Undergraduate students should apply for admission to Samford University through the Office of Admission in conjunction with registering for an audition. To begin the Samford or Common Application, please log in as a new user.
Art and Design+
Students majoring in fine art, graphic design, interior design, or pre-architecture have the option to submit an electronic portfolio by February 1, 2017, for School of the Arts scholarship consideration. A portfolio is not required for entering freshmen to declare a major in these programs.
High school juniors, seniors, and transfer students are encouraged but not required to attend Art and Design Day on Saturday, November 5, to take a workshop taught by the faculty and explore the opportunities available in the School of the Arts.
Music and Theatre+
Students majoring in music or theatre are required to audition/interview for admission to the School of the Arts. On-campus auditions are strongly encouraged; our dates for audition and interview weekend dates for students seeking fall 2017 enrollment are November 4-5, February 3-4, and February 24-25. Students with exceptional circumstances may request to submit a DVD audition or schedule an individual audition; please contact the arts recruiter to discuss these options.
Graduate Design Admission+
Graduate Music Admission+
A bachelor of music (B.M.) degree, or an equivalent degree, from an institution accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music is required for admission to all programs. An applicant whose undergraduate preparation does not meet these specifications may be admitted provisionally, with the requirement that course work stipulated at the time of admission be completed to ensure that preparation is equivalent to that of a graduate of the bachelor of music degree program offered by the Division of Music at Samford. Courses completed in satisfying this requirement must earn a grade of at least B and do not count toward the master’s degree.
Unconditional admission to any program requires a grade-point average of 3.0 or above. Admission to the master of music education programs requires a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) in music courses and on the undergraduate degree as a whole. There will be no exceptions. Minimum GPA for conditional admission to all other programs is 2.7 on a 4-point scale. Applicants for the master of music education (traditional program) must also submit minimum scores of 150 on the Music: Content Knowledge Exam (Test #0013) on the Praxis II Examination.
- The application form and fee ($35).
- An official transcript from each institution attended since high school. Applicants for the master of music education degrees must provide two official transcripts.
- An acceptable score, not more than five years old, on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants whose native language is not English may substitute the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT), on which a minimum score of 90 is required.
- An audition in the solo performance area.
- An interview with the director of graduate studies in music and/or faculty from the area of study.
- A copy of an Alabama Class B teaching certificate in music education or an acceptable score on the Alabama Educators Certification Testing Program (AECTP) for those applying for music education. The AECTP contains both the Basic Skills Assessment and the Praxis II.
Graduate Application and Forms
Course Load Credit+
Guidelines for Awarding Credit in the School of the Arts
The following guidance indicates how the University Credit Hour Policy is applied to the more commonly used credit situations in the School of the Arts. This includes the standard 15-week format, 7 or 10-week format, non-classroom based learning experiences, and online course delivery experiences. The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) guidelines for awarding credit are used as a basis for this document.
Standard 16-Week (15 week semester/1 week final exams)
A unit of credit equates to 3 of student work per week (1 hour in-class or direct instruction plus a minimum of 2 hours of out-of-class). Total term (or semester) hours are calculated by multiplying the weekly hours by 16.
A unit of credit equates to 6 hours of student work per week (2 hours in-class or direct instruction plus a minimum of 4 hours of out-of-class). Total term (or semester) hours are calculated by multiplying the weekly hours by 16.
Laboratory/Experiential Classes: A unit of credit equates to 4 hours of student work per week (1-3 hours in-class or direct instruction in a laboratory/experiential setting plus a minimum of 1-3 hours of out-of- class). The range allows for discipline and student level differentiation. Instructors of record for a course are encouraged to state the expected out-of-class student work in their course syllabus.
A unit of credit equates to 6 hours of student work per week (3-6 hours in-class or direct instruction plus a minimum of 1 hour of out-of-class). Total term (or semester) hours are calculated by multiplying the weekly hours by 16 but may happen in irregular scheduling. 0 Credit may be awarded for Ensemble or Production Classes beyond degree requirements.
Applied (Private) Studio
A unit of credit equates to a minimum of 3 hours of student practice per week, plus the necessary individual instruction. 1 credit receives a 30-minute private lesson, 2 credits receive a 45-minute private lesson, and 3 credits receive an hour private lesson. All applied students also participate in weekly performance seminars; students studying a secondary area are encouraged, but not required, to attend seminars for that area. Total term (or semester) hours are calculated by multiplying the weekly hours by 16.
Courses Meeting Fewer than 15 weeks
The credit hours awarded for a given course or academic experience must be reasonably equivalent to the standard of 3 hours combined direct instruction and student work per credit hour for a 15-week term.
A 3-credit course should require the equivalent of 9 hours of combined direct instruction and student work per week for the equivalent of a 15-week term. At Samford University, we define the “course hour” as equal to 50 minutes, which would give a baseline of 112.5 total hours for the course example. These hours may consist of a variety of course activities including: face-to-face course meetings, time to read course materials/texts, virtual course meetings, experiential learning activities such as service learning projects or research with faculty, and synthesis/reflection time.
Independent Study and Experiential Learning Courses
Credit hours applicable for a given course or academic experience must be reasonably equivalent to the standard of 3 hours combined direct instruction and student work per week, per credit hour for a 15- week term. Specific independent study and experiential guidelines and forms are provided at the school/ college from which the course is being taken. Guidelines at the college/school may include the number of independent studies (or credits) and experiential learning opportunities permitted per student for a single degree, required student GPA, and which course numbers are assigned as independent study.