An audition, portfolio, or departmental interview is required for all students applying to the Department of Drama.

Students are responsible for completing their required audition or portfolio in addition to meeting VPA and Syracuse University application deadlines. Refer to your program of interest below for specific instructions. Prospective students must also complete the Syracuse University Common App.

Acting and musical theater applicants are required to submit a prescreening audition.

Drama Deadlines

Early Decision (First-year students only):

Nov. 15, 2019

Note: Prescreen auditions for Acting and Musical Theater must be submitted by Oct. 1, 2019.

Early Decision II (First-year students only):

Jan. 1, 2020 online submissions only

Acting and Musical Theater are not offered for EDII unless you have successfully prescreened (by Nov. 15, 2019) and can submit your final audition ONLINE by January 1, 2020.

Jan. 1, 2020 online portfolio submission for non-performance programs. Please call the VPA Office of Recruitment and Admissions if you have questions about Early Decision II.

Regular Decision (Fall):

Jan. 1, 2020, online submissions

Feb. 10, 2020*, in-person audition

Note: Prescreen auditions for Acting and Musical Theater must be submitted by Nov. 15, 2019.

Spring Enrollment:

Spring enrollment into VPA programs is very limited. Please call the Office of Recruitment and Admissions to discuss availability and timeline.

Acting Prescreening and Audition Requirements

Musical Theater Prescreening and Audition Requirements

Stage Management Portfolio and Interview Requirements

Theater Design and Technology Portfolio Requirements

B.S. in Drama: Theater Management Requirements

Transfer Students

Transfer students are encouraged to complete the application and audition, portfolio review/interview or transcript review as soon as possible, as space is limited in some programs. It is strongly recommended that transfer applicants to VPA follow the first-year application deadlinesTransfer applicants to the musical theater and acting programs must follow the first-year deadlines due to the prescreening audition requirement. Please note:

  • Include with your talent submission an unofficial college transcript. This is in addition to the official college transcript 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.