School of Performing and Visual Arts
School of Performing and Visual Arts
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 at one of our recruitment events.
Fall Virtual Recruitment Day | October 29, 2021
Learn more about each of our emphasis areas that are at the heart of our program, including Painting and Drawing, Sculpture and Ceramics, and Graphic Design. Join groups to meet with our faculty and students. They'll answer any questions you might have about becoming a Golden Eagle!
Apply to the University. For acceptance into the Art and Design programs, apply to the University.
(Optional) Submit your digital portfolio review. Portfolios are encouraged as part of the scholarship awarding process when attending Open House.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 recruitment event, but due to our Covid-19 response, only digital portfolio reviews are being accepted.
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:
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?”
Our Dance program is accepting online or in-person audition materials and video submissions, as an option for students.
In-Person Dance Audition Dates:
High School Dance Day
We can't wait to welcome high school students to our dance day! Here, you will participate in master classes in the ballet, modern, and jazz techniques as well as see a showing of faculty and student choreographic works that will give you an idea of the kind of dancing we do at Southern Miss.
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.
Apply to the University. To apply for acceptance into the undergraduate BFA program in dance at Southern Miss, you must apply to the University.
Submit the audition application form. You may audition online or in-person. Please see below to prepare the supporting materials required when submitting the form.
Here are some guidelines for submitting your video!
Introduction: Let’s get to know you! Look at the camera and state the following information to begin your audition video:
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!
Curtain Up | November 20, 2021
We can't wait to welcome prospective students to Curtain Up!
Here, you will meet faculty and students representing the many degree programs and production areas, including BA in Theatre, the BFA (Design and Technology) and the BFA (Acting), and production opportunities in Acting, Directing, Costumes, Lighting, Sound, Scenic, Paint, Props, House Management, Producing, Technical Direction, Stage Management, and more!
Students with pre-prepared materials, including a portfolio or audition piece, will need to submit:
- A recorded 1-minute monologue (plus 16 bars of prepared song optional) or 3-minute presentation of portfolio with a brief introduction as described below. (YouTube links are the easiest for us to handle in large numbers).
- A headshot or high-resolution photo
- A resume
** Don’t have a portfolio or audition piece? You are not required to have those already in order to participate in scholarship review.
Some students come from areas that don’t have theatre programs at the high school level and some may have interests in areas of theatre that aren’t covered by those two options such as directing, producing, or stage management. In those cases, a strong work ethic and academic potential will be sufficient for the scholarship review. You will need to submit the following in order to participate in scholarship review:
Prepare a 1-minute monologue of your choice. Find about 40-50 seconds of text to allow room for time variation and transitions. Upload it to YouTube.
“Hi. I’m Jane Smith. This is Laura from The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams.” When you finish, thank the auditors and repeat your name. The intro and conclusion should be close to the camera. The monologue framing should include 2 inches above your head and ¾ or more of your body.