1. During the open application period complete an online application form.
2. An arts teacher, a community leader, or someone who has worked closely with you, will need to complete a recommendation to the program. A request for that recommendation will be automatically emailed to the individual you designate when you complete and submit the online application. Private school, home school, charter school and out-of-county students will need to send a transcript of grades to the Fine Arts Center.
3. Attend an audition/interview at the Fine Arts Center at which time you will be evaluated in your art area. Please note: you may audition for more than one area, but will need to choose only one if offered multiple positions. The interviews are held from mid January through mid-March for classes that will meet the following school year. You must attend the audition /interview in order to be considered for enrollment.
Audition/interview dates will be emailed to you. Following these simple application procedures has made an important difference in the lives and careers of many students in the upstate.
The Fine Arts Center has middle and high school visitation days in November each year. Please go to our website for additional information about visiting the Fine Arts Center to see first-hand the exciting one-of-a-kind programs the Center has to offer.
Calendar for Application Process for 2015-2016
November 3, 2014 Fine Arts Center online application for new and returning students for the 2015 - 2016 school year will go on website. No paper applications will be accepted.
Final deadline for applications January 16, 2015.
January 20, 2015 February 27, 2015 - Fine Arts Center teachers will audition/interview applicants.
March 2, 2015 All audition/interview decisions will be available to students and parents on this date.
March 9, 2015 Accepted student will have returned Commitment Forms to complete registration process.
March 13, 2015 Rosters of accepted students to high schools.
FAC FAQ’s - Common questions about attending the Greenville Fine Arts Center
- When do classes meet? The FAC has 2 sessions daily: 9:15-11:05 AM and 1:303:20 PM.
- How much credit do I earn? 2 units of elective credit/year. Many FAC classes are Honors Level and AP classes are offered in Studio Art, Music Theory and Art History.
- Is it free? YES, for any accepted student living in Greenville County.
- Does applying obligate me to attend? NO. If I am accepted, am I obligated to attend? NO.
- Do I have to transfer to Wade Hampton? NO. Buses from the high schools are generally available; many students drive to the FAC.
- Can I apply in more than one art area? YES. Apply in as many as you like, but you would need to complete an application for each area; if you are accepted in more than one, you will need to choose one area to study.
- Can I choose a different art area in a later year? YES, providing you are accepted in that area through the standard audition/interview.
- Do I have to be a polished artist already to be accepted? NO. The audition/interview will assess previous experience, yes, but will also evaluate the applicant’s talent, creativity, and motivation. Academic records and a recommendation from a teacher area also considered.
- Do I have to spend 4 years at the FAC? NO. You can begin classes at the FAC in 9th, 10th 11th or 12th grades. You can stay for as long as your schedule will allow, providing that your work earns you the privilege to return for another year.
- Is it challenging? Do I need to be serious? YES. None of the classes at the FAC are “easy-A” arts classes. Roughly 93% - 98% of FAC graduates go to college.
- Do I need to be committed to a career in the arts to attend? NO. Roughly 60% of FAC graduates go on to study the arts in college; the rest pursue their art as an avocation or simply enjoy a lifetime of enhanced appreciation of the arts. Some students will discover that serious, in-depth study and practice of the arts is their most fulfilling life path.
- Are there advantages to arts study at the FAC over my home high school? YES small class sizes, 2 hours of arts study daily, very advanced instruction by artist/teachers, great teachers, great facilities, frequent visiting artists, and healthy collegial relationships with other students who are serious about their art.
- Could I earn scholarship money with my study at the FAC? Definitely. The 88 graduating seniors of the FAC in 2014 earned over $10 million in scholarship awards.
- Are we connected to the Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities? NO. Though the SCGSAH grew out of our school, it is an independent state-run program in which students live on campus and take academic courses as well as arts. The FAC faculty is as credentialed as that of the SCGSAH and the FAC’s class offerings are wider. The SCGSAH is a fine program, but intrinsically different from the FAC.
Creative Writing: Bring typed examples of your writing, preferably in two different genres. You might include poetry, short stories or novel excerpts, plays or scripts and creative essays. Please do not bring research writing such as book reports or term papers. Include your full name, school and the name of your English teacher on the top of each page of your writing. Be prepared for both written and oral interviews. For further information about the Creative Writing program, please visit our Creative Writing page.
The Dance Audition:
The dance audition will be a dance class that begins with a ballet class followed by a modern/contemporary dance class.
What to wear:
You will need to dance in bare feet for the modern dance portion of the audition, so make sure that your tights allow for that. Ladies are asked to wear leotards and tights if you have them or form fitting clothing that allow for movement. Gentlemen are asked to wear plain short sleeve shirt and shorts or pants that allow for movement. It is best to have clothing that conforms to your body so that your movements can be seen clearly. You should have your hair up and back away from your face and neck. You will want to present yourself in the most professional manner possible for the audition.
What to bring to the audition:
Please bring your ballet shoes if you have them or socks if you do not. A water bottle is suggested with your name on it.
Please bring a five minute sample of your best work on DVD or CD. Applicants should be prepared to spend approximately 15 minutes writing during the interview.
Students considering a performance focus should prepare a monologue of no longer than 90 seconds, from a published play that you have read, fitting your type. Any special skills, such as singing or dancing, can also be shown.
For students interested in technical theatre, a resume describing any previous theatrical experience (technical and other) should be presented. Portfolios and photographs are welcomed. Technical students must also prepare a monologue (no longer than a minute) from a published play that you have read.
AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: WOODWIND AND BRASS INSTRUMENTS
Candidates should be prepared to perform:
a solo work for your instrument
major scales (all, or as many as you have learned)
In addition, candidates will:
take an interview
take a music theory placement test
AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: PERCUSSION
Candidates should be prepared to perform an audition on, at minimum, snare drum and drum set. Students with experience on other percussion instruments should be prepared to perform materials on those instruments as well. Auditions for each instrument should include:
rudiments (as many as the candidate knows)
a solo work
a prepared piece and/or
improvisation in styles with which the candidate may be familiar
a solo work
a forte piano roll
a solo work
In addition, candidates will:
take an interview
take a music theory placement test
Students wishing to audition for the voice program at the Fine Arts Center should prepare:
1. One art song from the standard classical repertoire. This piece can be in English or a foreign language.
2. One selection from the standard musical theatre repertoire.
3. One selection of the student's choice from any musical genre.
All music presented should have an accompaniment, and the student should bring an additional copy of each of the three required audition pieces. An accompanist will be provided. Pre-recorded music is not acceptable. If the student plays another instrument (for example, guitar or piano), and wishes to accompany himself, this will also be accepted.
1 Play a piece of your choice demonstrating your skills
2 You will be asked to improvise using pentatonic scales.(We will teach you the scale at the audition)
3 You will be asked questions in regards to melody, harmony and rhythm.
4 No guitar amps or effects are needed.
Basic knowledge of computer audio recording even if home consumer type only Preferably a basic skill in a musical instrument or basic knowledge in music theory or chord progressions.
Strings Chamber Music
At the audition we ask the students to perform two contrasting movements from a solo piece, sonata, or concerto. The movements performed do not need to be from the same piece. They can be works from different eras, different tempi (one slow movement, one fast), anything that shows range and contrast in the student's playing. A three octave scale is required. The student can choose any 3 octave Major or minor scale they would like to play. Two kinds of sight-reading will also be asked. One is a short rhythmic excerpt for the student to clap, and the other we will ask the student to play a few lines from standard chamber music repertoire. A short music theory placement test is also given.
HOW TO ASSEMBLE YOUR PORTFOLIO AND PREPARE FOR YOUR REVIEW:
1. Bring 8 to 10 pieces artwork plus your sketchbook!
2. Include a variety of media and styles if you can. For example, you may specialize in photography, but you should include ceramics, drawings, prints, sculptures, jewelry, or anything else you have to demonstrate that you are a well-rounded artist. The portfolio should represent the full range of a student's experiences in the visual arts.
3. Include your best work, both school assignments and artwork you’ve made
on your own. Also, well-used sketchbooks give us insight into your artistic process and level of dedication.
4. Come prepared to have a conversation about your art. You will present your portfolio to one of the Visual Arts Department teachers and will be asked questions about your artwork and artistic training. A typical interview will last between 5-15 minutes. Expect to learn about the strengths of your portfolio as well as how you can improve it.
Your portfolio represents you as an artist and as a potential Fine Arts Center student. Who gets a good portfolio and interview evaluation?
Students who are self-motivated to create artwork.
Students who have made the effort to learn about the history of the arts.
Students who can discuss their use of the elements and principles of design.
Students who do well academically.
Although academic grades are not our primary focus, our experience tells us that there is often a strong correlation between academic success and artistic success, and we want our students to be prepared artistically and academically for life after high school. The Fine Arts Center is looking for young artists who are willing to work together in a focused, cooperative manner while exploring new techniques, materials, and ideas.