Visual & Media Arts Admissions

 

Visual & Media Arts Admissions

Admissions Information

Thank you for your interest in Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts and Visual & Media Arts (VMA) Arts Focus program. We look forward to seeing you at our Program Information Night on:           

Visual & Media Arts Program

Visual & Media Arts Program

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 @ 7:00 p.m.

 

The deadline for applications and the receipt of application materials is:

Friday November 25, 2016

 

Our interview dates are:

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Thursday, December 8, 2016

* NEW * Monday, December 12, 2016  * NEW *

 


Application Procedure

Please note:

The application process for admission in September 2017 is now closed.  

Admission for September 2018 will open November 2017.

 

Click for step-by-step instructions on the online application and payment system.

 

The application process involves FOUR steps.  Read this page carefully as instructions for the application and interview are clearly outlined here.

 

Step #1: 

Beginning November 9, 2016, apply online at www.wexfordcsa.ca/applications/vma.  Begin by selecting your audition date and time, then complete the online application form.

 

Step #2: 

Upon completing the online application form, you will receive an e-mail copy of your application as well as instructions on submitting the $25 application fee through SchoolCashOnline.  

 

Step #3:

Submit the completed forms below to Wexford CSA Guidance in-person or by e-mail to johnson.kong@tdsb.on.ca by November 25th, 2016:

  • Parental Permission form (to attend the interview)
  • Optional Attendance form (this must be signed by the current school guidance counsellor or principal if a TDSB student)
  • June 2016 Final Provincial Report Card
  • November 2016 Grade 8 Elementary Progress Report Card (or Mid-Term Report Card if in Grades 9-12)
  • Printout of $25 SchoolCashOnline payment e-mail receipt

Incomplete packages may not be processed.

 

Step #4: 

Get ready for your interview by reviewing the information below:

A. Your interview is based on demonstrated and potential ability, energy, enthusiasm, desire, commitment, self-discipline and a record of regular attendance. The documentation requested in this package, along with an interview will determine your suitability for the program.

Your Portfolio: Select 6-8 art pieces that showcase your abilities in art. This should include examples of drawing and painting in the style and media of your choice. You may also include photographs (Digital/Traditional), sculpture, ceramics, cartoons, or a short video. We would like to see original art that you have done recently and mostly art that you are doing now. Try to choose works that showcase your imagination and creativity. Work does not need to be framed or matted.

B. We would also like you to bring one tonal drawing done using graphite pencil. Draw your hand holding a small object Draw on white paper 8.5" x 11". Do not draw from a photograph. Draw as realistically as possible adding shadows and highlights. Print your full name at the bottom right corner. Please bring this drawing to your interview. We will keep this drawing as part of your application package.

 

Be sure to record the date and time of your interview on your calendar.

Interview Dates:

  • Wednesday, December 7, 2016
    • AM Session: 9am - 11am
    • PM Session: 1pm - 3pm
  • Thursday, December 8, 2016
    • AM Session: 9am - 11am
    • PM Session: 1pm - 3pm
  • Monday, December 12, 2016
    • AM Session: 9am - 11am
    • PM Session: 1pm - 3pm

Interview Process

On the Day of Your Interview

  • Arrive on time. Bring your portfolio and your hand drawing.  Note that laptops will not be provided.
  • Meet in the main area as you enter Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts. You will be greeted by students who will escort you to the Resource Centre.
  • Parents/Guardians may wait inside the school cafeteria or return to pick up you up approximately two hours later.

 

During the Two Hour Interview

Part 1: A Drawing and Sculpture Session:

During the interview students will participate in an informal drawing and a sculpture activity. These will be evaluated as part of the interview.

Part 2: Interview and Looking at Your Portfolio:

Each student will have a personal interview with one of the Visual & Media Arts teachers who will look at the selected art pieces that comprise their Portfolio. The purpose of this interview is to determine each student's suitability for the program. The teacher will assess the student's current skill level. Students are encouraged to be themselves and feel open to discussing their art work. We are interested in what inspires students to create their art work. We want to know their interests and motivations.

 

Please Note: If you require specific accommodations for the interview, please contact Johnson Kong at johnson.kong@tdsb.on.ca.

 

Results of the interview process and offers of admission will be sent by mail no later than Friday February 10, 2017.  Please do not contact the school for results.