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JMU Visual and Performing Arts Applicant Information

In order to be admitted artistically to the College of Visual and Performing Arts, you must submit an academic application to the Office of Admissions and complete the gateway admissions process for your prospective major (see below). Once you have applied to JMU, visit MyMadison to track the status of your College of Visual and Performing Arts application, and review your artistic admissions decision.

Please review the school admissions websites for more details regarding the audition/portfolio review process for each arts major. We are offering on-campus, virtual, and video/digital submission options for every program. If you need a fee waiver for your supplemental application in Slideroom, please contact admissionscvpa@jmu.edu.

For more information regarding special events and virtual visit options, check out our events page.

236642_IndustrialDesignClassKayakWaterTest-1069_1000_300.jpgSchool 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 Information
  1. Submit your Undergraduate Admissions Application via the JMU Admissions Office.
  2. Register for a portfolio feedback and scholarship interview day (highly recommended). 
  3. Submit your Slideroom Portfolio.
    • Students interested in majoring in Graphic Design, Architectural Design, Industrial Design or Art B.F.A. are required to submit a portfolio in Slideroom as part of the admissions process. Students intending to major in Art History or Art (B.A./B.S.) are not required to submit a portfolio in Slideroom.
    • All supplemental materials should be uploaded to Slideroom. We recommend waiting to submit your digital portfolio until after you have attended a portfolio review.
Scholarship Information

For a full list of scholarships offered by the School of Art, Design and Art History for prospective students, including guaranteed admission to Wayland Living-Learning Arts Community, please refer to the SADAH Undergraduate Scholarship website.

In order to qualify for priority merit scholarship, students should apply Early Action to JMU and complete a portfolio review prior to January 25th.

  • Students interested in applying for a scholarship from SADAH must participate in a portfolio review and scholarship interview (virtual or in-person).
  • Students intending to major in Art History or Art Studio (BA/BS) should register for a scholarship interview appointment (same links).
  • 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

 


 

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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 audition
  3. Submit your School of Music application through Slideroom. Your Music application is due at least 9 days prior to attending your Music audition. All supplemental materials should be uploaded to Slideroom.
Scholarship Information

In order to qualify for a merit scholarship from the School of Music, you must attend an audition (virtual or in-person) in addition to submitting your application through Slideroom.  

For priority scholarship consideration, please apply to JMU Early Action and complete an audition or submit your digital audition materials prior to January 25th.

The School of Music will be offering a number of scholarship opportunities for incoming students, including the "Excellence in the Arts" and "Madison Recognition" awards. Additional awards include merit scholarships from the School of Music and guaranteed admission to the Wayland Living-Learning Arts Community. Scholarship recipients will selected on the strength of their audition and submitted supplementary materials.

 


 

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For more information regarding the School of Theatre and Dance, including specific audition guidelines, 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 audition day. 
  3. Submit your Dance Application through Slideroom. Your Dance application is due at least 9 days prior to attending your audition. All supplemental materials should be uploaded to Slideroom.
Scholarship Information

In order to qualify for a merit scholarship from the School of Theatre and Dance, you must attend an audition (virtual or in-person) in addition to submitting your application through Slideroom.  

For priority scholarship consideration, please apply to JMU Early Action and complete an audition or submit your audition materials prior to January 25th.

The School of Theatre and Dance will be offering a number of scholarship opportunities for incoming students, including the "Excellence in the Arts" and "Madison Recognition" awards. Additional awards include merit scholarships from the School of Theatre and Dance and guaranteed admission to the Wayland Living-Learning Arts CommunityCriteria for determining scholarship recipients include: 

  1. Talent and ability
  2. Academic promise
  3. Interview
  4. Application essay

 


 

 

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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 audition day:
  3. Submit your Theatre/Musical Theatre application through Slideroom. Details can be found on the Theatre application or the Musical Theatre application page. Your application is due at least 9 days prior to attending your audition. All supplemental materials should be uploaded to Slideroom.
Scholarship Information

In order to qualify for a merit scholarship from the School of Theatre and Dance, you must attend an audition (virtual or in-person) in addition to submitting your application through Slideroom.  

For priority scholarship consideration, please apply to JMU Early Action and complete an audition or submit your audition materials prior to January 25th.

The School of Theatre and Dance will be offering a number of scholarship opportunities for incoming students, including the "Excellence in the Arts" and "Madison Recognition" awards. Additional awards include merit scholarships from the School of Theatre and Dance and guaranteed admission to the Wayland Living-Learning Arts CommunityCriteria for determining scholarship recipients include: 

  1. Talent and ability
  2. Academic promise
  3. Interview
  4. Application essay

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