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 our Portfolio Review Day. This day offers you an in-depth look into the Studio Art Department and introduces 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.

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

Please note the following: Due to the unpredictable nature of Covid-19,  we encourage you to visit the website often and check your emails from Southwestern and or the Sarofim School of Fine Arts. Some requirements and dates may change.

Prospective students who wish to apply for a Sarofim Scholarship and major in Studio Art may do so through online submission through November 18, 2020, and in-person on campus February 13, 2021.

Portfolio Review Requirements


This fall Portfolio Review will occur by submission online.  All virtual portfolio reviews require a phone interview.  For fall review, all digital submissions must have files in by November 18, 2020.  Telephone interviews will be scheduled past this date.

 VIRTUAL Portfolio Review Registration


Schedule a personal portfolio review of your original artworks (not digital photographs of art work) 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 submission.  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.

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

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 send an email to