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Portfolios & Auditions

Any Tulane student can take visual or performing arts classes, audition for plays or ensembles, or take private lessons with an instructor without being a major or minor in that specific art. With this in mind, we welcome the chance to see your past creative work as a way of strengthening your application to the university. No audition or portfolio is required for admission to the university, but the inclusion of a portfolio can only help your application, never hurt it.

Submission Instructions

In order to carry weight in an admission decision, creative materials should be added to your application as soon as possible after your application is submitted; as no creative supplements are required for admission to the university, the admission committee will not wait to receive such materials before reviewing an application.

Visual and Performing Arts

Since portfolios are not required, there are no parameters about the content you can share with us. You are welcome to submit your portfolio in whatever form you choose, whether it be a link to a website, attached document, recording or video. Hard copy materials will not be accepted in any medium. All electronic submissions be uploaded to the “Optional Portfolio” section of your Green Wave Portal once you have completed the general admission application.

Architecture

A portfolio is highly recommended for students interested in Architecture because it may strengthen an application. Please upload 10 pieces representing the breadth of your design experience, including a couple of examples of freehand drawing. Please do not send architectural drafting exercises because we prefer to see your creativity rather than your drafting skills. Other architectural exercises, such as perspective drawings or models, are welcome. Hard copy materials will not be accepted in any medium. All electronic submissions should be uploaded to the “Optional Portfolio” section of your Green Wave Portal once you have completed the general admission application.

Architecture Portfolio Award

  • One-time scholarship worth up to $10,000
  • Only open to admitted students who have applied Early Decision or Early Action and have designated Architecture as their first or second major on their Tulane application
  • Requires submission of a digital portfolio through your Green Wave Portal
  • Reviewed by Office of Undergraduate Admission and Tulane School of Architecture
  • To be considered:
    • Submit your digital portfolio immediately after you submit your application for admission
    • Selected candidates will be invited to interview either in person or via Skype 
  • Winners are notified in March

Questions about Architecture?
Contact Rebecca Greaves at rgreaves@tulane.edu

Musicianship Scholarship

  • $5,000 per year merit-based award
  • Reviewed by a committee of Newcomb Department of Music faculty members 
  • Requires submission of an application which contains a portfolio component
    • Please refer to the “Musicianship Scholarship Application Guidelines” section below to see the parameters by concentration
  • Students are only able to apply within one of the following concentrations: Jazz Studies, Music Composition, Music Performance (Instrumental), Music Performance (Vocal), and Musical Theatre
  • To be considered:
    • Designate any music concentration as either your first or second major on your Tulane application
    • Complete the Musicianship Scholarship application through your Green Wave Portal by ​February 15
      • If you are planning to visit campus before February 15th and would like to schedule an in-person audition with a music faculty member, please contact Piper Browne at pbrowne1@tulane.edu.
  • Winners are notified in mid-March

Musicianship Scholarship Application Guidelines

JAZZ STUDIES

Jazz studies students should provide three or more contrasting pieces, at least one of which is a standard. These pieces will only be considered if they are videotaped. This material can be uploaded to the “portfolio” section of the Musicianship Scholarship Application (found on the Green Wave Portal). 

MUSIC COMPOSITION

Composition students should provide sheet music and/or recordings of two to four original pieces in any style. The pieces do not need to be complete; sketches, pieces in progress, and improvisations are all acceptable. This material can be uploaded to the “portfolio” section of the Musicianship Scholarship Application (found on the Green Wave Portal).

MUSIC PERFORMANCE (INSTRUMENTAL)

Piano students should prepare movements from three pieces in contrasting periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or Modern), and at least one a major work. Other instrumentalists should prepare a major piece, such as a movement of a standard concerto, a shorter contrasting piece, and an etude. These pieces will only be considered if they are videotaped. This material can be uploaded to the “portfolio” section of the Musicianship Scholarship Application (found on the Green Wave Portal).

MUSIC PERFORMANCE (VOCAL)

Vocal performance students should prepare three complete songs or arias (no cuts) in contrasting styles, including at least one in a foreign language. These pieces will only be considered if they are videotaped. This material can be uploaded to the “portfolio” section of the Musicianship Scholarship Application (found on the Green Wave Portal).

MUSICAL THEATRE

Musical theatre students should prepare three complete songs (no cuts) in contrasting styles, at least one predating 1980. An art song or aria in English or a foreign language may also be included. Students may also include an optional one-minute monologue. These pieces will only be considered if they are videotaped. This material can be uploaded to the “portfolio” section of the Musicianship Scholarship Application (found on the Green Wave Portal).

Questions about Performing and Visual Arts?
Contact Piper Browne at pbrowne1@tulane.edu.