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Applying to FAA

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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.

You'll answer two to three short-answer prompts as part of your application. This is your opportunity 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. If your major requires a portfolio or an audition, you will also be considered for talent awards.

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PRIORITY ADMISSION

The priority admission filing period ends on November 1, 2021.

Students who meet the criteria for priority admission consideration will be notified about their admission decision in mid-February 2022. Applying during the priority admission period may give you the best chance for being admitted to our most selective programs and special attention for admission to honors programs and for merit awards.

REGULAR ADMISSION

The regular application deadline is January 5, 2022.

Students who meet the criteria for regular admission consideration will be notified about their admission decision in mid-February 2022.

Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Sustainable Design, and Urban Planning Programs

  • The application must be received by November 1, 2021, for priority admission consideration and January 5, 2022, for regular admission consideration. No talent submission is required for these programs.

Art and Design Programs

  • The portfolio must be received by November 1, 2021, for priority admission consideration.
  • The portfolio must be received by January 5, 2022, for regular decision consideration.

Performing Arts Programs

  • The audition/interview/portfolio requirement must be completed by November 1, 2021, for priority admission consideration.
  • The audition/interview/portfolio requirement must be completed by February 8, 2021, for regular admission consideration. (Please complete the talent request form for your intended major by January 5, 2022, to secure your spot.)
Step 2: Fulfill the Talent Requirement

Visual and Performing Arts Programs

Most visual and performing arts programs require an audition, a portfolio review, or an 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

  • Architectural Studies (BS): submit your university application only
  • Landscape Architecture (BLA): submit your university application only
  • Sustainable Design (BS): submit your university application only
  • Urban Studies and Planning (BA): submit your university application only
  • Art and Art History (BFA)
  • Art Education (BFA)
  • Art Undeclared (freshman option only; major is declared sophomore year)
  • Graphic Design (BFA)
  • Industrial Design (BFA)
  • Studio Art (BA or BFA)
    • Concentrations
    • Fashion
    • General Studio Art
    • New Media
    • Painting
    • Photography
    • Printmaking
    • Sculpture

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

Portfolio Requirements

Portfolio Submission

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

Dance (BA or BFA)

Audition Requirements

Audition Events and Open Houses

1. After submitting an application to the university you will receive a supplemental music form in 24–48 hours. Please fill it out and submit it.

2. Next you will need to fulfill some requirements for your area of interest.

  • Computer Science and Music (BS)
  • Instrumental Music (BMUS)
  • Jazz Performance (BMUS)
  • Lyric Theatre (BMA)
  • Music (BA)
  • Music Composition (BA)
  • Music Education (BME)
  • Musicology (BMUS)
  • Music Open Studies (BMUS)
  • Voice (BMUS)

Talent Requirements by Major

Audition and Interview Events

  • Acting (BFA)
  • Arts and Entertainment Technology (BFA)
  • Costume Design and Technology (BFA)
  • Lighting Design and Technology (BFA)
  • Scenic Design (BFA)
  • Scenic Technology (BFA)
  • Sound Design and Technology (BFA)
  • Stage Management (BFA)
  • Theatre Studies (BFA)

Talent Requirements by Major

Audition and Interview Events

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.

Spring: September 1–October 15

Fall: December 15–March 1

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

Portfolio Requirements

Transfer Portfolio Submission

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

Dance Admission Requirements

Music Admission Requirements

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 grad@illinois.edu.