Would an arts supplement benefit me if I am not majoring in art?

<p>I have been practicing two-dimensional art (still life, oil paint, etc) for around ten years... my parents insist on sending Stanford an arts supplement. I don't plan to major in art, so would it benefit me at all to send one? It's a lot of work...</p>

<p>Sorry if this is a question with an obvious answer... I can't seem to find one anywhere on the website... I'll try to ask a counselor tomorrow about it...</p>

<p>The answer is not obvious. The key to submitting a supplement is knowing how your talent stacks up against a broader spectrum. Many with exceptional ability are out there. Professional assessment of your work, adjudicated shows, awards are the best indicators.</p>

<p>These will give you some background:</p>

<p><a href=“http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/college-admissions/740784-art-hook-highly-selective-colleges.html[/url]”>http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/college-admissions/740784-art-hook-highly-selective-colleges.html&lt;/a&gt;
<a href=“http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/yale-university/789177-fine-art-supplement-how-good-good.html[/url]”>http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/yale-university/789177-fine-art-supplement-how-good-good.html&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;

<p>yeah I too have been wondering about this, I want to submit an arts supplement but what are the general guidelines for this. I don’t have a vast portfolio, just a few pieces that I think showcase my skill. </p>

<p>I am not trying to get into a school based on my artistic ability, just want to show a different side of me. My AP studio art teacher thinks that my work would be at least a 4 or 5 on that scale.</p>

<p>Two questions: Are you exceptional? Do you want to continue with art in some way in college, if not as a major than as an extracurricular?</p>

<p>If the answer to both is yes, then go for it. Otherwise, don’t clutter your app.</p>

<p>@glassarechic, if you were directing those questions at me then I can’t really say if I am exceptional, like I said, 4-5 range on the AP exam so I guess that is decent. As for continuing art in college, I do plan on it and am considering a minor in fine arts. So on that account I think I should submit one, does anyone know how many pieces are a good number.</p>

<p>I’m bumping this because I have a similar question and may also minor in graphic design.</p>

<p>Some private colleges accept an extra arts supplement even if one is not majoring in art, and exact information (how many pieces, etc.) can be found on their respective site. Pomona, for example, asks for 12 slides. I’m nervous as to whether I should send artwork or not, though, since it’s probably going to be reviewed by faculty with Ph.Ds and ([for</a> example](<a href=“http://pomona.edu/admissions/application-forms/arts-supplement.pdf]for”>http://pomona.edu/admissions/application-forms/arts-supplement.pdf), at Pomona) graded on a scale from 1-4…1 already being curved as ‘capable’. My fear isn’t about possibly sending in unqualified work, but sending in (relatively) mediocre work that would require a professor at an elite college to reserve extra time and attention to grade a high-schooler’s work.</p>

<p>Back to your question, if you can’t find your answer on Stanford’s site, I’d email or call the admissions office and ask them about it.</p>