Visual and Performing Arts: How to Apply and Audition/Submit Portfolio

How to Apply

All steps are required.

1. Complete the appropriate application: 

2. Schedule your audition/interview/portfolio review: See available dates and register.

Auditions and portfolio reviews are held from fall to spring. In 2020-2021, all auditions and portfolio reviews are virtual due to social distancing guidelines. Auditions and portfolio reviews will include pre-submitted work and virtual interviews, question and answer sessions with faculty/students, and in some cases virtual presentations of work. For what to expect in your audition or portfolio review, please scroll to: “Prepare for your audition/portfolio review.”

Musical Theatre (BFA) majors: Complete a pre-screen process before scheduling your audition. Submit pre-screen for BFA musical theatre consideration by January 1.

3. Submit your audition/portfolio material.

Create your audition account, including supplemental material, at least one week before your audition or portfolio review date. This is required for your audition or portfolio review.

  • All majors except Musical Theatre, BFA: Create your account using Slideroom (free).
  • Musical Theatre, BFA majors: Create your account using Acceptd. Fee: $20. If you are unable to pay this fee, contact Amanda Brady,, to request a fee waiver. Waivers are not guaranteed, but are considered on a case by case basis.
  • Once your materials are submitted, you cannot add to it. Be sure you have included all required material before pressing “submit.”

4. Prepare for your audition or your portfolio review using the details below:

Music | Theatre | Dance | Art & Design 


Which music degrees require a music audition
Audition/Interview schedule and what to expect
Sample virtual schedule
Have a question?

Prepare for a Music-Major Audition

Brass and Woodwinds

Prepare for Music/Business Major Audition

Contemporary option

Prepare for Non-Music-Major Audition



Which academic programs require a theatre audition or portfolio review
Musical Theatre (B.F.A.) Pre Screen Requirements
Audition — musical theatre (B.F.A.)
Portfolio — theatre design and technology (B.F.A.)
Audition — theatre arts (B.A., including both education programs)


Which academic programs require a dance audition
How far in advance do I need to register for my audition
Audition — dance

Art & Design

Which academic programs require a portfolio review
Submit your portfolio electronically
Portfolio — art education, design, studio art, visual communication design
Portfolio recommendations