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Audition And Portfolio Day Requirements

School of Art & Design Portfolio Requirements

All applicants must submit a digital portfolio (CD or Jump Drive) with their Personal Artist's Statement to the School of Art and Design. Students must meet attend a Portfolio Review Day or meet with faculty on campus for a private portfolio review in order to receive scholarship 


Students submitting portfolios for admissions consideration only can send them to: 

WVU College of Creative Arts

School of Art & Design 

PO Box 6111 

Morgantown, WV 26501

The portfolio must include…

  1. Personal Statement
    All applicants are required to write a short essay describing interests and creative, academic, and professional goals. Explain reasons why you wish to undertake university study in art on the application. Students pursuing certification in Art Education should include a statement on why they want to teach art. This statement must be single spaced and printed on a single 8 1/2” x 11” sheet of paper.

  2. CD Portfolio Submission
    The portfolio should include 8 to 12 pieces of the best examples of your art work executed in the previous year. 
    Examples in all media are encouraged; painting, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, photography, electronic media, life drawings, high quality sketchbook pages and CD. 
    The images should be arranged in PowerPoint with each image slide labeled with name, title, medium, and work dimensions.

WVU will not be responsible for any lost or damaged portfolios.

School of Theatre and Dance Audition and Portfolio Requirements

BFA in Acting

Present two contrasting monologues with the presentation consisting of:

BFA in Musical Theatre

The audition will explore your abilities in Theatre, Music and Dance. Therefore please prepare the following:

Two contrasting songs
that show both your acting and vocal range and ability:

A one-minute monologue fully-realized and memorized.

Your entire audition package should be around 5 – 6 minutes total.

Dance call – After your vocal audition you will be asked to learn/perform a dance combination as part of your dance audition.

Present the best of you in this process; do not show or push some image or idea of what we might want to see. We want to know and see you in this interview and within your audition.

BFA Design Tech

An interview and portfolio review is required for admission and scholarship consideration for all incoming BFA Design/Tech students.

Interview: The BFA Design Tech interview is a chance for us to get to know you. We like to get a sense of your experience in and enthusiasm for theatre.

Portfolio: In a portfolio we are looking to understand your previous experience in theatre and related areas. A good thing to do is use a simple program like Microsoft Powerpoint to present your work. Show photos of productions you have worked on. If possible, include process photos of the specific things you did. The portfolio may also include any artwork, craft or construction projects which illustrate your interests and talent.

Dance (BA)

Theatre (BA)

  1. Have prepared a verbal statement as to what you want out of the program – what you hope to learn – what interests you. If you have a portfolio showing some of the work you have accomplished in theatre or demonstrating what you hope to work with while in the program here you are welcome to present that as well. 
  2. Be prepared to speak about your goals after graduating from the puppetry and creative dramatics program.

School of Music Auditions

Piano Placement Exam

A piano placement evaluation will be administered to undergraduate students (excluding piano majors) during auditions. Students who have had piano study should be prepared for this brief evaluation so they can be placed in the appropriate section of class piano. For the evaluation, students will be asked to play a short piece or excerpt, sight-read, and play or describe experience studying scales and cadences. This evaluation is only for vocal and instrumental music majors (excluding piano majors).


Three works from the standard piano literature representing three different style periods: examples of selections include works from the baroque period (Bach, Handel, Scarlatti, etc.), a sonata movement from the classical period (Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, etc.), a romantic work (Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, etc.), or a contemporary work (Debussy, Copland, Bartók, etc.). A fourth additional piece of the applicant’s choice may also be included.

Violin, Viola & Cello

Double Bass


The audition for the guitar studio is an overall evaluation. Most applicants are not equally strong in all areas; in some cases, a deficiency in one area may be mitigated by excelling in another.

Sight reading Fluency in basic sight reading skills is required, and is possibly the most important element of the audition. With hard work, an acceptable level of sight reading ability can be achieved in a matter of a few months. Recommended Preparation: Leavitt, Wm., A Modern Method for guitar, Berklee Seires, Vol. 1 (Milwaukee: Hal Leonard Publications). pp. 4-59

Scales Movable Major Scale Patterns, any key. Useful fingerings may be found in Berklee, Vol. 1 (pp. 60, 70,80, 90, 100); the “3 notes per string” system; or the segovia Diatronic Major and Minor Scales (Belwin Mills Publishing Co.)

Chord Vocabulary Ability to play chords to a jazz tune, in tempo, from a lead sheet or jazz fakebook, is required.

Improvisation Improvisation on a blues or jazz standard of your choice. For this, play-along CDs, such as the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Aids series, are highly recommended and can be mailed to you through Volkwein’s Music (Pittsburgh: 1-800-553-8742; 412-788-5900) or purchased locally. Recommended: “Nothin’ But Blues” or “Blues in All Keys.”

Solo Pieces Two pieces for the solo guitar, in contrasting style. Pieces from the classical repertoire or jazz standards are preferred. NOT acceptable: any piece which is not complete in itself, or not meant for guitar alone, such as an accompainiment for voice or any other instrument; part of an arrangement for a band; or supported by another instrument (e.g., bass, piano, or another guitar).

Guitar Audition for Music Industry

"Folksinger" accompaniment with open position chords, rhythmically strong (i.e. no hesitations or stops between chords), clear strumming or fingestyle patterns. Repertoire may include accompaniment patterns to "Oh Susanna," "Camptown Races" or pop tunes. 







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