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 a pre-screening, 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. Audition and portfolio review days fill on a first-come, first-served basisAll fine arts applicants are required to submit the Common Application prior to registering for a pre-screening, audition or on-campus 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
Registration for portfolio submissions and on-campus reviews opens October 1. 

School of Art
Early Decision: November 1
Regular Decision & Fall Transfer: January 1
Registration for portfolio submissions and on-campus reviews opens October 1.

School of Design
Early Decision: November 1
Regular Decision & Fall Transfer: January 1
Registration for portfolio submissions and on-campus reviews opens October 1.

School of Music
Regular Decision & Fall Transfer: December 1
Registration for pre-screening, auditions and portfolio reviews opens September 1.

School of Drama
Early Decision: November 1 (only available for drama design and production technology & management)
Regular Decision & Fall Transfer: December 1
Registration for pre-screening, auditions and portfolio reviews opens September 1.