BFA Application and Audition

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of Connecticut. Admissions to the School of Fine Arts as a BFA Acting Major is a two-step process involving both an audition as well as the submission of University application through the Common Application. The Common Application can be obtained from the University of Connecticut Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Application Deadlines are as follows:

Priority Freshman Application: December 1, 2020 – Deadline for Merit Scholarship & Honors Consideration.

Freshman Application: January 15, 2021 – University Application/Common Application

It is best to submit your University application before coming to an audition. Admission decisions to the University will not be made until Undergraduate Admissions receives results of your audition.

For questions concerning your undergraduate application, please contact:
UConn School of Fine Arts Admissions Coordinator
Elizabeth Foody
(860) 486-2678
elizabeth.foody@uconn.edu

 

Acting Audition

Those applying for the BFA program in Acting must also audition for and be interviewed by a selection committee comprised of members of the performance faculty.  It is to your advantage to audition as early as possible.

BFA Acting Audition Dates:

Audition information regarding a decision on in person/video auditions for 2020-2021 will be updated this summer. Please check back August 1st when the application goes live.

 

WE STRONGLY URGE YOU TO APPLY TO THE UNIVERSITY BEFORE YOUR AUDITION DATE.

Preparing for the day of the audition:

Follow the instructions closely before preparing your audition.  Presenting an audition that does not conform to our guidelines on content, form, and duration will put you at a distinct disadvantage in an already competitive process.

  1. Present two contrasting monologues that are within your casting age and range. The two pieces should be thoroughly memorized and not longer than 4 minutes total. Contrasting pieces may be contemporary, classic, comic or dramatic. In addition to the two monologues, you are required to sing an accompanied song no longer than 30 seconds or 16 bars. Bring recorded accompaniment and have it cued to the proper place. We will provide a speaker for you to use. We are interested in how you handle a lyric and melody, even if you do not consider yourself a singer.
  2.  There will be a group warm-up session. Wear clothes appropriate for a warm-up that allow you to breathe and move freely. You will have time after the warm-up to change into your audition clothes.
  3. There will be one chair available for your use. If you need it, place it where you want it prior to your introduction.
  4. You may perform your monologues and your song in any order you wish.  Announce your pieces in the order in which you will perform them. Before you begin, give us the following information: your name, and (for each piece)the character’s name, the title and the author of the play from which your material is taken.
  5. Do not use dialects or accents other than your own in your audition, even if the script calls for such accents. We want to hear your own voice as we evaluate your audition.

Materials you MUST BRING to your on-site BFA Acting Audition:

1. 8 X 10 Headshot

2. Resume (including past shows, projects outside of school, honors projects, special training, etc.) Staple your resume to the back of your headshot.

3. Your recorded musical accompaniment for your song.

Required SlideRoom materials to be uploaded BEFORE your on-site BFA Acting Audition:

1. Two letters of Recommendation discussing your potential as an actor. These letters can be from a high school drama teacher, high school director, professional community director, honors program director, guidance counselor, etc. These confidential recommendations can be directly uploaded by your references.

2. a digital file of your Headshot (bring a hard copy to your on-site audition)

3. a digital file of your Resume (bring a hard copy to your on-site audition)

4. Optional : Additional materials such as videos of your audition pieces

SlideRoom can be accessed at https://uconnadmissions.slideroom.com