Portfolio Requirements

Digital submission of a portfolio is required as part of the application. 

Requirements below include specific examples for each concentration. Portfolios may include but are not limited to the following: 


Examples of work from an artistic or technical perspective that demonstrate a basic understanding of dimensional character design/development through sketching, rendering, sculpting, animation, rigging or through mechanical figure and control system design. These can be real world examples or stills, document drawings and video clips from the CG, CAD, AR, MR or XR space. Work should show a basic understanding of anthropomorphic or biomimetic principles. This field of study involves a wide variety of skill sets from both technical and artistic disciplines and an ideal candidate is not necessarily expected to possess all these skills. However, they must be comfortable working as a contributing member of a team.

Costume Design, Costume Technology

Renderings or costume sketches, photographs or slides of produced costumes, millinery, accessories, demonstrations of patterning, tailoring skills, figure-drawing, work in watercolors, acrylic, ink, etc. If you have any questions regarding your portfolio content please contact either Mr. Bill Brewer or Ms. Pamela Knourek, Costumes program co-directors.

Production and Project Management

Drawings, budgets, schedules, organizational paperwork that accurately represents your professional work and/or classwork up to the current time. Include any work or description of shows and/or projects where you had control of a segment of, or the entire, production timeline.

Scene Design

Sketchbooks and preliminary sketches (faculty is interested in your process), renderings, models or photographs of models, drawings, photographs of realized designs and their related materials-drafting, paint elevations, prop drawings and other non-theatrical artwork demonstrating your visual expression and the exploration of ideas. Artwork can include painting, drawing, illustration, sculpture and fine crafts.

Scenic Art

Sketchbooks, drawings, paintings, production shots of your work, renderings, sculpture, designs, paint elevations, draftings, examples of soft good skills and other non-theatrical artwork. This pre-screen portfolio will be uploaded with your application.


Stage Automation

Mechanical designs, draftings, structural designs, technical drawings, production work, and examples of computer or programming work.

Stage Properties

Sketchbooks, drafting, prop drawings, examples of your painting, scene painting, renderings or designs, woodworking skills or construction, metalworking, mold making, sculpture, soft good skills: sewing or upholstery, as well as items you have built: furniture, masks, puppets, costumes, craft pieces, and examples of craftsmanship.

Sound Design

System design draftings, photos, audio examples used in productions, any documentation supporting script analysis and sound design for productions. Examples of any creative work.

Technical Direction

Drafting plates, technical drawings, production photographs, and close up construction detail photographs (in‐progress or finished work) to show examples of the quality of your personal craftsmanship. All close up construction detail photos should be under work light, if possible. Photographs may be of sets, props, other types of fabrication projects in and outside of school. Please also include any documentation supporting your project planning, budgeting, and organizational skills. Examples of this can include material break outs for purchasing, schedules for completing the fabrication, and labor assignments. 

Wig & Makeup Design

Images of realized makeups and hair styling, on yourself or on models. Wig work, including own-hair, and styled, altered, or constructed wigs/hairpieces. Prosthetic/FX work, including 2D, 3D, moulage, sculpting, mold-making, and any realized looks/characters. Any design work, including sketches, renderings, and realized production images. Any examples of creativity and craftsmanship, such as drawing, painting, costuming, props, and ceramics. This pre-screen portfolio will be uploaded with your application.