Jordan College of the Arts

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 details.)
  • A supplemental JCA departmental application for the department in which you intend to enroll;
  • An audition, personal interview or portfolio review.

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 University.

If you are unable to come to Butler's campus for an audition, interview or portfolio review, you may request an alternative method. Requests will be considered on a case by case basis. To learn more, please view requirements under each area's audition dates.

Additional Application Requirements: 

(must be submitted with application to schedule audition, interview or portfolio review)

  • 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 attitude
    • Men: in fitted shirts and black tights, attitude derriere releve
  • Theatre - 2"x2" photo or head shot

Art- Portfolio Review

  • December 5, 2014
  • January 16, 2015
  • January 30, 2015
  • February 20, 2015
  • February 27, 2015

All portfolio reviews completed by February 27th are considered for a talent award. If circumstances prevent participation in the required on-campus portfolio review, department approval is required. To request an alternative audition method, complete this form: https://adm.butler.edu/register/?id=1e10db4c-9fc9-4452-908f-384c6f963f9a

Arts Administration- Interview

  • December 5, 2014
  • January 30, 2015
  • February 13, 2015
  • February 16, 2015
  • February 27, 2015

All interviews completed by February 27th are considered for an audition award.  If circumstances prevent participation in the required on-campus interview, department approval is required. To request an alternative interview method, complete this form: https://adm.butler.edu/register/?id=1e10db4c-9fc9-4452-908f-384c6f963f9a

Dance- Audition

More about the Dance Audition Experience

All auditions competed by March 2nd are considered for an audition award. All auditions must be on-campus or at one of the three regional audition locations: San Francisco, Los Angeles or Baltimore.  Electronic auditions are accepted if you live outside the 48 contiguous states.  If applying for this method of audition, complete this form: https://adm.butler.edu/register/?id=1e10db4c-9fc9-4452-908f-384c6f963f9a

Music- Audition

  • January 23, 2015
  • January 30, 2015
  • February 13, 2015
  • February 20, 2015
  • February 27, 2015

Music Audition Information

More about the Audition Experience: Audition Requirements

All auditions completed by February 27th are considered for an audition award.  For best consideration, performing an on-campus audition is recommended.  If circumstances prevent participation in the required on-campus audition/interview, department approval is required. To request an alternative audition method, complete this form: https://adm.butler.edu/register/?id=1e10db4c-9fc9-4452-908f-384c6f963f9a

Theatre- Audition or Portfolio Review

  • December 5, 2014
  • January 16, 2015
  • January 23, 2015
  • February 16, 2015
  • February 20, 2015

Click here for Theatre Audition Tips

All audition/interviews completed prior to February 27th are considered for an audition award. For best consideration, attending the on-campus auditions and workshop is recommended.  If circumstances prevent participation in the
required on-campus audition/interview process, department approval is required. To request an alternative audition or interview method, complete this form: https://adm.butler.edu/register/?id=1e10db4c-9fc9-4452-908f-384c6f963f9a

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 confirmed.
  • 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 email jcaadmissions@butler.edu.
  • 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.