Applying to FAA

She Loves Me, Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, April 2018, Photo by Darrell Hoemann

Any incoming student interested in enrolling in an undergraduate program in the College of Fine and Applied Arts must first complete the online application from the university's Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Those interested in pursuing an advanced degree should apply to the Graduate College directly.

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Step 1: Apply Online

Complete the online application from the university's Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Make sure you meet all requirements.

Submit one essay with your application to tell us why you're interested in your major. You may want to describe an experience related to this area of the arts or write about what you plan for your life as a creative professional.

You will automatically be considered for scholarships once you submit your materials. No separate scholarship application is needed.

The regular application period ended on December 1. But don't worry: you may petition to apply after the deadline. Click the Apply button and keep following the instructions on the main Admissions site.



The early action application deadline has passed.

Students who met the criteria for early action consideration were notified about their admission decision on December 15, 2017.


The regular application deadline has passed—but it's not to late to join us in 2018. You can petition to apply after the deadline.

Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning Programs

  • The application and ACT/SAT test scores must be received by December 1, 2017.

Art and Design Programs

  • The application and ACT/SAT test scores must be received by December 1, 2017.
  • The portfolio must be received by January 5, 2018.

Performing Arts Programs

  • The application and ACT/SAT test scores must be received by December 1, 2017.
  • The audition/interview/portfolio review must be completed in January or earlier for notification in February.

Students who met the January audition/interview/portfolio review deadline were notified of a decision on February 2, 2018. Applicants who complete the audition/interview/portfolio review process after February 1 will be notified of their admission status on a rolling basis after their materials have been evaluated.

Step 2: Fulfill the Talent Requirement

Visual and Performing Arts Programs

All visual and performing arts programs require an audition, portfolio review, or interview in addition to an application to the University of Illinois.

Find your major below and follow the next part of the process.

Degree Programs with No Talent-Based Submission Requirements

  • Architecture/architectural studies (BS): submit your university application and ACT/SAT scores only
  • Landscape architecture (BLA): submit your university application and ACT/SAT scores only
  • Music (BA): no audition is required, but explain your interest in this particular degree, describe your musical experience, and connect your long-term goals to this degree in your application essay
  • Urban planning (BA): submit your university application and ACT/SAT scores only

Majors and Talent Requirements

Art education—portfolio

History of art—portfolio/research papers and essays

Crafts: metal (jewelry design)—portfolio

Graphic design—portfolio

Industrial design—portfolio

New media—portfolio




If you haven't decided what area fits best with your talents, you may apply to the Art Foundation program and choose your major when you're a sophomore. A portfolio is still required to complete your application.

Get the Portfolio Requirements

Submit a Portfolio

We want to see you in action! You must audition to join Dance at Illinois.

Get the Dance Audition Requirements

Request a Dance Audition

Submit an Online Dance Audition

1. The first thing you need to do after finishing your university application is submit the supplemental music application.

Get the Supplemental Music Application

2. Next you will need to fulfill some requirements for your area of interest. Find your specific major. You'll be sent to the School of Music's site for the details.

  • Instrumental Performance
  • Jazz Performance
  • Vocal Performance

Get the Music Performance Audition Requirements

  • Music Education

Get the Music Education Requirements

  • Music Composition
  • Music Composition-Theory
  • Music Technology

Get the Music Composition and Theory Requirements

  • Musicology (Music History)

Get the Musicology Requirements

  • Open Studies

Get Information on the Open Studies Major

If you aren't able to come to campus for an audition, you can submit a recording. You will need to set up an online account and then follow the additional instructions from the School of Music.

Submit an Online Audition

Majors and Talent Requirements


Costume design and technology—portfolio

Lighting design and technology—portfolio

Scenic design—portfolio

Scenic technology—portfolio

Sound design—portfolio

Stage management—interview

Theatre studies (directing, playwriting, criticism, history)—interview

Get the Theatre Requirements

Request an Audition, Interview, or Portfolio Review

Submit an Online Audition

Transfer Students

Qualified transfer students from both community and four-year college programs are eligible for admission. Academic and artistic qualifications are considered equally during the admissions review process, and both may impact your placement in core courses in your major. To learn about transfer requirements and the admissions process, see our suggestions for college preparation. You might also want to review the transfer student information from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

The transfer application deadlines for fall 2018 consideration have passed.

Your portfolio does not have to contain material specific to your major.

Get the Art and Design Portfolio Requirements

Our performing arts programs have audition, portfolio, or interview requirements for admission. Each area has individual guidelines for assessing your talent.

Get the Dance Admission Requirements

Get the Music Admission Requirements

Get the Theatre Admission Requirements

Graduate Students

All students interested in earning a graduate degree in the College of Fine and Applied Arts must apply for admission through the Graduate College. If you have questions, contact a representative by phone at 217.333.0035 or email