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School of Performing and Visual Arts

Auditions and Portfolio Reviews

The School of Performing and Visual Arts welcomes all applicants interested in our programs to showcase their talents via an audition and/or a portfolio review. 

Step 1:  Apply to Southern Miss
Step 2: Submit Audition and/or Portfolio Requirements. See dates and requirement/guidelines below for Art and Design, Dance, and Theatre.

 

Program Requirements Events for Prospective Students 
Art and Design

USM Application and portfolio reviews (portfolios encouraged as part of the admissions and scholarship awarding process)

DETAILS

Dance

USM Application and online auditions
(Audition not required for minor)

DETAILS

Theatre

Emphasis in Design and Technology: USM Application (Portfolio review and interview)

Acting: USM Application and audition:

  1. Monologues: 1-minute monologue
  2. Song: Singing is not required for audition (optional)

For Scholarships: USM Video Audition and/or interview at Curtain Up. 

DETAILS


Art and Design

USM Art and Design Portfolio Reviews

Dates for Prospective Students

Southern Miss Art and Design’s most exciting recruitment event of the year, Open Studios, is an opportunity for high school juniors, seniors, and community college students to experience hands on interaction with the visual arts at Southern Miss. Come meet our students and faculty, and join us for an exciting day of interactive art events and master classes with our faculty. Breakfast is provided.

  • Dates for Fall and Spring 2020: To be Announced.

 

Step 1

Apply to the University. For acceptance into the Art and Design programs, apply to the University. 

APPLY

Step 2

Submit your digital portfolio review. Portfolios are encouraged as part of the admissions and scholarship awarding process. 

PORTFOLIO

 

The USM Art and Design program encourages a portfolio review as part of the admissions and scholarship awarding process. Typically, portfolio reviews are mostly conducted in-person during the Art and Design Open House and/or Open Studios, but due to our Covid-19 response, only digital portfolio reviews are being accepted.

Preparing Your Submission

Digital Portfolio: What do we look for in your a portfolio review submission? We look for both an interest in and commitment to art, as well as skills in drawing and painting from observation/imagination, a sense of color and design, and other creative abilities.

Here are some guidelines for submitting your digital portfolio:

  • Portfolios should include 10-15 images of your work. You may include: drawing and painting from observation/imagination, printmaking, sculptures or other three-dimensional works, ceramics, print, packaging, illustration, typography, web design, identity campaigns (logo design and branding), digital photography, and interactive media/motion graphics.
  • If you have interactive media/motion graphics, please share the URL when submitting the form.
  • File should be saved as a single Adobe PDF document.
  • Include 1-2 images per page: Include title of work and medium used.
  • File should be no larger than 25MB.
  • Please use the following format for the file name: first_lastname_portfolio.pdf.

 

Recommendation: You will need to submit the contact information of a reference. It can be a visual arts teacher or an employer. You will need their first name, last name, email, title/position, and organization.

Once you submit your application form online, your reference will receive an email on behalf of Southern Miss Art and Design with an online recommendation form for them to submit. Note: You will need to certify that you have permission from your reference to share their email address, so they can be contacted via email by USM to request the recommendation.


Essay: An essay titled “Why I Want to be an Art Major at Southern Miss?”

 

Submit Portfolio

 


Dance

USM Dance Auditions

Audition Dates for Prospective Students

As a precaution in response to the COVID-19, our USM Dance program in the School of Performing and Visual Arts is currently only accepting online audition materials and video submissions, as an option for students.

Application/Video Audition Process

To apply for acceptance into the undergraduate BFA program in dance at Southern Miss, you must apply to the University AND audition as part of the application process.

Step 1

Apply to the University. To apply for acceptance into the undergraduate BFA program in dance at Southern Miss, you must apply to the University.

APPLY

Step 2

Submit the audition application form and your online video audition. Please see below to prepare the supporting materials required to audition online.

Audition 

Here is a checklist of materials you need to prepare to submit to the online audition application form:

  • Resumé
  • Personal Dance Major Narrative Questions
    • Share any significant dance experiences or training you’d like to highlight or makes sure we are aware of.
    • Why do you want to study dance in college? Do you have career goals yet?
    • How did you hear about the USM Dance Program?
  • Contact Information of a Reference, Dance Teacher (First Name, Last Name, Email, Title/Position, Organization)
    • Once you submit your audition application form online, your reference will receive an email on behalf of Southern Miss Dance with an online recommendation form for their submission.
    • Note: You will need to certify that you have permission from your reference to share their email address, so they can be contacted via email by USM Dance to request the recommendation. 
  •  Essay: Select one of the questions below for your one-page essay (If auditioning for a scholarship) :
    1. What is the most meaningful dance experience(s) you have had thus far in your training and why? How did these shape what you hope for from here?
    2. What has dance taught you about yourself? How does what you have learned as a dancer inform your life and visa versa?
  • Online Video Audition   

As a precaution in response to the COVID-19, our USM Dance program in the School of Performing and Visual Arts is currently only accepting online audition materials and video submissions, as an option for students.

Introduction: Let’s get to know you! Look at the camera and state the following information to begin your audition video:

  • Name
  • Where you are from
  • Your goals as a dance major
  • Why you would like to attend The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Performing and Visual Arts to major in dance

Dance Performance: This section may include combinations from dance classes, a performed dance piece, improvised movement, etc. Movement can be in any dance style, a variety of dance styles, and be self or instructor choreographed (or a combination of both).

Length: Please note that the video should not exceed ten minutes in length.

Attire: Applicants must wear well-fitted dance attire where the body is fully visible; Your video must be taped in a theatre or dance studio with good lighting and the recording must be in focus; and incomplete or poor-quality videos may result in the student’s submission not being considered.

Deadline: All videos must be received no later stated University deadlines for undergraduate admissions.

Format: Your audition video may be submitted via video form by either uploading an MP4 file. 

Thank you for following the instructions above. This will assist us in evaluating everyone on similar work and make the video audition close to what students are asked to do during the in‐person auditions. We can’t wait to review your submission!

START ONLINE AUDITION APPLICATION 

Are you a sophomore, junior or senior interested in majoring in dance after high school? High School Dance Day, is your opportunity to see what dance at Southern Miss can offer you for FREE! New dates to be set for 20-21. Stay tuned!

 

Learn more about the Dance program

Theatre

USM Theatre Auditions

Dates for Prospective Students

The day begins after Black and Gold Day at the Curtain Up Welcome Day for Scholarships.

Black & Gold Day

 

 

The day begins after Black and Gold Day and will include the following schedule of events:

  • Introduction to the program
  • Guided tours to prospective students and their families
  • Individual meetings with department faculty to learn more about programs of study
  • In groups, students will audition and/or interview.

 For this aspect of the day:

  • Actors should prepare a 1-minute monologue entirely of their choosing, from any genre, style or period.
  • Actors may follow their monologue with 16 bars of a song of their choosing (a cappella only please), but singing is not required for audition.
  • Designers, directors, dramaturgs and stage managers should provide their portfolios for a portfolio review and interview with departmental faculty.

**All participants are encouraged to provide resumes and other supporting documents that best represent their work. 

Register

 Learn more about the Theatre program

 

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