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Literary Media & Communications
2022 Audition Procedures – Literary Media & Communications
VIRTUAL & IN-PERSON AUDITION UPDATE – MUST READ:
All students must complete an audition profile on our virtual audition platform, Acceptd (https://app.getacceptd.com/dukeellingtondc). The portal to create your Virtual Audition Profile will open in December 2021. Students will have until February 1, 2022, to upload all their audition materials. Auditions begin in early February and are scheduled by art department and the first letter of your last name. Please be sure to review all requirements outlined below. Once you create a profile, and upload all your materials, you will log-in the day of your audition and join us virtually!
In addition to the suggestions below on creating a studio in your own home, please note that you should be in a quiet and well-lit space, be sure that your computer or phone are fully charged and functioning properly. While we understand that many of you may be uncomfortable on camera, that is a requirement for all auditions. All virtual auditions just like in-person auditions are closed to parents/guardians, family members or peers. If there is anyone else in the room with you during your audition, you may be disqualified. If you leave during your audition, you may also be disqualified.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the above, please contact the Admissions Office at email@example.com or call 202-631-3129.
NOTE: Literary Media & Communications will have both virtual and in-person audition rounds.
What We Are Looking For
LMC is the storytelling department, across a range of platforms, but with a focus on writing as the core. We are looking for students who are intelligent, respectful, humble, and intellectually curious about the world and how it works. The prospective student should be confident about their voice and have an awareness of the necessity of effective communication. The student must read constantly and have an awareness of current events. Prospective students must engage with technology and have an awareness of the possibilities of emerging platforms as means of storytelling.
What to Upload/How to Prepare
There are 3 requirements to the LMC audition – submission of written materials, video recording, and photo essay. If selected to proceed, you may be asked to participate in an interview or workshop.
Part 1: LMC auditions begin with a review of the student’s submitted materials.
In addition to submitting the 2022 My School DC online application by the application deadline, you must ALSO upload by the same deadline (11:59pm on Monday, February 1, 2022 – PLEASE UPLOAD AS SOON AS POSSIBLE SO THE FACULTY HAVE TIME TO REVIEW) the following portfolio items to the Acceptd Virtual Audition Platform:
- WRITTEN: Two forms of narrative (poem, short story, fiction, non-fiction, play, etc.). These samples should be in two different narrative forms – for example a poem and an essay, a short story and a poem, a play and a short story, etc. This allows us to better see your range.
- VIDEO: Introduce yourself to us in a self-recorded video of no longer than 30 seconds. (Your phone is more than enough). You are encouraged to be as creative and innovative in your use of the time and the technology. Upload your video along with your other work samples.
- PHOTO ESSAY: Tell a compelling visual story using photos only. You should provide no less than (5) photos that as a group work together to capture a moment, explore a narrative or represent a creative concept as a body of work. Let the photos speak for themselves. Do not provide captions.
- Provide any other strong, recent writing samples in your portfolio, and
- A printed or electronic sampling of any new media communications you may have completed or are working on, such as (but not limited to):
- A blog,
- A podcast,
- A website,
- Any film, documentary, short footage you have worked on
- Digital or traditional photography.
- Physical piece? Take a picture and have that item with you, if feasible, during your audition interview
NOTES – Two notes on a key part of the Literary Media & Communications application:
- For your MySchoolDC application online essay, please be sure to include your personal goals as an artist and any experiences you may have had that could impact your decision to pursue this course of study in the essay.
- If possible, please include an “Art/Other” recommendation as one of your three in the MSDC Application. This could be a letter from someone who has read/viewed and critiqued your work in any of the above genre or forms. (Note: Your application will not be penalized if you cannot provide this additional letter.)
The Virtual Audition Process Itself
The Literary Media & Communications audition has 3 phases, two virtual and one possibly in-person:
- For the first phase, you must submit your audition portfolio/writing samples electronically by the deadline (see Part 1 of “What to Upload/How to Prepare”).
- Participate in a virtual audition interview via Acceptd. The interview consists of a conversation with faculty about the work you have submitted as well as about the reading assignment. The audition interview will also include a writing component.
- For the final phase, if selected to continue you will take part in a special LMC workshop possibly held in-person, where you will have writing and group review exercises. For those selected, participation the audition classwork is mandatory for continued consideration as an LMC candidate.
Have a Successful Audition
- Review/edit the portfolio items you will submit so we are seeing your best work.
- READ. Great writers are constantly reading.
- Be prepared to discuss where you want to go in life, what you hope to accomplish.
- Engage – be an active participant in the audition class exercises
- Present yourself well – arrive promptly to your virtual audition and the workshop, dress professionally, speak clearly and confidently.
- All departments offer Virtual & In-person Audition Workshops in December and January to help students prepare for their official audition. Students who participate will be able to learn what to bring, review the audition procedures, learn how to build a portfolio, present their work with confidence, and prepare their work for the audition. Visit ellingtonschool.org/admissions for more information and how to sign up – workshops cost $10. This fee can be waived for special circumstances, please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to request one.
- Auditions begin the first week of February 2022 – immediately after the application deadline! Make sure to visit our website to review the audition schedule. Auditions are scheduled through the Acceptd Virtual Audition platform, for all students who successfully apply via MySchoolDC. You must view your audition date and time based on your art department and the first letter of your last name.
- Please note that callbacks, shadow visits and family interviews may all be held in person if it’s possible to do so safely.