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Virtual Events

Fall Leaves at Japan House

Because of COVID-19 all our events this fall will be held online. These virtual events are open to both prospective students (those who have not yet applied) and seniors who have submitted their applications. All events are hosted on Zoom and registration is required.

Information Sessions

Join us for an overview and Q&A with the College of Fine and Applied Arts admissions team and hear from a panel of current students.

Tuesday, September 8

Tuesday, October 13

Tuesday, November 10

Tuesday, December 8

7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. (CDT/CST)


What does someone with a degree in dance do for a career? If I study architecture but I don't want to build houses and skyscrapers, what job options are there for me? What is an urban planner? If you think you'd like to study art and design, architecture, music, dance, theatre, landscape architecture, sustainable design, or urban and regional planning, you'll want to join an information session to find out about all the exciting career options.

Wednesday, September 16

Wednesday, September 30

Wednesday, October 14

Wednesday, October 28

Wednesday, November 11

Wednesday, December 2

7:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. (CDT/CST)


Join Ellen de Waard, coordinator of academic affairs, for a session about admissions and majors and minors in the School of Art and Design.

Every Tuesday and Friday

11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m. (CDT/CST)


Learn the best practices for putting together an art and design portfolio. We will show you real examples of portfolio work and offer tips to make your portfolio stronger for admission to the School of Art and Design. 

Thursday, September 17

Thursday, October 1

Thursday, October 29

Thursday, November 12

Thursday, December 3

Thursday, December 17

7:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. (CDT/CST)


If you're interested in studying architecture, landscape architecture, sustainable design, or urban and regional planning, this open house will give you a chance to hear from advisors, faculty members, and current students. It's also a great a chance to explore the environmental design majors through an interactive virtual open house.

Thursday, October 15

7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. (CDT)

During this virtual event you'll hear from the director of the School of Art and Design, and you'll sit in on a conversation between current undergraduate students from our degree programs, including Art Education, Art History, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, and Studio Art: Painting, Sculpture, New Media, and Photography. You'll also get a look at our labs, studios, and facilities. 

Thursday, October 15

7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. (CDT)

Join the Department of Dance for a Dance Virtual Open House:

  • Explore this long-established and progressive program
  • Engage with award-winning faculty
  • Interact with current students
  • Tour the expansive spaces
  • Hear about alumni and career opportunities
  • View excerpts from the current production, November Dance 2020

This Zoom session will include:

  • An orientation to the department and degree programs
  • A chance to meet a few alumni
  • Student-to-student breakout rooms
  • An inside look into the current dance production

Saturday, November 7

1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

The School of Architecture is offering prospective student virtual academic meetings during the fall semester.

Mondays at 10:30 a.m. (CDT/CST)

Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. (CDT/CST)

Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. (CDT/CST)

Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (CDT/CST)


Are you interested in a major that prepares you to design for a social and environmental impact? The sustainable design undergraduate major (STEM designated degree list: 30.3301, Sustainability Studies) is an innovative, interdisciplinary course of study in design preparing you for a future in a sustainable world. Hear from program faculty, learn more about the major, and ask any questions you may have! These sessions are for all prospective students, including high school students planning for college and off-campus students interested in transferring from a two-year or four-year institution.

Tuesday, September 15, at 1:00 p.m. (CDT)

Wednesday, October 7, at 11:00 a.m. (CDT)

Monday, October 26, at 4:00 p.m. (CDT)

Friday, November 13, at 3:00 p.m. (CST)

Tuesday, December 1, at 4:00 p.m. (CST)


The School of Music is offering a number of prospective student meetings, events, and audition opportunities this fall. Check out the website for details.

The Department of Theatre will host many virtual events for interested students and chances to audition, show your portfolio, and interview. Head to the website to learn more.

Talent Submissions

Fulfilling a talent requirement is a second step in the application process for the the School of Art and Design, the Department of Dance, the School of Music, and the Department of Theatre.

Requirements for the BFA program

Requirements for the BA program

Upload your audition material

Application process

Virtual audition/interview dates

January 22, 2021

January 23, 2021

February 4, 2021

February 5, 2021

February 6, 2021

Specific audition requirements

FAA Virtual Classroom Visits

MUS 407: Electroacoustic Music Techniques I

Instructor: Eli Fieldsteel, assistant professor of composition–theory and director of University of Illinois Experimental Music Studios

Watch Class


MUS 499C: Introduction to Audio Coding with SuperCollider

Instructor: Eli Fieldsteel, assistant professor of composition–theory and director of University of Illinois Experimental Music Studios

Watch Class

Visit Illinois Virtually

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers daily information sessions to learn more about our university and what you should do next to prepare for college. We will also be offering Orange and Blue Days virtually:

Saturday, October 10

Friday, October 16

Friday, October 23

Friday, November 6

Are you ready to learn more about the College of Fine and Applied Arts?

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