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Fine Arts Admission

Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts Admission Requirements

The College of Fine Arts is comprised of five distinct schools:

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.

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).

It’s important to note that all fine arts applicants are required to submit the Common Application in order to register for an audition or on or off-campus portfolio review. Pay attention to the following deadlines as you prepare to apply to Carnegie Mellon:

2016 Application Plans

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

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

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

School of Music
Early Decision: November 1*
Regular Decision: December 1
Fall Transfer: December 1

School of Drama
Early Decision: November 1**
Regular Decision: December 1***
Fall Transfer: December 1

* Not available for music & technology. Early Decision applicants to the fine arts, who wish to be considered for a BXA program, should contact the Office of Admission.

** Not available for acting, directing or music theater, although auditions are still being held on November 1, 2015 for these majors. Applicants who wish to attend the November 1 Drama audition/portfolio review day should apply for admission by mid-October in order to register for these events by October 26. 

*** For all auditions except the November audition date. However, if you'd like to audition on November 1, 2015, please apply by mid-October.