Art students have their day at the Chicago Area Performing and Visual Arts College Fair

Chicago Performing & Visual Arts College Fair

Oct. 14
1 - 3:30 p.m.

ChiArts, Chicago High School for the Arts
521 E. 35th St.

Admission: free

(773) 534-9710

Realizing that art and theater students often seek more specialized colleges, the National Association for College Admission Counseling now offers a college fair geared toward them. The Chicago Area Performing and Visual Arts College Fair will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at ChiArts, Chicago High School for the Arts, 521 E. 35th St.

The fair is designed for students interested in pursuing undergraduate and graduate study in music, dance, theater, visual arts, graphic design and related disciplines. Just as with the College Fair on Navy Pier, students can learn about educational opportunities, admission and financial aid, portfolio days, audition and entrance requirements and more by meeting with representatives from some 130 schools from across the country with programs that specialize in visual and performing arts.

And just like with the bigger fair, attendees are encouraged to preregister at Doing so creates a personalized barcode that makes it easy for schools to send information to interested students (school reps simply scan the code into their computers) and allows students to skip the registration lines at the fair.

Tips for getting the most out of the fair:

• Bring a parent or guardian to be a second set of ears.

• Check the NACAC website for the list of participating schools and make a list of the ones whose tables you want to visit (they’re arranged alphabetically in the exhibit hall).

• Take home lots of literature, especially if you’re a senior.

• When approaching a recruiter, introduce yourself and your area of expertise.

• Come with a list of questions, such as: What are audition or portfolio requirements? When are audition and portfolio days? What makes your school special?

• Ask about tuition and scholarships/financial aid.

• If lines are long at one table, go to a school with shorter lines and return later.