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Portfolios & Auditions

Any Tulane student can take visual or performing arts classes, audition for plays or ensembles, or take private lessons with an instructor without being a major or minor in that specific art. With this in mind, we welcome the chance to see your past creative work as a way of strengthening your application to the university. No audition or portfolio is required for admission to the university, but the inclusion of a portfolio can only help your application, never hurt it.

Submission Instructions

In order to carry weight in an admission decision, creative materials should be added to your application as soon as possible after your application is submitted; as no creative supplements are required for admission to the university, the admission committee will not wait to receive such materials before reviewing an applicant.

Visual and Performing Arts

Hard copy materials will not be accepted in any medium. All electronic submissions (other than architecture) should be uploaded to your application status portal once you have completed the general admission application. You are welcome to submit you portfolio in whatever form you choose, whether it be a link to a website or an attached document.

Architecture

While not required, we highly recommend architecture students submit a portfolio. We accept digital submissions via SlideRoom only; this service is free and can be found at tulanearchitecture.slideroom.com.

Musicianship Scholarship

  • Requires submission of an audition based on guidelines below
  • Reviewed by Newcomb Department of Music faculty
  • $5,000 per year merit-based award
  • To be considered:
    • Complete the Musicianship Scholarship application through your admission application status portal by February 15
    • Audition or submit a portfolio by February 15
    • To arrange an audition, please contact Rebecca Greaves at rgreaves@tulane.edu
  • Winners are notified in mid-March

Portfolio Award

  • Requires submission of a digital portfolio at tulanearchitecture.slideroom.com
  • Reviewed by Office of Undergraduate Admission and Tulane School of Architecture
  • One-time scholarship worth up to $10,000
  • To be considered:
    • Submit your digital portfolio immediately after you submit your application for admission
    • Selected candidates will be invited to interview
  • Winners are notified in March

Questions?
Contact Rebecca Greaves at rgreaves@tulane.edu

Portfolio Guidelines by Major

ARCHITECTURE

A portfolio is highly recommended for students interested in Architecture. Portfolios are not used to screen out applicants with less design experience, though a strong portfolio can certainly help fortify an applicant’s case for admission to the university. Providing a portfolio does not commit a student to enrolling in the architecture program; it only assures the option. Please send 10 pieces representing the breadth of your design experience, including at least a couple of examples of freehand drawing if possible. Please do not send architectural drafting exercises — we prefer to see your creativity rather than your drafting skills — though other architectural exercises, such as perspective drawings or models, are welcome. Please label each piece with a title if appropriate, information about the medium and size, and a brief explanation of the piece’s context. Architecture portfolios will only be considered if they are submitted through tulanearchitecture.slideroom.com.

ART

An art portfolio should include 10-20 pieces in any medium, preferably displaying the breadth of the applicant’s experience. Freehand drawing should be included when possible. Each piece should be tagged with information regarding the medium, original size, and context of the work.

CREATIVE WRITING

Applicants with a background in creative writing can send up to five pages of material in any genre. Please submit in PDF form.

DANCE

Dancers may audition in person by visiting campus and participating in an advanced-level ballet or modern class. Those who send a recorded audition should provide no more than two minutes of ballet and/or modern choreography showcasing their talents.

DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION

Students interested in the Digital Media Production coordinate major can share up to ten minutes of footage from any project in which they have been involved, making sure to identify their role in production.

JAZZ STUDIES

Students who wish to be considered for one of our Musicianship Scholarships should provide three or more contrasting pieces, at least one of which is a standard. While scholarship auditions may be live or recorded, a recorded audition should include video in order to qualify. An in-person jazz audition may also include improvisation and sight reading (for instrumentalists).

MUSIC COMPOSITION

Students who wish to be considered for one of our Musicianship Scholarships should provide sheet music and/or, when possible, recordings of two to four original pieces in any style. The work need not be complete; sketches, pieces in progress, and improvisations are all acceptable. In-person auditions and reviews can also be arranged most days of the week with sufficient advance notice.

MUSIC PERFORMANCE (INSTRUMENTAL)

Students who wish to be considered for one of our Musicianship Scholarships should submit a portfolio with the following requirements based on discipline. Piano students should prepare movements from three pieces in contrasting periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or Modern), and at least one a major work. Other instrumentalists should prepare a major piece, such as a movement of a standard concerto, a shorter contrasting piece, and an etude. While scholarship auditions may be live or recorded, a recorded audition should include video in order to qualify.

MUSIC PERFORMANCE (VOCAL)

Students who wish to be considered for one of our Musicianship Scholarships should prepare three or four songs or arias in contrasting styles, including, at least one in a foreign language. While scholarship auditions may be live or recorded, a recorded audition should include video in order to qualify.

MUSICAL THEATRE

Students who wish to be considered for one of our Musicianship Scholarships should prepare at least three pieces in contrasting styles, at least one predating 1980; an art song or aria in English or a foreign language may also be included. Recorded auditions may also include an optional one-minute monologue. While scholarship auditions may be live or recorded, a recorded audition should include video in order to qualify.

THEATRE (DESIGN)

Prospective design students can submit a portfolio of artwork in any medium, ideally 10-20 pieces and including freehand drawing. Those with experience in design should include renderings of their previous work and photos of any designs that have been realized. We welcome portfolios that include designs in multiple disciplines (set, costume, lighting, etc.).

THEATRE (PERFORMANCE)

Prospective theatre performance students should prepare two contrasting pieces totaling no more than three minutes. Headshots and resumes can be included if available.