All applicants to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program must submit a portfolio for review. We will notify the student and the Office of Admissions of the results of the portfolio review. Once you have been admitted, you will also receive information on the scheduling of classes. Students who do not meet the standards for entrance into the Visual Arts Program will be enrolled into the General Studies Program at West Virginia University and be notified of this action by the School of Art & Design and the Office of Admissions and Records.
All prospective students must audition for the music program. Auditions are held in Morgantown throughout the school year. A recording and other supporting material may be submitted when circumstances prevent a visit to Morgantown for this purpose. The audition is a preliminary assessment of your potential for success in the program. If you are admitted, your standing is confirmed or revised after the first semester of study.
Applicants for the BFA Acting, BFA Musical Theatre and BA Dance Programs are required to audition. Students applying for the BFA Theatre Design and Technology program and the BFA Puppetry program must present a portfolio for review. The BA Theatre program does not require an audition or portfolio review, however either can be used to compete for Theatre & Dance scholarships.
The Multidisciplinary Studies program affords you the flexibility of selecting three different areas of study (academic minors) to create your individualized educational plan. Combined with WVU’s general education requirements, at least two of the minors must be selected from programs offered by the College. In addition, minors must be selected from at least two different schools (art, music, theatre & dance) within the College. The MDS course of study culminates with a “capstone” project where you demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have acquired during your specialized course of study.