Undergraduate admissions information for the College of Visual and Performing Arts

Welcome to the College of Visual and Performing Arts Admissions site! Here you will find information pertaining to auditions, portfolio review sessions, upcoming admissions events, and when JMU Arts will be in your area. Further admissions resources can be found by visiting the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, as well as the websites of the School of Art, Design and Art History, the School of Music and the School of Theatre and Dance. An audition or portfolio review is required for admission to all arts programs. See below for a summary of the requirements for each area:

Fall 2016 JMU Arts travel schedule

Date Location Event Name Time
09/23/2016 Penn Laird, VA Spotswood High School Visit 09:45am - 10:45am
09/28/2016 Asburn, VA Broad Run High School Visit 09:00am - 10:30am
09/28/2016 Chantilly, VA Westfield High School Visit 12:30pm - 01:30pm 
09/29/2016 Chantilly, VA Chantilly High School Visit 08:15am - 09:00am
09/29/2016 Arlington, VA Yorktown High School Visit 10:00am - 10:45am
09/29/2016 Nokesville, VA Patriot High School Visit 11:45am - 01:15pm
10/06/2016 Chesapeake, VA Grassfield High School Visit 11:15am - 12:45pm
10/07/2016 Norfolk, VA Governor's School for the Arts College Fair 05:00pm - 08:00pm
10/08/2016 Norfolk, VA Governor's School for the Arts College Fair 09:00am - 04:00pm 
10/12/2016 West Springfield, VA West Springfield High School Visit 09:45am - 10:30am
10/12/2016 Alexandria, VA Bishop Ireton High School Visit 11:15am - 12:00pm
10/13/2016 Burke, VA Lake Braddock High School Visit 08:15am - 09:00am
10/13/2016 Potomac Falls, VA Potomac Falls High School Visit 09:45am - 10:30am
10/13/2016 Ashburn, VA Briar Wood High School Visit 12:45pm - 02:00pm
10/18/2016 Millersville, MD Old Mill High School Jazz Band Visit 09:00am - 09:50pm
10/18/2016 Arlington, VA Yorktown High School Jazz Band Visit 11:45am - 12:30pm
10/18/2016 Stephens City, VA Sherando High School Jazz Band Visit 03:30pm - 06:00pm
10/18/2016 Syosset, NY Long Island High School for the Arts College Fair 05:30pm - 09:00pm
10/19/2016 Mechanicsville, VA Hanover High School Jazz Band Visit 08:30am - 10:30am
10/19/2016 Chantilly, VA Chantilly High School Jazz Band Visit 02:00pm - 04:00pm
10/19/2016 Newark, NJ Arts High School Visit 11:00am - 11:45am
10/19/2016 East Orange, NJ Cicely Tyson School for the Arts High School Visit 12:00pm - 12:45pm
10/19/2016 Fredericksburg, VA River Bend High School Jazz Band Concert 07:00pm - 09:00pm
10/19/2016 New York City, NY NACAC Performing & Visual Arts College Fair 06:00pm - 09:00pm
10/20/2016 Bethlehem, PA Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts Visit 08:45am - 09:30am
10/20/2016 Philadelphia, PA The Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush High School Visit 02:00pm - 03:00pm
10/26-30/2016 Norfolk, VA Virginia Theatre Association Conference Various
10/26/2016 Richmond, VA JR Tucker High School Visit 08:00am - 10:00am
10/26/2016 Richmond, VA St. Catherine's High School Visit 11:30am - 01:00pm
10/26/2016 Richmond, VA Collegiate High School Visit 01:30pm - 03:30pm
10/27/2016 Midlothian, VA Midlothian High School Visit 08:15am - 08:45am
10/27/2016 Midlothian, VA James River High School 11:15am - 12:30pm
10/27/2016 Petersburg, VA Appamattox Governor's School Visit 01:15pm - 01:45pm
10/29/2016 Richmond, VA National Portfolio Review Day 01:00pm - 05:00pm
11/02/2016 Baltimore, MD Baltimore School of the Arts Visit 03:30pm - 04:30pm
11/02/2016 Frederick, MD Academy for the Fine Arts College Night 06:30pm - 08:30pm
11/03/2016 Fairfax, VA Fairfax Academy for Communication and the Arts Visit 08:15am - 02:45pm
11/04/2016 Frederick, VA Chancellor High School Visit 07:30am - 08:15am
11/04/2016 Arlington, VA Washington-Lee High School Visit 01:30pm - 03:00pm
11/06/2016 Washington, DC NACAC Performing & Visual Arts College Fair 01:00pm - 03:30pm
11/16/2016 Roanoke, VA Community High School of Arts and Academics Visit 12:15pm - 01:00pm
11/16/2016 Forest, VA Jefferson Forest High School Visit 02:45pm - 03:30pm
11/17-19/2016 Hot Springs, VA Virginia Music Educators Association Conference Various
11/19/2016 Washington, DC National Portfolio Review Day 10:00am - 02:00pm

School of Art, Design and Art History

For more information regarding the School of Art, Design and Art History, including portfolio item guidelines, visit the SADAH Undergraduate Admissions page, contact artdesignarthistory@jmu.edu, or call (540) 568-6661.

Portfolio Review Day
  1. Submit your Undergraduate Admissions Application via the JMU Admissions Office.
  2. Register for an on-campus Portfolio Review and Scholarship Interview Day.
  3. Create a Slideroom Portfolio.
    • Students interested in majoring in Graphic Design, Architectural Design, Industrial Design, or Studio Art are required to submit a portfolio in Slideroom as part of the admissions process. Students intending to major in Art History are not required to submit a portfolio in Slideroom.
    • Your Slideroom portfolio is used for evaluation and scholarship consideration in conjunction with your on-campus review session.
    • Your portfolio should contain 10-12 examples of your best artwork.
    • Your portfolio should contain a variety of works that demonstrate creative ability and visual arts potential.
    • Images of both two- and three-dimensional projects using a variety of media are encouraged.
  4. All supplemental materials should be uploaded to Slideroom. No items should be mailed or emailed to the School of Art, Design and Art History. Should you have financial difficulty coming to campus or need a fee waiver for Slideroom, please contact artdesignarthistory@jmu.edu.
Scholarship Information

The School of Art, Design and Art History (SADAH) offers a number of scholarships, including those that offer full tuition for the first year, and half tutiion for years two, three and four. For a full list of scholarships offered by SADAH for prospective students, please refer to the Undergraduate Scholarship website.

  • Students interested in applying for a scholarship from SADAH are required to participate in an On-Campus Portfolio Review Day and Scholarship Interview.  Students intending to major in Art History should attend an On-Campus Scholarship Interview session.
  • For scholarship consideration, you should submit the following on Slideroom:
    • One letter of recommendation
    • An arts resume
    • 500-word essay describing the merits of one of your pieces

School of Music

For more information regarding the School of Music, including instrument specific audition piece guidelines, visit the Music Undergraduate Admissions page, contact music_admit@jmu.edu, or call (540) 568-3851.

Audition Information
  1. Submit your Undergraduate Admissions Application via the JMU Admissions Office.
  2. Register for an on-campus Audition Day.
  3. Create a Slideroom Portfolio. In addition to completing the application questions, you'll need to upload:
    • One or two music letters of recommendation
    • Unofficial high school transcript
    • Music resume
  4. All supplemental materials should be uploaded to Slideroom. No items should be mailed or emailed to the School of Music. Should you need a fee waiver for Slideroom, please contact AdmissionsCVPA@jmu.edu.
Scholarship Information

The School of Music is pleased to be able to announce a number of new large awards, including several that cover full tuition for the first year and approximately half tuition for years two, three and four. Scholarships – including the new “Excellence in the Arts” awards ($20,000, paid out at $5,000 a year) – are assigned based on an evaluation at your live audition. Other new awards include a major book allowance ($4,800 spread out over eight semesters) and a two-year, free housing prize. Additional awards include admission to the Wayland Living-Learning Arts Community.

Most awards are renewable for multiple years. Awards are determined by studio faculty members and coordinated with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships; no separate application is needed. Please note that if you are a transfer student on scholarship at another school, you will only be considered for an award at James Madison University if the music executive of your current school sends a written release to the director of the School of Music.

School of Theatre and Dance - Dance

For more information regarding the School of Theatre and Dance, including specific audition guidelines and a schedule for the day, visit the Dance Undergraduate Admissions page, contact theatredance@jmu.edu, or call (540) 568-6342.

Audition Information
  1. Submit your Undergraduate Admissions Application via the JMU Admissions Office.
  2. Register for an on-campus Audition Day. 
  3. Create a Slideroom Portfolio. In addition to completing the application questions, you'll need to upload:
    • Two dance letters of recommendations 
    • A 1000-word personal statement about dance
    • A resume and a current photograph (black and white or color)
    • Unofficial high school transcript
  4. All supplemental materials should be uploaded to Slideroom. No items should be mailed or emailed to the School of Theatre and Dance. Should you need a fee waiver for Slideroom, please contact AdmissionsCVPA@jmu.edu.
Scholarship Information

The School of Theatre and Dance will be offering a number of scholarship opportunities for incoming students:

  • Excellence in the Arts Scholarship
    • Full tuition one-year awards (in-state tuition, valued at approximately $10,000) and/or half in-state tuition four-year awards (approximately $5000 per year).
  • Book awards
    • An annual stipend issued each semester to be used for books and supplies (valued at up to $1200 per year).
  • Two-year On-Campus Housing Awards 
    • Scholarship covering room for on-campus housing for the first and second year (valued at approximately $4700 per year)
  • Wayland Hall Guarantee Awards

Criteria for determining scholarship recipients include: 

  1. Talent and ability
  2. Academic promise
  3. Interview
  4. Application essay
  5. Letter of recommendation

School of Theatre and Dance - Theatre and Musical Theatre

For more information regarding the School of Theatre and Dance, including specific audition guidelines, visit the Theatre or Musical Theatre Admissions page, contact theatredance@jmu.edu, or call (540) 568-6342.

Audition Information
  1. Submit your Undergraduate Admissions Application via the JMU Admissions Office.
  2. Register for an on-campus Audition Day. Please note, if you are planning on auditioning for both Musical Theatre and Theatre, you will need to sign up for both separately.
  3. Create a Slideroom Portfolio.  In addition to completing the application questions, you'll also need to upload:
    • A current theatre/musical theatre resume
    • A recent photo
    • Unofficial high school transcript
    • One letter of recommendation
    • A 1000-word essay about your interests in theatre and/or musical theatre
  4. All supplemental materials should be uploaded to Slideroom. No items should be mailed or emailed to the School of Theatre and Dance. Should you need a fee waiver for Slideroom, please contact AdmissionsCVPA@jmu.edu.
Scholarship Information

The School of Theatre and Dance will be offering a number of scholarship opportunities for incoming students:

  • Excellence in the Arts Scholarship
    • Full tuition one-year awards (in-state tuition, valued at approximately $10,000) and/or half in-state tuition four-year awards (approximately $5000 per year).
  • Book awards
    • An annual stipend issued each semester to be used for books and supplies (valued at up to $1200 per year).
  • Two-year On-Campus Housing Awards 
    • Scholarship covering room for on campus housing for the first and second year (valued at approximately $4700 per year)
  • Wayland Hall Guarantee Awards

Criteria for determining scholarship recipients include: 

  1. Talent and Ability
  2. Academic promise
  3. Interview
  4. Application Essay 
  5. Letter of recommendation

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