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School of Creative Arts

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Communication Arts and Graphic Design and Computer Art?

In the Communication Arts and Graphic Design program students learn design theory and software that enables them to produce commercial work such as logo design, poster art, brochures, book covers and packaging art. Students utilize design concepts and ideas to create solutions that satisfy a client's requirements and specifications. Concentrations in illustration, photography and computer graphics are available. Upon graduation Communication Arts and Graphic Design students will be prepared for positions in advertising and marketing or for advanced study in graduate school.

The Bachelor of Arts in Computer Art program teaches students to use computer animation software in animation, computer modeling, video editing, particle systems and physical simulation- skills that are used by major animation studios such as Dreamworks, Pixar and Disney. SOCA's degree in Computer Art prepares students for graduate school, for a future in the animation industry, or in video game development or advanced web design.

Can I double major in another academic discipline?

Yes. A number of SOCA students come to the University of Saint Francis because of the opportunity to major in other disciplines such as English, Business or the Health Sciences. In these situations, the student has two academic advisors- one from SOCA and one from the school representing their second chosen major.

How late are your facilities open, and who is allowed to use them?

All SOCA and student studios are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The computer labs are managed by lab assistants and patrolled regularly by campus security officers.  

How many students are enrolled in the School?

Each year there are approximately 250 students enrolled in programs in the School of Creative Arts. There are just over 2,000 students attending the University of Saint Francis.

Are private studio spaces granted to enrolled students?

Yes. Each SOCA student has the opportunity to apply for a private studio space. The Faculty select the students based on strength of studio project proposals.

Are there exhibition opportunities for students?

Yes. SOCA students have many exhibition opportunities throughout their education. The Weatherhead Gallery features a yearlong schedule of monthly visual arts exhibits including the work of contemporary, regional, national, and international artists. The gallery also showcases the work of the faculty, students, and alumni throughout the year. The Goldfish Gallery features a yearlong rotating schedule of student work. It provides opportunities for every student to learn firsthand how to market, display and properly preserve artwork.  

What is Talent Scholarship Day?

It is an opportunity for new students interested in attending the University of Saint Francis to submit a portfolio or audition for talent scholarships. Any prospective student may present a portfolio for review or audition and be considered for a scholarship. Students meet with School of Creative Arts' faculty members and receive one-on-one critiques of their work or performance. From this review, outstanding students are awarded talent scholarships to attend the University of Saint Francis. The School of Creative Arts holds two Talent Scholarship Days in the fall and spring semester each year.

What is required for an art or communication portfolio review?

SOCA needs a letter of recommendation and your transcripts. The faculty reviews art and communication portfolios and makes evaluations based on the following criteria:

The portfolio should have 12-15 works demonstrating two-dimensional (drawing, painting), three dimensional (sculpture or ceramics) or any other media illustrating design ability. The Communication portfolios should have five minutes of video/sound work or a total of 10 newspaper, yearbook or other writing samples.

What is required for a music audition?

SOCA needs a letter of recommendation and a copy of your transcripts. The faculty reviews the performance audition and makes evaluations based on the following criteria that apply:

The audition should include the performance of a selection of your choice.

What conditions are attached to scholarships I might receive?

In order for the scholarship to be awarded, you must meet the following requirements:

What is required for a dance audition?

SOCA needs a letter of recommendation and a copy of your transcripts. The faculty reviews the performance audition and makes evaluations based on the following criteria that apply: Technique, Musicality, Artistic quality, and Interview. The audition will include participation in a class of one and a half to two hours in length. Dancers should be prepared to perform a solo of up to three minutes in a length of your choice.

How do I apply for scholarships?

Students interested in applying for a SOCA scholarship can either attend one of the Talent Days offered in the Fall and Spring semesters or schedule an individual critique or audition through the SOCA Coordinator at 260-399-7700. Scholarship appointments are accepted any time of the year and are open to any high school senior seeking admission to the University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts. The scholarships are awarded to those who have applied for admission, are accepted as students, and comply with all guidelines.