Open House and Audition Information


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

Open houses 2018: (no advance registration necessary)

5:30 and 6:30pm

Wednesday  October 3

Tuesday October 16

Thursday November 1

 Friday November 16

Participants will be able to tour the building, learn about the admissions process, talk to students, teacher and parents.

Auditions 2018: (no advanced registration necessary)

9:00AM Sharp start time.

All boroughs , Students’ last names A-L: Saturday December 1

All boroughs make –up for Students’ last names A-L: Sunday December 2

All boroughs , Students’ last names M-Z: Saturday December 15

All boroughs make –up for Students’ last names M-Z: Sunday December 16

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 here  to download the 2019-2020 admission criteria for the next audition cycle.

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.  The current audition cycle for 2018 (for admission to the 2019-2020 school year) is posted above.

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:

Q: What happens the day of the audition?

A: Students arrive on the date and time of their audition.  All auditions start at 9:00 am sharp. 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: Make up dates are customarily offered for extenuating circumstances.  Make up dates will be posted along with the regular audition dates once released.

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.