Auditions & Interviews

Fall 2021 Audition and Interview Guidelines for Prospective First-year and Transfer Students

Follow these six steps:

1) Start the academic application for admission to Pace

All prospective students to the School of Performing Arts must submit an Application for Admission to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions before beginning the audition or interview process. The application does not need to be complete with transcripts, letters of recommendation, essay, etc., to begin Step 2 of the process below.

APPLICATION DEADLINES:

  • November 1, 2020: Early Decision - binding, applicable ONLY to Commercial Dance applicants admitted at summer conventions in 2020
  • November 15, 2020: Priority filing deadline for FAFSA
  • December 1, 2020: Early Action - non-binding, students are notified of academic decision in January
  • December 15, 2020: Application Final Deadline - no Application for Admission to the School of Performing Arts will be accepted after this date
  • January 15, 2021: Pre-screen Deadline - all pre-screens must be in by this date for callback consideration
  • May 1, 2021: Deposit Deadline - commitment date for all admitted students, no new decisions will go out after this date

When applying to Pace University, select one of the following majors (even if you plan on auditioning/interviewing for multiple majors) on the application:

  • Acting (BFA) – major code ATG
  • Acting for Film, Television, Voice-overs, and Commercials (BFA) – major code FTV
  • Commercial Dance (BFA) – major code CDN
  • Musical Theater (BFA) – major code MTR
  • Production & Design for Stage & Screen (BFA) – major code PDS
  • Stage Management (BA) – major code SMT
  • Directing (BA) – major code DIR
  • Acting (BA) – major code ATG

2) Submit your audition or portfolio media

Once prospective students have applied for academic admission to Pace, they should create a profile on Acceptd and upload the pre-screen requirements to all programs in which they wish to audition. Acceptd is the digital platform that Pace uses both as the initial screening process (pre-screen) and for the live, virtual audition/interview. Students will also select their first and second choice audition/interview dates at time of submission.  NOTE: While applicants do not have to know the decision on the academic application, students WILL need their Pace ID number - this is sent via email after the academic application is processed.

Submission requirements are outlined HERE and on the Acceptd website. The deadline to submit the digital audition and/or portfolio is January 15, 2021.  Students are highly encouraged to submit the pre-screen early!

Students may submit pre-screens to as many programs as they wish. Once prospective students have submitted materials for a specific program, they will not be permitted to resubmit to that same program; only one submission through Acceptd for each program is allowed.

To view audition or portfolio requirements for this portion of the audition, or to get started on your upload, please click HERE.

3) Get a callback

Our faculty will review each digital submission and issue decisions on all submissions. For those issued callbacks, the faculty will need to see the applicant for a virtual audition or interview*. Students will be notified via Acceptd of the faculty’s decision within two weeks from time of submission, and if given a callback, will be granted either their first or second choice audition date. Students who are not called back will also be notified in the same time frame.

If a student does not hear back from the School of Performing Arts within three weeks, they may email performingarts@pace.edu.

NOTE: Pace is closed from Christmas Eve through New Year's Day. Students submitting pre-screens during this week should expect a longer wait time to hear back regarding the faculty decision.

*For Fall 2021, all auditions and interviews will be conducted virtually.

4) Attend the live, virtual audition

Students select first and second choice audition/interview dates and times on their Acceptd submission.  If granted multiple callbacks, the student will need to attend all auditions/interviews (all programs audition/interview separately).

In order to be considered for admission to Pace Performing Arts, students must to attend one of our auditions or interviews. The audition incorporates elements beyond the requirements of the pre-screen and faculty are not able to make admission decisions without seeing all candidates live. The School of Performing Arts does not audition or interview any student privately or outside of the pre-arranged schedule.

Each callback audition will happen on AuditionRoom, a new platform in development with Acceptd. Anticipate a $10 fee for each audition/interview. This fee does not go to Pace but will be collected by AuditionRoom.

5) Get the academic admission decision

The academic admission process occurs separately from the audition process. The academic admission decision may occur before or after the audition or interview with Pace Performing Arts – it all depends on how quickly the student turns in application materials.

In any case, however, the student must have gained academic acceptance to Pace before Performing Arts can convey the audition/interview result.  Pace Performing Arts notifies students electronically after the audition/interview season has concluded.

NOTE: Students must be admitted to Pace before the May 1st deposit deadline in order to get an audition result decision from the School of Performing Arts. On May 1st, deposits are closed to the School of Performing Arts and no new students are admitted or evaluated.

6) Get the School of Performing Arts audition or interview result

Immediately after all auditions and interviews have occurred, the School of Performing Arts begins the careful process of making final decisions. If a student has been notified of their academic admission to Pace via the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Performing Arts can send the result.

All decision notifications (admit, waitlist, decline) from Pace Performing Arts are sent electronically through the student’s applicant portal. Students might be accepted academically and not to the School of Performing Arts, in which case the student is free to attend Pace as an Undecided student or in another major. Some students attend with the intention of re-auditioning for the same major or another major.

A note to all applicants:

An $75.00 non-refundable audition fee will be collected at the of the Acceptd upload. Students only pay once, however, to upload and audition for the School of Performing Arts – look for the code on Acceptd when submitting to multiple programs to avoid additional fees. No cash, checks, or other monies will be collected by Pace Performing Arts, so please do not send audition payment to Pace Performing Arts.

Students issued need-based application fee waivers are also eligible for a fee waiver on their Acceptd submission.

Questions? Email performingarts@pace.edu.

For questions regarding the University (academic) admission process, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at (212) 346-1323 or via email at undergradadmission@pace.edu