Wayne State University

Talent Scholarship criteria

The Wayne State University Talent Scholarship program is designed to recognize high school seniors or recent graduates with talent in ART and DESIGN. These scholarships are based on an evaluation of the talent of individual students by Wayne State University faculty and provide funds approximately equal to half of the cost of in-state tuition. The determination of the awards is strictly the decision of Wayne State University. Register now

To be eligible

  • You must be a high school senior or recent graduate.
  • You must fulfill admission requirements to Wayne State University.  Apply now to Wayne State
  • You must intend to pursue a degree in one of the following areas: ceramics, drawing, fibers, fashion design and merchandising, graphic design, industrial design, interdisciplinary electronic arts, metalsmithing, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture

Award terms

  • The talent scholarship is available for eight consecutive academic terms or until you obtain the baccalaureate degree, whichever comes first, as long as you maintain good academic standing and meet the performance standards set by the department.
  • You must major in the talent area for which you are applying.
  • You must attend full time (12-16 credit hours) during the Fall and Winter terms. (Spring/Summer terms excluded.)
  • You may be awarded a talent scholarship in only one area of study.

Award process

  • Once you submit your application, you will be contacted by the art department to schedule a portfolio review date and time. The department will provide you with location and parking information.
  • Students will receive a letter from the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History with portfolio review results within approximately one month of the portfolio review date.

Overview of portfolio review day

What to bring

Bring with you no more than 20 actual portfolio pieces. Make them your best stuff. Where bringing actual pieces are always best, we understand that this is not always possible. Design pieces should be printed. Animations, videos or performance pieces should be prepared to present to the committee in .pdf format stored on a USB flash drive.  We will provide the equipment for viewing. 3-D sculptures, metalwork, ceramics pieces and garments should be brought to your review, unless you would consider them to be over-sized or immobile. In that case, you will want to be sure to have clear photographs showing different perspectives of the pieces.

You may want to bring a copy of your High School transcript to provide additional information for the committee members.

What to prepare

Although the idea of having to talk to a group of university professors about your artwork may seem intimidating and somewhat overwhelming, just remember, you know more about your artwork than anybody else. Why did you choose that color? Which techniques did you use in your work? What are the influences on your work? What are your goals for studying Art or Design?  These are some of the things that help the committee understand you, your work and the process you use in creating. Think about these questions and others which might help the professors better understand what you are producing.

What to expect

You will be meeting with a small group of faculty members and advisors for a very casual and low-key conversation about you and your work. The portfolio review will occur in the back office of the Art and Art History main office and will last approximately 15 minutes. You will want to be prepared to pull out your work, answer a few questions and pack up your work within that time.  It is advised to come about 10-15 minutes prior to your review appointment as it is all done on a very tight schedule. There is meter parking on the street out in front of our building on Cass Avenue and Kirby Street. If you feel that you will be staying for more than your scheduled review time, it is advised that you park in one of the structures identified on the WSU parking website.

Room 150 Art Building, 5400 Gullen Mall, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202