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**FALL DANCE INTENSIVE applications will open in early July here on Acceptd! The dates are October 4-6, 2024!**

Pre-screen submissions for all programs will open in early September.

Welcome to the Sands College of Performing Arts at Pace University!

The Sands College of Performing Arts at Pace University offers BA and BFA programs that balance strong academics with intensive, pre-professional training. Our graduates are prepared to enter the workplace as knowledgeable, disciplined artists devoted to the integrity, pursuit, and preservation of their craft. Dedicated to providing the finest possible professional training, we offer majors in:

  • Acting – International Performance Ensemble (BA)
  • Directing – International Performance Ensemble (BA)
  • Stage Management (BA)
  • Acting (BFA)
  • Acting for Film, TV, Voice-overs & Commercials (BFA)
  • Commercial Dance (BFA)
  • Musical Theater (BFA)
  • Production & Design for Stage & Screen (BFA)

With numerous mainstage and workshop productions per year, rigorous studio-based teaching by working professionals, and access to the professional industry in NYC, Los Angeles, and abroad, the Sands College of Performing Arts is a center of excellence in undergraduate education. 

All applicants to Sands College of Performing Arts are required to upload the specified materials to the major(s) of interest in order to receive a callback audition or interview. A prospective student may upload materials for as many major programs as they wish, but may only submit to each major one timePlease note that the non-refundable fee is required on your first pre-screen submission ONLY. For any subsequent applications to other majors at Pace University, please enter the following coupon code after entering your credit card information: 02pace24.

Those applicants issued callbacks for one or more majors will be required to audition or interview for our faculty. For Fall 2025 consideration, we will be conducting in-person (recommended) and a limited amount of virtual auditions and interviews. No student will be admitted to a major without having auditioned or been interviewed by our faculty panel. NOTE: Due to the volume of applicants to our programs, faculty do not provide individual feedback on the pre-screen or the audition/interview.

To begin the audition and interview process, all prospective students must submit an Application for Admission to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions before December 1, 2024 (recommended application due date is November 1, 2024). The application does not need to be complete with transcripts, letters of recommendation, essay, etc., before uploading the audition or portfolio materials to Acceptd. An Application ID will be issued electronically upon receipt of the application. This ID will be needed when completing your Acceptd profile/upload and is found in the upper right-hand corner of your confirmation email from Pace (this is NOT your Common application ID number). Please note that the Acceptd fee is a one-time, non-refundable audition fee for Pace University.

Once the pre-screen through Acceptd has been completed, our faculty will review all audition or portfolio materials and issue callbacks on a rolling basis. If called back for live audition/interview, the applicant will be directed to schedule their desired callback date/time. Applicants will also be notified if they did not get a callback.

For more details on Pace-Sands, our auditions and interviews, and other details about the audition process, please visit our website or email us at

For technical questions, please visit the Acceptd Help Desk.

Thank you for your interest in Pace University's Sands College of Performing Arts!