The College of Central Florida’s Visual and Performing Arts department held their second annual Arts College Fair for Marion’s gifted students on September 28.
The purpose of the college fair is “to show students how to transfer out of CF into a four-year institution with a degree in the visual performing arts,” said Sarah Satterfield, department chair of Visual and Performing Arts, and professor of music and humanities.
The fair was held in the Dassance Fine Arts Center Breezeway on the Ocala campus, from 1-4 p.m. This is where many of the CF Visual and Performing Arts students tend to hang out to catch up on school work and discuss the upcoming presidential election.
Colleges throughout the state of Florida were being represented at the fair, as well as a few of out of state colleges. Some of the local colleges included the University of South Florida, University of Central Florida and Frost School of Music. Each school had their own table with informational handouts that prospective students could take to learn more about the programs they have to offer.
According to Satterfield, a total of 47 Marion County public school Visual and Performing Arts teachers were attending the fair. With them they brought groups of students that were interested in any of the many programs that these colleges have to offer. Those programs are theatre, music, dance, digital media, studio and architecture.
“I’m here at the fair to see which college I will go to. I’m trying to see which one has a really good stage management program,” said Mason Grey, a Vanguard high school student. “I will start here at CF (after graduation) and then from there go on.”
CF also had their own table set up to let students know what great opportunities they have to offer. Pamphlets about the programs and classes that CF offers were handed out along with the fall 2016 Visual and Performing Arts catalog of events.
“I’m here at CF to hopefully get a degree in music education to become a high school band director,” said Christopher Patti, a current CF student. “I would highly recommend CF’s music program to anyone that really likes music.”
The Arts College Fair also offered three free classes that were open to any students attending the fair. An audition workshop from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., introduction to art critiquing from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and a portfolio review workshop from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. All of these classes were held at the Dassance Fine Arts Center.
If you missed your chance to attend this year’s Arts College Fair, don’t let that stop you from reaching out to the Visual and Performing Arts department by visiting: www.cf.edu/explore/programs/liberalarts/vpa/index.
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Story by: Katelyn B. James