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.  Please note that entrance in to each program of study in the School of Stage and Screen is competitive.  Also note that earlier auditions and interviews (Fall Semester) are given greater priority for admission in to a program of study.  Admission to the University does not guarantee admission in to the School of Stage and Screen.  

ALL students interested in studying at WCU's School of Stage and Screen must apply online at: getaccepted.com/wcu.

Program Number of Students Admitted Per Year Total Number of Students in the Program
BFA in Musical Theatre                          12                           48
BFA in Film and Television Production                          15                           60
BFA in Acting for Stage and Screen                          8                           32
BFA in Entertainment Design and Technology                          8                           32
BA in Stage and Screen                           10                           40

 


Audition Dates for Fall 2018 Admittance: 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Saturday, March 24, 2018

You must audition by the last posted audition date in spring 2018 for Fall 2018 admission in order to receive full consideration for admission and scholarships.  Auditions are first come, first served.  The School of Stage and Screen highly suggests auditioning as early as possible in the academic year to better your chances for admission.  Once the slots for each program are filled, a waiting list will be established.  

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: 

  • 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" 

B.F.A. THEATRE - ACTING FOR STAGE AND SCREEN

This degree is for students interested in acting in both the theatre and film.  

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

  • Apply to the School. Complete the application 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- ENTERTAINMENT DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY

This degree is for students interested in studying elements of theatrical and film design and production including lighting, costumes, scenic, properties, sound, and construction. 

Requirements for admittance into the School of Stage & Screen as a BFA Theatre, Entertainment Design and Technology major: 

  • Submit two letters of reference concerning your prospect for professional study.
  • 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
  • Submit a portfolio of your design and tech work 

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- MUSICAL THEATRE

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

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

  • 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 for students interested in a comprehensive film and television training including writing, directing, cinematography, and film production.  

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

  • Apply to the School. Complete the application 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
    • A thorough 2-3 page dramatic analysis of a scene selected from one of the following films:
      • The Royal Tenenbaums, Memento, Tree of Life, The Virgin Suicides, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 
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