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How to Apply to JCA

To apply to the Jordan College of the Arts (JCA) of Butler University, you'll need to complete:

  • A Butler University or Common 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 page for more details.)
  • A JCA supplemental 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 site. Your Butler academic application may be submitted online; your JCA supplementary application may also be submitted online. Both applications must be completed, your audition/interview date selected, along with required materials (photo or art images) in order for your academic application to be considered complete and receive a decision for academic admission to the university.

All applicants to JCA must also complete an audition, interview, or portfolio review.  The date can be selected electronically once you have completed the Butler University or Common Application as well as the JCA supplementary application.  You will receive email confirmation once your audition, interview, or portfolio date has been selected and secured.  If you have additional questions about the application process or selection of the audition, interview, or portfolio review date, please contact:

Amy Barnes
Associate Director of Recruitment
Jordan College of the Arts
atbarnes@butler.edu
317-940-9656

 

Additional JCA Application Requirements: 

(Must be submitted with supplementary application)

  • Art + Design— 5-10 images of applicant’s art work uploaded to the supplement application
  • Dance - 5" x 7" 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 relevé
  • Theatre - 2" x 2" photo or head shot

Art— Portfolio Review

  • Friday, December 1, 2017
  • Friday, January 19, 2018
  • Friday, January 26, 2018
  • Friday, February 16, 2018
  • Friday, February 23, 2018

All portfolio reviews completed by February 27 are considered for a Jordan College of the Arts Award.  If circumstances prevent participation in the required on-campus portfolio review, a live video portfolio review can be scheduled with department approval.

Arts Administration—Interview

  • Friday, December 1, 2017
  • Friday, January 19, 2018
  • Friday, February 2, 2018
  • Friday, February 16, 2018

All interviews completed by February 27 are considered for a Jordan College of the Arts Award.  If circumstances prevent participation in the required on-campus interview, a live video interview can be scheduled with department approval.

Dance—Audition

  • Friday, October 20, 2017
  • Friday, October 27, 2018
  • Friday, November 3, 2017
  • Friday, November 17, 2017
  • Saturday, January 6, 2018—Regional Audition, San Francisco, CA, ODC Dance Studios
  • Sunday, January 7, 2018—Regional Audition, Los Angeles, CA, Westside School of Ballet
  • Saturday, January 13, 2018—Regional Audition, Baltimore, MD, Baltimore School for the Arts 
  • Friday, January 19, 2018
  • Friday, February 2, 2018 
  • Friday, February 16, 2016
  • Friday, March 2, 2018

More about the Dance Audition Experience

There is a maximum enrollment of 35 prospective students per audition date.  All auditions competed by March 2 are considered for a Jordan College of the Arts 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.

Music—Audition

  • Saturday, January 13, 2018—Regional Audition, Burke, VA, Lake Braddock Secondary School
  • Friday, January 19, 2018
  • Friday, January 26, 2018
  • Friday, February 2, 2018
  • Friday, February 16, 2018

Music Audition Information

Audition Requirements

All auditions completed by February 20 are considered for a Jordan College of the Arts Award.  For best consideration, performing an on-campus audition is recommended.  If circumstances prevent participation in the required on-campus audition/interview, a live video audition can be scheduled with department approval.

Theatre—Audition or Portfolio Review

  • Friday, October 20, 2017
  • Friday, December 1, 2017
  • Friday, January 13, 2018- Regional Audition, Burke, VA, Lake Braddock Secondary School
  • Friday, January 19, 2018
  • Monday, January 21, 2018- Regional Audition, New York City, NY, Unified Auditions at Pace University
  • Tuesday, January 22, 2018- Regional Audition, New York City, NY, Unified Auditions at Pace University
  • Friday, February 2, 2018
  • Wednesday, February 7, 2018—Regional Audition, Chicago, IL, Unified Auditions at Palmer House
  • Thursday, February 8, 2018-- Regional Audition, Chicago, IL, Unified Auditions at Palmer House
  • ​Saturday, February 10, 2018-- Regional Audition, Los Angeles, CA, Unified Auditions at Westin LAX
  • Sunday, February 11, 2018-- Regional Audition, Los Angeles, CA, Unified Auditions at Westin LAX
  • Monday, February 19, 2018
  • Friday, February 23, 2018

Click here for Theatre Audition Tips

All audition/interviews completed by February 23 are considered for a Jordan College of the Arts 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, a live video audition/interview can be scheulded with departmental approval.

Steps of the Admission Process

  • Submit your Butler Application or Common 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 November 1 for best award opportunity. Be sure to include all the additional documentation requested in the application process.
  • Complete the JCA supplemental 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- 5-10 images of your work. (See our tips for art, music, dance, or theatre for more details.) *Please note that you will not have access to the supplemental application for your respective intended major until you submit your Butler Freshman Application or Common Application. Additionally, when submitting the Common Application there is a 24 hour delay before it is received by Butler University. 
  • Note: Your audition, interview, or review of art work can only be granted after your academic and JCA supplemental applications are received (however, you do not have to be academically admitted at this time). Likewise, if any accompanying part of your JCA supplemental application is missing (including photos or art image), your audition, interview, or review of art work will not be scheduled until your JCA supplemental 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 admission office once all your application materials have been received. Your audition or interview 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 supplemental application, but do not receive an email link to choose your audition, interview, or portfolio review date within 48 hours, contact the JCA Admission Office at (800) 368-6852 ext. 9656 or (317) 940-9656 or email atbarnes@butler.edu.
  • Additionally, if you select and register for an audition, interview, or portfolio review date and do not receive an email confirmation within 48 hours, contact the JCA Admission Office at (800) 368-6852 ext. 9656 or (317) 940-9656 or email atbarnes@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.