Applying to FAA
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.
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. If your major requires a portfolio or an audition, you will also be considered for talent awards.
EARLY ACTION ADMISSION
The early action application filing period ends on November 15, 2020.
Early action notification has been suspended for the 2021 application cycle. Students who meet the criteria for early action consideration will be notified about their admission decision in mid-February 2021. Applying during the early action 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.
The regular application deadline is January 5, 2021.
Students who meet the criteria for regular decision consideration will be notified about their admission decision in mid-February 2021.
Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Sustainable Design, and Urban Planning Programs
- The application must be received by November 15, 2020, for early action filing and January 5, 2021, for regular decision consideration. No talent submission is required for these programs.
Art and Design Programs
- The portfolio must be received by November 15, 2020, for early action filing.
- The portfolio must be received by January 5, 2021, for regular decision consideration.
Performing Arts Programs
- The audition/interview/portfolio requirement must be completed by November 15, 2020, for early action filing.
- The audition/interview/portfolio requirement must be completed by February 8, 2021, for regular decision consideration. (Please complete the talent request form for your intended major by January 5, 2021, to secure your spot.)
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
- Architecture/architectural studies (BS): submit your university application
- Landscape architecture (BLA): submit your university application
- 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. Students interested in music technology should schedule a faculty interview.
- Sustainable design (BS): submit your university application
- Urban planning (BA): submit your university application
Majors and Talent Requirements
Art and art history—portfolio/optional research paper or essay
Studio art (concentrations include drawing and painting, new media, photography and fashion, printmaking, and sculpture)—portfolio
If you haven't decided what area fits best with your talents, you may apply as Art Undeclared and choose your major when you're a sophomore. A portfolio is still required to complete your application.
1. The first thing you need to do after finishing your university application is submit the supplemental music form. This form is emailed to you upon 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.
- Computer Science + Music
- Instrumental Performance
- Jazz Performance
- Vocal Performance
- Lyric Theatre
- Music Education
- Music Composition
- Music Composition-Theory
- Music Technology
- Musicology (Music History)
- Open Studies
Majors and Talent Requirements
Arts and entertainment technology—portfolio
Costume design and technology—portfolio
Lighting design and technology—portfolio
Theatre studies (directing, playwriting, criticism, history)—interview
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.
Transfer applications for fall 2020 will be accepted beginning on December 15, 2020.