Unlike the situation found at most large research universities, Arts Scholars are part of a small group of undergraduate students who have direct access to the best resources in the arts at the University of Virginia including personal introductions to our most distinguished arts faculty. Arts Scholars have a senior faculty member serving as their advisor-mentor from the very beginning of their program of study. First through fourth-year Arts Scholars gather regularly for exclusive events and offerings, building intimate connections with some of the most gifted fellow artists on Grounds. During the first year, all scholars enroll in the College Arts Scholars Seminar, where they meet internationally-renowned arts faculty from each of the participating departments, hear talks on issues in the forefront of arts, and visit arts facilities, etc.
Choosing a Major
Those designated as Arts Scholars who also choose to major or minor in Studio Art, Drama or Music, Dance are also eligible for grants in support of an art-related project during the summer between the third and fourth years of study. Regardless of the major ultimately chosen, students involved with our program will always be part of the Arts Scholar community.
There is no application form; students are selected by the faculty of Studio Art, Music, Drama, and Dance based on information contained in arts supplements and applications for admission.