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Welcome to the College of Visual and Performing Arts Admissions site. An audition or portfolio review is required for admission to most arts programs. See below for a summary of the requirements for admission and scholarship consideration for each undergraduate area.  Audition/Portfolio Review registration links are published in August for the upcoming academic calendar. 
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.
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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 Information
  1. Submit your Undergraduate Admissions Application via the JMU Admissions Office.
  2. Register for an on-campus Portfolio Review and Scholarship Interview Day (highly recommended).
  3. Submit your Slideroom Portfolio.
    • Students interested in majoring in Graphic Design, Architectural Design, Industrial Design, or Art Studio (BFA) are required to submit a portfolio in Slideroom as part of the admissions process. Students intending to major in Art History or Art Studio (BA/BS) are not required to submit a portfolio in Slideroom.
    • 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.
  4. All supplemental materials should be uploaded to Slideroom. We recommend waiting to submit your digital portfolio until after you have attended an on-campus portfolio review.  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. Submit your School of Music application through Slideroom. Your Music application is due at least 7 days prior to attending your on-campus Music audition.  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, 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. Submit your Dance Application through Slideroom. Your Dance application is due at least 7 days prior to attending your on-campus audition. 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. Submit your Theatre/Musical Theatre application through Slideroom.  Details can be found on the Theatre application or the Musical Theatre application page.
  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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