Theatre, Dance, and Visual Arts Majors
First-Year and Transfer Deadlines
For specific arts majors, there are special admission requirements in addition to the requirements for First-Year or Transfer admission.
Dance Major Admission Process
Students applying to the Ailey/Fordham BFA program must apply by the Priority Performance deadline on both the Common Application and the Alvin Ailey Application.
Please note: Dance applicants should select "Early Action" on the application. However, candidates for this program will be viewed as "Priority Performance" and decisions will be released on a rolling basis between 2/1 and 4/1.
Ailey Dance Applications are available online. Selected candidates will be invited to audition after submitting the dance application to The Ailey School.
Additional information can be found on the Ailey website or by watching the video below:
Theatre Major Admission Process
Students applying to the Theatre major must apply by the Priority Performance deadline. The Priority Performance Deadline is November 1. (Please note: Theatre applicants should select "Early Action" on the application. However, candidates for this program will be viewed as "Priority Performance" and decisions will be released on a rolling basis between 2/1 and 4/1).
Each of the programs within the Theatre major (Performance, Design & Production, Playwriting, and Directing) requires a creative review as a part of the consideration for admission:
The Theatre evaluation process requires a prescreen submission followed by a live audition (Performance) or interview (Design & Production, Directing, Playwriting). Once granted portal access after application submission, applicants will upload prescreen materials. Theatre faculty will evaluate the prescreen materials and determine who to invite to a live audition or interview. Please visit the Theatre website for more information.
Students should reference the Theatre Program for additional information.
Visual Arts Major Admission Process
Students applying to the Visual Arts major may apply Early Action, Early Decision, or Regular Decision. In addition to the regular admission requirements, we recommend that students should also submit a portfolio along with their application.
Please send a maximum of 10 samples of your work or a maximum of three short videos. After you submit your Fordham application, we will confirm the application receipt via email. The email will contain instructions for setting up your Online Applicant Portal. Once you log in to your portal, you will find a link that says "Edit Portfolio"; simply click on the link to upload your files directly to your applicant record. Hard copy portfolios sent in via mail will not be accepted.