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Undergraduate Admission Requirements

The School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon is a member of the Consortium of Conservatory Theatre Training Programs. Auditions or portfolio reviews are required for students applying to Acting, Design, The John Wells Directing Program, Music Theatre or Production Technology and Management.

Reserving an audition or portfolio review for Acting, Design, Music Theatre or Production Technology and Management, in the School of Drama:


Please visit www.commonapp.org after August 1 and submit the Common Application and Carnegie Mellon Common Application Supplement online. Upon receipt of your application and supplement, Carnegie Mellon will send you an Application Receipt email.  You can then use your Application ID to reserve an audition or portfolio review.

How to Schedule Your Audition or Portfolio Review

Audition and portfolio review dates and appointment times will be available after October 1 and we honor these appointments on a first-come, first-serve basis, to Carnegie Mellon applicants only.


Schedule your audition or portfolio date

2014-2015 Audition & Portfolio Review Dates & Cities (PDF)

Please note: In order to schedule your audition or portfolio review YOU MUST complete your Common Application and Carnegie Mellon Application Supplement by December 1.  No late applications will be accepted.   We cannot accomodate walk-in auditions/interviews.

Read About Preparing for Your Audition or Portfolio Review

Frequently Asked Questions about the Audition or Portfolio Review

Early Decision application deadline

The Early Decision application deadline for the School of Drama is November 1. Early Decision is only available for Design, Dramaturgy and Production Technology and Management. Portfolio review appointments should also be made by November 1, and will take place on campus in the month of November.

Early Decision is not available for Directing, Acting or Music Theatre, though there are auditions available for Acting and Music Theatre in November, under the Regular Decision application plan, with an early application deadline of November 1. Students will need to apply to the university and register for an audition by November 1 in order to attend a November audition. All decisions notifications are released under Regular Decision, between March 15-April 15.

Regular Decision Application Deadline

The Regular Decision application deadline for the School of Drama is December 1, though we encourage students to apply earlier in order to secure an audition or portfolio review appointment before December 1.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants follow the same procedures as freshmen applicants. Transfer students in Acting and Music Theatre are classified as freshmen in the program.

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