Admission

School of Stage and Screen Admission Requirements

Admissions requirements include the standard undergraduate admissions process for the university, as well as specific admission requirements for each School of Stage & Screen program. All degree programs except for the B.F.A. in Film & Television Production require either a live audition or interview. Please refer to the particular degree of interest below for details.

Note: Admission to the University does not guarantee admission to the School of Stage & Screen. 

Audition Dates for Fall 2017 Admittance: 

November 5, 2016
February 18, 2017
March 18, 2017
April 8, 2017

NOTE: You must audition by the last posted audition date n spring 2017 for Fall 2017 admission in order to receive full consideration for admission and scholarships.

If you cannot make it to one of our audition dates please feel free to submit your application (including audition videos, resume and portfolio) remotely from anywhere in the world via our ACCEPTD online portal at: getaccepted.com/wcu.

Have questions about auditioning for the School of Stage & Screen? Visit our FAQ page.

B.A., STAGE & SCREEN

This degree is for students who are interested in a variety of aspects of the industry: Theatre, Film, Design/Tech or Stage Management, but don’t wish to limit their studies to one specialized area.

Requirements for admittance into the School of Stage & Screen as a BA Stage & Screen-General or Non-Concentration major:

  • Apply to the School. Complete the application form and mail it to the address listed on the form.
  • Be admitted to Western Carolina University. Note: admission to the University does not guarantee admission to the School of Stage & Screen.
  • Complete a satisfactory live audition for the Stage & Screen faculty. The audition should consist of one contemporary monologue 1.5-2 min in length (please do not use any monologues from: Good-bye Charles, Our Town, Promedy, Star Spangled Girl, Fantasticks, Funny Girl or any Shakespeare)
  • Submit two letters of reference concerning your prospect for professional study.
  • Submit a head shot (or recent photo)
  • Submit a resume
  • Submit an essay on "What your top five favorite plays/films are and the reason for two of them" 

Requirements for admittance into the School of Stage & Screen as a BA Design Tech major:

  • Apply to the School. Complete the application form and mail it to the address listed on the form.
  • Submit two letters of reference concerning your prospect for professional study.
  • Submit a head shot (or recent photo)
  • Submit a resume
  • Submit an essay on "What your top five favorite plays/films are and the reason for two of them"
  • Complete a satisfactory live interview with the Stage & Screen faculty

At your interview you will meet with a Design/Tech faculty member. He or she will conduct your interview, look over your application materials and answer any questions you may have. Please make every effort to interview on one of our auditions dates. In special circumstances, other dates may be arranged by contacting the School Office at 828-227-7491.

B.F.A., THEATRE - Acting

This degree is for students interested in performance.
Requirements for admittance into the School of Stage & Screen as a BFA Theatre major:

  • Apply to the School. Complete the application form and mail it to the address listed on the form.
  • Be admitted to Western Carolina University. 
  • Complete a satisfactory live audition for the Stage & Screen faculty.  Audition requirements are listed below.
  • Submit two letters of reference concerning your prospect for professional study
  • Submit a head shot (or recent photo)
  • Submit your resume
  • Submit a short essay explaining why you want to major in acting

Acting Audition Requirements:
Applicants must perform two contemporary monologues 1.5-2 min in length (please do not use any monologues from: Good-bye Charles, Our Town, Promedy, Star Spangled Girl, Fantasticks, Funny Girl or any Shakespeare)

B.F.A., Theatre - MUSICAL THEATRE

This degree is for the performance student with the addition of the voice and some musical components

Requirements for admittance into the School of Stage & Screen as a BFA Musical Theatre major:

  • Apply to the School. Complete the application form and mail it to the address listed on the form.
  • Be admitted to Western Carolina University
  • Complete a satisfactory audition for the Stage & Screen faculty. Audition requirements are listed below
  • Submit a letter of reference concerning your prospect for professional study
  • Submit a head shot (or recent photo)
  • Submit a resume 

Audition Requirements:

Singing:
Applicants must prepare two songs (one 32 bars and one 16 Bars) from a standard contemporary (anything after 1970) Broadway repertoire. One should be a ballad that shows a sustained legato line and the other should be an “up tempo” number. Please come with music prepared in a three ring binder and bars clearly marked start to stop to accommodate the accompanist. This web site that might help you with ideas on songs and monologues. An accompanist will be provided.

Acting:
Applicants must perform One contemporary monologue 1.5-2 min in length (please do not use any monologues from: Good-bye Charles, Our Town, Promedy, Star Spangled Girl, Fantasticks, Funny Girl or any Shakespeare)

Dance:
All candidates must participate in a dance class (warm-up and several combinations). Applicants must wear standard rehearsal attire or clothing and shoes that allow for ease of movement. Sandals and tennis shoes are not considered proper attire.

B.F.A. FILM AND TELEVISION PRODUCTION

This degree is tailored for those students who want to be a part of film making through writing, directing, producing or any other hands-on aspects of the making of film.

Requirements for admittance into the School of Stage & Screen as a BFA Film and Television major:

  • Apply to the School. Complete the application form and mail it to the address listed on the form.
  • Resume
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • An essay listing five of the applicant’s favorite films and the reasons for two of the choices
  • Link to Vimeo or digital portfolio - If you do not have a digital link, you will attach your media in this application. You may choose from one of the following options to submit:
    • A film or video 1.5-2 min. in length
    • A screenplay
    • An art portfolio of 8-10 images
    • An analysis of a scene selected from the following film:
      • Watch Searching for Bobby Fischer (Director: Steven Zaillian)-- the entire movie. Review the scene near the beginning where Josh plays chess with his father. First his father wins, then they play again and Josh wins. Write your thoughts and reactions to the movie and specifically this scene-- tell us if you think it works, and state and explain how and why (the staging, camera, writing, performance, lighting, editing, etc.). We do pay attention to your writing style, grammar, usage, and typos, so please proofread before you send the essay. (1-3 pages, double-spaced)
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