Congratulations on taking the first step on the path to becoming an Idyllwild Artist. It’s an exciting journey, and it begins right here.
The Idyllwild Arts application process is designed to give you the opportunity to demonstrate your desire to join our collaborative, creative community, discover and develop your own unique voice, and grow as an artist. The process consists of three parts:
Depending on the selected art major, applicants must either audition, submit a portfolio, or present an essay. For specific details on requirements by major, please refer to the Audition and Portfolio Requirements page.
Applicants must also provide the following additional documentation to demonstrate academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and personal qualities. This strengthens the application process, ensuring a good fit for both the student and the institution.
The Artistic Reference form should be completed by a teacher or private instructor who has recently taught the applicant in their chosen arts discipline.
The Academic Reference form should be completed by a recent Academic teacher or instructor.
Applicants must submit transcripts of the past two complete school years. These should be requested directly from the student’s school(s). Idyllwild Arts requires a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Applicants must complete a personal interview, which may be conducted online or in-person during a campus visit.
In order to be considered for admission to Idyllwild Arts Academy, students who are homeschooled must participate in a state recognized homeschooling program. If transcripts are not available through your homeschooling program, please submit the following materials in lieu of transcripts:
The following should be submitted along with your application:
Idyllwild Arts Academy admits students of any sex, race, religion, color, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or gender identification to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or gender identification in administration of its educational policies, scholarship and financial planning, and athletic and other school-administered programs.