Visual Arts FAQ
Q: What kind of work should I bring to my audition?
Ideally we would like to see everything you have ever made by hand no matter when you made it or what it may be. We want to see the good and the bad, the old and the new. The more we see the better! You will be sharing your work with two or three faculty members and you will be able to tell them what is old or new and what you think is bad or good about the piece. This conversation will be an important way for us to get to you know you.
Q: Do I need previous training to be accepted into the visual arts program?
No prior training is required. The visual arts program starts every student off learning basic skills and concepts.
Q: Do you teach fashion, graphic design, illustration, cartooning, jewelry, animations or video game design?
We do not teach these specific skills. Our program focuses on drawing, painting, and sculpture but these are skills that all artists and designers in these fields must learn. Many of our alumni go on to study these disciplines in college and now have successful careers in those fields.
Q: If I am accepted to the Baltimore School for the Arts, can I take classes in other arts areas?
Even if you audition and are accepted into two departments, you will have to make a choice and commit to just one. The schedule does not provide time for electives in other arts areas and the time and dedication required to success in your major will most likely take up all of your time.
Q: If I am on a sports team, or involved in other outside activities, will I be able to continue in those activities when I am enrolled at the Baltimore School for the Arts?
The combined work load in academics and your visual arts classes will most likely not permit you time to pursue outside activities. Being a student at the BSA is a real commitment and you may have to sacrifice some things you used to do in order to put in the time required to be successful at this school.
Q: Will I be able to go right into a career after graduating from the BSA?
Most professional artists and designers require additional specialized training. However, representatives from the best art colleges in the country come to BSA in hopes of recruiting our students, often offering considerable scholarships, because our students have proved to be so well trained, disciplined, and serious about their work.
Q: Does the visual arts department have any famous alumni?
Artists and designers rarely become “famous” like some actors or singers. The visual arts department does have hundreds of “successful” alumni who are making good livings with careers in the arts and as teachers. . We have alumni who have exhibited their work at prestigious and world renown museums like the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, and the Guggenheim – to name a few. Our most “famous” visual arts graduate right now is Christian Siriano who became famous as a contestant and winner of Project Runway and has gone on to create a very successful careers for himself in the fashion design industry.