Only students who have submitted a complete application will be granted an interview for admission to the ChiArts Visual Arts Department. Please visit the application pages for more information.
Students of all abilities may interview for admission into the visual arts program. ChiArts recognizes the need to provide opportunities for students who have had prior instruction in the visual arts and students who have not had prior training, but demonstrate a strong natural ability and a desire to learn.
Required Audition Preparation:
- In-Person Auditions:
Students must submit 7-10 pieces of art (no larger than 36“x36” per piece) that represent their artistic interests. Artwork may include, but is not limited to, painting, drawing/sketching, sculpting, photography, and graphic design.
We highly encourage you to submit multiple mediums of art work. We ask that you limit yourself to 3-4 pieces of anime/manga included in your portfolio.
All artwork must be created by the student alone and clearly labeled with the student’s name and title of the piece (if titled). No copies or tracings are allowed.
Students may be asked to describe their artwork, talk about their artistic process, or explain what they might have done differently if they could create the piece again.
- Virtual Auditions:
Students must submit a digital portfolio that includes 7-10 pieces of art that represent their artistic interests. Artwork may include, but is not limited to, painting, drawing/sketching, sculpting, photography, and graphic design.
We highly encourage you to submit multiple mediums of artwork. We ask that you limit yourself to 3-4 pieces of anime/manga in your portfolio.
In some cases, students may be asked to participate in an additional evaluation. Families will be contacted as needed. No additional preparation is necessary.
Visual Arts: FAQ
Should students who have never taken an art class apply?
Yes, ChiArts encourages students of all levels to apply.
Should students with many years of arts training apply?
Yes, students will be challenged no matter the experience they have had prior to attending ChiArts.
How can students prepare for the visual arts interview?
Backstage Passes will be held this fall to help students prepare for the interview process. Participation in the Backstage Passes is strongly recommended. Registration closes a week before each event.
Will students need to bring art supplies?
No, all materials will be provided.