Tulane University

Undergraduate Admission

portfolios and auditions

Any student at Tulane can take arts classes, and non-arts majors regularly participate in all kinds of arts events. 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 a portfolio is recommended for students interested in Architecture. Any student at Tulane 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.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
In order to carry weight in an admission decision, creative materials should be sent either before or as soon as possible after the student’s complete 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 sent to submit@tulane.edu with the Arts Supplement Cover Sheet filled out and attached as a PDF file. Students are welcome to submit their portfolio in whatever form they choose whether it be a link to a website or an attached document.

Architecture
We accept digital submissions via SlideRoom only; this service is free that 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:
    • Audition or submit a portfolio by February 15
    • Submit an Arts Supplement Cover Sheet with scholarship interest designated
    • Auditions may be held in person or sent with the Arts Supplement Cover Sheet to submit@tulane.edu
  • Winners are notified in mid-March

 

Questions?
Contact Rebecca Greaves at rgreaves@tulane.edu


Portfolio Guidelines by Major
Architecture Music Composition
Art Music Performance (Instrumental)
Creative Writing Music Performance (Vocal)
Dance Musical Theatre
Digital Media Production Theatre (Design)
Jazz Studies Theatre (Performance)

ARCHITECTURE
A portfolio is 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.

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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..

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JAZZ STUDIES
Any material will be accepted, though 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
Any examples of original composition will be accepted, though 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.

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MUSIC PERFORMANCE (INSTRUMENTAL)
Any material will be accepted, though students who wish to be considered for one of our Musicianship Scholarships have more stringent requirements. Piano students hoping to qualify for a scholarship should prepare (or record, in the case of an electronic audition) movements from three pieces in contrasting periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or Modern), preferably at least one a major work. Other instrumentalists hoping to qualify for a scholarship should prepare (or record, in the case of an electronic audition) 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)
Any material will be accepted, though students who wish to be considered for one of our Musicianship Scholarships should prepare (or record, in the case of an electronic audition) three or four songs or arias in contrasting styles, including, if possible, 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.

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MUSICAL THEATRE
Any material will be accepted, though students who wish to be considered for one of our Musicianship Scholarships should prepare (or record, in the case of an electronic audition) 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.

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