portfolios and 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.
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. Hard copy materials will not be accepted in any medium. All submissions (other than architecture) should be uploaded to your application status portal once you have completed the general admission application.
Visual and Performing Arts
Before you can submit your portfolio you must submit your general Tulane application. You will then receive the login credentials to your application status portal. To submit a visual or performing arts portfolio, login to your application status portal (link to portal) and click “Edit Portfolio” below the “Optional Portfolio” information. You will then be given further instructions about how to upload your media in either video, audio, slide, document or link form.
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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Winners are notified in mid-March
Contact Rebecca Greaves at email@example.com
|Portfolio Guidelines by Major|
|Art||Music Performance (Instrumental)|
|Creative Writing||Music Performance (Vocal)|
|Digital Media Production||Theatre (Design)|
|Jazz Studies||Theatre (Performance)|
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.).