How to Apply
To apply to the Jordan College of the Arts at Butler, you'll
need to complete:
- A Butler application and all the general materials required for
it (including application form, transcripts, standardized test
scores, an essay or personal statement, etc. See the admission web site for more
- A supplemental JCA departmental application for the department
in which you intend to enroll;
- An audition or personal interview.
You'll find specific information and forms for the
academic application at Butler's admission website. Your Butler
academic application may be submitted online; your JCA application
may also be submitted online. Both applications must be completed
by Nov. 1 for the best consideration for admission to the
Additional Application Requirements:
(must be submitted with
application to schedule audition or interview)
- Art + Design - portfolio with 10+ images (url)
- Dance - 5"x7" full-length photo in leotard and tights
- Women: in pink tights on pointe, first arabesque or
- Men: in fitted shirts and black tights, attitude derriere
- Theatre - 2"x2" photo or head shot
Audition and Interview Dates will be posted in August!
All dates are talent award eligible!
Dates are Fridays unless indicated otherwise
More about the Dance Audition
You are encouraged to schedule
your audition on a date offering participation alongside Butler
students in an ensemble rehearsal (aka "side by side") for your
More about the Audition Experience: Audition
here for Theatre Audition Tips
Steps of the Admission Process
- Submit your Butler academic application to the Office of
Admission. This application is for admission to the university as a
whole, and all students (regardless of their choice of
major) should complete it by
Nov. 1 for best award opportunity. Be sure to include all
the additional documentation requested in the application process.
- Tip: It is always a good
idea to make a copy of your application materials for your records.
Our online application form lets you print your application data at
any time, and it's free!
- Complete the Jordan College of the Arts departmental
application appropriate for your major. Be sure to include any
additional documentation requested by the department you're
applying to: Dance- photo, Theatre- headshot, and Art &
Design- url portfolio of 10+ images. (See our tips for art,
music, dance, or theatre for more details.)
- Part of the application asks you to specify your preferred
dates for auditioning or interviewing. You should request a date as
early as you are ready for maximum talent award consideration.
- Note: Your audition or
interview can only be granted after your academic application is
received (however, you do not have to be academically admitted at
this time). Likewise, if any accompanying part of your departmental
application is missing (including photos or porfolios), your
audition or interview will not be scheduled until your
JCA application is complete.
- If you apply late in the audition season, you may not get your
preferred audition date, or any date. Auditions are scheduled on a
first-come, first-served basis, and space is limited, so apply as
early as possible. You'll receive confirmation from the JCA
admission office once all your application materials have been
received. Your confirmation will list the date of your
audition or interview and other information to prepare you for
your campus visit. Please do not make plans until your date is
- If you have submitted a JCA application but do not
receive confirmation within three weeks, contact the JCA
Admission Office at (800) 368-6852 ext. 9656 or (317) 940-9656 or
- On the day of your audition or interview, you'll receive the
audition and interview schedule, tour the JCA facilities and
campus, meet JCA administration, the department chair, some faculty
and students, complete placement exams as necessary and have a
financial aid session.