We are pleased to publish our 2017-2018 Audition and Open House dates below.  Please note, some school auditions require pre-registrations, audition tickets, or advance sign up.  The High School of Art & Design's auditions and open houses do not require any form of sign up or preregistration.  They are completely walk-in basis.

You MUST however, complete your High School application with your guidance counselor by December 1, 2017.  If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Reingold, Assistant Principal of Art, Architecture, Digital Media and CTE at ereingo@schools.nyc.gov or Mr. Brinegar, Audition Coordinator at jbrinegar@schools.nyc.gov

All students who have applied to the High School of Art and Design must attend an audition.


Our program choices are:

M60P = Commercial Art (Graphic Design, Cartooning, Animation, Illustration, Fashion, Digital Photography)
M60Q = Film/Video Production
M60N = Architectural Design

Admission Criteria

Please click  this link to download  the admission criteria for the 2018-2019 school year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is preregistration required for an audition?

A: No.  Our auditions run according to last name.  As long as the middle school guidance counselor enters the student’s application and program choices into the Student Enrollment Management System (SEMS), their name will appear on a list for our auditions. While it is not necessary to preregister for an audition date, if the student’s application and program choice is not entered into SEMS, we cannot consider the student for placement.

Q: What is SEMS?

A: SEMS is the Student Enrollment Management System that guidance counselors use to enter high school applications and program choices.  These choices are private for families, and only you and your student(s) know what you enter.  Once guidance counselors complete the information, we receive a list of potential candidates that we can anticipate for auditions.

Q: How do I know when to show up for my audition?

A: All auditions are scheduled according to last name and program choice.  For example, if my name is Joe Smith and I would like to audition for Commercial Art, I would show up with my portfolio at 9:30 am on Saturday, December 9. 

Q: My student is really strong in film, but doesn’t want to audition for Commercial Art.  When should he/she audition?

A: There are specific auditions for our film program.  November  12th, 19th and December 17th are the designated film dates.  Additional make-up dates for film are January 7th and 14th.

Q: My student wants to audition for Commercial Art, but has no observational drawings.  What should we do?

A: Drawing from life/observation is a critical skill necessary for a rigorous arts education.  It is highly suggested that the students include at least two drawings from observation in their portfolio.

Q: Do you conduct workshops for middle school students to help develop their portfolios?

A: Yes. We hold workshops specifically designed to help students who need observational drawing time and portfolio development.  The workshop times and dates are posted on our website here: http://www.artanddesignhs.org/middle_school_portfolio_workshops

Q: What happens the day of the audition?

A: Students arrive on the date and time of their audition.  All auditions start at 9:30 am. Parents can either wait in the auditorium or return after the audition is complete, usually around 2 hours.  Students complete their audition, portfolio review and interview, then parents can pick up their students.

Q: Can I accompany my child to the audition room?

A: We completely understand wanting to be with your student while they audition.  However, in order to keep the experience student-centered and focused, we provide the auditorium for you to wait until the audition is complete.

Q: We are out of town on our scheduled audition date and time.  Is there a make-up date?

A: Yes.  January 7 and 14 are the two make-up dates for all programs.

Q: What happens after the audition?

A: The auditions are scored and portfolio reviews are complete.  We send our information to the Office of High School Enrollment, who generate offers based on family choices and student performance.  Please keep in mind this process is specific to audition schools.

Q: Does the school keep my child’s portfolio?

A: No.  The portfolio review occurs during the audition.  All students retain their portfolios at the end of the audition.