Undergraduate Admissions

Students Majoring in Visual and Performing Arts

Applicants to Visual and Performing Arts Department degree programs may be required to submit additional application materials. These responses will allow the faculty members reviewing your file to understand your goals and assess your creativity and self-motivation—attributes that, combined with your academics, help determine your future success in our programs.

  • All applicants to theatre and electronic media performance or theatre and entertainment technology are required to submit responses to essay questions.
  • Applicants to audio production and technology or sound design may* be required to submit responses to essay questions and submit project examples as part of the application process.

*First-year applicants for 2021 semesters to audio production or sound design with a cumulative high school GPA of 3.35 or higher are not required to submit essay responses or project examples. Students who have a GPA below 3.35 must complete essay responses at time of application. Applicants with a GPA below 3.00 may be required to submit official SAT or ACT scores. Transfer applicants to these majors with a cumulative college GPA of 3.35 or higher are also exempt from the requirement.

Examples of creative work will be submitted through the student application portal, which is different than the site used to apply for admission. Details will be emailed to applicants who are required to submit portfolio materials.

Essay Responses

Required for applicants to theatre and electronic media performance or theatre and entertainment technology; may* be required for applicants to audio production and technology or sound design.

If you apply to one of our visual and performing arts programs and have below a 3.35 cumulative GPA, you will be asked to answer these questions during the application process. Please provide a written response to each of the following questions (about 300 words, or one page each).

  1. Discuss an experience that sparked your interest in this field.
  2. What do you hope to do after college?

Examples of Projects

May* be required for applicants to audio production and technology or sound design

Share examples of experiences that have led to your interest in the program and which demonstrate your interests and abilities. Include audio recordings, mixes, or productions you've made, musical compositions you've written, sketches, photographs you've taken and/or edited, pictures or collages created on the computer, class projects, photos of shows you've been involved in, recordings of you playing an instrument, or any other works you believe are appropriate.

Watch your email for details on how to submit your portfolio. Email aagranik@mtu.edu with any questions you have.