Ready to apply to VPA? Our Office of Recruitment and Admissions is here to assist you with the undergraduate application process, including portfolio and audition requirements. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for information.

If you are planning a visit to campus, we encourage you to include a visit with our office. We offer daily information sessions, tours of our facilities, portfolio reviews, and individual appointments. There are also a number of opportunities to meet with us at off-campus events.

Undecided about which of our majors is right for you? Explore your interests.

Syracuse University General Requirements

Prospective undergraduate students applying to VPA must also meet SU’s general requirements and complete the Syracuse University Common App.

SAT or ACT Requirements

Standardized tests (SAT or ACT) are not required for School of Art, Department of Transmedia, Department of Drama, and Setnor School of Music programs, or the School of Design’s B.F.A. and B.I.D. programs. On the Common Application, should you choose a program outside of art, design, transmedia, drama, or music that requires a standardized test as your second choice, you will need to submit your official test scores.

The Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies and the School of Design’s B.S. in design studies program requires prospective students to submit ACT or SAT scores.

Audition, Portfolio or Interview Requirements

All students applying to the School of Art, the School of Design’s B.F.A. and B.I.D. programs, the Department of Transmedia, the Department of Drama, or the Setnor School of Music must submit additional materials (a portfolio, audition, or departmental interview) to complete your application. Please view your area of interest for further details.

Students applying to the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies and the School of Design’s B.S. in design studies program are not required to submit additional materials.

Select your area of interest below for specific program requirements.

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Art, Design and Transmedia Requirements

A portfolio is required for all B.F.A. and B.I.D. programs.

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Department of Drama

An audition, portfolio or departmental interview is required for all students.

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Setnor School of Music

An audition is required for all students applying to the Setnor School of Music.

International Students

Syracuse University and VPA have a long tradition of welcoming international students from around the world. The total student population at Syracuse represents all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. Because international students are such an important part of our community, the University has a number of offices and programs dedicated to helping you make the transition and have a safe and fulfilling experience in the United States, including the Office of Multicultural Affairs and our English Language Institute (ELI), an option for students who wish to study English that is also available to international students who are offered conditional admission, but need to complete required levels of English proficiency before they are fully admitted to their program of study. Refer to International Student Admissions for more information.

Intra-University Transfer Students

Students currently attending Syracuse University who are interested in applying for an intra-University transfer (IUT) into the College of Visual and Performing Arts must meet certain requirements. Learn more about intra-University transfer requirements.