Unlike the situation found at most large research universities, Arts Scholars are part of a small group of undergraduate students who have increased access to resources in the arts at the University of Virginia including personal introductions to our most distinguished arts faculty. During the fall semester in the second year, all designated scholars attend 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, visit arts facilities, etc. During the spring semester, scholars enroll in our discussion group and participate in exclusive events and work on building art portfolios. This deep engagement in the arts results in intimate connections with some of the most gifted fellow artists on Grounds. Our scholars benefit from priority enrollment, increased engagement with the arts, scholar housing, community, and access to research support funds during the third and fourth year of study. College Arts Scholars is overseen by the departments of Studio Art, Drama, Music, and Dance.
Choosing a Major
Most College Arts Scholars choose to major in the Arts although the program encourages multidisciplinary study. Regardless of the major ultimately chosen, students involved with our program will always be part of the Arts Scholar community.
Students are nominated during their first year of study by faculty from Studio Art, Music, Drama, and Dance. Evaluations of these nominations will be conducted by an arts faculty committee between spring recess and March 31. Candidates for College Arts Scholars need to present strong arts portfolios during the admissions process and to display engagement with the arts during the first year of study.