Audition Information

Audio Engineering Requirements

(prescreen and interview required)

Associate of Science in Audio Engineering (A.S.)
Bachelor of Science in Audio Engineering (B.S.)

Note: Audio Engineering applicants complete a 3-part application.

  1. Submit IU Application via Apply IU, Common Application, or Coalition Application
  2. Submit JSOM Supplemental Application - Part 1 (Letters of Recommendation Links)
  3. Submit JSOM Supplemental Application - Part 2 (Artistic Background & Prescreen Portfolio)


Applicants for the Audio Engineering and Sound Production program must submit a prescreening portfolio via the JSoM Supplemental Application by December 1, 2019

Audio Engineering Portfolio Requirements:

1.  Questionnaire

  • Describe your musical education and training.
  • Describe your audio production skills and experience.
  • Describe your experience with technology and computers outside of audio production.
  • What are your musical likes and dislikes?
  • What would you like to learn from the Audio Engineering program?
  • What are your career goals?
  • Why have you chosen Indiana University?

2.  Artistic and Creative Work

This can include any of your artistic, creative, and technical work.  Some examples might be CDs you have recorded, produced, or played on as a musician; musical repertoire; web design; computer programming; visual arts, film or video; electronics projects; etc. Submissions may be photographs, URLs, and print materials. Please include a complete description of your portfolio materials.

3.  Three letters of recommendation from teachers or musical instructors.

  • Letters of recommendation are submitted via the JSoM Supplemental Application by December 1, 2019.
  • Please note, secure links for letter of recommendation uploads will only be sent to your recommenders after you have submitted your application.

4.  Essay-Write a paper of 3-5 pages on one of the following topics:

  • Choose an artist or recording and discuss the significance to you as a musician.
  • Choose a piece of equipment or technological innovation and discuss its impact on audio production and the entertainment industry. 
  • Choose a film or video game and discuss its use of sound and how it enhances the storyline.

5.  Transcript - You must submit an official copy of your transcript to the Jacobs School of Music ( to complete your screening portfolio. We cannot retrieve your transcript from the main Indiana University Office of Admissions.



A limited number of students will be invited for an on-campus interview based on prescreen reviews. Prescreen decisions are sent via email. If your prescreen is accepted, you will be scheduled for one of the following interview dates:

  • January 17-18, 2020
  • February 7-8, 2020
  • March 6-7, 2020

NOTE: A musical audition is not required for admission.

For more information, you may contact the Audio Engineering Office at (812) 855-1087 or e-mail