How to Apply

How to Apply

Welcome to AMPD! We’re excited that you’re thinking about applying. We are currently accepting applications for our Fall 2022 entry. See deadlines below.


Fall 2022 Deadlines

Step 1: Submit application
Step 2: Complete evaluation

Guaranteed consideration deadline: January 13, 2022

General admission deadline: July 1, 2022 or while seats are available

Evaluation (Portfolio/Audition/Interview) Deadline: February 4, 2022

Note: For BA programs, evaluation is not required.



How to apply in two easy steps


1 Step 1: Application form

There are two ways to apply to undergraduate study at York – choose the one that best applies to your circumstances.

1. Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) application
Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) Application

Use this application if:
  • You want to apply to degree studies for any session (Ontario high-school students should see their guidance office). Fee Information.
  • You’re a mature or university/college applicant (if you’re applying to more than one university). Fee Information.
2. York University application
York University Application

Use this application if:
  • You are a mature, international or university/college transfer applicant (if you’re only applying to York), OR
  • You want to take courses as a Visiting Student, OR
  • You want to apply to a certificate, OR
  • You are currently taking a York pre-University/”Bridging” course or YUELI course

Fees: $130 (non-refundable)

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email containing your York reference ID. This email will be sent approximately 5-10 business days after you submit your application. Please complete step 4 once you have your York Reference ID.



2 Step 2: Complete your evaluation

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email containing your York reference ID. This email will be sent approximately 5-10 business days after you submit your application.

  • Make sure you have your York Reference ID on hand.
  • Complete the questionnaire and upload at least one (ideally two) letter(s) of recommendation. It’s to help us get to know you a little better.
  • Pay the administration fee of: $60 CAD. You will then be able to proceed with the portfolio submission.
  • Read through the program specific evaluation instructions below. Shortlisted applicants may be invited for an interview after the portfolio submission has been evaluated.

Below are the programs that require supplementary evaluations and what is needed to submit.

Film Production (BFA)

Questionnaire: Submit a one-paragraph proposal for a short documentary or fiction film that you would like to produce and that can be made without a budget. In addition, you will also be asked to describe your favourite film or director, and one recent creative project that you were centrally involved in, and what the experience taught you.

Portfolio: We are also looking to see a 5-minute video (no longer) that has been directed by you. Alternatively, you can be the videographer, writer or editor (please specify your crew position). You can also submit photographs, visual art pieces or visual documentations of an artistic project that you created or developed. You may submit a compilation of projects or one single piece. Avoid demo reels cut to music.

Interview: Based on our evaluation of the questionnaire and portfolio submissions, short-listed applicants will be invited for an on-campus or zoom/skype interview. Interview days are generally scheduled in February and March.

Acceptance is based on all three elements of the supplementary evaluation – portfolio, statement and interview – in addition to your academic qualifications.

We strongly encourage all our short-listed applicants to attend the on-campus interview as it offers you the most extensive and engaged experience. However, if extenuating circumstances preclude you from coming to campus, you may arrange for a distance interview via Skype/zoom.

Questions? Email: evalampd@yorku.ca

Good luck!

Screenwriting (BFA)

Screenwriting portfolio: Your writing portfolio should include your strongest creative writing in screenwriting, playwriting, or narrative prose writing. The portfolio should be 8 to 10 pages in length, double-spaced, and consist of no more than three separate pieces of writing. The pieces in your portfolio may be excerpts from larger pieces. Upload your portfolio as a single PDF file.

After evaluators review your submission, certain applicants will be contacted to join the next round: a live 2 hour writing exercise hosted on Zoom.

Dance (BFA)

Audition Process The Department of Dance BFA program requires you to complete a dance audition as part of your general admissions process. Typically, we have in-person auditions that take place in January, with the option to submit a video audition for those applicants living far away from the university.

Dance in person: 1.5 hours, mix of ballet barre, contemporary/modern work, and a world dance form

Part 1: Questionnaire
Goals, interest, other relevant experience

Part 2: Audition
1.5 hours
After audition: tour, performance viewing, and Student Q&A

Questions? Email: evalampd@yorku.ca

Good luck!

Music (BFA, BA)

Preparing for your audition: Attend our annual Audition Prep. Workshop! Check the website for the details.

Read over the audition details below and check out our Audition FAQs for information specific to your instrument and genre.

The audition: Our application process is designed to help us get to know each other. Our auditions are grouped into four broad categories of performance: Classical, Jazz, World Music, and Digital/Electronic Music. The area you choose to audition for should reflect your interests but does not imply that you will be limited to that area if you are accepted to the Department of Music. All of our students must demonstrate their musical ability in one of the above areas. If you have a particular interest (such as composition, music education, ethnomusicology or other music studies), please indicate this in the Supplementary Evaluation questionnaire.

Once you have completed the questionnaire you will be directed to choose your audition option and identify your focus further: instrument or voice, and performance category of Classical, Jazz, World Music. (If you wish to audition in Digital/Electronic Music, please be sure to indicate this in the Supplementary Evaluation.)

We are aiming to hold in-person and online auditions in February/March 2022. This audition includes both performance and a conversation/interview.

If you’re unable to attend an in-person audition (i.e., for applicants in distant time zones), it will be possible to submit on online application that includes a video of a performance. If you choose this, you will be contacted to arrange a virtual interview as well, since we would still like to meet you!

What happens at an audition/interview?

Your audition will take 15 to 20-minutes and will generally include:

  • A performance of your two contrasting pieces
  • A discussion of your musical knowledge, experience, goals and aspirations
  • Some assessment of theory and musicianship (you may be asked to identify intervals, scales and chord types, and sing pitches, intervals or scales)
  • Some sight reading and additional exercises if further information is needed to make a complete assessment

Helpful information regarding choosing appropriate repertoire for your specific audition type may be found in our Audition FAQs.

Questions? Email: evalampd@yorku.ca

Good luck!

Theatre (BFA, BA)

Due to Covid-19 there will not be any on-campus auditions this year. Students will upload their materials to our evaluation site and can follow the directions below.

Part 1 – Getting to Know You (please keep this part to 5 minutes) Upload a video introducing yourself – speak of who you are, your interests and experiences; and please answer the following questions:
Why do you want to study theatre at York University?
What do you see as the role of theatre in our society?
Name a person or play that has influenced your passion for theatre and tell us how.
If you could create a dream job for yourself, what would it be?

Part 2 – Presentation (please prepare no more than 3 minutes of material)

Our application process is designed to help us get to know you. What you choose to perform or present should reflect your interests, but does not imply that you will be limited to that area if you are accepted to the Department of Theatre. During our first year, all students experience foundation training in all areas of the program. For the purposes of this evaluation, we prefer people to upload a performance or presentation that is memorized or prepared material, rather than reading from a script or improvising. Please upload no more than 3 minutes of material.

Upload a performance of one of the following:
  1. a contemporary monologue – use only published plays – read the play and know the story, don’t use monologue books! (you may be asked questions about your character)
  2. a piece of your own dramatic writing
  3. a song (some examples could be original, traditional, cover, standard, rap)
  4. a poem (some examples could be original, spoken word, slam, ASL
  5. a comedy routine
  6. a dance piece (some examples could be street dance, traditional/folk dance, improvisational dance)
  7. a performance that does not use text (some examples could be puppets, installation, juggling)

OR

Upload an oral presentation about one of the following:
  1. your experience directing or dramaturging a play in production or a play in development
  2. your experience in teaching theatre (acting, movement, improvisation)
  3. your involvement in a community event or project
  4. your experience in one of the following: producing, stage managing or building costumes, lights, sets, props for a performance piece
  5. a design portfolio showcasing your original design work in costumes, sets, lighting or props (some examples could be drawings, photographs, painting)
  6. an organized documentation of your own art or craft work (drawings, photographs, costumes, props, sets, paintings, furniture, metalwork)
  7. a critique of a performance or play or artistic installation that you have seen. Your video should be filmed with a single camera, and should be unedited. We don’t require a professional recording. A basic “home” recording will suffice, provided the video shows you fully (not only your head/face) and the recording quality allows us to clearly view your presentation.

Choose the option you feel most comfortable with – the one that will allow you to reveal the most about yourself. Don’t worry about being locked into one area; we understand that you likely have more than one interest in theatre.

Part 3 – Written Exercise

List up to five theatrical productions and/or performances you’ve seen recently. Where possible, we encourage you to reference professional theatre productions but high school and/or community productions, including virtual/remote performances and installations, are also welcome. Please choose one of them to write about and discuss the elements of the performance and/or production that stood out for you

Questions? Email: evalampd@yorku.ca

Good luck!

Visual Arts - Studio (BFA)

Part 1: Comprise 8 artworks that illustrate your technical and creative abilities.

At least two different media should be presented from the following:


  • drawing
  • photography
  • sculpture
  • digital art
  • printmaking
  • computer-generated imagery
  • Painting
  • audio-video
  • experimental work

Slides or photographs are acceptable for large or awkward pieces but original, unmounted artwork is preferred. Your portfolio may include work carried out for class assignments as well as independent projects.

Part 2: Sketchbook
A current sketchbook, idea book or journal is required and will count as one of your 8 pieces.

Questions? Email: evalampd@yorku.ca

Good luck!

Design (BDes)

Assembling Your Portfolio

Your portfolio should comprise 10 to 12 samples of original work that demonstrate a wide range of ideas and competency with different media and tools. At least one piece in your portfolio should present word(s) and image(s) that communicate a message.

In addition to the types of work listed below, 8-10 images from a sketchbook or concept/idea book are required.

Your portfolio should contain your best work from at least 3 of the following areas (areas 1-6 are highly recommended for inclusion):

  1. Two-dimensional design work e.g. designs for posters, logos, letterheads, book/magazine covers and interior page spreads.
  2. Typography e.g. poetry or words using an expressive font or page layout, typeface designs, expressive lettering, projects with text settings designed for clear communication. Drawings and experiments with typographic form.
  3. Interactive media e.g. web site design and/or other interactive work.
  4. Motion graphics e.g. video or animation using images and typography. Short pieces with a strong message are preferred.
  5. Drawing & Illustration e.g. direct observational drawings are preferred (not drawn from photographs). Imaginative drawing is also welcome. It is good to demonstrate the use of a wide variety of media (pen & ink, charcoal, pastel, coloured pencil, marker pen, collage, digital drawings).
  6. Photography e.g. B&W prints, colour prints, hand-tinted prints, digitally manipulated.
  7. Painting e.g. representative and/or non-representative in oil, acrylic, watercolour, gouache.
  8. 3D Design/Sculpture e.g. scale models from plan drawings, craft and fibre experiments.

The sketchbook or concept/idea book is a very important component of the portfolio. It should contain a variety of studies and examples of your media/tools experiments and demonstrate an exploration of visual and annotated ideas, comments and critiques. It will represent a variety of things that interest you and the ongoing development of ideas. Include 8-10 pages from your sketchbook as a single file.

Questions? Email: evalampd@yorku.ca

Good luck!

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