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Portfolio & Audition Requirements

This is your moment to showcase your talents.

In order to keep our community healthy, we have shifted from in-person, on-campus portfolio reviews, auditions and interviews to virtual creative requirement submissions and events. Follow the instructions for your program of interest, and if you have any questions, email or call 215-717-6049.

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Admission to UArts relies on a sample of your talent and abilities, whether they are highlighted through an audition, a portfolio or a writing sample. Depending on which program you apply to, you will be asked to submit a portfolio of your work, demonstrate your abilities through a synchronous remote audition day, schedule an interview with a faculty member or engage in a combination of these activities. This process also helps us determine your scholarship eligibility.

Undergraduate Portfolio & Audition Requirements by Program

We can't wait to see, read, hear or watch your work! Choose your major to view specific audition information, including submission deadlines and tips like what to wear to your dance audition or how to structure your writing portfolio.

Graduate Portfolio & Audition Requirements

Our step-by-step graduate admission process, including portfolio and audition requirements, is outlined on each program’s page. 

Find your graduate program.

Distance Auditions & Interviews

We prefer that you participate in a live audition/interview date, unless your timezone or circumstances prevent you from doing so. In the event that you can’t make it to one of our audition/interview dates, you may request an exception from the Office of Admissions. In this instance, you may submit a video recording of your audition and individual interviews will be scheduled on a case by case basis. If your request is approved, follow the specific audition and interview submission instructions for your program of interest. Recorded auditions should be submitted via the GetAcceptd online submission platform.

What to Submit

Audition, interview and portfolio requirements vary depending on your major. Some of these requirements include materials you’ll need to submit before your audition or interview. Choose your major to view the required materials.

Visual Arts, Design, Film





What to Expect

Every student applying to performing arts programs must pass an entrance audition or an interview. This measures not only your creative and expressive abilities, but also your level of skill. Additionally, remote auditions and interviews allow us to get to know each other; to ask questions; and for us to get a sense of your passion, interests and experiences in ways that we can’t in viewing a recorded audition.

What you should be ready for

  • Be sure your technology is set up ahead of time, and warm up and center yourself before your audition and interview.

  • Talk about yourself, your work, experience, interests and goals, etc.

  • Answer questions about your performance, respond to any critiques and make adjustments accordingly.

  • Perform excerpts of your prepared repertoire or choreography again, if it is requested.

  • Be sure your required support materials are uploaded to GetAcceptd at least two weeks before your audition. 

Helpful information and tips

  • Read the repertoire requirements carefully before selecting your prepared pieces. Faculty have specifically chosen those requirements to best evaluate your technical skills, artistry and presentation.

  • Prepare your materials. Auditions can be stressful, so if you are a performing arts applicant, spend enough time rehearsing your prepared repertoire or choreography to feel confident showcasing your artistry and technical abilities under pressure.

  • Each program conducts auditions differently, so there is no set length of time for an audition. Expect to participate in auditions for about half a day. 

Portfolio, Audition & Interview Dates

UArts has specific dates for portfolio reviews, auditions and interviews. You’ll be asked to select your preferred audition or interview date when completing your application. You’ll also receive an email confirming your requested audition date within one week of submitting your application. 

An application for admission must be submitted to the Office of Admissions at least two weeks before your requested audition/interview day.

See Portfolio, Audition and Interview dates. 

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