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Visiting campus, especially when classes are in session, is the best way to learn about Syracuse University and the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

You can experience first hand the vibrancy and energy of the University when you walk across the Quad to the Shaffer Art Building, down the hill to the Regent Theater Complex, or into Crouse College's Setnor Auditorium with current students during a typical day of classes (you can even schedule a music lesson). You will have the opportunity to speak with current students and get a real sense of what it's like to be part of VPA and the campus community. You can also meet with us at one of our many off-campus events, including National Portfolio Days, auditions, college fairs, and high school visits. Some of the dates and locations listed in this section of our site also give you the opportunity to have a portfolio review or audition.

On Campus

Information Sessions

Sessions for prospective first-year and transfer students are available on campus with a representative from the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Office of Recruitment and Admissions.

Sessions include a presentation about VPA, including overviews of the School of Art, School of Design, Department of Transmedia, Department of Drama, Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, and the Setnor School of Music. We will also discuss application processes, talent requirements such as auditions and portfolios, and answer any questions you may have.

VPA sessions are included as an extension of the Syracuse University Office of Admissions' “Weekday Campus Visit” and are offered on the following days and times:

11 a.m. Monday through Friday

3 p.m. Monday through Friday

Reservations for a “Weekday Campus Visit” are required and can be booked through the Office of Admissions. If you will be on campus all day, we recommend full-day visitors register for the Office of Admissions' “Weekday Campus Visit” at 9 a.m., which includes a VPA 11 a.m. information session. This allows for such afternoon options as facility tours and portfolio reviews. If you are interested in planning your day with us or would like to know more about our afternoon options, please call the VPA Office of Recruitment and Admissions at 315.443.2769.

Orange Preview

Come for an Orange Preview and learn more about academic and student life at Syracuse University! Orange Previews are intended for prospective first-year and transfer students who have not yet applied for admission. Plan to spend a full day on campus learning about all that SU has to offer.

Throughout the day you'll have the opportunity to meet admissions staff and representatives from our schools and colleges as well as current students. You can also talk with representatives from offices such as Admissions, Financial Aid and Study Abroad, visit a residence hall, and have lunch.

Orange Previews will be held on the following dates during the Fall 2018 semester:

  • Monday, October 8
  • Friday, November 9

Register For an Orange Preview

Syracuse Saturdays

These visits give students an overview of the University’s offerings and campus experience. They include an information session hosted by an admissions officer, faculty, and students and a campus tour. Residence halls are not a part of Syracuse Saturdays.

VPA will be represented at the following Syracuse Saturdays in 2018:

  • October 20
  • October 27
  • November 10

Register For a Syracuse Saturday  

Drama Audition Days

On Drama Audition Days, students applying to acting and musical theater who have successfully prescreened may complete an in-person audition; students applying to theater design and technology or stage management may complete the required portfolio review; and students applying to the B.S. in theater management may complete the departmental interview and submit the required statement.

Drama Audition Days for 2018-19 will be held on the dates below. Registration is required.

  • Friday, November 16
  • Friday, January 25
  • Saturday, January 26                  
  • Friday, February 1
  • Saturday, February 2                     
  • Friday, February 8
  • Saturday, February 9

Register For an in-person audition, portfolio review, or interview  

Please note that this link will not become active until after September 15.

On-campus Drama Audition Schedule [PDF 345KB]

Drama Audition Day Directions

Music Audition Days

On Music Audition Days, students applying to the Setnor School of Music may complete the required audition. Music Audition Days for 2018-19 will be held on the dates below. Registration is required.

  • Saturday, November 10
  • Saturday, January 19
  • Saturday, January 26
  • Saturday, February 2
  • Saturday, February 9

Register For AN AUDITION  

Music Audition Schedule 2018-19 [PDF 65KB]

Music Audition Day Directions

Off Campus

NACAC Performing and Visual Arts College Fairs (All-VPA Event)

The College of Visual and Performing Arts is represented at select Performing and Visual Arts College Fairs of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). No reservations are required; visit the NACAC schedule for more details about individual events.

VPA will be represented at the following events in 2018-19:

  • Saturday, September 22—San Diego, CA
  • Sunday, September 23—Los Angeles, CA
  • Thursday, October 25—Chicago, IL
  • Sunday, November 4—Washington D.C.
  • Monday, November 5—New York City
  • Tuesday, November 6—Philadelphia, PA
  • Wednesday, November 7—Boston, MA

Academic Interest Presentations (All-VPA Event)

Area presentations on VPA are held on select dates each fall. Information about the School of Art, School of Design, Department of Transmedia, Department of Drama, Setnor School of Music, and Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies; the application process; and the audition or portfolio requirements are discussed. Registration required. The fall 2018 events are:

NEW YORK CITY

Wednesday, October 17
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Lubin House, 11 East 61st Street, New York City
View New York City directions
 

Register For Presentation  

LOS ANGELES

Sunday, September 23
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
SU Office of Admissions - West, 4312 Woodman Avenue, Suite 302, Sherman Oaks, California
View Los Angeles directions

Register For a Presentation  

ART, DESIGN, AND TRANSMEDIA PORTFOLIO REVIEWS

Portfolio reviews are available at select locations. Students may have an "advise only" review at any in-person location. Please review the portfolio requirements and information about submitting your portfolio before arriving for a portfolio review.

National Portfolio Days

All Portfolio Day events are free and do not require pre-registration. Portfolios are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit the National Portfolio Day website for more information about each event.

VPA will be represented at the following Portfolio Days in 2018-19:

  • Saturday, September 29 – Dallas
  • Sunday, September 30 – Houston
  • Sunday, October 14 – Chicago
  • Saturday, October 20 – Hartford, CT
  • Saturday, October 20—San Diego
  • Sunday, October 21 – Boston  
  • Saturday, November 3—Toronto, Ontario Canada                     
  • Sunday, November 4 – Syracuse 
  • Sunday, November 4 – Philadelphia
  • Saturday, November 10 – New York City
  • Saturday, November 17 – Washington, D.C.
  • Sunday, November 18 – Baltimore
  • Saturday, January 12 – San Francisco
  • Sunday, January 13 – Los Angeles
  • Saturday, January 26 – Miami  
  • Sunday, January 27 – Sarasota, FL

Regional Portfolio Events

The following events are regional portfolio review days that are open to the public.

  • Sunday, October 21 – Montclair Art Museum Portfolio Day, Montclair, N.J. For event information, call 973.746.5555 or visit the museum's website.
  • Sunday, October 28—Everson Museum College Fair and Portfolio Event
  • Thursday, November 8—Sage Colleges Annual Portfolio Review Day
  • Friday, November 9 – Hudson Valley Regional Portfolio Reviews, Hyde Park, N.Y. For event information, call 845.471.7477.
  • Friday, November 9—Long Island Portfolio Day at Huntington Fine Arts. For event information call 631-351-4060.

Drama Regional Auditions

At these events, students applying to acting and musical theater who have successfully prescreened may complete the in-person audition.

Please note that portfolio reviews and interviews for theater design and technology, stage management, and theater management are not available at regional events.

Our 2018 regional audition schedule is below. Registration is required.

Register For an in-person audition

Off-campus Drama Audition Schedule 2018-19 [PDF 274KB]

New York City

Ripley Grier Studios, 520 8th Ave.

  • Saturday, January 19
  • Sunday, January 20

View New York City directions

Chicago

JW Marriott, 151 W. Adams St.

  • Monday, February 4
  • Tuesday, February 5
  • Wednesday, February 6
  • Thursday, February 7

View Chicago directions

Los Angeles

Hyatt Regency LAX, 6225 W. Century Blvd.

  • Saturday, February 9
  • Sunday, February 10

View Los Angeles directions

Music Regional Auditions

At these events, students applying to the Setnor School of Music may complete the required audition. All auditions are performed unaccompanied, with the exception of vocal auditions. An accompanist will be provided for vocal applicants. 

We regret that regional auditions are not available for percussion or organ applicants.

Our 2018-19 regional audition schedule is below. Registration is required.

Register For an in-person audition

NEW YORK CITY

Syracuse University Fisher Center, 136 Madison Ave.

  • Saturday, January 5 (classical voice only)
  • Sunday, January 6 (woodwind, brass, strings, piano, and all jazz/commercial auditions)

Music Audition Schedule 2018-19 [PDF 65KB]

View Fisher Center directions