First-Year Students

We seek unconventional thinkers, dreamers, and doers who are passionate about using their creative works to impact society.

Our admissions process is designed for us to get to know you — and for you to get to know us — with the goal of helping us both make a "right fit" decision.  We look forward to getting to know you.


Admissions Deadline: There is no set deadline. UArts operates on rolling admissions basis, which means we will receive and process applications throughout the year as space remains available in each program. 

Financial Aid: If you wish to be considered for financial aid, you will need to complete the admissions process and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

If you are applying for a spring semester start, please file the FAFSA today. 

If you are applying for a fall semester start, the FAFSA will be available on Oct. 1, and we recommend you file your FAFSA by Feb. 15.

Application Checklist

Follow the steps below to complete the application for admission and scholarship.

  1. Submit an application for admission.

  2. Submit the non-refundable $60 application fee.

  3. Submit official high school transcripts

  4. Submit a personal statement.

  5. Complete a portfolio review, interview or audition.

  6. Though not required, feel free to submit any of these optional materials.

Admissions and scholarship notification: Beginning in November, an offer of admission will be issued within two weeks of you completing all the above steps and will include notification of any merit-based scholarship you may have been awarded.

Financial aid notification: Applicants who receive an offer of admission prior to January and have submitted the FAFSA will receive a need-based financial aid package in January.  Applicants who complete the admissions process after January and submit the FAFSA will receive a need-based financial aid package approximately two weeks after receiving an offer of admission. 

When filing the FAFSA, please be sure to include the Federal School Code for UArts (003350).  

Auditions & Portfolios

Select your desired program below to learn about audition and portfolio requirements.

Visual Arts, Design and Film





Dates and Scheduling

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