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Erin-paints_copyHow to Audition for the Visual Arts Department

Audition Deadline:  Applications must be into the GSA office no later than December 19, 2014

First, complete and send in your Online application. You May Also Print the Application and Fax, Email or Snail Mail It


Then, when you have your audition date and time, download the following:

1. Audition Checklist

2. Visual Arts Audition Questionnaire

3. Mandatory Visual Arts Assignment for Audition

4. Teacher Reference Form (2 required)

In addition to the online application, and  two (2) teacher references, students are required to complete the Visual Arts Questionaire as well as the Mandatory Visual Arts Assignment.

Review and complete the homework listed in the application, bring it to your interview.

Portfolio Requirements for Audition

Visual Arts applicants should bring 15-20, original works of art showing a variety of techniques, media, and concepts, in 2-dimensional and/or 3-dimensional forms.

Digital drawings, movies, & photographs can be brought on a thumb drive or disk.  A laptop computer will be provided.

Class assignments as well as works completed independently
are encouraged.

Works kept by art teachers should be collected from the teacher and brought to the audition. In progress artwork is acceptable.

Bring your sketchbooks and journals even if they are not completed. We like to see work in progress, as well as mistakes.  You need to make mistakes to be learning and stretching.

Drawings from photographs, anime cartoons, or comic books are discouraged.

Bring examples of your drawings from imagination and direct observation from life (see below)*.

Drawing 'direct observation from life' is defined by GSA as a drawing done by directly looking at real and physical objects, people, and surrounding with no reference from photography.  This can be done is any drawing medium.

Please see the following video on drawing from life:

If you have any questions, please email:


Main Office

Main Office: 
757-451-4715 Fax 
254 Granby Street
orfolk, Virginia 23510

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The GSA Dance Department
is housed in the TRDance Center
757-628-2747 Fax
325 Granby Street

Norfolk, VA 23510