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 attend one of our recruitment events!
Art and Design Dance Theatre
2023 Open House: Get Lost In It | T.B.A
Art & Design's Open House is designed to share information about our BFA programs in Drawing and Painting; Sculpture (plus Ceramics); and Graphic Design, as well as our liberal arts studio BA degree with potential students from area high schools and community colleges. Future USM students can meet our faculty and get their hands dirty making art as they learn more about becoming a professional artists.
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. When submitting the audition form, please select if you
are auditioning online or in-person.
In-Person Dance Audition Dates:
To apply for acceptance into the undergraduate BFA programs 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.
The USM Dance in-person audition includes the following:
Please submit either a video file or YouTube link to your completed video audition submission. In your video, please include the following:
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. Please include at least 5 minutes of you dancing.
Attire: Applicants should wear well-fitted dance attire where the body is fully visible.
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 or a YouTube link.
Recording details: Your video should be taped in a studio or theatre if possible, or at least a large enough space to showcase your technique and artistry. Please ensure your video content is well-lit and in-focus for consideration.
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!
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.
If you are interested in auditioning for our program at the end of the November High School Dance Day, please select that option in our registration form AND complete an audition form.
Curtain Up | Date TBA
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!
You will then move to the appropriate breakout rooms, depending on area, Design and Tech, Acting, and General Theatre. Students will then be taken on a virtual tour of the facilities, headed by some of our APO students.
Consist of a portfolio review and interview.