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OHIO School of Art + Design Scholarship Application

Applicant Instructions

Students seeking talent-based scholarships should submit a portfolio via SlideRoom.

Log into slideroom here:

Incoming, first-year Studio Art applicants:

In the Media area of SlideRoom, upload 10 images that document your best original works of art in any media. Video/audio clips are also acceptable. Include detail shots or alternate views only if necessary for that artwork.

Incoming, first-year Art History applicants:

In the Media area of SlideRoom, upload two writing samples in PDF format, three to five pages in length.

Incoming, first-year applicants for both Studio Art and Art History majors:

In the Media area of SlideRoom, upload both images and writing samples as noted above. Select “Add Titles and Descriptions,” fill out all fields, and click “Next” to upload additional images or “Done.” At any time you can select “Save Progress” to save your information for future use. Once you have completed uploading and entering information, click “Next Step.”


Incoming, transfer students

In the Media area of SlideRoom, upload 5 images that document your best original works of art in any media. Video/audio clips are also acceptable. Include detail shots or alternate views only if necessary for that artwork. The Priority Scholarship submission date for Transfer students is May 15.



Preparing a Digital Portfolio for Submission
Frequently Asked Questions

Should I work with a mentor to develop my portfolio application?

Yes – if you have someone available to provide assistance, we strongly recommend taking advantage of this opportunity. We are happy to answer any questions that you have; however, working with someone who knows your work and can offer a critical eye will be very helpful for you.


Can I submit fewer than 10 images?

Yes, however, submitting your 10 best works is strongly recommended.


Can I submit more than 10 digital files?

Slideroom is set up to accept only 10 images from each applicant.


Can I apply more than once in order to submit additional images?

In order to keep the process fair for everyone, we ask that individuals apply only once.


Can I submit video clips/animations/gifs?

Yes. Limit the clip to 2 minutes.


I only have access to a camera on my phone – will these images be acceptable?

It is very likely. Open up the image file on a computer and view it full-screen. This is how the reviewers will see your work. If it looks okay (not pixel-ized) on your screen, it will probably be fine.


Is it okay if the documentation of my artwork includes other visual information?

We strongly advise using imaging software (such as Photoshop) to crop your image so that only the artwork itself is visible. Ideally, you do not want anything extra, like the frame, your hand, the ground, etc. to show up in the documentation image.


Can I make changes to my portfolio after I upload images?

Once you begin the application process you should regularly “Save” your progress in Slideroom. You can continue to make changes until you officially “Submit” your application.


Should I submit works in a variety of media or focus on one or two?

We recommend choosing your 10 best works, regardless of which media are used to create them. Consistently strong work in a variety of media will enhance your portfolio; however, if you have chosen to focus on one or two (or mixed media) that is absolutely acceptable.


Is there certain subject matter that you’re looking for?

No. Originality is key. Work that shows your creativity and personal voice will score much higher than work that is copied from another artist or appears to be simply fulfilling a structured, assigned project.


Can I submit collaborative work?

Yes. However, in the “Description” section, be very clear about your specific contributions to the artwork.


Do I have to fill out the “Description” section for each work submitted?

No. However, this is an opportunity to give the reviewers more information about your intentions with the work. The success of an artwork is not always in the visual – your work may have additional significance with regard to its references, the location in which it is exhibited, how it was used (as in performative or socially-engaged work), or as part of a larger body of work. Share any information that might help us to understand more about how or why the work was created and any further outcomes the work has had.


When will I find out whether I have been awarded funding and how will I be notified?

Applications will be reviewed in a timely manner and recommendations from the committee will be presented to the College of Fine Arts at the end of January. Initial awards will be posted to students’ “MyOhio” accounts in early February. Additional awards may be posted through summer on an individual basis. For best consideration, students should submit their portfolio by January 15, 2018. 


Who can I contact if I have other questions about my application or Slideroom?

Email for any questions about your portfolio application. Admissions application questions can be directed to Undergraduate Admissions at or 740.593.4100. Most questions about the software, Slideroom, can quickly be answered through their “Help” section.



The Fine Arts Talent Award (FATA), the Fine Arts Talent Enhancement Award (FATEA), and the Fine Arts Talent Trustees Award (FATTA) application priority date is January 15. Portfolios submitted for scholarship consideration will be accepted through February 20, 2017. The awards are reserved for incoming first-year students who earn admission to a Studio Art major, an Art History major, or both in the School of Art + Design (SOA+D) within the College of Fine Arts (COFA). These talent-based scholarships are awarded on the potential of individual students, as determined by the Scholarship Committee. All Fine Arts talent based awards are renewable for 8 semesters based on the successful completion of a minimum of 15 credits per semester, maintenance of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and continued pursuit of a major in the College of Fine Arts.

Please note that applicants only need to submit ONE application through SlideRoom to be considered for all three types of awards. The $10 SlideRoom application fee will be waived for all applicants who submit their materials by the priority date of January 15. After January 15, the fee may be waived on a case-by-case basis through the COFA. Students who intend to double major in Studio Art or Art History and also in another college outside of COFA must list Studio Art/Art History on the University application in order to be eligible for these awards. A second major can be added upon matriculation. FATA/FATEA award recipients may be residents or non-residents of Ohio, while only non-residents are eligible for the FATTA.


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