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Auditions and Portfolios

Two students drawing in the campus quad
Students dancing on stage
A student performing the trumpet at the Recital Hall
Students performing on stage at the Sophia Gordon Center
Applying to our art, music, dance or theatre programs? Learn how to apply.

Overview of Auditions and Portfolios

Audition and Portfolio Details

Art applicants must submit a portfolio of 10-15 pieces of original art and design work that use a variety of media and demonstrate a range of skills. Written descriptions for each portfolio piece should include the title, date, medium, dimensions, and a short explanation of the purpose of the project. Portfolios should be submitted online at

Applications will not be considered complete until all required credentials are submitted, please adhere to all admissions deadlines.

Bachelor of Art in Dance applicants are required to audition. Auditions can be completed online through Get Acceptd

Online Audition (Submit the Following on Get Acceptd)

  • Dance resumé, highlighting dance training and performing experience
  • Headshot
  • Submit one solo that is two to three minutes in length in the dance style of your choice. Solos can be self-choreographed or created by another choreographer. Please include the title of the dance, choreographer, and music. Videos can be of a live performance or of a dance studio taping. 
  • Submit a written essay or video interview that answers why you want to pursue a major in dance. 

Questions? Please contact Professor Meghan McLyman for more information. 

Music applicants are required to audition. Applications will not be considered complete until all required credentials are submitted. Music auditions are being held in-person on the dates below, please contact Professor Mary-Jo Grenfell for more information.

Audition Dates for 2021-22:

  • August 28, 2021
  • November 20, 2021
  • January 29, 2022 
  • February 26, 2022
  • April 23, 2022

Bachelor of Arts vs. Bachelor of Fine Arts

There are two tracks in the theatre major to which students can apply:

  • Bachelor of Arts, BA (does not require an audition/portfolio)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, BFA (requires an audition/portfolio review as part of the application review)

If you do not initially apply to the BFA as an incoming student, you will have the opportunity to audition during your freshman year.

Audition/portfolio should be submitted online at salemstate.slideroom.comThe university will not be offering on campus auditions/portfolio reviews.


Portfolios/Auditions will be reviewed on the following dates:

  • Friday, October 29, 2021 (deadline to submit is Wednesday, October 27)
  • Friday, December 10, 2021 (deadline to submit is Wednesday, December 8)
  • Friday, January 28, 2022 (deadline to submit is Wednesday, January 26)

Complimentary tickets are available to prospective students for select student performances. To inquire about tickets for upcoming performances or to schedule a tour of the Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts please email Ashley Preston O’Toole.

Contact Us

Questions on your portfolio or audition requirements? Contact undergraduate admissions.

Undergraduate Admissions

Monday-Friday 8:30 am-5 pm
121 Loring Avenue (Enterprise Center)
Central Campus
Salem, MA 01970
Mailing Address:
352 Lafayette St.
Salem, MA 01970
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