Change or add Major/Minor

Current VCU or VCUarts Students

Change or add Major/Minor

Spring 2016 Deadline

November 1, 2015 — Deadline for change of major/minor applicants to Dance, Fashion Merchandising, Music and Theatre technical tracks (Costume Design, Lighting Design, Scene Design and Stage Management).

Craft/Material Studies, Painting & Printmaking, and Sculpture + Extended will accept Spring change of major/minor applications only from students who have completed VCU’s Art Foundation program.

Applications for all other majors in the School of the Arts are accepted for fall semesters only.

Fall 2016 Deadlines

January 15, 2016 — Deadline for change of major/minor applicants to the performing arts

April 1, 2016 — Deadline for change of major/minor applicants to visual arts and design departments

Change of major/minor applicants to visual arts and design departments that submit complete applications by the deadline will receive a decision by June 1st.

Online Application

All change of major/minor applicants to VCUarts must submit a change of major/minor application online. The university’s Change of Major / Minor form will not be accepted.

This online application asks for your personal and contact information, current and preferred curriculum, a personal statement, extra curricular activities, 1-3 recommenders’ emails, and required supplemental materials (audition, essays, portfolio).

Please click on your major/minor of interest below for additional requirements.

Requirements Specific to your VCUarts Major or Minor

Visual Arts & Design: Portfolio Requirements

Applicants to the following programs must submit a visual portfolio: Art Education, Art Foundation, Communication Arts, Craft/Material Studies, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Kinetic Imaging, Painting and Printmaking, Photography and Film, and Sculpture and Extended Media.

Art Foundation is the first-year program required of all visual art and design (BFA) students. The exciting first year provides an intellectually rigorous, studio-based experience in the fundamental issues of art and design. The program exposes students to a vast forum of ideas and concepts preparing them for a wide range of disciplines.

The following visual arts departments offer minors: Craft/Material Studies, Painting and Printmaking, and Sculpture and Extended Media. Please note that you may only apply for these minors after the completion of the Art Foundation Program. If your primary major is outside of VCUarts then you must first apply to the Art Foundation Program. A minor in these area will require the completion of 32 credits.

Portfolio

Submit 12 to 16 works of art that you have created within the past two years that show your promise in visual art and design. Present your strongest work and demonstrate your potential to develop a diverse set of skills and ideas should you be accepted into VCUarts. We prefer to see a diverse range of 2D and 3D media. Drawing from observation is recommended, while copying anime, cartoons, graffiti or tattoos is discouraged.

Images may be submitted in the following formats: JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF

Videos may be submitted in the following formats: MPG or AVI. All videos must be less than 3 minutes. The total maximum time for all moving images cannot exceed 5 minutes.

Art History

Writing Sample Required

Art History applicants are required to submit a research-based writing sample, no longer than 600 words. The paper should make a clear assertion about a selected topic, and it should site published sources that support that assertion. The paper may focus on a work of art, an historical event, a sociological phenomenon, a literary text, or other humanities topic. You will be prompted to submit your writing sample as part of the online application.

Majoring in Art History

Prior to applying to major in Art History, students enrolled in a major outside of the School of the Arts must complete ARTH 103, 104 and one additional ARTH course.

Minoring in Art History

A minor in art history consists of 18 credits, which must include:

  • 3 credits ARTH 103
  • 3 credits ARTH 104
  • 3 credits from courses in list #1 (details can be found by following the link below)
  • 3 credits from courses in list #2 (details can be found by following the link below)

The remaining 6 credits may be any ARTH course at the 200-300 level open to non-majors (visit vcu.edu/courses for a list of all ARTH courses), however only one history of film class (270, 271, 370, or 374) can be counted toward the art history minor.

Of the total 18 credits, 9 credits must be 300-level courses.Only courses in which a student earns a grade of C or higher may be applied to the minor. A student may apply for the Art History minor after successful completion of ARTH 103 and ARTH 104.

Additional information for the Art History minor curriculum can be found here:
http://arts.vcu.edu/arthistory/undergraduate-program/forms/art-history-minor-requirements/

Cinema

Film Concept

Tell us a story you would like to tell on film: (narrative film concepts only; no documentary; be succinct and specific; maximum length 200 words).

Essay must be submitted in the “Essay Questions” section of the online application. There is a 32,000 character limit.

Personal Statement

While completing the online application be sure to complete the personal statement. In this statement, discuss your educational goals, including why you wish to study your chosen major. This essay should directly and creatively address your interest in film and any other academic interests that could evolve into a second major.

Optional Supplemental Materials:

If you have written a screenplay, we ask that you send the first 10 pages and title page as an additional writing sample. After submitting your online application, email your screenplay to arts@vcu.edu with your full name and birthdate.

Dance

Major in Dance

Dance and choreography applicants are required to audition for the Department of Dance and Choreography faculty at the VCU Dance Center. The audition includes a ballet barre, modern center and improvisation.

Minor in Dance

To apply to minor in Dance, you must have completed at least 8 credits of dance courses and have a cumulative VCU gpa of 3.0 or greater. No audition is required.

Schedule your audition

A complete application must be submitted before you may request an audition date. Once your application has been submitted, a link to the audition request will be sent to the email address listed on your application.

Audition Dates

  • Friday, November 20, 2015
  • Friday, January 29, 2016
  • Friday, February 5, 2016
  • Friday, February 26, 2016 (no performance on this date)

Admission Criteria

  • Talent and potential as an artist in the field of dance.
  • Prior training and the ability to demonstrate knowledge of modern dance and/or classical ballet techniques.
  • Ability to demonstrate musicality and dynamic range.
  • A healthy, physically conditioned body that is injury free.
  • Openness to new ideas and the ability to engage in creative problem solving.

Fashion Merchandising

Fashion Merchandising applicants have no required supplemental materials.

Music (Majors)

Audition/Interview

Music applicants are required to audition for the Department of Music faculty. Applicants should prepare two compositions or movements in contrasting styles from the standard repertoire for their instrument. The combined pieces should total no more than 10 minutes in length. Applicants must bring original sheet music to their audition. Sight reading, a short music theory test, a keyboard skills assessment and an interview will also be part of the audition.

After completing an online application, complete anaudition request form.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Music Audition Dates

  • October 23, 2015 — 8am (For Spring 2016 Change of Major or Transfer applicants only)
  • January 23, 2016 — 8am
  • January 29, 2016 — 3pm
  • February 6, 2016 — 12pm (strings, guitar, piano & voice applicants only)
  • February 15, 2016 — 8am

Vocal Auditions

Vocal auditions: Excerpts from choral selections, rock, jazz and popular songs as well as a cappella auditions are not acceptable. If you would like VCU to provide an accompanist, send a copy of your music at least two weeks before the audition date to the VCU Department of Music, P.O. Box 842004, Richmond, VA 23284-2004. Prerecorded accompaniment is not permitted.

Jazz Studies Auditions

Audition pieces may be played solo or with accompaniment provided by a VCU faculty member or play along CD. For jazz drum set auditions, students are required to bring their own cymbals, hi-hat clutch, sticks and brushes, and will be asked to perform various jazz grooves (swing, bossa nova, Afro-Cuban, etc.) rather than perform any prepared pieces.

Music Theory Placement

Each prospective music student must take a written diagnostic exam to determine his or her placement within the music theory course offerings. Students must also complete a short aural and rhythmic skill evaluation that determines the student’s overall musicianship. This evaluative process takes about 30 minutes to complete and is usually scheduled around the student’s audition time.

MORE INFORMATION

Music (Minors)

The music minor is comprised of 18 credits distributed among the areas of music history and theory, ensemble performance, private lessons and music electives. All students must provide their own instruments (with exception of piano). All students must be able to read music.

Minor in Vocal

Applicants are required to audition. You must play a short passage – at sight – on the piano and sing the same passage a capella. After completion of the online application students interested in minoring in voice should schedule an audition with Cynthia Donnell (csdonnel@vcu.edu). Voice auditions are usually held a few days before the beginning of each semester and at the end of each semester.

Minor in Strings

(Cello, Classical Double Bass, Viola, and Violin)

Applicants are required to audition. Prepare one composition or movement from the standard repertoire for their instrument no more than 10 minutes in length. Applicants must bring original sheet music and their own instrument to their audition. You will also be required to perform scales. After completion of the online application, contact Susanna Klein at (sbklein@vcu.edu) to schedule an audition.

Minor in other instruments

You will be asked a few questions about you musical experience and abilities during this on-line application. The Assistant chair, John Patykula counsels every student about the selection of appropriate courses based on the student’s competence and interest. After completion of the online application, students interested in minoring in music (instrumental) should contact the assistant chair, John Patykula via email (jtpatyku@vcu.edu).

Theatre (Performance)

Performance Auditions:

Prepare two contrasting (one comedic and one dramatic) one-minute monologues from published play scripts. Choose something in an appropriate age range that does not contain a dialect. Secure assistance in the preparation of audition materials.

Be sure to bring a resume and headshot to the audition.Introduce the audition pieces by only the play’s author, title and the character’s name (background on the scene or plot is not necessary). Maintain a positive attitude, dress professionally yet comfortably and, most importantly – have fun!

We find that the following playwrights are generally overdone or are more difficult for high school seniors to deliver successfully: Mamet, O’Neill, Pinter, Shakespeare, Shepard and Williams.

Audition/Interview Dates:

  • Friday, December 4, 2015 (12-6 pm)
  • Friday, January 29, 2016 (12-6 pm)
  • Friday, February 5, 2016 (12-6 pm)
  • Friday, February 12, 2016 (12-6 pm)
  • Friday, February 19, 2016 (12-6 pm)

Theatre (Stage Management)

Interview

All Theatre VCU applicants, including Performance, Design/Technology, Stage Management, will be interviewed by one or more faculty members. The purpose of the interview is to allow faculty members to get to know more about the applicant’s interests, commitment and communication skills. This interview is an important part of the application process. Applicants should be prepared to discuss their recent theatre activities, career goals, as well as personal goals and experiences.

Interview Dates

  • Friday, December 4, 2015 (12-6 pm)
  • Friday, January 29, 2016 (12-6 pm)
  • Friday, February 5, 2016 (12-6 pm)
  • Friday, February 12, 2016 (12-6 pm)
  • Friday, February 19, 2016 (12-6 pm)

Portfolio requirements for Stage Management

Stage management applicants are required to submit a production prompt book. If an applicant does not have a prompt book or desires to send additional information, then the applicant should submit a portfolio online. The portfolio should consist of (12-16 images) of theatrical work (paperwork, show designs, etc).

Theatre (Costume Design, Lighting Design, Scene Design)

Interview

All Theatre VCU applicants, including Performance, Design/Technology, Stage Management, will be interviewed by one or more faculty members. The purpose of the interview is to allow faculty members to get to know more about the applicant’s interests, commitment and communication skills. This interview is an important part of the application process. Applicants should be prepared to discuss their recent theatre activities, career goals, as well as personal goals and experiences.

Interview Dates

  • Friday, December 4, 2015 (12-6 pm)
  • Friday, January 29, 2016 (12-6 pm)
  • Friday, February 5, 2016 (12-6 pm)
  • Friday, February 12, 2016 (12-6 pm)
  • Friday, February 19, 2016 (12-6 pm)

Portfolio Requirements

Submit 12 to 16 works of art that you have created within the past two years that show your promise in visual art and design. Present your strongest work and demonstrate your potential to develop a diverse set of skills and ideas. We prefer to see a diverse range of 2D and 3D media. Drawing from observation is recommended, while copying anime, cartoons, graffiti or tattoos is discouraged.

Images maybe submitted in the following formats: JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF

Videos maybe submitted in the following formats: MPG or AVI. All videos must be less than 3 minutes. The total maximum time for all moving images cannot exceed 5 minutes.