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1. Apply to Loyola University New Orleans.
There are two ways to submit an application to Loyola: you may either apply using the Common Application (which is recommended for students attending high schools that use Naviance) or apply using the Loyola Application (found at

To complete the Loyola Application, you’ll need to create a new account, and then activate that account via a PIN number sent to your email address. Once your account is activated, you’ll need to select the correct application to complete. For example, if you are a first-year or freshman, you’ll select the First-Year Application for the appropriate semester.
2. Complete the CMFA Supplemental Application.
Once you’ve completed your application to the university, you’ll need to complete an additional application to the College of Music and Fine Arts.

This ‘Supplemental CMFA Application’ is available through the same portal used for the First-Year Application (you'll be automatically prompted to complete it once you've submitted either a Loyola Application or The Common Application). This time, you’ll select ‘College of Music and Fine Arts Supplemental Application.’
3. Interview with a department faculty member.
At the end of the CMFA Supplemental Application, you’ll automatically be prompted to schedule an interview (and audition, if applicable). Interviews can be conducted either remotely or on-campus.

Remote interviews are informal discussions that take place over-the-phone with a faculty member in your desired major, who will discuss your previous experiences, creative works, and plans for the future.

On-campus interviews are also informal discussions, but take place either during one of our three (3) Audition Days scheduled during the winter season or by appointment. On-campus interviews held on Audition Days take place with multiple faculty members in the department, and are followed by an in-depth information session and tour of studios and facilities.
4. Complete a virtual or on-campus audition (if necessary).
(BM) Music Industry Studies and (BS) Popular & Commercial Music majors must audition to be accepted into our program. Auditioning can be conducted either remotely via uploaded files to the CMFA supplemental application or on-campus during our three (3) scheduled winter Audition Days. (BM) Music Industry Studies Audition Requirements are set by the School of Music. To view these requirements, please visit this link. (BS) Popular & Commercial Music Audition Requirements consist of prepared selection(s) and a musicianship test. On campus auditions will take place in a room equipped with a keyboard, drum set, guitar and bass amplifiers, and an audio playback system with CD and iPod inputs.

Applicants will perform five (5) to ten (10) minutes of a representative example of their performance style. Drum set performers will be asked to demonstrate a minimum of two (2) different styles (pop, rock, jazz, funk, blues, etc.) in addition to their prepared selection(s). Set performers are encouraged to bring their own cymbals for on-campus auditions.

A piano accompanist will be provided only for vocalists who will not accompany themselves. If you require an accompanist, you must bring sheet music or a lead sheet notating the chords and melody. If preferred, vocalists can bring their own backing tracks on an iPod or CD.

Faculty members will test the applicant's ability to match pitch as well as carry a tune for on-campus auditions. Applicants submitting a video audition should sing a one-octave major scale a cappella, without accompaniment of any kind, ascending and descending, in any key.
5. Submit your creative résumé/portfolio (Music Industry Studies (BS) applicants only).
(BS) Music Industry Studies majors must submit a creative résumé highlighting creative work accomplished, activities, and relevant professional experience. Your résumé may include hyperlinks to creative works of yours (e.g. musical performances, productions, videos, compositions, mixes, a personal website, or blog) hosted on websites such as Soundcloud, YouTube, or others.
6. Submit a digital video short (Digital Filmmaking applicants only)
Digital Filmmaking majors must upload a digital autobiographical short, no longer than three (3) minutes, in which you introduce yourself. This short should reflect you, your aspirations, and your story, and should contain at least five (5) separate shots. Be creative and have fun!