Creative Promise Program

Creative Promise Program

Albright College enjoys a rich history of excellence in the creative arts. To celebrate our commitment to this history, Albright has created the Creative Promise Program. This innovative endeavor is dedicated to the ongoing mentorship and development of our most creatively gifted students throughout their undergraduate career at Albright. The centerpiece of the Creative Promise Program is the Creative Promise Awards Initiative. Members of the faculty invite incoming students to submit portfolios, interview, or audition for renewable grants who demonstrate both outstanding creative talent as well as a serious commitment toward student leadership. Students awarded these grants on the basis of their portfolio/interview/audition submission and who accept membership into the Creative Promise Program will see the continuation of their grant as long as they remain active in the their area. Each department at Albright has their own criteria as to what “participation” entails.

Please note that students receiving these awards are free to pursue any major they wish and that these grants are independent of merit scholarships and need-based financial aid. Creative Promise awards are worth $3,000, and students may receive up to two Creative Promise Awards.

The deadline to apply for Creative Promise Awards is March 1, 2020.

Creative Promise Awards are offered in Arts Administration on the basis of the faculty’s evaluation of each interested student’s demonstrated level of outstanding creative promise. In order to be considered for a Creative Promise Award, students must have submitted a complete application for admission to Albright College, together with appropriate samples.

Creative Promise Arts Administration Application

Criteria for the Creative Promise Award Review in Arts Administration

Students who are interested in applying for a Creative Promise Award that have prior experience on the administrative side of any arts discipline may submit an electronic portfolio (all documents in PDF form).

Resume (1 page)

  • Education
  • Professional Experience (if any)
  • Volunteer Experience
  • Service in Organizations/Clubs
  • Leadership Experience
  • Awards
  • Community Service

Statement of Accomplishments/Goals (1 page)

  • Opening Paragraph: Introduce yourself and include general statements about notable goals you have accomplished.
  • Body Paragraph: Write about the steps you have taken in order to attain your aforementioned goals. Include specific actions that you have performed that are relevant to your desired field of study. Elaborate upon the impact of your work and how you, your employer, or the community has benefitted from your accomplishments citing specific data.
  • Closing Paragraph: Write about your 1, 5, and 10 year goals, and how your prior achievements have taught your how to attain these goals.

Critical Writing Sample

  • Class Research Paper

Supplemental Materials (submit at least three of the following)

  • Class Assignment other than research paper: Business Plan, Marketing Analysis, Project Evaluation Report
  • Creative Document: Poster design, Theatre Playbill/Concert Program, Exhibit Catalog, Ad
  • Social Media: Samples of videos or static images promoting an event your helped market
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Documentation of Community Work

Maintaining Your Creative Promise Award in ARTS ADMINISTRATION:

  • Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better, and must have an arts administration co-major or minor.
  • Students offered awards in this area will be expected to work provide 40 hours of volunteer service for the CFA each semester.
  • Students must actively participate in periodic Creative Promise Program meetings.

Creative Promise Awards are offered in Creative Writing on the basis of the faculty’s evaluation of each student writer’s demonstrated level of outstanding creative promise. In order to be considered for a Creative Promise Award students must have submitted a complete application for admission to Albright College, together with a portfolio of some of their creative works, whether it be fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, etc.

Creative Promise Creative Writing Application

Criteria for the Creative Promise Award Review in CREATIVE WRITING:

  • Students must submit 1 long sample or 5 short samples within the genres of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and other creative works.
  • Playwriting/ screenwriting submissions please apply under Theatre

Maintaining Your Creative Promise Award in CREATIVE WRITING:

For students with a GPA of 3.0 or above, Creative Promise Awards in Creative Writing are renewable for four years by contributing regularly to the student literary magazine, AGON, or the student arts magazine, Albright AM. Typically, the work involves a combination of some of the following activities:

  • attend magazine staff meetings;
  • participate in coffee houses and workshops sponsored by AGON;
  • write feature articles;
  • write various pieces of work for AGON;
  • edit print publications;
  • contribute to design and layout.

On the understanding that good writers are good readers, and as another way to fulfill the expectations of the Creative Promise Award in Creative Writing, students can also choose to take at least one class in the English Department, including English 101/102 in their freshman year, each year of their time at Albright.

Students who receive the CPP are expected to participate in periodic meetings sponsored by the program.

Creative Promise Program Awards in Fashion and Costume Design are determined through the submission of an online portfolio adjudicated by Fashion Department faculty. In addition, applicants must have submitted a complete application for admission to Albright College prior to be considered for a Creative Promise Award.

Creative Promise Fashion and Costume Design Application

Criteria for the Creative Promise Award Review in Fashion and Costume Design:

  • Students must submit a portfolio of 10 fashion or 12 costume design sketches along with high resolution images of 3-5 actual garments that they have constructed. In addition, a personal statement video (of approximately 4 to 5 minutes in length) must also be submitted. This video statement is intended to give applicants the ability to offer context to their design and construction process involved in the creation of these garments.
  • Optional for Costume Designers: If the student has designed costumes for a theatre production, please present the show with costume renderings and high-resolution photographs.  Include any script analysis and design concepts used in the collaborative process with the show’s director.

Maintaining Your Creative Promise Award in FASHION and COSTUME Design:

Creative Promise Awards are renewable for four years under the following conditions:

Costume Design Students

  • Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  • Students must enroll in at least one theatre class directly related to costume design per academic year.
  • Students must significantly participate in one theatre production per semester in the area of costumes. (This includes participation in costume construction, dressing for shows, wardrobe and hair/makeup.)

Fashion Design Students

  • Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better in their major.
  • Students must serve as open lab monitor during junior and senior year.
  • Students must participate in the annual fashion show.
  • Students must participate in at least one professional conference before graduation.

Creative Promise Program Awards in Music Production are determined through the submission of an online portfolio adjudicated by Music Department faculty. In addition, applicants must have submitted a complete application for admission to Albright College prior to submission of their audition portfolio.

Creative Promise Music Production Application

Music Production

Participants in the Creative Promise Program can choose to specialize in Music Production. This includes creative works composed using grid-based drum machines and samplers (Native Instruments’ Maschine, Akai MPC, Ableton Push), turntable and DJ-based technologies (Vinyl records, CDJ, USB controllers), or synthesizers (Korg Minilogue, Native Instruments’ Massive), in conjunction with a digital audio workstation software (Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Logic Pro X). The awards are given on the basis of an online portfolio submission of at least four music production samples. If you are a rapper, as well, please see the Instrumental and Vocal Music CPP criteria.

Criteria for the CPP Award Review in Music Production:

Repertoire

Valid portfolio repertoire includes DJ mixtapes, beat tapes, remixes, studio recordings of electronic music, and the development of synthesizer patches or production sample packs, among others. Performance styles include such genres as hip-hop, house, techno, trap, EDM, ambient, trance, experimental, and more.

Technique

Skills and techniques in music production will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Composition – the musical content is composed and arranged according to the standards of the given genre
  • Recording – audio recordings are clear and without background noise, clipping, and digital artifacts
  • Mix – balance exists in track volume levels, frequencies (EQ), stereo width (panning), and use of effects such as reverb, delay, and compression
  • Mastering – audio playback and loudness levels are mastered similar to the overall quality of comparable pieces

Maintaining Your Creative Promise Award in MUSIC PRODUCTION:

  • Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  • Students offered awards in this area will participate in the Albright Rap Collective and help support artists associated with Lion Records.
  • Students must actively participate in periodic Creative Promise Program meetings.

Creative Promise Program Awards in Vocal and Instrumental Performance are determined through the submission of an audition video that will be adjudicated by members of the Music Department faculty. In addition, applicants must have submitted a complete application for admission to Albright College prior to submission of their audition video.

Creative Promise Instrumental and Vocal Music Application

Criteria for the CPP Award Review in Vocal and Instrumental Performance:

Vocalists (Classical, Broadway, Pop/Jazz, or Rap Artists)

  • Vocalists must submit an audition video containing two prepared pieces (with piano/instrumental accompaniment) of contrasting styles, periods, and/or languages that showcase breadth of the applicant’s vocal abilities (tone quality, vocal range and flexibility, breath control, diction, rhythmic sense, etc.). For Classical singers, at least one selection should be in English.

Instrumentalists (Brass, Guitar, Percussion, Pianists, Strings, and Woodwind)

  • Applicants must submit an audition video containing two prepared pieces (either solo or accompanied) of contrasting styles/periods that demonstrate the breadth of the applicant’s technical and interpretive abilities. Selections could be contrasting movements, sections from a larger work, works from two different stylistic periods or selections from your high school ensemble repertoire.

Maintaining Your Creative Promise Award in INSTRUMENTAL and VOCAL MUSIC:

  • Award recipients must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  • Award recipients must participate in at least one credited major performing group (i.e., String Chamber Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Commercial Music Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Rap

Collective, Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, etc.).

  • Award recipients are expected to audition for student recitals each semester or, in the case of Rap/Hip Hop Artists, record a single through Lion Records each semester.
  • Award recipients must actively participate in periodic Creative Promise Program meetings.

Creative Promise Awards are offered in Journalism on the basis of the faculty’s evaluation of each student writer’s demonstrated level of outstanding creative promise. In order to be considered for a Creative Promise Award students must have submitted a complete application for admission to Albright College, together with a portfolio of some of their creative works, whether it be newspapers, magazines or other mass media.

Creative Promise Journalism Application

Criteria for the Creative Promise Award Review in JOURNALISM:

  • Students must submit a portfolio of at least four samples of published articles from campus and/or community publications prior to interview.
  • Students should also submit a statement detailing where the articles appeared and explaining the overall role they played in the publication(s) as a staff writer or editor.
  • Students must be prepared to attend an interview to discuss their works with faculty.

Maintaining Your Creative Promise Award in JOURNALISM:

Student recipients of Journalism Talent Awards must contribute regularly to the student newspaper, The Albrightian, or the student arts magazine, Albright AM. During the first week of each semester, students will meet with the chairperson of the communications department to outline specific expectations. Typically, the work involves a combination of the following activities:

  • Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better – Students must attend staff meetings
  • Students must write substantive articles for the newspaper and related online sites – Students must write feature articles for the magazine and related online sites
  • Students must write and produce radio news scripts
  • Students must edit print and online publications
  • Students must contribute to design and layout
  • Students must actively participate in periodic Creative Promise Program meetings.

Creative Promise Program Awards in Music Industry are determined through the submission of an online portfolio adjudicated by Music Department faculty. In addition, applicants must have submitted a complete application for admission to Albright College prior to submission of their portfolio.

Creative Promise Music Industry Application

Criteria for the Creative Promise Award Review in Music Industry:

NOTE:  All electronic documents must be submitted in PDF form

Curriculum Vitae/Resume (1 page)

  • Education
  • Professional Experience
  • Pre-Professional Experience
  • Professional Organizations
  • Leadership Experience
  • Awards
  • Community Service

Statement of Accomplishments/Goals (1 page)

  • Opening Paragraph: Introduce yourself and include general statements about notable goals you have accomplished.
  • Body Paragraph: Write about the steps you have taken to in order to attain your aforementioned goals. Include specific actions that you have performed that are relevant to your desired field of study. Elaborate upon the impact of your work and how you, your employer, or the community has benefited from your accomplishments citing specific data.
  • Closing Paragraph: Write about your 1, 5, and 10-year goals, and how your prior achievements have taught your how to attain these goals.

Critical Writing Sample

  • Example: Research paper

Supplemental Materials (one or more of the following)

  • Business Plan
  • Marketing Analysis
  • Artist Management Portfolio (Personal or Touring)
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Documentation of Community Work.

Maintaining Your Creative Promise Award in MUSIC INDUSTRY:

  • Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  • Students offered awards in this area will be expected to actively participate in Lion Records to fulfill their annual participation requirement.
  • Students must actively participate in periodic Creative Promise Program meetings.

Creative Promise Program Awards in Theatre are determined through the submission of an audition video or (in the case of Designers/Technicians/Playwrights/Directors) an online portfolio that will be adjudicated by members of the Theatre Department faculty. Applicants must also submit personal statement in the form of a written essay or as a video. Lastly, as with all of our CPP programs, applicants must have submitted a complete application for admission to Albright College prior to submission of their audition video/e-portfolio.

Creative Promise Theatre Application

Criteria for the Creative Promise Award Review in THEATRE

Part One: AUDITION VIDEOS/ONLINE PORTFOLIOS

Actors:

  • Actors must submit an audition video containing TWO prepared monologues from published plays. Each monologue should be no longer than 60 seconds. Be sure to choose material that is age appropriate and that showcases the breadth of your acting abilities (vocal range and flexibility, diction, characterization, ability to play an action/pursue an objective, etc.). Please do NOT submit musical theatre selections. Musical theatre students are encouraged to submit audition videos of songs from Broadway musicals to the Music Department (CPP Awards in Vocal Performance).

Design and Production:

  • Design/Production applicants must submit an online portfolio that consists of evidence of process/product (photos, videos, prompt books, sketches, schedules, etc.) – anything that helps us understand your level of experience in one or more of the following areas that include, but not limited to:
o   Stage Management

o   Dramaturgy

o   Scenic design/construction

o   Lighting design/electrics work

 

o   Properties design/construction

o   Sound design/engineering

o   Projection design/engineering

o   Directing

 

Playwrights:

  • Applicants must submit an online portfolio containing a theatrical writing sample of approximately 10 pages — that may be from one work or several. Please submit all written materials in PDF form and make sure that your full name is on each page of your creative materials.

Part Two: Personal Statement (Written Essay or Video Essay)

All applicants for the Creative Promise Program Awards in Theatre must also submit a personal statement (either in the form of a two-page written paper (submitted as a PDF) or a 3 to 5-minute video that answers the following questions:

  • How would you describe your most meaningful theatrical experience?
  • Why do you want to study theatre at Albright College?
  • What are your learning objectives for your theatre training at Albright?

Maintaining Your Creative Promise Award in THEATRE:

  • Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  • Students must enroll in at least one Theatre course each year.
  • Students must significantly participate in at least one of the four Theatre Department’s main stage productions in conjunction with the Domino Players Company each year.
  • Students must actively participate in periodic Creative Promise Program meetings.

Creative Promise Awards are offered in Visual and Digital Art on the basis of the faculty’s evaluation of each student writer’s demonstrated level of outstanding creative promise. In order to be considered for a Creative Promise Award students must have submitted a complete application for admission to Albright College, together with a portfolio.

Creative Promise Visual and Digital Art Application

Criteria for the Creative Promise Award Review in VISUAL and DIGITAL ART:

Art & Photography Portfolios:

  • Art or photography portfolios should include 10–15 jpeg images. These should be uploaded in a Compressed zipped folder or via a website link.
  • Each piece must include descriptions as to the medium used, dimensions and year created. The top of the piece should be clearly delineated.

Videos & Film Submissions:

  • Video and film submissions should include at least 15 minutes of content submitted. Videos submissions should be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, or Google Video. Direct link to video MUST be provided!

Maintaining Your Creative Promise Award in VISUAL and DIGITAL ART:

Creative Promise Awards in Visual/Digital Art are renewable for four years with the following conditions:

  • Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better
  • Students must enroll in at least two art courses by the end of the sophomore year.
  • Students must actively participate in periodic Creative Promise Program meetings.