How to apply to WMU Fine Arts

We are so excited for you to join us! First, let's make sure we have everything we need from you to get started. To major in the College of Fine Arts, you must apply and be accepted into both the College and Western Michigan University. 

Step 1: Apply to WMU

You can apply online at or through the Common App.

Step 2: Apply to your program

Apply to your program of study. You do not have to wait until you are admitted by WMU to apply to your program. 

Step 3: Audition, interview or portfolio review

Once you have submitted your application to your art or performance program, you will need to audition, interview or undergo a portfolio review to be accepted. 

How do you know your art portfolio is ready to submit?

The Gwen Frostic School of Art

Portfolio reviews for all programs are conducted online through Slideroom.

Department of Dance

On-campus auditions

Friday, October 27, 2023
Friday, November 10, 2023
Friday, February 23, 2024

Virtual auditions

 Virtual auditions occur on a rolling basis through April 1st.

The Irving S. Gilmore School of Music 

New Student Admissions Days (NSAD)

  • For spring 2024 admission
    Friday, Nov. 3, 2023 (on campus)
  • For Fall 2024 Admission
    Friday, Jan. 26, 2024 (on campus)
    Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024 (on campus)
    Friday, Feb. 16, 2024 (on campus)
    Friday, Feb. 23, 2024 (virtual)
  • To guarantee a place on the schedule, applications must be received at least 2 weeks before your desired NSAD date. Changes may not be possible within 7 days of a given NSAD.

Department of Theatre

Various dates and locations.

Missed these dates? Contact the department to apply after the posted audition or portfolio review dates.