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Prospective transfer students applying to the College of Visual and Performing Arts must meet Syracuse University's general requirements and deadlines. Many of our programs also require additional materials (a portfolio, audition, or interview) to complete your application. Please select your area of interest below for more information about these additional requirements.

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Art, Design, and Transmedia

A portfolio is required for most programs in the School of Art, School of Design, and Department of Transmedia in addition to Syracuse University's general requirements. Please see our list of portfolio requirements for each program.

Students are responsible for submitting their portfolio in person or online but should only make one final submission. To submit, please follow our instructions and note the deadlines for transfer students. Portfolios may be submitted before or after your application but should meet these deadlines.

Transfer applicants are encouraged to complete the application and portfolio review as soon as possible as space is limited in some programs. Please note the following information:

  • Transfer portfolios are evaluated on campus only, usually by a faculty member in the student's proposed major. Please indicate you are a transfer applicant either when scheduling an in-person appointment. Online submission is preferred.
  • In-person reviews with faculty are only available when classes are in session and depend on faculty schedules; please plan accordingly.
  • If you have experience in the area in which you hope to major, please show examples of work in that area.
  • Please include an unofficial college transcript with your portfolio. This is in addition to the two official college transcripts required for your application.
  • Include a paragraph explaining why you wish to study art, what major you hope to pursue and why, what you expect from the major, and your career aspirations.
  • It is generally not possible to have an in-person review for art video, computer art and animation, or film.

Drama

An audition or portfolio is required for all programs in the Department of Drama in addition to Syracuse University's general requirements. Please see our audition and portfolio requirements for more information.

Applicants may submit their audition/portfolio either in person or online but should only make one final submission. To register for or submit your audition/portfolio review, please follow our instructions and note the deadlines for transfer students. Your audition or portfolio review may be completed before or after your application but should meet these deadlines. In-person auditions and portfolio reviews are preferred.

Transfer applicants are encouraged to complete the application and audition/portfolio review/interview as soon as possible as space is limited in some programs. Please note the following information:

  • Please include with your portfolio an unofficial college transcript. This is in addition to the two official college transcripts you send with your application for admission.
  • Include a paragraph explaining why you wish to study drama, what major you hope to pursue and why, what you expect from the major, and your career aspirations.

Music

An audition is required for all students seeking admission to the Setnor School of Music except those applying to the bachelor of science degree in recording and allied entertainment industries (the Bandier Program). Please see our audition requirements for more information. All students seeking admission must meet Syracuse University's general requirements.

Applicants may submit their audition in person, online, or by mail. To register for or submit your audition, please follow our instructions and note the deadlines for transfer students, Auditions may be submitted before or after your application but should meet these deadlines. You must audition in person to be considered for Setnor School of Music scholarship awards.

Transfer applicants are encouraged to complete the application and transcript review as soon as possible as space is limited in some programs. Please note the following information:

  • Please include with your audition materials, an unofficial college transcript. This is in addition to the two official college transcripts you send with your application for admission.
  • Include a paragraph explaining why you wish to study music, what major you hope to pursue and why, what you expect from the major, and your career aspirations.
Transferring Into the Bandier Program

In order to transfer into the Bandier Program, whether an intra-University transfer (IUT) or an external transfer student, a spot must open up within the program.

The Bandier Program has more than a 90 percent retention rate. Students do not leave the program often, and when they do, there are usually several students waiting to take their spot.

If you are a current Syracuse University student and would like to put yourself in a position to be considered for one of these spots, the procedure is:

  • Attend one of our college’s IUT meetings.
  • Write an essay of 500 words or fewer explaining:
    • why you want to transfer into the Bandier Program,
    • what you are currently doing to advance your music business aspirations, and
    • what you see yourself doing once you enter the music business.
  • Bring your essay to 200 Crouse College (SU:VPA Office of Student Affairs) and ask to fill out an “IUT Form.”
  • Fill out the form, and hand that and your essay back to the person at the desk.

If you are an external transfer student, you will apply to Syracuse University and list the B.S. in recording and allied entertainment industries (the Bandier Program) as your program of choice, being sure to adhere to all application deadlines.

At the end of each semester, if someone has left the program, the program’s director will go through all of the IUT forms and external applications and choose someone for that spot. If no one left the program, there is no spot, and no additional students will be considered for the program. There are other great options at SU for involvement in the music industry, though: 

  • If you are a classically trained musician, you can audition for the B.M. in music industry program, which shares much of its curriculum with the students in the Bandier Program.
  • You could opt to interview for our music industry minor, a 21-credit minor from which the Bandier Program was grown. Again, this shares curriculum with the B.M. and the B.S. (Bandier) and can be done with nearly any major across campus—and pairs particularly well with some programs in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Contact Professor Bill DiCosimo, coordinator.
  • You could get involved with organizations like the Concert Board (the group on campus which arranges for larger musical acts to come on campus), WERW (the radio station), and more.
  • Some courses are open to any Syracuse student:
    • MUI 310 Soyars Leadership Lecture Series, 1 credit, weekly music business executives
    • MUI 320 Music Enterprise Laboratory, 3 credits, Marshall Street Records or Syracuse University Recordings (two student-run music companies)

Long before the Bandier Program existed, Syracuse was educating the future executives, producers, supervisors, managers, etc. of the music industry, so make sure to explore all of your options!    

Communication and Rhetorical Studies

All prospective undergraduate transfer students applying to the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies must meet Syracuse University's general requirements. There are no additional program requirements.

Deadlines

Transfer students are encouraged to follow the Syracuse University deadlines when applying and the SU:VPA deadlines for submission of portfolios and auditions. Transfer applications received after these deadlines will be considered on a space-available basis.