Lafayette faculty appreciate the opportunity to review arts submissions from applicants. Here are the steps to submit your arts materials:

  1. Submit your application to Lafayette College via Common App.
  2. Beginning November 1, access Supplemental Arts Portfolio Submission within your Lafayette portal to submit links to your materials. After submitting your application, an email entitled “Next Steps” will be sent within 36 hours and provide your credentials to sign into your Lafayette portal.
  3. Check your permissions and be sure that anyone with the link can access your submissions. If we cannot access your materials because of limited sharing permissions, your materials may not be viewed.
  4. If you are providing arts materials for more than one discipline, please submit a separate form for each discipline.


Submission Guidelines


Students should only submit supplementary materials for art if they have expressed art to be one of their two academic interests on their application.

  • Students interested in studio art should submit a collection of no more than 10 images to be considered.
  • Students interested in art history should submit a writing sample related to an art history topic to be considered.

Creative Writing

Students who would like to submit creative writing samples may submit up to eight double-spaced pages to be considered. Multiple genres and samples may be included within the eight pages; however, the entire submissions should not exceed the eight-page limit.

Film and Media Studies

Film and Media Studies (FAMS) encourages the integration of critical study and creative production. We invite students interested in majoring in FAMS to submit for review:

  • A sample of original work in film and media (video, media, or writing). Work samples must be limited to 2 pieces (media of 5 minutes or less each, writing of 5 pages or less each). Media should be supplied via working links, written work should be supplied via attached files. Longer works will be accepted, but not viewed or read in their entirety.
  • A brief statement of purpose in film and media describing the submitted work and the research and/or artistic interests guiding the sample. Statements may be written (1 to 2 pages, via attached file) or video (1 to 2 minutes, via working link).


Students are encouraged to submit recordings that illustrate their proficiency on an instrument or with voice.

  • Recordings should isolate and highlight the applicant. Group performances that do not showcase an individual’s level of talent cannot be evaluated.
  • Please submit either audio or video files of two or three contrasting┬áselections or portions thereof (ones that show variety in style, character, etc).
  • Please limit each recording to no more than five minutes per selection. YouTube or similar URL-based formats are required.


Theater Department would be pleased to receive materials from students interested in pursuing theater studies at Lafayette. Please note that we do not have a dance program.

  • Students interested in design and technical theater should submit a portfolio of work.
  • Students interested in performance are asked to submit a brief audition video (no more than five minutes), highlighting their work in scenes and monologues.
  • Students interested in directing should submit scenes illustrating their work.

Creative and Performing Arts (CaPA) scholars Program

Creative and passionate, just like you, CaPA scholars often don’t see themselves as artists. They may major in science, engineering or economics. The CaPA Scholar Program provides the physical, mental and monetary resources for students to explore a passion. Learn about the CaPA Scholars program.

Students who have applied or intend to apply to CaPA should submit supplementary material for their intended discipline as instructed above.