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These are some frequently asked questions about the College of Visual and Performing Arts. We also offer in-depth FAQs for prospective students (both undergraduate and graduate) and current undergraduate students in those respective sections. You may always contact us if you have additional questions. 

How do I apply to one of your programs?

For information on how to apply to VPA, start by visiting our section for prospective students. If you are a prospective undergraduate student, including an intra-University transfer student, you will select “undergraduate.” If you are interested in applying to one of our graduate programs, select “graduate.”

Both the undergraduate and graduate sections also offer additional, detailed FAQs for prospective students.

Does VPA require applicants to have a portfolio review, audition, or interview?

It depends on the program to which you are applying. The prospective students section outlines requirements for each of our academic areas/programs. Be sure to select "undergraduate" or "graduate" to be directed to the appropriate information.

I’m a prospective student, and I’d like to visit campus. How do I do that?

Visiting campus, especially when classes are in session, is the best way to learn about VPA. We offer information for undergraduate students and graduate students about on-campus visits.

I’m an employer, and I’d like to recruit VPA students for internships or employment after graduation. How do I do that?

Syracuse University’s Office of Career Services offers information for employers who wish to partner with or recruit@SU.

In addition, several VPA programs, including the School of Art’s illustration program and the School of Design’s communications design program, host events showcasing senior portfolios in New York City for alumni and industry professionals. Contact Tracy Tajbl, 315.443.9727 or, to learn more about these opportunities.

What can you tell me about VPA?

We're glad you asked! In addition to reading about our academics, you will find many interesting facts and figures about the college, as well as a timeline of our history, including Crouse College, in About VPA. (And speaking of history, if you're interested in exploring Syracuse University's past, be sure to check out the wealth of information at Syracuse University Archives.)

I am coming to campus for an event. Where do I park?

If your event is sponsored by VPA and is listed on our calendar, you will find specific parking information listed with the event.

If you are coming to campus for a special event for prospective or newly admitted students (for example, fall or spring receptions), parking information will be included with the event information you receive. For undergraduate daily information session visits to the VPA Office of Recruitment and Admissions, parking is available in the University Avenue Garage. The office will validate this parking.

For parking for other events, please refer to Syracuse University’s visitor and guest parking information as well as Carrier Dome event parking.

What is your mailing address?

Refer to the links below for the mailing address of each of our academic areas. For VPA administrative offices, refer to the specific office in our administration section. Mailing addresses for specific faculty and staff members can be found in our directory.

School of Art
Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies
School of Design
Department of Drama
Setnor School of Music
Department of Transmedia