Frequently Asked Questions | Fine Arts
Applications will be available August 1 on SlideRoom and can be accessed via the Common Application portal.
The deadline differs for each application type:
- Spring 2021 applications are due October 5.
- Early Action (First-Year applicants only) applications are due November 13.
- Regular Decision applications are due January 30.
Yes. Students may apply for up to two degree programs at Pepperdine. Students will be considered for their first-choice selection in the initial review followed by their second choice, if they are not admitted to their primary major.
Please only submit one supplemental application per student.
Yes. All candidates for Music and Theatre programs will be required to submit an audition as part of their SlideRoom application materials.
Applicants may also choose to participate in a live Zoom audition during Early Action and Regular Decision. Live auditions are optional and do not replace the audition video requirements in SlideRoom.
Spring Only: Not applicable.
Early Action: Saturday, November 14th, via Zoom.
Regular Decision: Saturday, January 23, 2021, via Zoom.
Saturday, January 30, 2021, via Zoom.
Audition sign-ups will be available in an online registration format. This year, all live auditions will be held via Zoom. We are currently finalizing details; please check back after September 15th.
You will receive an email confirmation after you submit your registration.
If you need to reschedule your audition, please email the Fine Arts Recruitment Office at email@example.com. Requests will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to availability.
Keep in mind, live auditions should be completed within the same Common App season to avoid any difficulties with the admissions process. Example: If you are applying to Seaver College during Early Action, and wish to participate in a live audition, you will want to register for the November Zoom audition. Do not reserve a January audition date as they fall within the Regular Decision season.
Students should prepare and perform monologues from published plays or musicals. Work from a non-published source makes it difficult for the faculty to understand the context of the character and play or the song.
Within the SlideRoom application, there is an option to link outside to a personal website. Given the very small window we have to review and evaluate audition materials, we cannot guarantee that personal websites will be reviewed. During the live audition, we ask that you submit only the items outlined in the live audition requirements.
Please email these changes to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that no updates will be made once the application process has closed.
International applicants must meet and submit additional requirements.
Program decisions are sent concurrently with admissions decisions for Seaver College. You can view the complete list of deadlines here.
There is an application fee associated with applying to Pepperdine University (The Common Application). There is a $10 application fee associated with applying to the Fine Arts Division (SlideRoom). There is no fee to participate in a live audition.
Yes. Each major will have different requirements. You will need to sign up for a separate audition for each major you are applying to. If you have more questions, please contact the Fine Arts Recruitment Office.
Yes. Practice rooms will be left unlocked and available for warm-up, practice, etc. Practice rooms are available on a first-come, first-served based, and you will be directed to the practice rooms upon check-in.
Awards are given on a case-by-case basis in recognition of talent and/or financial need. Students wanting to be considered for a Fine Arts scholarship should answer "yes" to the question on the SlideRoom application that asks, "Do you wish to be considered for a scholarship?" Scholarship requirements will vary by major.
Live auditions are recommended, but not required. Regardless of your ability to participate in a live audition, all applicants will be required to upload program materials into SlideRoom, including video materials for all applicants in Music and Theatre. For the 2020-2021 academic year, "live auditions" will be conducted over Zoom.
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! Choose clothes that make you feel confident and professional and reflect who you are as an artist. Please no costumes or flip-flops. Theatre students who attend the on-campus audition in November will participate in a group warm-up. You are encouraged to wear clothes that allow freedom of movement for the warm-up. You will have time to change into your audition clothes before you perform your monologues and/or songs.
In general, programs that require an interview or a portfolio review allot fifteen to twenty minutes per candidate. If you are not participating in a live audition, you will be contacted by someone from the program regarding this requirement.
For on-campus auditions, an accompanist will be provided for Music auditions and for Musical Theatre auditions. Even so, students may bring an accompanist if they wish. Please see the specific guidance under the FAQs for Music and Theatre below.
Since decisions for each of the programs in Fine Arts are contingent on the applicant's admission to Seaver College, individual program notifications will be included with Seaver Admissions notifications. For a complete application timeline, check out the Deadlines page. (Can we hyperlink to the Deadlines when they hover over this word?)
No. Any student may declare an Art History major by selecting it as your "intended major" on the Common App. After you submit your application, a member of the Art History faculty may reach out to you to find out more about your particular interests or to request an Art History writing sample.
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 SlideRoom.
We are most interested in seeing a diverse body of artwork that you feel best represents you as a creative and dedicated artist.
We understand that images are never as good as the real thing, but for this review please only present images of your work.
Normally, yes. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we will facilitate auditions via Zoom, which will eliminate our ability to provide you with an accompanist. We encourage you to coordinate your audition with pre-recorded accompaniment or to have an accompanist with you during your Zoom audition.
- Instrumentalists, when you register and select your instrument, an option will be available for you to indicate if you will need an accompanist or not.
- Vocalists, an accompanist will be provided for all vocal auditions. Please bring sheet music (in the correct key) for the accompanist.
No. Accompanists are not available to rehearse before auditions however practice rooms will be available for your use on each audition day. All of our accompanists are professional collaborative artists and will be capable of sight-reading your music.
Vocalists - Yes.
Instrumentalists – Piano and classical guitar candidates are required to present memorized audition pieces. All other instrumentalists will be permitted to use music.
In order to determine whether or not an advancement in the theory and skills curriculum is a possibility, a theory professor on occasion may administer a separate test to an individual student who has demonstrated advanced knowledge of music theory and aural skills. These requests are usually considered on a case-by-case basis after the MFSA has been administered.
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Normally, yes. We encourage prospective students to come to campus and enjoy a free ½ hour private lesson with one of our instructors. In addition, there are classes and rehearsals that you may audit for the day.
Due to COVID19 restrictions, the campus is currently closed to all visitors until further notice. Please check back with us in Spring 2021. The Fine Arts Recruitment Office can assist with scheduling and availability.
Bring only what you require for your performance (i.e. your instrument(s), music for the accompanist, etc.) All other application materials should be submitted through the Common Application and the SlideRoom application.
Music scholarships are available to talented students who wish to participate in instrumental ensembles without majoring or minoring in music. An audition is required. Please contact Dr. Tang for more information: email@example.com
Yes. The requirements are essentially the same. However, in your SlideRoom application, indicate “music minor”.
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.
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.
We do not provide an accompanist for auditions in the Theatre Arts: Acting emphasis or the Theatre and Screen Arts major. If you choose to sing for your audition, you may bring an accompanist or, as is more common, bring an accompaniment track on your phone or a CD, and sing 16 bars of a Broadway standard.
We will provide an accompanist for Musical Theatre auditions, but you may bring your own accompanist if you wish. You will have the opportunity to meet the accompanist and discuss the tempi of your selections immediately prior to the audition. Please bring your double-sided sheet music in a binder with the beginning and ending of each song clearly marked. Omit any lengthy instrumental introduction and begin with a 2-bar lead-in. When creating a photocopied score, please make sure all the notes of the music fit neatly on the page.
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.
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 Cathy Thomas-Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org.