Scholarship Information for the Arts

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Auditions/portfolio reviews for scholarship consideration will be held April 5 in Building 4, Dassance Fine Arts Center, Ocala Campus. Please download audition/portfolio form to schedule an afternoon appointment on April 5. Please complete the form, save it, then email as an attachment to pierazep@cf.edu. If you do not receive an email confirmation within two business days, contact Phyllis Pierazek at 352-854-2322, ext. 1419.

Eligibility

Most scholarships require the student to enroll in 12 credit hours per semester. All scholarships require the completion of a FAFSA and a CF Financial Aid application. Other qualifying criteria may apply.

Purpose of the Awards

The CF Visual and Performing Arts Grants are intended to strengthen and support the performing arts at the College of Central Florida by offering talented students tuition assistance for participation in our college credit courses.

Award Amounts 

Award amounts vary with each student. Students who qualify will be awarded funds which may cover tuition for up to 12 credit hours per academic semester. The CF Office of Financial Aid supervises these student award accounts. Awards are given on a semester basis. A student in good standing who has fulfilled previous award obligations may apply each semester for the award. Please be aware, however, that these awards are competitive. Please consult subject-area specific audition information below.

CF Theatre - Audition Criteria

Theatre - Performance Track
  • Two contrasting monologues, three-minute maximum combined
  • Resume and headshot, does not need to be of professional quality
Performance scholarship students must fully participate in the CF Theatre program. Scholarship students are required to audition for main-stage shows each semester, but are not guaranteed a role. Those students not cast will be assigned jobs appropriate for their academic growth. In addition theatre scholarship students must be enrolled in at least one theatre course each semester. THE-2927 may not count toward this requirement. Other qualifying criteria may apply.
Theatre - Stagecraft and Design
  • Portfolio review and presentation/interview (one on one)
  • Resume 
  • Present renderings and photos for at least three design concepts (one should have been realized)
  • Two sealed letters of recommendation from teachers or professionals who know your work
Stagecraft and Design scholarship students must fully participate in the CF Theatre program. Scholarship students are required to interview for main-stage shows each semester, but will be encouraged to try many facets of production. Stagecraft and Design students are required to participate in THE-1927 in an on-stage role within their first year. In addition, theatre scholarship students must be enrolled in at least one theatre course each semester. THE-2927 may not count toward this requirement. Stagecraft and Design students will design, within their field of interest, for either a black box or main-stage production in their second or final year at CF. Other qualifying criteria may apply.
Theatre - Directing and Stage Management
  • Portfolio review and presentation/interview (one on one)
  • Resume 
  • Two sealed letters of recommendation from teachers or professionals who know your work
Directing - Prepare a director's concept for Marlowe's Tragic Life of Doctor Faustus. 
  • Include information you would give your designers, and information on staging. 
  • Present preliminary research on time period, style, meanings of the play.
Stage Manager - Prepare a prompt script for a full-length play of your choice including blocking notes, business, plots, and potential cues, sound, lights, SFX, etc. 
  • Give examples of rehearsal reports. 
  • Create a rehearsal calendar for the play of your choice.
Directing and Stage Management scholarship students must fully participate in the CF Theatre program. Scholarship students are required to interview for main-stage shows each semester, but will be encouraged to try many facets of production. Directing and Stage Management students are required to participate in THE-1927 in an on-stage role within their first year (if cast). In addition theatre scholarship students must be enrolled in at least one theatre course each semester. THE-2927 may not count toward this requirement. Directing and Stage Management students will work for either black box or main-stage productions either as an assistant or with full responsibility depending on aptitude. Other qualifying criteria may apply.
Contact Dr. Kathleen Downs, 352,854-2322, ext. 1205, or downsk@cf.edu.

CF Vocal Music - Audition Criteria

Audition should consist of two contrasting pieces. (No foreign language requirement)
  • One piece must be a traditional classical art song or aria
  • One may be from musical theatre
There will also be a short sight-reading exercise.
Restrictions:
  • Scholarship recipients must stay enrolled in both applied voice lessons and concert choir during each semester that scholarship is awarded. Other qualifying criteria may apply.
Contact Jason Longtin,  352-854-2322, ext. 1231,  longtinj@cf.edu.

CF Instrumental Music - Audition Criteria

Be prepared to perform the following:
  • Scales (chosen randomly by the audition committee)
  • A prepared piece with contrasting sections
  • Sight reading (classical) (or jazz if the student is leaning in that direction)
Scholarship recipients are expected to enroll in the appropriate musical ensembles and private instruction on a primary instrument. Other qualifying criteria may apply. Contact John D. Ash, 352-854-2322, ext. 1203 or ashj@cf.edu.

CF Visual and Media Arts - Portfolio Review

  1. Students who wish to apply for scholarship funds in Fine Arts, Digital Media or Web Design need to submit one of the following:
    1. FINE ARTS: A selection of 10 works or a PDF document of 10 images of your work. Lighting and clarity of images can influence the decision of the faculty so make every effort to include the best images you can obtain.
    2. DIGITAL MEDIA: A PDF document of 10 images of your work or up to 5 minutes of video in .MP4 format.
    3. WEB DESIGN: A completed website live (accessible via the internet) or local (on a disc or flash drive).
  2. Applicants will be evaluated based on formal and creative qualities
  3. Candidates will have the opportunity to discuss process and vision with the faculty review committee.
Students are expected to participate in the Visual Arts programs and events. Other qualifying criteria may apply. Contact the appropriate instructor for your program of interest below:

Drama

Dr. Kathleen Downs
352,854-2322, ext. 1205, downsk@cf.edu

Visual Arts

Tyrus Clutter
352-854-2322, ext. 1238, cluttert@cf.edu

Instrumental Music & Jazz

John D. Ash
352-854-2322, ext. 1203, ashj@cf.edu

Vocal Music

Jason Longtin
352-854-2322, ext. 1231, longtinj@cf.edu

Digital Media

Bud Dees
352-854-2322, ext. 1253, deesj@cf.edu

Web Design

Graham Young
352-854-2322, ext. 1646, youngg@cf.edu
 

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