Major Acceptance Review
Advanced standing as a major in the Art Department is achieved by faculty evaluation of a portfolio of the student’s studio coursework. Major Acceptance Review is required of all studio majors whether pursuing a BA or BFA track. This evaluation is usually done during the second semester of the sophomore year or after a student has successfully completed 45 credit hours of study, providing the student has completed a minimum of 18 credit hours of studio coursework. Transfer students should note the number of transferred credits upon admission to Webster University. Transfer students entering with an Associates degree and/or 18 studio art credits are required to participate in the review their first semester. Consultation with your advisor is necessary to help you successfully prepare for Major Acceptance. Following portfolio evaluation, students are formally advised of admittance to the department as candidates for the B.A. program, or may be asked to resubmit their portfolios the following semester.
If a student should need to resubmit, a meeting should be scheduled with their advisor to discuss reasons for resubmit, and advice to prepare for the next scheduled Major Acceptance Review. Students asked to resubmit that do not participate in the next scheduled Major Acceptance Review will receive a fail grade. Students who do not receive favorable evaluation and are not asked to resubmit will be advised to seek another department for their major. Major Acceptance days are held in the fall and spring, usually the Friday of the week following fall and spring breaks.
Major Acceptance “Things-To-Do List”
1 Register for ART 2900 Major Acceptance Review prior to review There are no credits associated with this course number, it is used exclusively as official record of your review.
2 Keep track of all flyers posted in the VAST. Flyers will be posted officially announcing date of review, date of Major Acceptance PreparationMeeting, sign-up requirements and deadlines.
3 Obtain a Major Acceptance Review Form from the Art Office when notified to do so by flyer in the VAST. Type a short statement on the form detailing your educational experience, art work, influences, and strengths and weaknesses. This form will be used by faculty during the review process.
4 Submit the review form with completed statement to the ArtOffice by the posted deadline to sign-up for a review time.
5 After the deadline, look for review times and presentation spaces to be posted in the VAST. Meet with other students sharing your space and plan to prep the space together before the review.
Presentations should feature several works representing a full range of your coursework. Meeting with your advisor to discuss the work you will present is recommended. You will be assigned wall space, and pedestals are available for use in the studio building. Please do not use frames off your living room walls and no glass! Additional work should be available for perusal in portfolios and/or sketchbooks. Slide, video, and photo documentation may also be added. Videos, slides, performance and installations may require advanced planning and equipment, so plan ahead and check equipment early.
Evaluation is based on the following criterion:
∞ oral presentation (at least 5 minutes)
∞ references to your aesthetic, education, influences, and strengths and weaknesses in statement and during oral presentation
∞ formal appearance of display and selection of work displayed
∞ quality of work based on skill, sensitivity to medium; conceptual, analytical and creative ability; formal values and expressive content
6 Make a neat, professional and thoughtful presentation that shows growth and quality. Each review takes approximately 10 minutes but you should be ready well in advance of your turn. BE PREPARED!
7 Clean up your presentation space after your review. Results will be withheld from those who presented in a space that has been left disorderly