Arts & Humanities Scholarship Day
ALL MATERIALS ARE DUE BY MARCH 7, 2014
All English and Liberal Studies creative expression materials must be sent to Brandi at Liantoni@uwp.edu or call 262.595.2139 for other delivery options.
All Communication and Modern Language (Spanish) creative expression materials must be sent to Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 262.595.2331 for other delivery options.
Picken Arts and Humanities Scholarship Competition
Creative Talent and Expression Materials to Present
at the Scholarship Audition/Interview
Students who are competing for the Picken Arts and Humanities Scholarships must share a sampling of their creative talents or expressions with a panel of faculty and staff. Students will share their selected creative talents or expressions during an informal interview process with faculty and staff in the department they hope to enter as majors.
Creative Talent and Expression requirements by department:
Art (Studio Art and Digital Art)
Art scholarship candidates must select and be prepared to present five of their best art pieces, two of which must be drawings. The other selections must be in other techniques or media, but all five of your portfolio pieces should be representative of your 2-D/3-D visual skills. The selections should be presented in a professional way, matted or mounted appropriately. Time-based digital media (i.e. animation/film) should be saved on CDs or DVDs and should be no longer than 3 minutes each. Here are the acceptable formats and size limitations per file: GIF (5MB limit), MOV (60MB limit), WMV (60MB limit), FLV (60MB limit) or MP4 (10MB limit).
The Communication Department prepares students for a complex and uncertain future by developing skills and competencies that apply to multiple life and work situations. These communication skills include writing, speaking, listening, resolving conflicts, and interacting across and within different cultures, whether face to face or mediated by technology. Inherent in these skills are the abilities to analyze, solve problems, and self-reflect.
We seek work samples that address one or more of the following departmental learning objectives:
- Identity: Analyzing and critiquing how human identity is constructed, reinforced, and transformed through the ways we communicate.
- Social justice: Promoting social justice in ways that acknowledge and celebrate a diverse global culture.
- Knowledge: Understanding how knowledge is constructed within systemic and historically situated processes.
- Messages: Creating and critiquing messages in ways that reflect both professional competence and ethical decision-making.
- Texts: Interpreting and explaining a range of texts in ways that question cultural assumptions.
- Contexts: Identifying and practicing multiple roles within groups and organizations.
Applicants should submit one or more of the following types of work samples:
- Recording of an oral performance, such as the reading of a text or performance of a speech
- Original creative materials, such as short films, animations or websites
- Evidence of skills in social / community organizing or networking
- Written examples of creative practical writing, such as an essay of original material, or a blog
Digital media should be saved on CDs or DVDs and should be no longer than 3 minutes each, in the case of video recordings. Here are the acceptable formats and size limitations for digital files: GIF (5MB limit), MOV (60MB limit), WMV (60MB limit), FLV (60MB limit) or MP4 (10MB limit). CDs or DVDs should be mailed to Joe Lambin (Communication Department, 900 Wood Road, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, WI 53141-2000). To be considered, all material must be received by the March 10th deadline.
All work must be submitted in digital format. Essays or written material should be emailed to Joe Lambin (email@example.com) or call (262) 595-2331 for other delivery options.
English & Writing
English scholarship applicants should submit a portfolio of three examples of their writing to the English Department no later than Monday, March 11.
At least one of the writing samples should be a literary analysis, and one should be an argumentative or persuasive paper, which can be from a subject other than English. Portfolios can also include creative work, such as poetry, short stories, creative nonfiction, and/or personal essays. There is no length requirement for the pieces included in the portfolio; our interest is in the quality of the applicant's writing.
Electronic copies of materials are encouraged and can be sent to Brandi in the English Department Office at firstname.lastname@example.org . If you have questions please contact Brandi 262.595.2139.
Liberal Studies scholarship applicants should submit a sample of their work, which best exemplifies their ability to use knowledge and/or express themselves creatively in more than one discipline. Examples of student work might include, but are not limited to, one of the following: research paper, short film, multi-media presentation, project portfolio.
Interviews (15 minutes) on scholarship day will include a five-minute presentation by the student summarizing their work and emphasizing its interdisciplinary nature, followed by questions from Liberal Studies faculty.
Sample work should be submitted in electronic form to Brandi Liantonio in the Liberal Studies office or call (262) 595-2139 for other delivery options.
Modern Language - Spanish
Each applicant for the Picken Scholarship in Spanish should submit one writing sample (maximum one page) and be prepared to give a two to five minute oral presentation. Students will then be interviewed, in Spanish, by department faculty.
Writing Sample: Prepare and submit a one page (maximum) essay written in Spanish responding one of the following topics:
- Option 1: What place in the Spanish-speaking world would you most like to visit and why? ¿Adónde en el mundo hispanohablante más le gustaría visitar y por qué?
- Option 2: Imagine your ideal career and explain how you would use your linguistic and cultural skills in Spanish in this career. Imagínese cuál sería su carerra ideal y explique cómo utilizaría sus capacidades lingÃ¼ísticas y culturales en esa carerra.
- Option 3: By using Dr. Who's time machine, you can visit any place and any time in the history of the Spanish-speaking world. Where, when and why? A través de la máquina del tiempo del Dr. Who, usted tiene la capacidad de visitar a cualquier lugar en el mundo hispanohablante en cualquier momento histórico. ¿Adónde, cuándo y por qué?
- Option 4: Submit an original poem or short story in Spanish.
Essays or written material should be emailed to Joe Lambin (email@example.com) or call (262) 595-2331 for other delivery options.
Oral Presentation: Prepare a 2 to 5 minute oral presentation in Spanish (to be presented without notes) on one of the following topics:
- Option 1: Imagine that you are an important historical or cultural figure from the Spanish-speaking world. Convince the professors in the Spanish program that students should study your life and accomplishments. Imagínese que usted es una figura histórica o cultural importante del mundo hispanohablante. Intente convencer a los profesores de español que deben de incluir su vida y sus logras en las clases en su facultad.
- Option 2: Imagine that you are a character from a story, novel, movie or play. Imagine that you are on "Oprah" and tell us about your life and your problems. Imagínese que usted es un personaje de una novela, un cuento, una película o una obra teatral que usted conoce. Imagínese que usted está en el programa de "Oprah", y cuéntenos su vida y sus problemas.
- Option 3: Recite a memorized piece of poetry in Spanish, which can either be an original composition by the student or by a poet who writes in Spanish.
- Option 4: Give an original persuasive speech in Spanish on a topic that inspires your passion.
Music Audition Requirements
- All students auditioning for Music Department program entry and scholarships must perform a live audition for a faculty panel. The audition consists of a performance of prepared music and a short sight-reading exercise (except voice students). Please, check the specific instructions for your instrument or voice below. We advise that you consult your current music teacher when selecting music for the audition. The total amount of music should not exceed ten minutes.
- Accompaniment: If your music has a piano accompaniment, you must perform with piano accompaniment. It is recommended that you bring your own pianist, but if you are unable the Music Department will provide an accompanist for you (a legible copy or photocopy of your accompaniment must be received a week prior your audition).
- Music Theory Questionnaire: Students come to college with a wide range of preparatory training and learned skills. The purpose of the Music Theory questionnaire is to place incoming musicians into the Music Theory course appropriate to each student’s skills and experience in Music. All incoming students complete a Music Theory placement test to assess their knowledge of basic elements of music. This short questionnaire is taken after your performance audition.
- Keyboard Placement Test: The purpose of the keyboard placement test is to place students at an appropriate level of keyboard instruction in the freshman year. Students who have piano skills will be asked to play a short prepared piece of their choice, major scales, and a sight-reading exercise. The keyboard placement test is optional. Prospective students may elect to skip the test and enroll in Keyboard Musicianship I. Students whose principal instrument is piano are exempt from this test.
- Recommendation Letter: Students must submit a letter of recommendation from their current (or most recent) music teacher (non-traditional students may be exempt from this requirement). This letter may be mailed to the Assistant Chair before the audition or hand delivered at the audition.
Required Music Audition Repertoire
Strings (violin, viola, cello, string bass, harp)
- Two contrasting pieces or contrasting movements from a multi-movement work from the WSMA class A list (for violin, viola, cello, ASTA repertoire level 5 or above may be used)
- Two three-octave major scales of your choice.
- A Sight-reading exercise.
- Students who do plan to audition on electric bass will be asked to perform a piece demonstrating music reading skills. Students without upright bass skills will be placed in the preparatory level of string bass instruction.
Woodwinds and Brass
- a solo with contrasting Styles and Tempi,
- or a slow and fast movement from a multi-movement work,
- or two selections from different historical style periods.
- Play a two octave chromatic scale
- One solo for timpani, snare drum or multiple percussion AND one mallet keyboard work.
- Candidates for Jazz Studies should demonstrate idiomatic time keeping in swing, latin, and rock styles.
- a work of at least six minutes in duration
- or a slow and fast movement from a multi-movement work
- or two selections from different historical style periods
- Vocalists are required to perform two selections by memory with piano accompaniment from the art song, operatic, sacred music, or music theater repertoire, with at least one of the selections from the art song repertoire.
- a work of at least six minutes in duration,
- or a slow and fast movement from a multi-movement work,
- or two selections from different historical style periods.
- Guitar players without classical guitar experience should demonstrate music reading skills and expect to be placed in the preparatory level of classical guitar instruction.
Theatre Arts scholarship candidates wishing to become actors or directors are asked to prepare and present TWO memorized, contrasting 1-minute monologues that best show their range of talent. You may also present a one-minute musical selection (optional), however you must provide your own recorded accompaniment on CD or dock.
Scholarship candidates wishing to become designers, technicians, or stage managers are asked to present a production portfolio/scrapbook that contains examples of previous theatrical or artistic projects.
All scholarship candidates for the Theatre Arts must also provide a detailed theatre resume, listing all theatre-related experiences. Be prepared to discuss the highlights of your resume.