Frequently Asked Questions | Fine Arts
Do I need to submit a portfolio as part of my application?
No, you do not need to submit a portfolio to be accepted into the studio art major. However, if you would like to be considered for financial aid through the Art department then you must submit a portfolio through Interfolio.
What kind of artwork should I include?
We are most interested in seeing a diverse body of artwork that you feel best represents you as a creative and dedicated artist.
Can I bring in actual paintings, sculptures, etc.?
We understand that images are never as good as the real thing, but for this review please only present images of your work.
What happens after I register for my audition?
You will soon receive a confirmation email that will list all the events you are registered for on your audition day. Approximately two weeks before your scheduled audition, you will receive a second notice as a reminder.
Do I need to bring an accompanist?
The music department will provide an accompanist for your audition. When you come to your audition, please provide your accompanist with the original scores of your music. Music for your accompanist must be in the keys in which you will perform. Photocopies are acceptable only when an original score is not available. When creating a photocopied score, please make sure all the notes of the music fit neatly on the page. Make double-sided copies, and place the pages in a three-ring binder.
How long is the audition?
Approximately fifteen minutes.
What should I wear to my audition?
Your appearance does make a difference in how you are received as a performer, whether performing in a concert or auditioning. Be well-groomed and make your best impression!
Dress (dress pants if appropriate for instrument or role), hose, and shoes that do not distract on stage (flip-flops are not acceptable). Remember, revealing or sloppy attire distracts from your performance. Hemlines should be to just above the knee, and avoid low-cut tops.
Dress pants, dress shirt (with or without tie), appropriate dress shoes with dress socks (flip-flops are not acceptable). You may or may not choose to wear a jacket.
What happens after I register for my audition?
You will receive a confirmation email that will list the date, time and location of the audition. If you do not receive this email, please contact the Fine Arts Admission Office.
How long is the audition or interview?
- 10 minute time slots are allocated for the Acting Emphasis or Theatre and Media Production and Directing Emphasis major auditions.
- 15 fifteen minute time slots are allocated for the Production/Design interviews and Theatre and Music major auditions.
What will my Production/Design interview be like?
Interviews typically last 10-15 minutes and are relaxed and conversational. The first half of the interview is your time to present your work to the faculty members. Highlight a few of the most important bullet points about each show, project, or piece of art. Focus on your experience, what you learned, and the reasons behind any design decisions. Faculty members may stop you to ask questions about your work. During the second half of the interview, faculty members will continue the conversation to learn more about your life, interests, passions, and goals as well as what draws you to Pepperdine. Finally, you'll be given an opportunity to ask any questions that weren't answered during the course of the interview.
What should I put in my Production/Design portfolio?
Portfolios come in many styles, sizes, and levels of "polish." More importantly, this is your opportunity to show who you are, what areas of theatre excite you the most, and the kinds of experiences you've had so far. Portfolios can include photos or sketches of sets, costumes, and props that you built or painted. They might include photos of lighting designs, light plots, or audio files of sound cues. Stage managers should include calling scripts and any other paperwork such as schedules, scene breakdowns, run sheets, etc. You may include designs or projects even if they were never built or fully-realized. Also include any related non-theatrical work like drawing, painting, photography, etc.
What should I wear?
Clothes that make you feel confident, professional and reflect who you are as an artist. Consider choosing something that is appropriate for the characters you are portraying, but have a your personal taste and style. Please no costumes.
If I am singing, do I need to bring an accompanist?
If you choose to sing for your acting emphasis audition, you may do so a capella, or by accompaniment from a CD. We will provide sound equipment.
For the Theatre and Music major auditions, we will provide an accompanist. When you come to your audition, please provide our accompanist with the original scores of your music. Music for our accompanist must be in the keys in which you will perform. Photocopies are acceptable only when an original score is not available. When creating a photocopied score, please make sure all the notes of the music fit neatly on the page. Make double-sided copes, and place the pages in a three-ring binder.
When can I expect a response about my acceptance into the program?
Once we have received all of your application materials and seen your audition and/or interview, you can expect your notification by no later than April 1, 2016.
Do you offer Scholarships?
Pepperdine University and its theatre scholarship program offer merit- and need-based scholarships to compete for students from across the country and around the world. The Ubben Endowed Scholarship for Production Design Majors, for example, provides $25,000 per year to an outstanding student in production/design. At present, approximately 75 percent of all theatre majors receive theatre scholarships of varying amounts.
What if I can’t interview in person?
Production/Design applicants unable to attend an interview in person, may request to interview over Skype. Directing applicants may also do their interviews by Skype, but should follow the "video audition" instructions regarding the performance portion of their audition. For more information contact Bradley Griffin at Bradley.Griffin@pepperdine.edu.