Studio Art Department Admission & Scholarship Portfolio Reviews

Studio Art

The Sarofim Scholarship in Studio Art is given to students showing talent and a desire for growth in this field.  The process includes a portfolio review by the faculty and an application.  Prospective students are encouraged to participate in a portfolio review at one of our Portfolio Review Days. These reviews offer you an in-depth look into the Studio Art Department and introduce you to the faculty  The Portfolio reviews are NOT required in order to join the Studio Art major at Southwestern. Candidates that receive the Sarofim Scholarship are eligible for additional assistance, including Southwestern scholarships.

Portfolio Review Days are November 10, 2019, and February 16, 2020.  

Sarofim Scholarships in Studio Art are for Studio Art majors only. 

Prospective students who wish to apply for a Sarofim Scholarship and major in Studio Art may do so in one of two ways:


Schedule a personal portfolio review of your original artworks (not digital photographs of art works) and an interview with the studio art faculty on a Portfolio Review Day.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the program from the studio faculty, take a tour of the art facilities with current students, and participate in other events on campus.  Even with a personal portfolio review of original works, we require a completed digital portfolio.  Portfolio Review Days will follow the below schedule:


12:30pm    Students Arrive and Load-In portfolios

1:00pm      Students and their families meet the Studio Art faculty and discuss the Studio Art Department

1:30pm      Scheduled Portfolio Reviews, Tour of facilities & campus, meet with current students, meet with fine arts admissions counselors

5:00pm      Although many students will complete the process earlier this is the official end of day

In November, you may stay the evening on campus and join the Pirate Preview Admissions event on Monday. In February, you may stay the evening on campus and join us for Admitted Student Day.  If you wish to attend Pirate Preview or Admitted Student Day and spend the night on campus, please register for both.

November 10, 2019February 16, 2020


In-Person Portfolio Review Requirements

After signing up for your Portfolio Review, you will need to fill out this application.

We prefer this method because we enjoy meeting students in person!


If you cannot come to campus, you may send in a digital portfolio; all-digital portfolio reviews require a phone interview.  All Digital Portfolio Reviews must have files in by February 16, 2020.  Telephone interviews can be scheduled past this date.

Digital Portfolio Review Requirements

After signing up for your Portfolio Review, you will need to fill out this application.

Recipients of Sarofim Scholarship in Studio Art may also be eligible for additional assistance such as academic scholarships. In addition, recipients may apply for University need-based aid. For more information, click here: financial aidmerit scholarships or call 1-800-252-3166.

Any financial aid offer from Southwestern University will be void as of May 1, 2020, if a student accepts financial aid from another college or university.



For any questions regarding portfolio reviews please contact Laura Sewell at