Meadows School of the Art
(2010 Undergraduate Catalog)
Various divisions in Meadows School of the Arts have special admissions criteria such as auditions, portfolio reviews and specified coursework. Admissions criteria pertinent to each instructional unit are stated in the section of this publication devoted to that unit.
Prospective students interested in undergraduate degrees in Meadows School of the Arts apply for undergraduate admission to SMU as first-year students or transfer students through the SMU Division of Enrollment Services, Office of Undergraduate Admission, PO Box 750181, Dallas TX 75275-0181. The application deadline for first-year students entering for the fall term is November 1 for early action, January 15 for regular decision and merit scholarships, and November 1 for the spring term. For transfer students, the application deadline is April 1 (scholarship consideration), June 1 for the fall term and November 1 for the spring term. (See the Admission to the University section in the front of this catalog.)
Admission as an SMU Interschool Transfer Student
First-year pre-major students enter Dedman College and then transfer to Meadows School of the Arts when they complete requirements for the major declaration. A student transferring from Dedman College (or other schools of the University) must secure a Student Change of Degree Program form from the office of the academic dean of the studentís current school to present to the Undergraduate Academic Services Office of Meadows School of the Arts.
Students must have completed a minimum of 24 term hours of study with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. Students in various divisions also must receive formal recognition for suitable scholarly or creative ability, and talent in the performing arts. Art students must submit a portfolio (12 images) to www.smu.slideroom.com halfway through their second term of art study for admission to study for the B.F.A. or B.A. degree. Based upon that portfolio and review of transcript courses, they will be considered for degree status. Art history students are strongly encouraged to contact the chair of the Art History Division for a conference. Advertising, cinema-television, journalism, and corporate communications and public affairs students must successfully complete the prerequisite subset of courses with the appropriate GPA to be admitted to their degree programs. Advertising students must additionally complete a written on-site application to the program. CCPA students must present a portfolio for review at the conclusion of CCPA 3375; the selection process is highly competitive and includes a faculty letter of recommendation.
It should be noted that all students in dance, music and theatre will have auditioned/interviewed prior to entering SMU.
Admission as an External Transfer Student
Students applying for admission to Meadows School of the Arts by transfer from another accredited educational institution should request a transfer application from the Division of Enrollment Services. Transfer applicants who have completed 30 transferable hours with a GPA of 2.7 or better are often successful in gaining admission to the University. Once admitted, a transfer student must be prepared to earn at least 60 hours of credit through enrollment at SMU. That is, 60 hours of credit must be earned in SMU courses or SMU-approved international programs.
Transfer credit is not given for correspondence courses or for work completed at a nonaccredited school. Only grades of C- or better in comparable courses are transferable to SMU.
Transfer into Meadows School of the Arts is not automatic. Consideration is also given to creative or scholarly potential for the program to be undertaken and to particular talent in performing areas. Admissions criteria pertinent to each instructional unit also must be satisfied.
Students should contact the Division of Enrollment Services, Office of Undergraduate Admission regarding readmission. A student who has been readmitted after an absence of more than three years will be expected to meet all current requirements for graduation. Dance, music or theatre students may also be required to re-audition. Official transcripts from each college or university attended since last enrolled at SMU must also be forwarded to the Division of Enrollment Services. If five years have lapsed since the last term of enrollment at SMU, official transcripts from each college or university attended prior to SMU must also be forwarded to the Division of Enrollment Services. All data is due no later than the last business day prior to the first day of classes of the term of reentry. See Readmission of Students in the Admission to the University section for more details.
For many SMU students, scholarships and other aid make the cost of attending a distinguished university no more, and often less, taxing on their familiesí financial resources than attending a public university. More than 75 percent of SMU students receive some type of financial aid. For more information, see the Student Financial Aid section or contact the Division of Enrollment Services, Office of Financial Aid.
SMU has a generous program of merit scholarships, grants, loans and part-time jobs to recognize academic achievement and talent in specific fields and to meet financial need.
Meadows Undergraduate Artistic Scholarships
The divisions and centers comprising Meadows School of the Arts annually award scholarships for outstanding achievement in a particular discipline. Candidacy for scholarship considerations may require an audition, portfolio review and/or interview. No student with ability should hesitate to apply to SMU and Meadows because of financial need.
For information regarding artistic scholarships, contact the director of Financial Aid and Scholarships, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, PO Box 750356, Dallas TX 75275-0356, or call 214-768-3314.
To receive primary consideration for all SMU merit scholarships and other aid, students should comply with the following schedule:
By January 15
- Complete the SMU Application for Admission.
- Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov and the College Scholarship Service/Financial Aid Profile at www.collegeboard.com.
By March 1
- Complete auditions and/or interviews.