Fine Arts Admission

College of Fine Arts Admission Requirements

The College of Fine Arts (CFA) is comprised of five distinct schools:

School of Architecture - School of Art - School of Design - School of Drama - School of Music

On this site, you’ll find details about the specific admission procedures for Carnegie Mellon’s Schools of Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music, which require an audition or portfolio review. If you apply to more than one of these programs, you’ll need to complete the registration process for each program’s required artistic component. Fine arts applicants are required to submit the Common Application in order to register for an audition or portfolio review. 


Students interested in Carnegie Mellon's BXA interdisciplinary degrees must be accepted into one of the five CFA schools, as well as their second college of interest (e.g. the School of Computer Science, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences or Mellon College of Science). Early Decision applicants to the fine arts, who wish to be considered for a BXA program, should contact the Office of Admission.


2017 Application Plans & Deadlines

School of Architecture
Early Decision: November 1
Regular Decision & Fall Transfer: January 1

School of Art
Early Decision: November 1
Regular Decision & Fall Transfer: January 1

School of Design
Early Decision: November 1
Regular Decision & Fall Transfer: January 1

School of Music
Early Decision: November 1 (not available for flute or music & technology)
Regular Decision & Fall Transfer: December 1

School of Drama
Early Decision: November 1 (only available for drama design and production technology & management)
Regular Decision & Fall Transfer: December 1