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About this Program

Overview

This 2-year pre-professional, performance-based Artist Diploma (AD) program accepts a few highly gifted and experienced performers at the post-graduate level who wish to pursue focused studies designed to develop their artistry and professionalism.

Eligibility

In order to be admitted as an Artist Diploma student, you must have:

  • Prior artistic training
  • English language fluency

You are ineligible to apply to this program if you have already earned an Artist Diploma in the same major from another institution.

If you apply to this degree program and are denied admission, you can apply again. After two unsuccessful attempts, you are no longer eligible to apply.

Academic Requirements


The Juilliard School requires no specific courses, GPAs, standardized test scores, or class rankings for entry to this program. 

However, we will carefully evaluate your academic record and required essay to make sure you have the scholastic competence necessary to succeed in AD-level coursework. 

There are additional requirements for:

Criteria for Acceptance

  • Exceptional talent as a performer, and the potential to meet Juilliard's technical standards
  • A high level and quality of training and musicianship
  • A capacity for sustained, disciplined practice
  • The personal maturity and generosity of spirit essential for ensemble work
  • Broad and thoughtful interest in the world of music, including its historical traditions and contemporary trends
  • A clear dedication to artistic excellence and a desire to exercise artistic leadership 

Application Timeline

Application Timeline

APPLICATION REQUIREMENT RECEIVED-BY DEADLINE
Online Application with Artistic Resume, Essay(s) and Introduction Video  December 1
Application Fee ($USD) or Fee Waiver December 1
Prescreening Materials December 1
Official Transcripts January 15 
Proof of English Language Proficiency  December 1
Recommender Information December 1
Recommendation(s) Received December 15
Request for ADA audition accommodations December 15

 

PRESCREENING NOTIFICATIONS 
Results announced by Mid-January

The following items are only required if you are invited to audition:

AUDITION REQUIREMENT RECEIVED-BY DEADLINE
Dossier  February 16
Scholarship / Financial Aid Application  March 1
Auditions See "Auditioning for Juilliard" Section

Application Results

You will receive notification of your admission status (admit, wait list, or deny) through your application status page no later than April 1, if all required application materials have been received.

Application Fee & Waivers

Application Fee

The $110 application fee is nonrefundable and must be paid through your application status page upon submission of your application. Your application is not considered complete until the fee has been received.

Fee Waivers

The inability to pay a college application fee should never be a barrier to applying to The Juilliard School.

Fee waiver requests are available for students who demonstrate significant financial need by uploading of one of the following to the application:

  • If you are independent, copies of prior year tax forms
  • A letter on school stationery from your current college's Financial Aid Office stating that you have financial need of a fee waiver
  • A personal letter describing your financial situation

Fee waiver requests will be evaluated after you have submitted a complete application. If you are requesting a fee waiver, please submit your application (including fee waiver documentation) but do not pay the application fee.

How to Upload

Fee waiver documentation must be uploaded directly within the online application and submitted by the appropriate deadline. Documents must be in either .doc or .pdf format. (Convert your file to another format if scanning your document as a jpg.)

Fee waiver requests are processed on an ongoing basis. There will be an application fee payment due on your application status page until either your request is approved or denied. You will receive an email with the results of your request as soon as it is processed.

If your request for a fee waiver is denied, you will be required to pay the application fee by the deadline. Your application is not considered complete until the fee has been received. 

Your Application Materials

Your Online Application

Your application must be submitted online by the appropriate deadline. To begin, create your Juilliard Admissions Account, gather all of the required application materials, and follow the instructions to complete your application.

Start your online application

Your Resume

An artistic resume must be uploaded as part of the online application. The resume should be 1-2 pages and must include: 

  • Your name (and any alternate name used)
  • Education (all diplomas/certificates/degrees earned or in progress)
  • Any experience related to your intended major

There is no specific layout required for the resume; however it must be uploaded in either a .pdf or .doc file format. Please do not submit program bios. The resume is used as a reference for faculty and the Admissions Committee.

Your Essay(s)

Juilliard’s Admissions Committee uses your essay(s) to learn more about you as an individual and gain a sense of who you are beyond your application, transcript, and audition.

Essay Requirements

  • 1–2 pages, double-spaced, 12-point font
  • written in English (not translated from another language)
  • must be your own original work
  • submitted within the online application

Topics
You are required to submit two essays:

  • Describe a musical encounter or experience that was a defining moment for you in formulating your artistic values. Be specific  and tell us how that experience continues to influence your musical work to this day.
  • State your specific artistic and educational objectives for this period of study. Address how these objectives, and the resources provided by Juilliard, will help you achieve your professional goals. This statement is a critically important aspect of the admission review process.

Additional Essay Requirements
Additional essays are required for:

Optional Essay
Should you have a personal or academic circumstance to share that you feel can provide context for a particular point on your resume - for example, a gap year, unusually low grades in a semester or year, etc. - you have the option to submit an additional short essay.

Your Introduction Video

A one-minute video uploaded to the application in which you record yourself giving the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your major (i.e. flute, composition, organ). Voice applicants: please include your voice type
  • Your current music teacher
  • Your current school and grade level
  • One fact that you want the faculty to know about you that they cannot learn from your application materials

To record your video, navigate to the "Music Introduction Video" tab in your application. There you will find instructions for starting the recording. Because the video will be recorded directly from the application, not uploaded as a video file, we recommend allowing yourself ample time to prepare and test your recording in the application module. You can record and save your video at any time before submitting your application, and can delete and re-record your video as needed prior to submission. You will need to use a computer (any type) or cell phone (Android only) with a webcam and a browser that supports media recording (Chrome and Firefox). At this time, video recording is not supported on iPhones or iPads. If you have any trouble with the video recording module, please call or email the Office of Admissions.

Your Transcripts

Transcripts are an important component of the decision process. They help us determine if you have sufficient scholastic competence to succeed in coursework at the level for which you are applying. Official transcripts must be received by the appropriate deadline.  

Definition of an Official Transcript

  • An electronic record of your academic progress, including grades earned, sent directly to [email protected] by a secure service (such as Naviance, eSCRIP-SAFE, or other system). Scanned, emailed, or uploaded copies are NOT considered official. 

    OR
     
  • A paper record of your academic progress, including grades earned, sent in a sealed envelope directly from the issuing institution(s) to the Juilliard Office of Admissions (mailing address below)

Please note that we do not accept transcripts sent via email.

Transcript Requirements for Students Studying in the US

  • Official transcripts must be sent by the appropriate deadline 
  • Your official transcript(s) must show all prior and current post-secondary coursework 
  • Report cards, grade reports, and other student records are not considered official transcripts

Transcript Requirements for Students Studying Outside the US

  • Official transcripts must be sent by the appropriate deadline 
  • If your transcript is not in English, we require the transcript in its original language as well as a certified translation
  • Your official transcript(s) must show all prior and current coursework equivalent or similar to a US bachelor's degree (Note: In general, undergraduate degrees from institutions outside the U.S. must be four years in length and include at least 24 credits in liberal arts/humanities courses to be considered equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree
  • You will be notified if an official evaluation of your transcript is required in order to verify your academic level. Companies such as SpanTran WES , or ECE can provide this service for a fee
  • We understand that the current academic year has not ended, and that, if you are currently enrolled, you have not yet completed your program. Please submit your transcript as is by the deadline; a final transcript will be required later, if you are admitted and choose to enroll.

You may view the status of transcripts at any time by logging into your application account.

Hard copies of transcripts may be mailed to:

Office of Admissions
The Juilliard School
60 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023

Your Recommendations

In your application you will be required to identify two individuals who will provide your recommendations. The recommendations should:

  • be from a teacher, conductor, coach, or artistic mentor
  • address your talent and accomplishments
  • discuss the following individual characteristics that indicate potential for success in the field: perseverance, dedication, collegiality, and leadership

The recommendations themselves are not due until later in the application timeline. Recommenders will receive an email with a link to securely upload their letters to our application system. We will only accept recommendations received through our application system.

You may view the status of recommendations at any time by logging into your application account.

Your Dossier

If you are invited to an audition, you must submit your dossier containing documentation of professional accomplishments, after receiving your official audition invitation, no later than February 16. Your dossier must be uploaded and submitted through your application status page. Please note that a resume does not fulfill this requirement. 

Your dossier should include the following, as appropriate: 

  • a program bio
  • a representative repertoire list from the past two years
  • press clippings/reviews
  • a list of recordings
  • a link to your website 
  • a press kit

Your Teacher Preferences

A key element of your study at Juilliard is your major teacher assignment. Music students receive 15 one-hour lessons per semester with a Juilliard studio faculty member.

How to Indicate Your Preferences

How Your Preferences are Used

  • Your teacher preferences are confidential and do not affect admissions decisions. Studio faculty are not advised of teacher preference selections until after admission decisions are finalized by the committee
  • We aim to confirm studio assignments with notification of admission
  • If admitted, your teacher assignment will be based on your preferences to the greatest extent possible. No teacher assignment can be made without a documented request for a specific teacher

Researching Teachers

If you are not familiar with our faculty, we strongly recommend researching the teachers in your major prior to the application deadline, as follows:

  • Review the teachers’ online bios in our directory and listen to recordings of each artist
  • Ask your current teacher(s) for recommendations
  • Consult with friends who may have studied with them
  • Optional: Set up a meeting or lesson with the teacher(s). Although not all faculty are available to meet with applicants due to their teaching and performing commitments, you may use this form to request contact information for up to four teachers. Scheduling the meeting and payment of any lesson or meeting fee is your responsibility.

Scholarship & Financial Aid Forms

This program provides a scholarship for the full cost of tuition. If you are a US citizen or permanent resident, you may apply for federal student loans to assist with additional required fees and living expenses by completing the FAFSA.

Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information. 

Prescreening

Prescreening Type

Format
You are required to upload your files in a Video format. Acceptable file types include:

  • .avi, .flv, .m1v, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .webm, .wmv

Please note that some .mov files use a codec which is not supported by the application. We recommend that .mov files be converted to another accepted format (.avi, .flv, .m1v, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .webm, .wmv) to avoid uploading difficulties.

Prescreening Requirements

Your major is required to submit prescreening recordings within the online application by the appropriate deadline.

Procedures

  • Individual movements or excerpts should be uploaded as separate digital files
  • Upload and arrange your recordings so that the file that represents your best work is first
  • Clearly label each of the uploaded files with the name of the composer and work/movement
  • Complete your uploads well in advance of the appropriate deadline, as upload times vary depending on file size and internet signal strength
  • Insufficient or incomplete audition repertoire may affect consideration for admission
  • Where specific works are required, substitutions are not allowed
  • Please note that audition requirements which state a complete piece or work are indicating all movements must be prepared
  • Unless otherwise specified in the prescreening requirements listed below, all works written with accompaniment must be accompanied for your recording

Quality

  • NEW: Please note that submitted prescreening recordings do not need to be filmed in a particular setting. Videos filmed in a practice room, a living room, a concert hall, a recording studio, or any other setting may be submitted. 
  • Recordings must be genuinely performed by you. 
  • Recordings must not be edited, nor should any effects such as “reverb” be added.
  • Play back and check your entire recording for any distortion or excessive “buzz”.  
  • If accompaniment is required, ensure that it does not drown out your playing.
  • Review your recordings before uploading to ensure that they are of good quality and represent your best work to date.

You will be notified as to whether or not you have passed the prescreening round by the date on the application timeline. Please note that prescreening materials become the property of The Juilliard School and will not be returned. We encourage you to keep copies for your records.

Additional Instructions

Prescreening Repertoire

  1. One movement from a concerto from the standard cello repertoire, such as Dvorak, Schumann, Haydn D or C, Lalo, Shostakovich, Barber, Herbert, Prokofiev Sinfonia Concertante, Elgar, or Saint-Saëns. Must be performed from memory. It is highly desirable to use piano accompaniment for your repertoire. However, please put safety first during this pandemic. If you are unable to record with an accompanist, you will not be penalized; your recording will be given the same consideration as all other applicants.
  2. A complete Bach suite. Must be performed from memory.

Additional Requirements

English Language Proficiency

Definition
You are required to show proof of English language proficiency by the application deadline if your native language is not English, regardless of citizenship. The Juilliard School defines native language as the language first spoken as a child and the primary language spoken at home.

 

Exemption
An exemption from the ELP requirement automatically excuses an applicant from the requirement to provide proof of English language proficiency. Exemptions are determined by your answers to questions on the application form.

You are exempt from this requirement if BOTH of the following are true:

  • You have attended an English language high school/secondary school for four years
  • You have or will complete a four-year undergraduate degree at an English language institution
  • Note that this is a TOTAL of EIGHT years of instruction at English language institutions, including BOTH high school AND undergraduate degree studies.

 

Waiver
A waiver excuses an applicant from the requirement to provide proof of English language proficiency. Waivers are granted by the school upon request of the applicant, and following a review of the materials submitted by the applicant in support of their request for the waiver.

A waiver of the ELP requirement may be granted at the school’s discretion if the following criteria are met:

  • The applicant has attended schools where the language of instruction is English for fewer than eight years, but for at least six years AND
  • The applicant submits two academic papers written in English, for review by our ELP specialist. The papers must have been written in the final year of the applicant’s current or most recent program of study. Each paper must be a minimum of 1200 words in length.

To request consideration for a waiver, write to [email protected]

 

Proving English Language Proficiency 

The ability to speak, read, and understand English fluently is an important factor in admissions decisions. You must submit one of the following test types to prove your mastery of the English language. If your score falls below the minimum scores listed here, you should carefully consider whether to continue the application and audition process. We reserve the right to deny an audition based on scores that fall considerably below our minimum.

 

NOTE: Given the continuing pandemic and the need to provide applicants with as many options as possible, as of September 1, 2020 The Juilliard School accepts the tests in the table below. We do not accept GRE scores as proof of English language proficiency. 

Test Type Minimum Score
Cambridge English 169

TOEFL and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition

73

TOEFL ITP Plus (China)

543

IELTS Academic Test  and IELTS Indicator

6

PTE

49

The official test results must be sent directly from the testing company and received in the Office of Admissions by the appropriate deadline.

 

Interview Requirement

  • An interview to demonstrate your fluency in the English language may be required, even if the requirement to provide proof of English language proficiency has been waived.
  • You will be notified by the Office of Admissions if an interview is required

Formerly Enrolled Juilliard Students

Definition
You are considered a former Juilliard college student if you have not been in attendance during the previous academic year.  You must submit all required application materials, in addition to the requirements below. 

Essay
You are required to submit an additional essay explaining your motivation for resuming your studies or applying to another major at Juilliard. You may choose to address academic, artistic, or professional goals that you believe could be accomplished by returning.

Transcript Requirements

  • You are required to provide official transcripts from all institutions attended after Juilliard
  • Transcripts are already on file from your time at Juilliard and do not need to be submitted

Proof of English Language Proficiency
You do not need to submit proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, ITP Plus).

Decisions
We reserve the right to review your Juilliard enrollment record to assist with admissions decisions.

Currently Enrolled Juilliard Students

Online Application
You must apply if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are seeking to change majors
  • You are applying to a new program of study (changing your degree level)

Application Fee
As a currently enrolled student in the College Division, you are not required to submit an application fee as long as you submit your application by the appropriate deadline.

Essay
You are required to submit an additional essay explaining your motivation for continuing your studies at Juilliard. You may choose to address academic, artistic, or professional goals that you believe could be accomplished by remaining at Juilliard.

Transcripts
As a current student, you do not need to provide your official transcripts, as they are already on file.

Prescreening Requirement
Prescreening is required only if both of the following are true: 

  • You are applying to a new major
  • The major to which you are applying is prescreened 

Proof of English Language Proficiency
You do not need to submit proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, ITP Plus).

Decisions
We reserve the right to review your Juilliard enrollment record to assist with admissions decisions.

Applicants with Disabilities

The Juilliard School seeks to facilitate the full participation of applicants with disabilities in the audition process. The School makes reasonable accommodations or adjustments for qualified individuals with known disabilities in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). 

Juilliard will not make pre-admissions inquiries as to whether or not a student has a disability; however, applicants with documented disabilities who require reasonable accommodations in order to participate in the audition process must notify the Office of Academic Support and Disability Services (OASDS) in writing by the appropriate deadline

You will be required to submit documentation of your disability to OASDS; this information will be kept strictly confidential. You must complete the following forms in order for the school to accommodate your specific needs:

  • Applicant Release of Disability Related Information Form 
  • Audition Accommodation Request Form

For more information and to access the forms please visit the Office of Academic Support and Disability Services page.

Auditioning for Juilliard

Audition Repertoire Guidelines and Resources

As part of the online application, you are required to submit your proposed audition repertoire for review and approval.

The Juilliard School is working with students, faculty, and guest artists to embrace and build a more representative world of classical music. When you have an elective choice, we encourage you to include a work in your audition repertoire by a composer from historically underrepresented gender, racial, ethnic, and cultural heritages. We are happy to recommend the following resources that expand our knowledge of a wider breadth of repertoire:

Should you need to update your repertoire after you submit your online application, you can do so by submitting a form on your application status page.

  • Insufficient or incomplete audition repertoire may affect consideration for admission
  • Where specific works are required, substitutions are not allowed
  • Audition requirements which state a complete piece or work are indicating all movements must be prepared

You should first consult with your private teacher to determine the suitability of your proposed repertoire. If there is any concern regarding the appropriateness of a particular piece, submit your questions through this form

Video Audition Requirements

NEW:

  • Upload and arrange your recordings so that the file that represents your best work is first.
  • Clearly label the uploaded files with the names of the composers and works/movements.
  • Your recordings must be genuinely performed by you. 
  • Your recordings must not be edited, nor should any effects such as “reverb” be added.
  • Play back and check your recordings for any distortion or excessive “buzz.”
  • Review your recordings before uploading to ensure that they are of good quality and represent your best works to date.
  • Please note that submitted recordings do not need to be filmed in a particular setting. Videos filmed in a practice room, a living room, a concert hall, a recording studio, or any other setting may be submitted. 

Video Audition Repertoire

NEW: Auditions for entry in fall 2021 will be by video recording only (no audio recordings accepted). If selected for the audition round, recordings must be submitted through your application portal by 11:59pm EST on Friday, February 5 2021. (Note that your application is still due on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 by 11:59pm EST.) 

  • Your selections must be recorded in their entirety unless otherwise specified.
  • While you may pause between and record each works and/or movements separately, do not pause within works or edit the recordings.
  • Each movement or piece must be uploaded in its own separate digital file. 
  • It is highly desirable to use piano accompaniment for your repertoire. However, please put safety first during this pandemic. If you are unable to record with an accompanist, you will not be penalized; your recording will be given the same consideration as all other applicants.
  1. Applicants invited to the audition round will be required to record a video narrative based upon prompts selected by the faculty. Prompts for the video narrative will be emailed with the audition invitations.
  2. A complete concerto from the standard cello repertoire, such as Dvorak, Schumann, Haydn D or C, Lalo, Shostakovich, Barber, Herbert, Prokofiev Sinfonia Concertante, Elgar, or Saint-Saëns. Must be performed from memory.
  3. A complete Bach suite. Must be performed from memory.
  4. One virtuoso piece such as those listed: Popper Spinning Song or Elfentanz, Paganini Moto Perpetuo, Faure Papillons, Boccherini Sonata L’Imperatrice, Piatti Caprices or Popper Etudes, Davidoff At the Fountain, Schubert Arpeggione Sonata 1st movement, or Tchaikovsky Pezzo Capricioso.
  5. One work composed after 1945 which is 6-8 minutes in length such as but not limited to works by Carter; Sessions; Dutilleux; Lutoslawski; Penderecki; Shapey; Tania Leon- Four Pieces for Cello Solo; Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson's “Lamentations”- Movement 1 (Fuguing Tune) and/or Movement 4 (Perpetual Motion); etc. (The work may be either a complete short piece or a complete movement from a larger work.)
  6. A short lyrical piece such as Saint-Saëns The Swan; Fauré Après un Rêve; Chopin/Popper Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9, No. 2; Mendelssohn Songs Without Words; Chopin Sonata slow movement; Schumann Five Pieces in Folk Style, 2nd movement; Schumann Fantasy Pieces, 1st movement; or the choice of the applicant.
  7. A complete Classical or Romantic sonata

Callbacks

You may be required to do a callback interview by phone on a date TBD. You must be available for a phone interview to be considered for admission.

Decisions & Enrolling

Decisions

There are three possible outcomes to the audition process:

Admit

  1. The faculty recommends you to the Admissions Committee based on your potential and artistry as demonstrated in the audition.
  2. The Admissions Committee evaluates your academic record and supplemental materials in order to determine your capacity to succeed at Juilliard.
  3. The Admissions Committee makes the final determination of whom to admit based on their own evaluation, faculty recommendations, and the number of available openings in your major.
  4. The Office of Admissions releases your decision letter.

Waitlist

  1. The faculty recommends you to the Admissions Committee based on your potential and artistry as demonstrated in the audition.
  2. The Admissions Committee evaluates your academic record and supplemental materials in order to determine your capacity to succeed at Juilliard.
  3. You are placed on the waitlist because, although you are found admissible to the school, we have a limited number of openings.
  4. Should a place become available, the Admissions Committee evaluates the waitlist, making offers of admission as necessary.  

Deny
During the application process, there are three points at which you can be denied admission:

  1. As a result of prescreening
  2. At various points in the application and audition process
  3. Following review by the Admissions Committee 

A denial at any of these stages results in notification that you are no longer under consideration for admission.

These decisions will be posted to your application status page as noted on the timeline.