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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.

Register for a Creative Promise Award during one of our fall events: Friday, November 9, Saturday, November 17, or Monday, December 3

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 2019 Creative Promise Award, students must have submitted a complete application for admission to Albright College, together with appropriate samples.

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 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

  • 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 Center for the Arts 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 2019 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.

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:

Creative Promise Awards in Creative Writing are renewable for four years with the following conditions:

  • Recipients of Creative Promise Awards in Creative Writing must contribute regularly to the student literary magazine, AGON, or the student arts magazine, Albright AM. 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 magazine staff meetings.
  • Students must write feature articles.
  • Students must write various pieces of work for AGON.
  • Students must edit print publications.
  • Students must contribute to design and layout.
  • Students must actively participate in periodic Creative Promise Program meetings.

Creative Promise Awards are offered in Fashion and Costume Design on the basis of a faculty evaluation of a student’s demonstrated level of outstanding creative promise. In order to be considered for a 2019 Creative Promise Award students must have submitted a complete application for admission to Albright College, together with their completed materials and interview.

Criteria for the Creative Promise Award Review in FASHION and COSTUME DESIGN:

  • Students must submit a portfolio of 10-12 fashion or costume design sketches respectively and photos of 3-5 designs that they have constructed with their application.
  • Students must present 3-5 actual garments that they have constructed at the faculty interview session.
  • Optional for Costume Designers: If the student has designed costumes for a theatre production, please present the show with costume renderings and photographs. Include any script analysis and design concepts used in the collaborative process with the show’s director. Be prepared to discuss this experience with the faculty of the Albright Fashion and Theatre Departments.

Maintaining Your Creative Promise Award in FASHION AND COSTUME DESIGN:

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. (Includes costume construction, dressing for shows, wardrobe and hair/makeup).
  • Students must actively participate in periodic Creative Promise Program meetings.

Fashion Design Students

  • Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  • Students must serve as open lab monitors during junior and senior year.
  • Students must participate in the annual fashion show.
  • Students must participate in at least one professional conference.
  • Students must actively participate in periodic Creative Promise Program meetings.

Creative Promise Awards in Electronic Digital Instrument are awarded on the basis of an on-campus review lasting approximately 30 minutes. In order to be considered for a 2019 Creative Promise Award students must have submitted a complete application for admission to Albright College, together with their review.

Electronic Digital Instrument

Participants in the Creative Promise Program can choose to specialize in Electronic Digital Instruments. These include 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), often in conjunction with a digital audio workstation software (Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Logic Pro X). Similar to other instrumentalists, the awards are given on the basis of an on-campus talent review and interview lasting approximately 30 minutes.

Criteria for the Creative Promise Award Review in Electronic Digital Instrument:

Repertoire

For students focusing on Electronic Digital Instruments, repertoire can be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • Submitting a portfolio of two compositions, recordings, or productions of electronic music.
  • Performing two prepared pieces in contrasting styles.
  • Submitting a single portfolio piece and preparing a single performance in a style of your choice.

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

Aural Skills and Improvisation, using the electronic digital instrument of your choice.

  • Rhythm – Perform a rhythm heard one time, as well as in a call-and-response manner.
  • Ear Training – Sing or play back a melody heard one time, as well as in a call-and-response manner.
  • Improvisation – Improvise on basic rhythmic and harmonic grooves in an individual and group setting.

Sight Reading

From either the musical staff or digital piano roll

  • Clap a rhythmic pattern consisting of whole, half, quarter. dotted-quarter, and eighth notes.
  • Sing a melodic pattern containing intervals of steps and skips while maintaining a steady tempo.

Composition and Arrangement

  • On a DAW or electronic instrument of your choice, program or perform a rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic sequence in three of the following styles: techno, hip-hop, house, EDM, trap, or ambient.

Maintaining Your Creative Promise Award in ELECTRONIC DIGITAL INSTRUMENT:

  • Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  • Students offered awards in this area will help develop an EDI ensemble and help support performance projects associated with Lion Records.
  • Students must actively participate in periodic Creative Promise Program meetings.

Creative Promise Awards in Instrumental and Vocal Music are awarded on the basis of an on-campus review/interview lasting approximately 30 minutes. In order to be considered for a 2019 Creative Promise Award students must have submitted a complete application for admission to Albright College, together with their audition.

Criteria for the Creative Promise Award Review in Instrumental and Vocal Music:

Vocalists

  • Repertoire: Students must perform two prepared pieces in contrasting styles that showcase their vocal quality and range. One selection may be a contemporary, popular, or theatre piece.
  • Technique: Students will be asked to undertake the following musicianship skills:

Aural Skills

  • Scales –Singing a major, harmonic minor and chromatic scale.
  • Rhythm – Clap a rhythm heard one time.
  • Ear Training – Sing a melody heard one time.
  • Harmonizing – Sing the upper and lower pitches of two notes played simultaneously.

Sight-Reading

  • Clap a rhythmic pattern consisting of whole, half, quarter. dotted-quarter, and eighth notes. Sing a melodic pattern containing intervals of steps and skips while maintaining a steady tempo.

Instrumentalists

Repertoire: All instrumentalists must perform two prepared pieces in contrasting styles that demonstrate their 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.

Technique: Students will be asked to undertake the following musicianship skills:

Wind, String and Brass players

  • Standard major scales
  • Chromatic scales
  • Intonation exercise: Perform a familiar short piece with accompaniment (provided).

Percussionists (May choose one or all of the following)

  • Snare Drum: Rudiments, one prepared work, and sight reading.
  • Timpani: Tuning based upon single pitch and one prepared work.
  • Keyboard Percussion: One prepared work for two or four mallets, major and chromatic scales, and sight reading.
  • Drum Set: Three of the following styles – 4/4 swing, Rock, Funk, Shuffle, Bossa Nova. World Percussion: Basic proficiencies in relation to style and technique from the following: Afro-Cuban percussion, Brazilian percussion, Arabic percussion, and African percussion.

Pianists

  • Major and minor scales, cadence chords and arpeggios

Guitarists

  • Open position scales in C, G, D, A, E and F
  • Play in a jazz swing style, chord changes to jazz standard.
  • Strum chords to a popular ballad with a steady tempo.

Sight-Reading:

  • Rhythmic exercises on repeated pitch
  • Melodic sight-reading excerpt (provided at audition)

Maintaining Your Creative Promise Award in INSTRUMENTAL and VOCAL MUSIC:

  • Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  • Students must participate in at least one credited, major performing group (i.e., String Chamber Orchestra, Concert Band, Concert Choir and Women’s Chorale).
  • Students must participate in a second ensemble and perform in a student recital or the equivalent each semester.
  • Students 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 2019 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.

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.
  • Students should also submit brief explanation of where the articles appeared and the overall role they played in the publication(s) as a staff writer or editor.”

Maintaining Your Creative Promise Award in JOURNALISM:

Student recipients of Journalism Creative Promise 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 Awards are offered in Music Business on the basis of the faculty’s evaluation of each interested students demonstrated level of outstanding creative promise. In order to be considered for a 2019 Creative Promise Award students must have submitted a complete application for admission to Albright College, together with a portfolio.

Criteria for the Creative Promise Award Review in Music Business

Students who are interested in applying for a Creative Promise Award that have prior experience on the administrative side of the music business system may submit an electronic portfolio (all documents 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 BUSINESS:

  • 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 Enterprises to fulfill their annual participation requirement.
  • Students must actively participate in periodic Creative Promise Program meetings.

Creative Promise Awards in Theatre are offered on the basis of an on-campus audition and/or portfolio interview lasting approximately 20 minutes. In order to be considered for a 2019 Creative Promise Award students must have submitted a complete application for admission to Albright College, together with their audition.

Criteria for the Creative Promise Award Review in THEATRE:

Performers:

  • Students must prepare two short monologues (about 60 seconds each) from plays that they like.
    • Monologues must be memorized and students must be prepared to talk about the plays from which the monologues came. It is likely that the faculty will ask a student to make a few adjustments to one of the monologues to see how the student responds to direction.

Backstage: (directors, scenic/lighting/sound designers, technicians, stage managers)

  • Students must present documentation of shows on which they have worked in the past and be prepared to discuss their experiences with the faculty.

Playwrights:

  • A theatrical writing sample of 10 pages or less

NOTE: Costume Design Applicants, please apply under Fashion Creative Promise Award.

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 2019 Creative Promise Award students must have submitted a complete application for admission to Albright College, together with a portfolio.

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

Art & Photography Portfolios:

  • Art or photography portfolios should include 15 – 20 jpeg images on a USB flash drive compatible with both Mac and PC, 8″ x 10″ prints, or 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 on a USB flash drive compatible with both PC and Mac, or links to online examples.

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.