Nordan Fine Arts Awards

Through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. L. A. Nordan of San Antonio, Texas, and in keeping with their interest in cultivation of the fine arts, the Nordan Fine Arts Awards were established at Texas Christian University in 1965.

This special fund permits young persons who are capable and qualified, and who meet certain necessary requirements, to compete for awards in Art, Dance, Music, and Theatre in the College of Fine Arts at Texas Christian University.

General Information

Nordan Young Artist Awards

Open to entering freshmen of superior talent in Art, Dance, Music or Theatre with 12 or fewer semester hours of academic credit. Selection will be by audition or art portfolio.

Awards are $10,000 or more for one academic year.

Students who satisfy criteria for renewal will be designated Nordan Scholars and receive a minimum of $10,000 per year for the remainder of their undergraduate program (renewable for up to three years). Nordan Scholar Awards are subject to renewal criteria outlined below.

Nordan Scholar Awards

Open without further audition to holders of the Nordan Young Artist Award who satisfy criteria for renewal.

Open to undergraduate majors in Art, Dance, Music or Theatre when a Nordan Award becomes available. Selection will be by audition or art portfolio review.

Awards are a minimum of $10,000 per academic year and are renewable for the remainder of the student’s academic program, but not exceeding a total of three years.

Renewal of Nordan Awards

Renewal is based on maintaining a 3.0 GPA. in the area of the award and successfully meeting the general University grade standards for non-probation students.

Renewal in Art is subject to a portfolio examination by faculty.

Renewal in Dance is subject to a faculty jury examination.

Recipients of Music awards are expected to demonstrate performance abilities beyond the normal demands of studio lessons and will be reviewed annually by a faculty jury.

Renewal of Theatre awards requires the demonstration of artistic growth through either portfolio review or performance as assessed by a faculty jury.

Admissions Information and Deadlines:

Nordan Awards will be made only to students admitted to the University. Recipients of Nordan Awards must major in the field of the award.Theatre students must be earning the BFA degree. Admission consideration for freshmen is based upon information included in the Application for Undergraduate Admission, high school transcript, SAT or ACT scores, and evaluations. Admission consideration for transfer students (out of high school for at least one full semester and attempted some college or university work for credit) is based upon the information included in the Application for Undergraduate Admission and official transcripts of all college work attempted.

Applicants must submit the Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for additional aid programs.

Requirements for Application, Interview and/or Audition

ART

The Nordan Young Artist/Studio Art & Art Education Award

Application Deadline: January 31, 2017

The Nordan Young Artist/Studio Art & Art Education Award is open to entering freshman of superior talent in art with 12 or fewer semester hours of college level credit upon entry to the university. Selection is made by submission of an online application and portfolio. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, students must be seeking a BFA degree and major in Art Education or Studio Art (Ceramics, Painting, Photography, Printmaking or Sculpture). The submitted portfolio should exhibit technical competence, formal understanding and personal creative expression. Applying students must submit 15 to 20 images of original works. At least 5 of these must be drawings exploring a single subject in real space (not from a photograph, reproduction or invention).

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Applying for a Young Nordan Award

The scholarships are renewable for up to three academic years (a total of four years-worth of awards) of the student’s undergraduate program. Please read the guidelines carefully. Late or incomplete portfolios will not be processed.

If you are applying for a Studio Art & Art Education Artist Award, please have two letters of recommendation sent directly to:

School of Art
Att: Scholarship Committee/Studio Art & Art Education
Texas Christian University
PO Box 298000
Fort Worth, TX 76129

A portfolio must be submitted electronically through TCU’s Slideroom.

CLICK HERE to Apply for the Young Nordan Artist award. You will need the latest version of the Adobe Flash Player to view the Slideroom site. CLICK HERE to download the latest version of Adobe Flash Player.

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GRAPHIC DESIGN

The Young Nordan Award

Application Deadline: February 3, 2017

The Nordan Young Graphic Designer Award is open to entering freshmen of superior talent in graphic design with 12 or fewer semester hours of college level credit upon entry to the university. (AP and dual-enrollment credit does not apply toward the 12 hours). Application is made by submission of an online application and portfolio. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, students must major in Graphic Design or Design Studies. The submitted portfolio should demonstrate technical competence, creative expression, diversity of style, and insight into the use of design to solve communication problems. Applying students must submit 15 to 20 images of original works. At least 5 of the works must focus specifically on composition. The remaining images should demonstrate a range of ability that may include photography, drawing, 3D design, software proficiency, and graphic design.

Applying for a Nordan Young Graphic Designer Award

The scholarships are renewable for up to three academic years (a total of four years-worth of awards) of the student’s undergraduate program. Please read the guidelines carefully. Late or incomplete portfolios will not be processed.

When applying for a Young Nordan Graphic Designer Award, please have two letters of recommendation sent directly to:

Department of Graphic Design
Attn: Scholarship Committee
Texas Christian University
PO Box 298000
Fort Worth, TX 76129

A portfolio must be submitted electronically through TCU’s Slideroom web page.

CLICK HERE to Apply for the Young Nordan Graphic Designer award (this link takes you off of the TCU website to TCU’s SlideRoom portal).You will need the latest version of the Adobe Flash Player to view the Slideroom site. CLICK HERE to download the latest version of Adobe Flash Player.

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DANCE

Application & Materials Deadline: October 06, 2014 for October 17 audition, November 10, 2014 for November 21 audition, and January 12, 2015 for January 23, 2015 audition OR UNTIL AUDITION CLASSES ARE FILLED.

Auditions

Applicants are required to participate in a ballet class and a modern dance technique class. Audition classes will be held at Erma Lowe Hall on the TCU campus. Students pursuing Early Decision must attend the audition on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

Nordan awards provide a minimum of $10,000 per year for four years (eight semesters.) Awards are based on potential, as well as on skills and demonstrated execution. It is usual for at least two awards to be given.

The audition application, a description of the audition process and requisite materials are available on-line at www.dance.tcu.edu.

Only international applicants may submit a DVD of specific audition material in place of an on-site audition.

For more information, call The School for Classical & Contemporary Dance at (817)-257-7615 or e-mail: dance@tcu.edu.

MUSIC

The Nordan Scholarship is an exclusive award, open to entering freshmen vocalists, instrumentalists and composers of superior talent, who have chosen to major in music. Nordan winners receive a four-year, full tuition award. To learn more about the Nordan Scholarship, please visit the School of Music website.

THEATRE

Application Deadline: December 2, 2014 for December 7, 2014, Audition. January 27, 2015 for Auditions on January 31, 2015 and February 14, 2015.

Applicants for acting, musical theatre, design, theatre production, and theatre studies are required to have their university and departmental applications submitted by the deadline.Nordan recipients must be earning the BFA degree.

Auditions and Interviews:

Auditions will be held on the TCU campus on Sunday, December 7, 2014 (all BFA emphases), and Saturday, January 31, 2015 (BFA-Musical Theatre) and Saturday, February 14, 2015 (BFA-Acting, Design, Production, Theatre Studies).

TCU is also scheduled to be represented at the Unified Auditions in New York on January 24, 2015; in Chicago on February 2-4, 2015; and in Los Angeles, February 7-8, 2015. Check www.unifiedauditions.com for more information about auditioning there. Auditioning at the Unified Auditions is acceptable; we prefer, however, that students travel to the TCU campus to audition in Fort Worth.

Acting students should prepare two contrasting audition scenes (memorized) of two minutes each, one being contemporary (20th or 21st century) and the other classical (before 1900); one of these monologues should be comic and the other serious.

Musical theatre students should prepare two songs, 16 bars each, one up-tempo and the other a ballad, as well as a two minute monologue (memorized). For on-campus audition dates, a piano and accompanist are provided. Students are also allowed to bring their own accompanist. Musical theatre students will not be allowed to sing with recorded accompaniment or a cappella. For Unified Auditions, students MUST bring recorded accompaniment and playback equipment. No accompanist is provided at Unifieds, and a cappella auditions are not allowed. Design and production students should call the Theatre Department for details relating to portfolio submission.

A brief interview will follow all auditions and portfolio reviews.

Eligibility for an award will depend upon the applicant’s learned skills, demonstrated execution, maturity as a person and artist, and potential in the chosen field as determined by the Theatre staff.

For further information, call the Department of Theatre at (817) 257-7625. Applications are available on line at www.theatre.tcu.edu