Take classes in high school that challenge you and give you a broad background in lab sciences, math, social sciences, cultures, languages, and communication. Enroll in classes in your area of interest that are offered at your high school. Be curious, dedicated, and enthusiastic about learning: this is vital for creative thinkers.
Keep a sketchbook. Play your instrument. Become a character. Whatever you do, practice, practice, practice!
Get involved in organizations, sports, clubs, and performances at your high school or in your community. You'll meet a diverse range of people, and you'll discover other abilities to help you succeed as an artist, designer, or performer. Broaden your perspective by volunteering to make your neighborhood or community stronger. Seek an internship to sample careers you may enjoy most. If you have a hard time finding activities and groups at your school or in your community, participate in virtual programs or classes.
Join us for an information session during your visit to campus. We also offer a wide variety of helpful virtual events for prospective students, including an overview of the college with application details, presentations on creative careers, and sessions with tips on improving art and design portfolios and talent submissions for performing arts majors.
Talk to your teachers, meet with your high school counselor, and attend college fairs and events. Develop an action plan! Of course don't hesitate to reach out to us. We're here to help you find your place in the arts.
Submit an application through the myIllini application, the Coalition for College, or the Common App. Don't forget to finish your second-step talent requirement if you are applying to a major in the School of Art and Design, the Department of Dance, the School of Music, or the Department of Theatre. Your application is not complete until you have participated in the audition, interview, and/or portfolio process.