1. The application will be available on-line from November 15, 2017 through January 12, 2018. A separate online application must be submitted for each area of interest. Click here to apply through Backpack.  Then choose "Apply to a Program" (on left), then choose, "Apply to the Fine Arts Center."

2. An arts teacher, usually someone who has worked closely with you, will need to complete the online recommendation portion of the application. Out of county, private, home and charter school students will need to have their school or home school association send a transcript of grades to the Fine Arts Center.

3. Attend an audition/interview at the Fine Arts Center at which time you will be evaluated in your art area. Please note: you may audition for more than one area but will need to choose only one area if offered multiple positions. The interviews are held from mid-January through early March for classes that will meet the following school year.

You must attend the audition /interview in order to be considered for enrollment. 

https://gcsbackpack.com/signin.aspxAudition/interview dates will be arranged by the individual programs (via mail, e-mail, or text). Following these simple application procedures has made an important difference in the lives and careers of many students in the upstate.

The Fine Arts Center has middle and high school visitation days in November each year. Please go to our website for additional information about visiting the Fine Arts Center to see first-hand the exciting one-of-a-kind programs the Center has to offer.

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November 15, 2017      Online application opens December 19, 2017     Deadline for returning students January 12, 2018     Deadline for new applicants January 17-February 23, 2018 Audition period February 27, 2018     Decisions available to applicants March 5, 2018             Deadline for applicant decision to accept/decline offer March 12, 2018     Rosters of accepted students available to high schools

Audition Guidelines and Information


Please come with a positive attitude. Be prepared to have a conversation about your sketches, artwork, sketchbooks and ideas about design and architecture or the built environment. (1) You will be asked to prepare four specific sketches using a basic No. 2 pencil on plain white copy paper prior to your arrival for your interview/portfolio review. (2) If you have a portfolio of other recent art work, then you may bring up to 3 pieces to discuss. (3) And certainly if you have a sketchbook, bring that with you too.

We understand that this may be intimidating, please know that everyone has unique talents and skills and an equal chance. Your attitude may determine a lot of your success. We do not expect anyone to have architectural design experience prior to this introductory class.

A typical interview will last approximately 15 minutes. The interview/portfolio review process will help the faculty determine a student's true interest and commitment. Although academic grades are not our primary focus at the Fine Arts Center, there is often a strong correlation between academic success and artistic success, and we want our students to be prepared artistically and academically for life after high school.


Students should come to their audition on time and prepared to write for the full audition period. They also need to bring a portfolio of their writing which they think best represents their ambitions as a writer. Portfolios should be a minimum of five typed pieces of creative work (stories, creative essays, poetry or plays/screenwriting) contained in a binder or folder with the student's name on it; if the student writes in more than one genre he or she should include samples of each. The instructor will keep all portfolios until a final decision has been made, at which time the student can pick it up at the Fine Arts Center front office. Please make sure all work is typed and do not include the only copy of anything. Hand written pieces will not be accepted.


The dance audition will be a dance class that begins with a ballet class followed by a modern/contemporary dance class.

You will need to dance in bare feet for the modern dance portion of the audition, so make sure that your tights allow for that. Ladies are asked to wear leotards and tights if you have them or form fitting clothing that allow for movement. Gentlemen are asked to wear plain short sleeve shirt and shorts or pants that allow for movement. It is best to have clothing that conforms to your body so that your movements can be seen clearly. You should have your hair up and back away from your face and neck. You will want to present yourself in the most professional manner possible for the audition.

Please bring your ballet shoes if you have them or socks if you do not. A water bottle is suggested with your name on it.


Digital Film students are not required to have prior video shooting or editing experience but if you have, please bring a sample of your work. (I'll only watch five minutes worth of material though so make it count.)  It's best to bring the video in on an external drive in a quicktime format if possible.  Otherwise CD or DVD works too. 

Be prepared to spend approximately 15 minutes writing during the interview.


Woodwinds and Brass Instruments

Candidates should be prepared to perform: a solo work for your instrument, major scales (all, or as many as you have learned) and sight reading. Candidates should be prepared to perform: a solo work for your instrument, major scales (all, or as many as you have learned) and sight reading. In addition, candidates will have an interview and take a music theory placement test.

Percussion Instruments

Candidates should be prepared to perform an audition on, at minimum, snare drum and drum set. Students with experience on other percussion instruments should be prepared to perform materials on those instruments as well. Auditions for each instrument should include:

FOR SNARE DRUM -- (1) Rudiments -- as many as the candidate knows (2) a solo work
FOR DRUM SET -- (1) a prepared piece and/or improvisation in styles with which the candidate maybe familiar
FOR MALLET PERCUSSION -- (1) major scales(2) a solo work
FOR TIMPANI -- (1) a forte-piano roll (2) a solo work

In addition, candidates will have an interview and take a music theory placement test


Students wishing to audition for the voice program at the Fine Arts Center should prepare:

(1) One art song from the standard classical repertoire. This piece can be in English or a foreign language.
(2) One selection from the standard musical theatre repertoire.
(3) One selection of the student's choice from any musical genre.

All music presented should have an accompaniment, and the student should bring an additional copy of each of the three required audition pieces. An accompanist will be provided. Pre-recorded music is not acceptable. If the student plays another instrument (for example, guitar or piano), and wishes to accompany himself, this will also be accepted.

Jazz Studies

(1) Play a piece of your choice demonstrating your skills.
(2) You will be asked to improvise using pentatonic scales -- we will teach you the scale at the audition.
(3) You will be asked questions in regards to melody, harmony and rhythm.
(4) No guitar amps or effects are needed.

Recording Arts

Basic knowledge of computer audio recording even if home consumer type only Preferably a basic skill in a musical instrument or basic knowledge in music theory or chord progressions.

Strings Chamber Music

At the audition we ask the students to perform two contrasting movements from a solo piece, sonata, or concerto. The movements performed do not need to be from the same piece. They can be works from different eras, different tempi (one slow movement, one fast), anything that shows range and contrast in the student's playing. A three octave scale is required. The student can choose any 3 octave Major or minor scale they would like to play. Two kinds of sight-reading will also be asked. One is a short rhythmic excerpt for the student to clap, and the other we will ask the student to play a few lines from standard chamber music repertoire. A short music theory placement test is also given.


Students considering a performance focus should prepare a monologue of no longer than 90 seconds, from a published play that you have read, fitting your type. Any special skills, such as singing or dancing, can also be shown. 

Technical Theatre

See requirements listed herehttps://sites.google.com/a/greenvilleschools.us/theatre-design-and-production/home


Students are required to prepare a portfolio and participate in an interview. Porfolio guidelines and requirements are:

Include 5 to 7 pieces of your best artwork from both school assignments and artwork you've made on your own. Include a variety of media and styles if you can. For example, you may specialize in photography, but you should include ceramics, drawings, prints, sculptures, jewelry, or anything else to demonstrate that you are a well-rounded artist. Portfolios should have more original work than copies of illustrations (ex. Manga or Disney).

In addition to the artwork listed above, students need to choose 2 options from the list below and create new artwork specifically for the Fine Arts Center Visual Art interview:

(1) Self-portrait drawing looking at yourself in the mirror & must be from life, not from a photograph, using medium of your choice; pencil, pen, marker, charcoal, etc. No "photo selfies".
(2) A 3D sculpture, abstract or object based, made only from recycled cardboard and glue.
(3) A drawing of your hand holding an object must be drawn from life, not from a photograph, using medium of your choice pencil, pen, marker, charcoal, etc.

Include your sketchbook. A well-used sketchbook gives insight into your artistic process and level of dedication. Sketchbooks should include as much drawing from life as possible as well as idea development, image collection/research, and doodles. We love to see students work in a variety of media in their sketches, try out watercolor, marker, charcoal, or paint in addition to pencil

Come prepared to have a conversation about your art, the elements and principles of design, and artists and artwork you like. You will present your portfolio to a Visual Arts teacher and will be asked questions about your artwork and artistic training. A typical interview will last between 10-15 minutes. Expect to learn about the strengths of your portfolio as well as how you can improve it.

The teacher reviewing the portfolio will also review the student's transcripts, because although academic grades are not our primary focus, we want our students to be prepared artistically and academically for life after high school. The Visual Arts faculty will meet as a group after reviewing all applicants portfolios in order to decide who is accepted

How many students we accept in any given year depends on many factors and usually varies from year to year. Some years, the chances of getting accepted are as low as 1 in 4. Do not be discouraged! If not accepted the first year you apply, we encourage you to take art at your home high school, work on the portfolio, take the advice we suggested during the portfolio review, and re-apply the next year. We value tenacity and dedication!