Optional Arts Form
The optional arts supplement is for students who have devoted a significant amount of time and energy to one or more of the art forms and who wish to have their work considered as part of their application.
If you've excelled in architecture, creative writing, dance, music, theater or visual arts, and would like us to consider your talent, consult Princeton's online Optional Arts Form.
Early action applicants must submit digital arts materials by Nov. 6; regular decision applicants must submit digital arts materials by Jan. 8. You can only submit your online arts supplement after we have received the Coalition Application, the Common Application or the Universal College Application. If you are unable to submit online, please use the paper Optional Arts Form.
For more information about the Optional Arts Form, please review our FAQs.
For your guidance, below are the acceptable file formats and types of submissions allowed for optional arts submissions.
- You may upload a website url.
- Acceptable file formats: .doc, .docx, .txt, .pdf, .ppt, .pptx. (File size of these formats must be less than 10mb each.)
- Acceptable media formats: .midi, .mid, .mov, .mpg, .mps, .wav. (Video files must be less than 120mb each. Audio files must be less than 60mb each.)
- Acceptable image formats: .jpg, .gif. (Image files must be less than 10mb each.)
Supplement Type, Category and Description of Acceptable Submissions:
Submit samples of your work in architecture or design, including digital versions of blueprints/plans, drawings and/or photographs.
Categories: Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap
Include a digital video of one or more solo performances of contrasting styles and/or of your choreography (no more than five minutes total). Please do not submit group work unless you have a prominently featured solo, or you are the choreographer. On-campus auditions are not offered; however, if you are able to visit campus while classes are in session, contact the dance program office during business hours at (609) 258-3017 for a meeting and/or opportunity to participate in a class.
Categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translations
Include a portfolio of your work in any or all of the following media totaling no more than five pages: poetry, short stories, novel excerpts and translations. Please do not submit journalism samples or complete books.
Categories: Classical Instrument, Classical Voice, Composition, Jazz, Piano
Classical Instrument (except piano) — Include a 10 to 15-minute submission of advanced solo work that shows contrasting examples of expression and technique. Please do not submit orchestral or ensemble work unless you have a prominently featured solo.
Classical Voice — Include a submission (no more than 10 minutes) of two songs from the classical literature in contrasting styles that best demonstrate your level of technical and musical accomplishment. For example, the two selections might be an Italian art song and a German lied. Please do not submit ensemble work unless you have a prominently featured solo.
Composition — Include an image of a clean score and, if possible, a performance/MIDI realization of the composition.
Jazz instrument composition or voice – Include a 10 to 15-minute submission of advanced solo work. Please do not submit orchestral or ensemble work unless you have a prominently featured solo.
Piano — Include a submission of works that best demonstrate your level of technical and musical accomplishment, preferably including one of each of the following: 1) The 48 preludes and fugues of J.S. Bach; 2) The first movement of a sonata by Mozart, Beethoven or Haydn; 3) Any 19th or 20th-century solo work, not concerti.
Please send submissions in the form of digital audio files. If you are able to visit campus and would like to schedule a live hearing, please call (609) 258-6078 to arrange an appointment. You should submit a recording, even if you also are performing a live hearing.
Theater / Music Theater
Categories: Performance, Writing, Design, Directing
Students may submit short theatrical videos, writings or portfolio images to demonstrate their efforts in acting, singing, writing, designing and/or directing. These may be submitted electronically, or in DVD or CD format only. Videos should be no more than five minutes in length total, and should begin with a clear introduction of yourself and your role in the project. Performer’s videos should be two contrasting monologues or songs. Writing samples should be no more than 30 pages in length. If you are able to visit campus while classes are in session, contact the theater program office during business hours at 609-258-7810 to request a meeting. On-campus auditions are not offered.
Categories: Drawing, Film, Painting, Photography, Sculpture
Painting, drawing, photography and sculpture can be evaluated if submitted as 20 images formatted as JPEGS no larger than 900 x 700 pixels at 100 DPI. For film and video work, submit up to 15 minutes of video excerpts and clearly note your role in the production. As mentioned on our website, excerpts may be posted to YouTube or Vimeo, sharing the unique link or by uploading a video file. Please test your digital materials to make sure they are viewable in their entirety before submitting them. You may also submit a film script, if relevant.