

 

Some important general scholarship information

 

Many scholarships take financial need into consideration among other criteria. The current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available after January 1 of the year. Any student who wishes to declare financial need must have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form on file with the office of Financial Aid along with their School scholarship applications. FAFSA forms must be submitted in time to be processed for SOVA application consideration. Enquiries about FAFSA should be directed to the Office of University Scholarships and Financial Aid. http://www.finaid.vt.edu/

 

Students must retain eligibility through the entire award period, which includes but is not limited to maintaining full-time status, being a declared SOVA program major (for Studio, Creative Technology and VCD you must be accepted into the program). Changes in eligibility status at any time means that students are no longer eligible to receive that award. If you have questions about eligibility contact SOVA.

 

Students who have been previous scholarship awardees must reapply each year for continued consideration; scholarships do not automatically renew. Awards for all School scholarships from all categories are formally announced and presented in spring at the end of year ceremony.

 

Visual Art Freshman Scholarships

 

For further information, all incoming students, including those planning to transfer to Virginia Tech from another institution, should contact the School of Visual Art (SOVA) at 540-231-5547, or email our administrative School contact at rcallah@vt.edu. Please review our website at http://www.sova.vt.edu/students/. Prospective students wishing to major in the BFA Program in Creative Tech, Studio or Visual Communications Design, must apply for those programs via Portfolio Review at the end of their first semester of our Foundations program. Scholarships related to the Freshman VTArts Awards are based on decisions made during Portfolio Review. Students who seek a VT Arts scholarship must also fill out the formal application on the SOVA website in spring. Scholarships are primarily awarded on merit, based on successful completion of required Foundations courses, on individual performance during the first semester, and on the outcome of Portfolio Review. Financial need may be a consideration.

 

Freshmen and transfer students with an official major in Art History are exempted from the restricted Portfolio Review process. However, they are also eligible for the Freshman VTArts Award, and are nominated by the Art History faculty within one semester of declaring the Art History major. Art History scholarships are primarily based on academic achievement and merit, although financial need may be considered.

 

Any student who wishes to declare financial need must have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form on file with the office of Financial Aid along with their school scholarship applications. Enquiries about FAFSA should be directed to the Office of University Scholarships and Financial Aid. http://www.finaid.vt.edu/

 

Students who have been previous scholarship awardees must reapply each year for continued consideration; scholarships do not automatically renew. Awards for all School scholarships from all categories are formally announced and presented in spring at the end of year ceremony.

 

Visual Art Scholarships

 

Contact: Ray Callahan, (540) 231-5547 or rcallah@vt.edu
Selection:  In the Spring semester, all current full-time majors who meet the academic qualifications are asked to apply for SOVA endowed and annual scholarships. Scholarships are awarded in spring for the upcoming academic year (the following Fall). All scholarships require student applications with correct information. Applications are carefully reviewed by the SOVA Scholarship Committee and other faculty representatives from all areas of the School.  The SOVA scholarships are awarded primarily on merit, though financial need may be considered as a factor.  All students who wish to be considered for scholarships are very strongly encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A majority of the scholarships are based on financial need and only students with documented financial need will be considered for those scholarships.

 

Students who have been previous scholarship awardees must reapply each year for continued consideration; scholarships do not automatically renew. Awards for all School scholarships from all categories are formally announced and presented in spring at the end of year ceremony.

 

Students with questions about the School of Visual Arts internal scholarship process may contact Ray Callahan at rcallah@vt.edu. The main office number for the School of Visual Art is 540-231-5547.

 

Current and prospective students with financial need should contact the University Scholarships and Financial Aid Office, 200 Student Services Building, Virginia Tech, 540-231-5179 or visit www.finaid.vt.edu.

ADMISSION

Information and application materials may be obtained by contacting:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
965 Prices Fork Rd, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone: (540) 231-6267
FAX (540) 231-3242
Email: admissions@vt.edu

VISITING OR APPLYING TO SOVA

Prospective students wishing to study Art or Art History at SOVA should apply through Virginia Tech Admissions. All students who wish to pursue a bachelor of fine arts in the Studio, Creative Technology or Graphic Design programs must take foundation art courses (ART 1204, 1404, 1604) before they are eligible to participate in Portfolio Review at the end of Fall semester. Students must pass portfolio review for acceptance into the VCD, CT and Studio programs. Currently enrolled Virginia Tech students who wish to change their major to Studio, CT or VCD should email Ray Callahan, the School Adminstrative Assistant, at rcallah@vt.edu for information on enrolling in foundations art courses.

Transfer Student Information

FRESHMAN AND TRANSFER ADMISSIONS INFORMATION

Information about Virginia Tech’s School of Visual Art Majors:

*Note – This is just a cursory information page, designed for initial enquiries from prospective students, usually those just graduating from high school.

 

All students, including those planning to transfer to Virginia Tech from another higher-ed institution, should contact Ray Callahan at the School of Visual Art (SOVA) office, at 540 231 5547, or our primary  academic advisor, Tracey Drowne at hokies@vt.edu.

AREAS OF STUDY

  • The School of Visual Art has four degree programs with different courses of study: a BA in Art History, and BFA’s in Studio, Creative Tech (CT) or Graphic Design / Visual Communication Design (VCD).
  • Those students intending to major in the BFA Program in Studio, CT or Graphic Design must apply to gain entry to these majors – SOVA has a restricted program in these three areas of study.

FOUNDATION COURSES

  • Prospective students, both freshmen applicants as well as transfer students, should declare ART as their major. Students must then be accepted to Virginia Tech, SOVA is not involved in the acceptance process and does not review portfolios at that time. Once accepted, students will be enrolled in the three prerequisite courses: ART 1204 Principles of Art and Design, ART 1404 Drawing I, and ART 1604 Principles of New Media Art & Design for the fall semester.
  • In these foundations courses, students will be guided toward preparation of a qualifying juried portfolio review towards their acceptance into the Studio, CT or Graphic Design BFA degree programs.

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Application to the Studio, CT and Graphic Design programs is made at the end of a student’s first semester at Tech through a portfolio review process – Students applying for acceptance into Tech do not submit portfolios.
  • Art History majors are exempt from the restricted program review process.

PORTFOLIO REVIEW

  • Annually, the Portfolio Review takes place toward the end of the first semester, usually during the first week of December.
  • Students who pass the Portfolio Review are then placed in their selected BFA major if accepted.
  • Students who pass the Portfolio Review are then eligible for SOVA scholarships. No separate portfolio is needed for scholarship applications.

Requirements

The minimum laptop requirements are as follows for Studio Art, Graphic Design and the MFA Program:

Macbook Pro Retina

15 in Recommended

16 GB memory

2.2 GHZ Core i7

minimum 256 SSD

The cost of the Macbook can range from $1500 – $2799+, depending on the specifications.

Adobe Creative Cloud required; billed/distributed by VT Software

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ART HISTORY MAJORS

You are required to follow the University minimum computing requirements. However you may find it beneficial to purchase a Macbook for use in your foundation studio art class.

SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS

Adobe Creative Cloud subscription (student edition)
This subscription will provide updated software requirements for Foundations of Art and Design courses. The cost of this subscription is $29.99 a month with a 1 year commitment.

Foundations

Portfolio Review

Students must pass the annual Portfolio Review in order to enter the B.F.A. programs of Studio Art, Creative Technology or Graphic Design. The SOVA Foundations of Art and Design curriculum will supply students with the necessary information and proficiency to compete in Portfolio Review.

ELIGIBILITY

Studio Art, Creative Tech and Graphic Design candidates must be currently enrolled or have passed all three Foundation courses (1204, 1404 and 1604). Acceptance is contingent on successfully passing all three of these courses.

Students must have and maintain a QCA of 2.0 or greater to enter and remain in Studio Art, CT and VCD programs.

All artwork must be original and produced by the applicant. The committees encourage submitting work produced during foundational courses.

REVIEW COMMITTEES

The Studio, Creative Technology and Graphic Design Portfolio Review Committees (comprised of SOVA Faculty) screens properly submitted portfolios for outstanding qualities in artistic ability, creativity, presentation skills and overall motivation. The process takes place once a year without exception. You may re-submit a portfolio for review annually as often as you wish.

 

Contact Eric Standley, Foundations Coordinator, with any questions. (email: ericst@vt.edu)

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