Admission

New Freshmen

Power to shape society, spark innovation and move culture.

That’s what Peck School of the Arts offers every student artist. Attending an arts school embedded in a major research university means every student receives the support needed to positively affect, and engage, the wider community and the world. As entrepreneurs, students are challenged to explore sustainable solutions to current issues through innovation, artistry and community engagement.

Applying to the Peck School of the Arts is a two-step process. First, complete and submit your UW-Milwaukee application. Second, complete your Peck School of the Arts application. An audition is required for our for dance, music and theatre programs.

Step 1: Apply to UW-Milwaukee

University Application
We’re so excited you’re taking this first step toward earning your college degree! As a new freshman student, you can apply using either the UW System application or the Common App. You can find those applications, and all the information you will need to complete your application, at the link below.

To receive communications through the Admissions process from Peck School of the Arts, make sure you select a program from our degree list when applying to the university.

Step 2: Apply to Peck School of the Arts

Art & Design

After being admitted to UWM, no further steps are required to be eligible for acceptance into the Department of Art & Design. However, admitted students interested in applying for scholarship aid should do so by December 15 for priority consideration.

Questions: art-admission@uwm.edu

Dance

To be considered for the Dance BA or BFA program, students must first be accepted to UW-Milwaukee, apply to the Peck School of the Arts and complete a successful audition. Students interested in department-level scholarships must complete requirements by March 1 for priority consideration.

NOTE: Applicants may submit twice per year. Transfer students must complete half their required dance credits in the Peck School of the Arts to earn their BA or BFA from UW-Milwaukee.


Application

Statement of Intent (minimum 300 words)
Upload a one-page pdf that describes how your interests and past experiences relate to your intended college choice and career path.

Digital Audition

Audition performances are currently only being accepted digitally and must pre-recorded and included with your application submission. Videos should be recorded in a studio or gym, not a residential space like a living room or bedroom (if at all possible). The videos can be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, or a file sharing site like Google Drive or Dropbox. The links, plus related explanations and/or passwords, if not publicly shared, should also be included.

Solo Performance video URL (Duration: one minute)
Performance in any dance style

Technique/Style/Movement video URL (Duration: five to 10 minutes each)
Two to three samples of technique/style/movement – i.e. warmup, barre, jumps, freestyle, center, across the floor, improvisation, etc.

Filming tips for your audition:

Plan ahead – uploading 20 – 25 minutes worth of content will take time and may even take several days. Do not edit footage or sound.

Film in an appropriate location – reserving time at a dance studio or gym is best, but any open space will work. Use landscape format if you’re filming on a cell phone. We want to see your whole body and all the movements as much as possible.

Be yourself! – The faculty wants to see you – and it’s hard to do that on camera – so select a solo and samples that tell us as much as possible about who you are. This is a great place to show some of your own choreography and/or your unique qualities.

Virtual Interview

Students must choose an interview date from the list below and will gather virtually via the Collaborate Ultra session link. During this time students will meet with the department faculty and others and have their mandatory interview. Parents/Guardians are welcome to join the morning session from 9-10 a.m.

Dates

  • Saturday, November 14, 2020
  • Friday, February 12, 2021
  • Friday, March 12, 2021
  • Friday, April 30, 2021

Sample Agenda

  • 9:00–9:30 a.m. – Department chair welcome, admissions and advising
  • 9:30–10:00 a.m. – Students break into department groups. Parents/Guardians stay in main group for Q&A session.
  • 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. – Students have individual 15-minute meetings with faculty. Specific times sent out in confirmation emails along with the individual student meetings link and instructions.

Contact
dance-admission@uwm.edu

Film, Video, Animation, & New Genres

After being admitted to UWM, no further steps are required to be eligible for acceptance into the Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres. However, admitted students interested in applying for scholarship aid should do so by December 15.

Questions: film-admission@uwm.edu

Music

To be considered for the music BA or BFA program, students must first be accepted to UW-Milwaukee, apply to the Peck School of the Arts and complete a successful audition on principal instrument or voice. Students interested in department-level scholarships must complete requirements by March 1 for priority consideration. Upon acceptance to the university, students may declare a Music Minor without a formal audition or interview.


Application

Statement of Intent
Upload a 100-word statement describing your desired musical career and how studying at UWM will help prepare you.

Theory Exam
All incoming students are required to take an online theory placement exam (sample exam). The exam link will be emailed to students after submission of their application and should be completed prior to your interview date.

Piano Placement
Those with prior piano experience have the opportunity to perform a short composition to help place you in the right level course. Compositions should be recorded and uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, or a file sharing site like Google Drive or Dropbox. Videos should include 1 piece hands together, no memory required. Classical style only, please; no original compositions, jazz, or popular style pieces. 1 major and 1 minor scale hands together, 2 octaves with correct fingerings.

Digital Audition

Audition performances are currently only being accepted digitally and must pre-recorded and included with your application submission. Videos can be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, or a file sharing site like Google Drive or Dropbox. The links, plus related explanations and/or passwords, if not publicly shared, should also be included.

Video Submission
Please see the Music Audition requirements for each principal instrument or voice.

Virtual Interview

Students must choose an interview date from the list below and will gather virtually via the Collaborate Ultra session link. During this time students will meet with the department and others and have their mandatory interview. Parents/Guardians are welcome to join the morning session from 9-10 a.m.

Dates

  • Friday, December 4, 2020
  • Friday, January 29, 2021
  • Friday, February 12, 2021
  • Monday, February 15, 2021
  • Friday, March 12, 2021

Sample Agenda

  • 9:00–9:30 a.m. – Department chair welcome, admissions and advising
  • 9:30–10:00 a.m. – Students break into department groups. Parents/Guardians stay in main group for Q&A session.
  • 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. – Students have individual 15-minute meetings with faculty. Specific times sent out in confirmation emails along with the individual student meetings link and instructions.

Contact
music-admission@uwm.edu

Theatre

To be considered for the theatre and theatre education BA or BFA programs, students must first be accepted to UW-Milwaukee, apply to the Peck School of the Arts and complete a successful audition and/or interview. Upon acceptance to the university, students may declare a Theatre Minor without audition or interview.

Contact: theatre-admission@uwm.edu


Resume & Statement of Intent Letter(s) of Rec. Headshot Digital Audition Virtual Interview
BA: Theatre Practices Y N N N Y
BA: Theatre Education Y N N N Y
BFA: Acting Y 1 to Bill Watson, bwatson@uwm.edu Y Y Y
BFA: Musical Theatre Y 2 to Sheri Williams Pannell, pannell@uwm.edu Y Y Y
BFA: Production Y 2 to Chris Guse,  cjg0001@uwm.edu N N Y

Application

Headshot (acting/musical theatre majors)
Upload a current photo of yourself

Letters of Recommendation (acting/musical theatre majors)
Instructors and/or employers familiar with your theatre or teaching experience and/or academic ability should email confidential letters of recommendation to the faculty advisor listed above.

Piano Placement (musical theatre majors only)
Those with prior piano experience have the opportunity to perform a short composition to help place you in the right level course. Compositions should be recorded and uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, or a file sharing site like Google Drive or Dropbox. Videos should include 1 piece hands together, no memory required. Classical style only, please; no original compositions, jazz, or popular style pieces. 1 major and 1 minor scale hands together, 2 octaves with correct fingerings.

Resume & Statement of Intent
Upload a one-page resume detailing your performance/production or teaching experiences and extracurricular activities along with a one-page statement that describes how your interests and past experiences relate to your intended college choice and career path.

Digital Audition

Audition performances are currently only being accepted digitally and must pre-recorded and included with your application submission. Videos should be recorded in a studio or gym if at all possible. (Don’t stress out about this – we’ve seen wonderful work done in places like a bathtub with the shower curtain pulled). Video files should include your name and can be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, or a file sharing site like Google Drive or Dropbox. The links, plus related explanations and/or passwords, if not publicly shared, should also be included.

Monologue Video URL 

  • Acting: Performance of one 90-second memorized monologue of choice
  • Musical Theatre: Performance of a one-minute memorized monologue from a contemporary play

Vocal Excerpt Video URLs

  • Musical Theatre: Performance of two contrasting 32-bar vocal excerpts from standard musical theatre repertoire. You may sing a cappella, with an accompanist, or to a karaoke backing track; use a recording with pre-recorded vocals only if you have no other alternative.

Dance Solo Video URLs

  • Musical Theatre: Performance of a one-minute dance solo from musical theatre, ballet, jazz or tap genres.

Virtual Interview

Students must choose an interview date from the list below and will gather virtually via the Collaborate Ultra session link. During this time students will meet with the department and others and have their mandatory interview. Parents/Guardians are welcome to join the morning session from 9-10 a.m.

Dates

  • Friday, December 4, 2020
  • Friday, February 12, 2021
  • Friday, March 12, 2021

Sample Agenda

  • 9:00–9:30 a.m. – Department chair welcome, admissions and advising
  • 9:30–10:00 a.m. – Students break into department groups. Parents/Guardians stay in main group for Q&A session.
  • 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. – Students have individual 15-minute meetings with faculty. Specific times sent out in confirmation emails along with the individual student meetings link and instructions. Requirements below:

Individual Student Meetings

  • BA: Theatre Practices, BA: Theatre Education, BFA: Production – Meet with the respective Area Head to discuss the program in detail. Afterward, set a time to meet privately to discuss how your specific path of study may be constructed.
  • BFA: Acting – Meet with members of the Acting Faculty to discuss your reasons for pursuing this course of study and to ask any questions you might have. You may be asked to repeat your monologue.
  • BFA: Musical Theatre – Meet with members of the Acting Faculty to discuss your reasons for pursuing this course of study and to ask any questions you might have. You will be asked to do a Solfege test (pitch matching). You may be asked to repeat your monologue or songs.


Transfer

UWM is the top transfer destination in the University of Wisconsin System.

Applying to the Peck School of the Arts is a two-step process. First, complete and submit your UW-Milwaukee application. Second, complete your Peck School of the Arts application. An audition is required for our for dance, music and theatre programs.

If you attended a UW System school or Wisconsin Technical College, and would like to begin to evaluate how your courses may transfer, you can use the Transfer Information System or utilize the Transfer Equivalency Database. More information available on UWM’s transfer page.

Step 1: Apply to UW-Milwaukee

University Application

Congratulations on taking this next step toward a rewarding career in the arts! As a transfer student, you should apply to UWM by using the UW System application at the link below.

To receive communications through the Admissions process from Peck School of the Arts, make sure you select a program from our degree list when applying to the university.


Step 2: Apply to Peck School of the Arts

Art & Design

After being admitted to UWM, no further steps are required to be eligible for acceptance into the Department of Art & Design. However, admitted students interested in applying for scholarship aid should do so by December 15 for priority consideration.

Questions: art-admission@uwm.edu

Dance

To be considered for the Dance BA or BFA program, students must first be accepted to UW-Milwaukee, apply to the Peck School of the Arts and complete a successful audition. Students interested in department-level scholarships must complete requirements by March 1 for priority consideration.

NOTE: Applicants may submit twice per year. Transfer students must complete half their required dance credits in the Peck School of the Arts to earn their BA or BFA from UW-Milwaukee.


Application

Statement of Intent (minimum 300 words)
Upload a one-page pdf that describes how your interests and past experiences relate to your intended college choice and career path.

Digital Audition

Audition performances are currently only being accepted digitally and must pre-recorded and included with your application submission. Videos should be recorded in a studio or gym, not a residential space like a living room or bedroom (if at all possible). The videos can be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, or a file sharing site like Google Drive or Dropbox. The links, plus related explanations and/or passwords, if not publicly shared, should also be included.

Solo Performance video URL (Duration: one minute)
Performance in any dance style

Technique/Style/Movement video URL (Duration: five to 10 minutes each)
Two to three samples of technique/style/movement – i.e. warmup, barre, jumps, freestyle, center, across the floor, improvisation, etc.

Filming tips for your audition:

Plan ahead – uploading 20 – 25 minutes worth of content will take time and may even take several days. Do not edit footage or sound.

Film in an appropriate location – reserving time at a dance studio or gym is best, but any open space will work. Use landscape format if you’re filming on a cell phone. We want to see your whole body and all the movements as much as possible.

Be yourself! – The faculty wants to see you – and it’s hard to do that on camera – so select a solo and samples that tell us as much as possible about who you are. This is a great place to show some of your own choreography and/or your unique qualities.

Virtual Interview

Students must choose an interview date from the list below and will gather virtually via the Collaborate Ultra session link. During this time students will meet with the department faculty and others and have their mandatory interview. Parents/Guardians are welcome to join the morning session from 9-10 a.m.

Dates

  • Saturday, November 14, 2020
  • Friday, February 12, 2021
  • Friday, March 12, 2021
  • Friday, April 30, 2021

Sample Agenda

  • 9:00–9:30 a.m. – Department chair welcome, admissions and advising
  • 9:30–10:00 a.m. – Students break into department groups. Parents/Guardians stay in main group for Q&A session.
  • 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. – Students have individual 15-minute meetings with faculty. Specific times sent out in confirmation emails along with the individual student meetings link and instructions.

Contact
dance-admission@uwm.edu

Film, Video, Animation, & New Genres

After being admitted to UWM, no further steps are required to be eligible for acceptance into the Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres. However, admitted students interested in applying for scholarship aid should do so by December 15.

Questions: film-admission@uwm.edu

Music

To be considered for the music BA or BFA program, students must first be accepted to UW-Milwaukee, apply to the Peck School of the Arts and complete a successful audition on principal instrument or voice. Students interested in department-level scholarships must complete requirements by March 1 for priority consideration. Upon acceptance to the university, students may declare a Music Minor without a formal audition or interview.


Application

Statement of Intent
Upload a 100-word statement describing your desired musical career and how studying at UWM will help prepare you.

Theory Exam
All incoming students are required to take an online theory placement exam (sample exam). The exam link will be emailed to students after submission of their application and should be completed prior to your interview date.

Piano Placement
Those with prior piano experience have the opportunity to perform a short composition to help place you in the right level course. Compositions should be recorded and uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, or a file sharing site like Google Drive or Dropbox. Videos should include 1 piece hands together, no memory required. Classical style only, please; no original compositions, jazz, or popular style pieces. 1 major and 1 minor scale hands together, 2 octaves with correct fingerings.

Digital Audition

Audition performances are currently only being accepted digitally and must pre-recorded and included with your application submission. Videos can be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, or a file sharing site like Google Drive or Dropbox. The links, plus related explanations and/or passwords, if not publicly shared, should also be included.

Video Submission
Please see the Music Audition requirements for each principal instrument or voice.

Virtual Interview

Students must choose an interview date from the list below and will gather virtually via the Collaborate Ultra session link. During this time students will meet with the department and others and have their mandatory interview. Parents/Guardians are welcome to join the morning session from 9-10 a.m.

Dates

  • Friday, December 4, 2020
  • Friday, January 29, 2021
  • Friday, February 12, 2021
  • Monday, February 15, 2021
  • Friday, March 12, 2021

Sample Agenda

  • 9:00–9:30 a.m. – Department chair welcome, admissions and advising
  • 9:30–10:00 a.m. – Students break into department groups. Parents/Guardians stay in main group for Q&A session.
  • 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. – Students have individual 15-minute meetings with faculty. Specific times sent out in confirmation emails along with the individual student meetings link and instructions.

Contact
music-admission@uwm.edu

Theatre

To be considered for the theatre and theatre education BA or BFA programs, students must first be accepted to UW-Milwaukee, apply to the Peck School of the Arts and complete a successful audition and/or interview. Upon acceptance to the university, students may declare a Theatre Minor without audition or interview.

Contact: theatre-admission@uwm.edu


Resume & Statement of Intent Letter(s) of Rec. Headshot Digital Audition Virtual Interview
BA: Theatre Practices Y N N N Y
BA: Theatre Education Y N N N Y
BFA: Acting Y 1 to Bill Watson, bwatson@uwm.edu Y Y Y
BFA: Musical Theatre Y 2 to Sheri Williams Pannell, pannell@uwm.edu Y Y Y
BFA: Production Y 2 to Chris Guse,  cjg0001@uwm.edu N N Y

Application

Headshot (acting/musical theatre majors)
Upload a current photo of yourself

Letters of Recommendation (acting/musical theatre majors)
Instructors and/or employers familiar with your theatre or teaching experience and/or academic ability should email confidential letters of recommendation to the faculty advisor listed above.

Piano Placement (musical theatre majors only)
Those with prior piano experience have the opportunity to perform a short composition to help place you in the right level course. Compositions should be recorded and uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, or a file sharing site like Google Drive or Dropbox. Videos should include 1 piece hands together, no memory required. Classical style only, please; no original compositions, jazz, or popular style pieces. 1 major and 1 minor scale hands together, 2 octaves with correct fingerings.

Resume & Statement of Intent
Upload a one-page resume detailing your performance/production or teaching experiences and extracurricular activities along with a one-page statement that describes how your interests and past experiences relate to your intended college choice and career path.

Digital Audition

Audition performances are currently only being accepted digitally and must pre-recorded and included with your application submission. Videos should be recorded in a studio or gym if at all possible. (Don’t stress out about this – we’ve seen wonderful work done in places like a bathtub with the shower curtain pulled). Video files should include your name and can be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, or a file sharing site like Google Drive or Dropbox. The links, plus related explanations and/or passwords, if not publicly shared, should also be included.

Monologue Video URL 

  • Acting: Performance of one 90-second memorized monologue of choice
  • Musical Theatre: Performance of a one-minute memorized monologue from a contemporary play

Vocal Excerpt Video URLs

  • Musical Theatre: Performance of two contrasting 32-bar vocal excerpts from standard musical theatre repertoire. You may sing a cappella, with an accompanist, or to a karaoke backing track; use a recording with pre-recorded vocals only if you have no other alternative.

Dance Solo Video URLs

  • Musical Theatre: Performance of a one-minute dance solo from musical theatre, ballet, jazz or tap genres.

Virtual Interview

Students must choose an interview date from the list below and will gather virtually via the Collaborate Ultra session link. During this time students will meet with the department and others and have their mandatory interview. Parents/Guardians are welcome to join the morning session from 9-10 a.m.

Dates

  • Friday, December 4, 2020
  • Friday, February 12, 2021
  • Friday, March 12, 2021

Sample Agenda

  • 9:00–9:30 a.m. – Department chair welcome, admissions and advising
  • 9:30–10:00 a.m. – Students break into department groups. Parents/Guardians stay in main group for Q&A session.
  • 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. – Students have individual 15-minute meetings with faculty. Specific times sent out in confirmation emails along with the individual student meetings link and instructions. Requirements below:

Individual Student Meetings

  • BA: Theatre Practices, BA: Theatre Education, BFA: Production – Meet with the respective Area Head to discuss the program in detail. Afterward, set a time to meet privately to discuss how your specific path of study may be constructed.
  • BFA: Acting – Meet with members of the Acting Faculty to discuss your reasons for pursuing this course of study and to ask any questions you might have. You may be asked to repeat your monologue.
  • BFA: Musical Theatre – Meet with members of the Acting Faculty to discuss your reasons for pursuing this course of study and to ask any questions you might have. You will be asked to do a Solfege test (pitch matching). You may be asked to repeat your monologue or songs.


Graduate

A graduate education at UWM is more than just a degree. It’s an experience.

Whether you are interested in a professional master’s degree or advancing your career with a certification, you can be confident in knowing that we are just as committed to your education as you are.

Art & Design (MA/MFA/MS)

Prospective graduate students must complete and submit an application to UWM’s Graduate School.

Have questions about the admission process?

Contact: Nicole Ridgway, ridgwayn@uwm.edu or (414) 229-6053

Apply Now

Dance (MFA)

Prospective graduate students must complete and submit an application to UWM’s Graduate School.

Have questions about the admission process?
Contact: Maria Gillespie, gillespi@uwm.edu, or (414) 251-8716

Apply Now

Film, Video, Animation, & New Genres (MFA)

Prospective graduate students must complete and submit an application to UWM’s Graduate School by January 15th.

The most substantive parts of the application include work samples (see below), a written statement of intent, and curriculum vitae.

  • Time-Based Maker Work Samples
    Submit URLs and passwords (if password protected) for two time-based work samples. If a work is longer than 20 minutes, please submit a URL for an excerpt of 5–10 minutes along with a URL to the full piece. With each URL, please include title of sample, total running time, year of production, and a clear indication of your role in the work.
  • Multi-Media Maker Work Samples
    Submit a URL to one time-based work, and documentation for two additional works (installation, sculpture, performance, etc.). For each non-time-based work, please submit at least one still image. However, if the work is better represented by multiple stills, you may add up to 10 per work. With each work, please include title of sample, total running time, year of production, and a clear indication of your role in the work.

Have questions about the admission process?
Contact: Jesse McLean, mcleanj@uwm.edu

Apply Now

Music (MM)

Before beginning your application to UWM’s Graduate School, please review your specific major’s audition and admission requirements below:

  1. Audition Requirements
  2. Admission Information

Have additional questions about the admission or audition process?
Contact: Tim Noonan, tpnoonan@uwm.edu or (414) 229-2286

Apply Now

Certification

Do you already hold a bachelor’s degree, but want to complete an additional undergraduate certification program?

Peck School of the Arts offers certification in three areas: Art Education (EC-A), Music Education (EC-A), and Theatre Education (EC-A). The Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program is available for those who already hold an undergraduate degree in the corresponding content-specific area, and graduated with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5. If you do not hold the corresponding content-specific undergraduate degree, you must instead apply as a second-degree seeking student.

All interested applicants are required to meet face-to-face with their future department area head prior to submitting the university application. To apply, first review the list of required materials below.

Important Deadlines:
Dec 15 for admission the following Spring/Summer
July 15 for admission the following Fall

Step 1: Peck School of the Arts Evaluation

Application & Checklist

Schedule Interview

Art Education | Email Liz Rex at rex@uwm.edu
-Requires visual arts undergraduate degree
-Portfolio review and discussion of prior undergraduate studies

Music Education | Email Sheila Feay-Shaw at feayshaw@uwm.edu
-Requires music undergraduate degree
-Primary instrument, piano, and sight-singing auditions

Theatre Education | Email Ralph Janes at janes@uwm.edu
-Requires theatre undergraduate degree or equivalent (subject to transcript review)
-Review related professional and educational experiences

Mail Official Transcript

Obtain official transcripts from all institutions of higher education, technical colleges, schools, and programs (except UWM) and send to the address below. The transcripts should bear an official embossed seal and remain unopened/untampered in the institution’s original envelope. If you attended UWM, you may submit unofficial transcripts.

UWM Peck School of the Arts
Assistant Dean, Student Services
Theatre Building Rm 120
2400 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Submit Interview Materials

Portfolio (Art & Design only)
Upload a single PDF including 10-15 examples of your artwork representative of the breadth and depth of prior undergraduate studies. Identify each image by media, size, and year of completion.

Resume
Upload a resume that includes your educational background, work experience, special talents/skills, and other relevant experience with children. Do not exceed two pages.

Unofficial Transcript
Upload copies of unofficial transcripts from all institutions of higher education, including technical colleges, schools, and programs (except UWM).

Education License (if applicable)
Upload copies of Wisconsin or Out-of-State Education License(s).

Stipulations Letter (if applicable)
Upload any documentation that you may have received from DPI concerning any stipulations or license renewals that may pertain to your application or program requirements.

Step 2: UW-Milwaukee Application

University Application

Application Fee

There is no application fee to apply as a non-degree undergraduate. Please ignore the payment page and DO NOT MAKE A PAYMENT.