The School of Creative   Arts offers one of the largest creative arts programs in the state of  Indiana.  It is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).  The students and faculty actively perform   and exhibit their work, attend and present at national conferences and   nurture a creative environment that is personalized, collaborative and   progressive.

Talent portfolio reviews are an opportunity for new students interested in attending the   University of Saint Francis to submit a portfolio online for   scholarships.  The portfolios will be   critiqued by a School of Creative Arts (SOCA) faculty member.  From this review, students will receive   talent scholarships to attend USF.  Please note that scholarship amounts   cannot be divulged until the student receives acceptance to the university.                               

You will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Artistic Maturity                                             
  • Technical Skills
  • Design Elements
  • Content and Conceptuality
  • Creativity
  • Craftsmanship                                     

 For portfolio review, please submit:

  • Completed application form
  • Letter of Recommendation from your art teacher 
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • 12-15 images of artwork
    • Media may include but is not limited to: Drawing, Sketchbook Pages, Painting, Printmaking, Glass, Animation, Graphic Design, Ceramics, Film/Video, Metals/Jewelry, Photography, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Installation…
    • All images must be in JPG format, 72 resolution with 1280 dpi on the longest side  and no  larger than 3MB
    • Video/Film/Animation submissions should include a link to a URL or Dropbox file


  • Title 
  • Media
  • Size
  • Date Completed
  • Description (optional)

Students are asked to bring a portfolio including two writing samples and a statement of purpose:

  • Short writing sample (English, History, or Social Science) 5 pages or less
  • Long writing sample (English, History, or Social Science) 5 pages or more
  • Statement of Purpose indicating academic goals and objectives

Recipients are selected on the basis of scholastic achievement and ability to demonstrate strong potential for careers in Art History or in the museum field.

Digital Audition Dance

The faculty reviews the performance audition and makes evaluations based on the following criteria that apply:

  • Technique
  • Musicality
  • Artistic quality
  • Interview

 For portfolio review, please submit:

  • A recorded performance of a solo of up to three minutes  in a dance discipline of your choice. [Please remember that the USF      program is rooted in classical ballet.]
  • A dance resume
  • A headshot
  • Letter of Recommendation from your current dance teacher 


Enrollment and scholarship opportunities for the USF Marching Pride are open to all students regardless of major. Audition requirements are similar to those listed for music technology scholarships:


  • Major scales up to four sharps and flats
  • Prepared solo piece of your choosing
  • Sight reading


  • Standard rudiments (to include metered rolls, flams and paradiddles)
  • Prepared snare drum piece
  • Sight reading on snare drum

Color Guard:

  • 45-60 second solo to music showcasing best flag and dance skills
  • Solo should include at least 30 seconds of flag, choreography should combine movement with flag throughout the piece
  • Solo may be own choreography or something previously performed. However, if using someone else’s choreography, credit should be given to the choreographer
  • If student wishes to showcase more skills (rifle, sabre, tumbling, more dance, etc.), they may perform up to one additional minute of choreography. The whole piece should not be over 2 minutes
  • Student must provide own equipment

Graduate Programs

Masters of Fine Arts or Master of Arts in Studio Art

The Master of Arts in Studio Art is a unique and flexible graduate-level program that enables you to tailor your degree to meet your own artistic goals. Concentrations are available in ceramics, computer arts, drawing, painting, photography and sculpture.

Upon completion of the program, you will have developed:

  • Technical mastery in your studio major and the ability to explore the creative possibilities of your chosen medium.
  • Technical competence in your supporting area and an understanding of its creative possibilities.
  • The ability to compose a clearly articulated artistic philosophy that includes an understanding of the relationship between the form and content of art.
  • The ability to evaluate critically the formal and expressive elements of works of art and to situate works of art in their historical and theoretical context.
  • The ability to work independently and make effective artistic judgments, culminating in the creation of a final project to be reviewed by faculty.
  • Professional competence in area of specialization.

Course Details

  • 15 credit hours in one concentration area
  • 9 credit hours in a secondary concentration area
  • 6 credit hours in art history and aesthetics
  • 3 credit hours for the thesis

Perks of the Master of Arts in Studio Art Program

  • You will work one-on-one with qualified faculty.
  • Most courses can be taken independently with only periodic visits to campus.
  • You will participate in two group critiques per semester.
  • You will show your work in a USF graduate student art show upon completion of coursework.
  • Individual studio space is available.

Admission Requirements

To apply for the Master of Arts in Studio Art program, you must have:

  • An undergraduate degree in art
  • An undergraduate GPA in art of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

If you do not meet these criteria, you may still be accepted by special permission of the faculty. You will maintain a status of provisional student until full admission criteria are met.

How to Apply

To apply to the Master of Arts in Studio Art program, you must complete the following steps:

  • Complete the application (with $20 fee if using paper application).
  • Submit official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended.
    • Must be sent directly from the registrar of institution(s) attended.
  • Submit a DD214 form (United States veterans only).
  • Submit a formal essay expressing your goals in pursuing the degree to
  • Submit an official resume to
  • An image list to accompany the portfolio with corresponding information for each piece: Title, Media, Year Completed, and size.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation using our program recommendation form.