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Portfolio & Audition Requirements

This is your moment to showcase your talents.

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 virtual or in-person 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

Most graduate programs require a sample of work or a program-specific written piece. Find your program to review all graduate admission requirements, including portfolio and audition requirements. 

Find your graduate program.

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, auditions and interviews allow us to get to know each other; they’re a chance for you to ask questions and for us to get a sense of your passion, interests and experiences.

What you should be ready for

  • If you are completing a virtual audition, be sure your technology is set up ahead of time.

  • Warm up and center yourself before your audition or interview. Be prepared to perform and talk about yourself, your work, experience, interests and goals, etc.

  • Be able to answer questions about your work or performance, respond to any critiques and make adjustments accordingly.

Helpful information and tips

  • Read the repertoire requirements carefully before you select your prepared pieces. Faculty have specifically chosen these 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. You should plan to attend your entire registered audition day, regardless of your individual audition time.

Audition & Interview Dates

Undergraduate performing arts applicants will select an audition date through their applicant portal after submitting an application. Applicants to all Dance, Music and Theater programs are required to complete an audition or interview before they will receive an admissions decision. UArts hosts both on-campus and virtual audition days.

  • Nov. 6, 2021 (virtual)

  • Dec. 11, 2021 (on campus)

  • Jan. 22, 2022 (on campus)

  • Feb. 12, 2022 (virtual)

  • Feb. 26, 2022 (on campus)

  • March 19, 2022 (virtual)

  • March 26, 2022 (on campus)

Students who apply after all audition days have passed will be required to upload audition materials to GetAcceptd and will be reviewed based on those submissions. In addition, programs might contact those applicants to schedule an interview. 

Auditions that are completed at other events, such as Unified, Dance Alliance, etc., might fulfill admissions audition requirements. Contact Admissions at admissions@uarts.edu if you have any questions about a completed offsite audition.

Graduate applicants will be contacted by their program to schedule an interview. Interviews may take place in person or by phone or Zoom.

MFA in Devised Performance applicants may complete their audition through URTA (University Resident Theatre Association) events or UArts-hosted audition days. Dates for 2021–2022 Devised Performance auditions will be available soon.