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


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.


In addition to applying to Emerson College, all applicants to the Emerson College Department of Performing Arts must complete a program-specific Artistic Application on Acceptd and pay a non-refundable $27 Artistic Application fee*.


Musical Theatre Applicants

  • Must start their Artistic Application with a prescreen and can choose to do so before or after applying to Emerson College. 
  • Will automatically be considered for Theatre & Performance.

Applicants to All Other Performing Arts Programs

  • Are required to apply to Emerson College before beginning an Artistic Application on Acceptd.

You 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.


Deadlines


First-year Early Decision/Early Action for Fall 2021 Admission

Emerson College Application Deadline: November 1st 

Artistic Application Deadline: November 8th, with auditions and interviews in early December 

First-year Regular Decision for Fall 2021 Admission

Emerson College Application Deadline: January 15th
Artistic Application Deadline: January  22nd, with auditions and interviews in January & February 


Transfer Spring 2021 Admission (Transfer applicants only for Spring Admission)

Emerson College Application Deadline: November 1st
Artistic Application Deadline: November 8th, with auditions and interviews in early December 


Transfer Fall 2021 Admission

Emerson College Application Priority Deadline: March 15th
Artistic Application Priority Deadline: March 15th, including completed audition, interview, or essay


*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 Artistic 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 Undergraduate Admission.


Contact
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 check out the Acceptd Help Desk for frequently asked questions.