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Literary Media & Communications

VIRTUAL AUDITION UPDATE – MUST READ:

All students must complete an audition profile on our virtual audition platform, Acceptd. We will share the link once the portal to register is open in January 2021. Students will have until February 1, 2021 to upload all of their audition materials. Auditions begin, Wednesday, February 3, 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 of 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 admissions@ellingtonarts.org or call 202-631-3129.

What We Are Looking For

We are looking for students who are intelligent, respectful, and humble, first and foremost. 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 technology and New Media as a viable means of communication. Finally, prospective students must be able to question.

What to Upload/How to Prepare

There are 3 stages to the LMC audition – submission of written materials, audition interview, and if selected to continue, participation in an LMC workshop.

Part 1: LMC auditions begin with a review of the student’s written materials. In addition to submitting the 2021 My School DC online application by the application deadline, you must ALSO upload by the same deadline (11:59pm on Monday, February 1, 2021 – PLEASE UPLOAD AS SOON AS POSSIBLE SO THE FACULTY HAVE TIME TO REVIEW) the following portfolio items to the Acceptd Virtual Audition Platform:

  1. REQUIRED: Two other 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.
  2. OPTIONAL:
    • 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.

Part 2: Before the audition interview, students must click the link and read Maya Angelou’s autobiography, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”, and be prepared to discuss in the audition.  

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 and Communications audition has 3 phases:

  1. 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”).
  2. Participate in a virtual audition interview. 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.
  3. For the final phase, if selected to continue you will take part in a special LMC workshop, 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.
  • Great writers are constantly reading.
  • Be prepared to discuss your work, as well as “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”
  • 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, dress professionally, speak clearly and confidently.

ADMISSIONS CORNER

  • All departments offer Virtual 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 admissions@ellingtonarts.org if you would like to request one.
  • Auditions begin the first week of February 2021 – 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.

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