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Important Date for the DAA Award:

All portfolios and application materials are due no later than February 12, 2016,
by 5:00 p.m.











Frequently Asked Questions:


Q: What is the Distinguished Artist Award (DAA)?

A: The DAA is awarded to incoming First Year Students to Hope College. It is renewable for four (4) years, if individual department requirements are met. The DAA is awarded to students with strong academic records and outstanding creative abilities in art, dance, music, theatre or creative writing. This award provides eligible students with $2,500 each year towards their college costs. Each department has application requirements that must be met. Visit the DAA page at Admissions to see these requirements.


Q: Can I submit Digital Images?

A: Yes, we actually encourage digital submission. Please submit your digital images on a CD. When burning your images to CD please do not exceed a file size of 1mb but no less than 100kb. Make sure files are in a JPEG format. If we cannot open your files, we cannot review your portfolio and consider you for a scholarship. Please do not submit individual DVD's or DVR's, Powerpoint Presentations or Quicktime Files. Simply submit fifteen (15) individual jpeg files on a CD, please no emails!!!

Q: I don't have access to a computer to make a CD, can I still send slides?

A: Yes, you may still submit your portfolio in slide format.

Q:What should be included with my digital portfolio submission?

A: A completed application form, postcard with postage so you will know your portfolio was received, no more than 15 images of your work, a seperate sheet listing titles and medium and if you wish to have your materials returned, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Q: Can I submit printed images of my portfolio?

A: No. We prefer all submissions to be either in a slide format or individual jpeg images burned on a CD. (Please do not submit individual DVD's or DVR's, Powerpoint Presentations or Quicktime Files.)

Q: How will I know if the DAA coordinator has received my portfolio?

A: When we receive your portfolio in the Art Department, our staff will return your postcard to you - so you will know exactly when we received your application. (This is the postcard that was mailed to you with the other DAA application materials from the Art Department or downloaded from our webpage.) If this postcard is not returned to you in the mail, it means that we have not received your portfolio, please email or call the DAA Coordinator (616 -395-7500.)

If you included an email address on your DAA application, in lieu of a postcard, we will email you when we receive your portfolio. If you do not receive an email stating we've received your portfolio, please contact the DAA Coordinator at the above email or telephone number.

Please send your portfolio directly to the Art Department at Hope College; do not send them to the Admissions Office!

Q: Will my portfolio be returned to me?

A: If you include a self addressed stamped envelope, we will be more than happy to return any application materials back to you. If you do not include an envelope large enough for the return of your materials, we will not send them back to you.

Q: How soon will I know if I've received the DAA Scholarship?

A: The deadline for receiving portfolios is February 12, 2016 and our decision is due to the Admissions office on March 1, 2016. You will be hearing from both Admissions and the Art Department after the March 1st deadline.


Q: Can I schedule an appointment with a studio professor to discuss my portfolio?

A: Yes. We are always willing to talk with a prospective student or discuss a portfolio. Please contact the Art Office (616-395-7500) or Admissions (800-968-7850 or 616-395-7850) to schedule an appointment.

Q: Once I receive a DAA award, do I receive it every year?

A: Yes, as long as you maintain a 2.60 GPA and take one art class each semsester you are at Hope. You must also participate in an annual DAA review in the Art Department and maintain a competitive portfolio. We encourage you to submit work into the juried student show on campus each fall and there are many opportunities outside the college for juried submissions as well.

Q: Overall, what is expected of me as a DAA in Art?

A: Students are expected to demonstrate steady, continuous progress each year, via public exhibitions of their work for those in Studio Art and written evidence for those in Art History. While it is required that Art Department DAA's complete at least 22 credit hours (the requirements for an Art Minor), we encourage recipients to take as many courses as possible beyond this minimum, particularly upper level course offerings.