Many first and second-year students fulfill their Visual and Performing Arts /Fine Arts distribution requirement at Davidson by choosing one of the six to eight art history offerings available each semester. Students in all disciplines benefit from experiencing the visual images that connect the history and culture of their world. The art history emphasis culminates in a capstone course that involves majors traveling to see and discuss art on site. Recent majors have travelled to Athens, Paris, and New York City. Each year six to twelve Davidson College students declare a major in the Art Department with an emphasis in art history.
Many students fulfill their Visual and Performing Arts/Fine Arts distribution requirement by selecting one of the nine to eleven studio art offerings available each semester. Studio courses are geared toward building aesthetic, conceptual, and technical skill-sets through a multi-disciplinary approach. Davidson's studio emphasis addresses each student's unique goals whether that is continuing on to graduate study, becoming a professional artist or entering a diverse job market with a broad set of problem-solving and creative abilities. Each year six to twelve Davidson College students declare a major in the Art Department with an emphasis in studio art.
Advanced Placement (AP) Credit
Art History: Students scoring a 4 or 5 on an AP course in art history receive credit that will count toward both a core requirement in Visual and Performing Arts/Fine Arts and toward the art major requirements.
Studio Art: Students scoring a 4 or 5 in AP studio art receive credit that will count toward a core requirement in Visual and Performing Arts/Fine Arts. IB scores of 6 or 7 (higher level only) will count toward a core requirement in Visual and Performing Arts/Fine Arts.
Visit a Class
Arrangements can be made for prospective students to attend studio or art history classes, receive a tour of the Belk Visual Arts Center, and talk further with art faculty and/or majors. Please contact department assistant Brenda King (704-894-2344), firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks before your visit in order to schedule these parts of your time on campus.
While the Art Department does not offer any scholarships in art history, prospective students interested in this area of study are encouraged to explore financial assistance through the Office of Admission & Financial Aid.
Studio Art Scholarship
The Pepper Visual Arts Scholarship is a competitive Special Application Scholarship for incoming students who are considering an art major with an emphasis in studio art. The scholarship, in the amount of $10,000 per year for four years, was established by James G. Pepper '65 and his mother, Mrs. Nita Easly Pepper, for an incoming student who shows exceptional promise in studio art. Winners are chosen on the basis of the studio faculty's evaluation of candidates' submitted portfolios.
Applying for the Pepper Visual Arts Scholarship
Prospective students who have pursued a strong interest in making art throughout high school, and especially those who are considering a studio art major, are encouraged to submit a portfolio of their work as part of their college application.
Portfolios should be received no later than the application deadline for your chosen admission plan:
Students must submit a CD presenting a portfolio of 12-15 images of their work. The CD must also include the student's name, the images' titles, the year the work was completed, dimenstions of the work and media of the work.
The portfolio should be sent to the Office of Admission & Financial Aid, Box 7156, Davidson, NC 28035-7156.
Submitted portfolios will be reviewed and rated by our studio art professors. Those ratings will become an important addition to your college application materials. The Office of Admission & Financial Aid and the Art Department cannot accept actual artwork as part of the application process. However, a prospective student who plans to visit Davidson may want to contact the Art Department about bringing a portfolio of original work to show to one of our studio professors.
The student who applies for this scholarship should have a serious intention to consider a major in the area of studio art; however, application for this scholarship is not a binding commitment to become an art major if a student determines later that another major is more suitable. It is a natural part of the liberal arts philosophy to encourage openness to all possibilities.
Scholarship applicants should follow the application process outlined above and include a completed Part 7-Special Application Scholarship Form with their submission.
The portfolio should reach the Office of Admission & Financial Aid no later than the application deadline for your chosen admission plan and must reach us no later than January 2. If a portfolio was already submitted as part of your general application, send only the completed Part 7 to indicate your interest in being considered for a scholarship -- do not send a second portfolio.
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