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Thank you for your interest in the Emerson College Department of Performing Arts!

Due to the rapid spike in COVID-19 cases and the extremely high transmission rate of the Omicron variant, we are replacing all in-person Artistic Reviews (auditions and interviews in Boston, NYC, and Chicago) with virtual Artistic Reviews conducted through Acceptd's AuditionRoom platform.

At Emerson College, your education will help you develop the tools you will need as a working practitioner of your craft. Located in Boston’s theatre district, your Emerson education encompasses rigorous studio work, scholastic engagement, hands-on experiences, and real-world opportunities in Boston’s thriving theatre scene. We offer seven different BFA degrees for incoming undergraduate students, each focused on a specific aspect of a career in performing arts.

All of our Performing Arts programs include a thorough grounding in liberal arts designed to make you a stronger, more versatile artist, with a deep understanding of the role that arts play in society – and your role as both an arts-maker and a citizen of the world.

Applicants to Performing Arts Programs

  • Are required to apply to Emerson College before beginning an Artistic Application on Acceptd.
  • Are required to complete a program-specific Artistic Application on Acceptd.
  • Are required to follow all COVID-19 Safety Protocols if scheduling an in person Artistic Review.
  • May only apply for Fall admission.
  • May only apply to one Emerson program. The program that you select in your Artistic Application must match the program that you select in your Emerson College Application.*
  • Onstage and Backstage programs will be required to pay a non-refundable $27 Artistic Application fee.** Please see your program's guidelines for fee specifics.

Deadlines for Fall 2022 Admission

First-year Early Action/Early Decision I

Emerson College Application Deadline: Nov. 1st 
Musical Theatre Prescreen Deadline: Nov. 5th
Artistic Application Deadline: Nov.
 15th, with auditions and interviews Nov. 5th-21st 

First-year Early Decision II

Emerson College Application Deadline: Dec. 1st 
Musical Theatre Prescreen Deadline: Dec. 6th
Artistic Application Deadline: Dec.
 15th, with auditions and interviews Dec. 17th-Jan. 8th

First-year Regular Decision

Emerson College Application Deadline: Feb. 1st
Musical Theatre Prescreen Deadline: Feb. 4th
Artistic Application Deadline: Feb. 7th, with auditions and interviews Jan. 7th-Feb. 19th

Transfer Applicants

Emerson College Application Deadline: Mar. 15th
Musical Theatre Prescreen Deadline: Mar. 21st
Artistic Application Deadline: Apr. 1st, with auditions and interviews Apr. 14th-15th

Please be advised that the scheduling of Artistic Reviews is a first-come, first-served process completed by you, the applicant, and space is limited.

*Your Acceptd application program must match the program on your Academic Application to Emerson College. If you need to change your major, request a major change here via Emerson College; you will need to sign-in with your Emerson College Admission Portal credentials. 

**Fee waivers can help applicants reduce the cost of applying to college. Acceptd offers fee waivers for Artistic Applications and Emerson College offers them for both Acceptd and Emerson College Application fees. Requesting a fee waiver will not affect your application in any way so, if you are enduring financial hardship, we encourage you to request one from your Emerson College Admission Counselor. Your Admission Counselor is determined by the region they cover and they are listed on our "Meet Our Staff" page with their email.

Undergraduate Admission for questions about applying to Emerson College
p/ 617-824-8600
e/ admission@emerson.edu

The Department of Performing Arts for questions about the content of your Artistic Application
p/ 617.824.8780
e/ pa_artisticreview@emerson.edu

For technical questions, please visit the Acceptd Help Desk.