Incoming Student FAQ
We are beyond excited for you to join us and can't wait to learn even more about you at orientation. Speaking of orientation, we get a lot of the same questions at each session! Check out some of the answers below - and please don't hesitate to reach out with any additional questions!
#1 - “How do I transfer AP/Studio Art credit?”
Most AP and Studio Art Credit will automatically transfer in as ARTS 199: Arts Elective (3 Credits).
Most degrees require around 12 credits worth of ARTS Electives – so you don’t need to do anything unless you want to change the credit from ARTS 199 to a specific studio course, like ARTS 332: Sculpture I or ARTS 101: 2D Design, for example.
IF you would like to turn your ARTS 199: Arts Elective credit into its counterpart at Winthrop, you will need to complete an application for transfer credit with your portfolio. Click here for instructions and link to Transfer Credit Application. Submission Deadline is August 17, 2018 @ 9:00 AM.
Why do we do this? Well, because you will be leaving with a Winthrop Degree – and we want to make sure your education reflects that. When you submit your portfolio it is reviewed by a Fine Arts faculty member to make sure it matches the Winthrop course objectives and learning outcomes. This also allows the faculty member to discover any techniques you may not have had the opportunity to learn at your previous institution. So in the meantime, stay in those foundation schedules – it’s easier to sign up for the studio course you need later than get into that section of ARTS 102.
#2 - "I'm not sure <Insert Degree/studio emphasis here> is the right path for me..does that matter?"
Nope! We actually designed the B.A. in Art and B.F.A in Art to be flexible and interdisciplinary. The first two years of these degrees are essentially interchangeable, and if you are pursing the B.F.A, you really don't have to decide on an emphasis until the end of your second year. Now, if you're thinking about pursuing the B.A. in Art Education or the B.A. in Art History we recommend you switch to those sooner than later as they have different requirements that, if you decide to switch out later, can get folded into the B.A. in Art or B.F.A. in Art.
#3 - "What is Foundations?"
The Foundation Studies Program (aka "Foundations") comprises a series of sequential courses taken by all B.F.A. in Art and B.A. in Art degree-seeking students. These courses occur during the first two consecutive semesters of a student’s first year within the Fine Arts Department at Winthrop University. Concepts contained in these courses serve to educate the beginning student on broad issues concerning art and art history in order to adequately prepare them for their area of specialization. Why is the foundations program so important? Well, because in addition to reinforcing the principles of art it allows you to explore a variety of mediums, techniques, and creative processes. A lot of students come to Winthrop thinking they want to do drawing or painting only to discover other mediums, like printmaking, jewelry/metals, or video, mesh better with their creative habit and allow for deeper creative expression.
#4 - "What do I need for classes?"
Your instructors will provide a materials and supply list on the first day of class. In addition, we supply a lot of the tools and materials as part of the course fee.
#5 - "Do I need a computer?"
You do not need a computer unless you want one - as there is plenty of access to computer labs, and your computer probably won't have the software you'll need for class anyways. If you want a computer - PC or Mac is personal choice. A lot of creatives prefer Macs (they are quite attractive, aren't they?), but you can get a lot more bang for your buck with a PC and they are better at some of the computer-aided design stuff. Again, personal preference.
#6 - "I want to buy some tools - what should I get?"
Awesome! Making small tool purchases throughout your undergraduate career is a great way to prepare for a sustainable creative practice after graduation. I recommend waiting to see where you end up and how your aesthetic develops - and the purchase then "go to" tools that support your practice.
Did we miss one? Please don't hesitate to ask any questions at your orientation session or email FineArts@winthrop.edu