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:

Costume Design & Technology

  • Renderings or costume sketches, photographs or slides of produced costumes, millinery, accessories, demonstrations of patterning, tailoring skills, figure-drawing, work in acrylic, ink, watercolors, etc.

  • 2-3 minute video responding to the following prompt:

    Imagine you are responsible for creating a large number of costumes for a production.  The team you manage worked very hard to accomplish these looks. At the first tech-dress rehearsal, the director decides to cut these costumes. 
    1. How do you respond to the director's new vision?
    2. How do you explain this decision to your team?

Applicants may contact Costume Design & Technology Program Co-Directors Bill Brewer or Pamela Knourek with questions about what to include in a portfolio.


Applicants for the Lighting BFA program are pre-screened. Faculty offers or declines interviews based on the submitted application and required materials.

  • Prescreen Portfolios should consist of exactly five (5) images of things created or built by the applicant, or something they find inspiring.
  • Below each image, include a brief paragraph (2 to 3 sentences) explaining why the image was chosen.
  • Each image and description should have its own page.

If invited to interview, applicants will be required to upload an additional Interview Portfolio prior to meeting with faculty. An Interview Portfolio may include examples of original artwork, technical work, photography, lighting designs, visual art, writings, electronic projects, coding projects, etc. The Interview Portfolio will be reviewed and discussed during the interview.

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.

Scene Painting

Sketchbooks, drawings, paintings, production shots of your work, renderings, sculpture, designs, paint elevations, drafting, examples of soft good skills and other non-theatrical artwork.

Scenic Technology

Drafting plates, technical drawings, production photographs, and close up construction detail photographs (inā€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.

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.

Stage Management

Applicants for the Stage Management BFA program are pre-screened. Faculty offers or declines interviews based on the submitted application and required materials.

Portfolios should include examples of best original work and exclude items not created by the Applicant (e.g., light plots, scenic technical drawings, sound cues, etc.). The portfolio for the Stage Management BFA program includes:

  • 1- to 2-page essay responding to the following prompt: Discuss your greatest success and greatest failure as a leader and what you learned from each of these experiences.
  • Up to 5 pages of organizational and communication paperwork you created to manage a show, event or project. May include examples from non-theatrical projects or events. This includes, but is not limited to: performance/rehearsal reports, prop plots/lists/tracking, schedules/calendars, costume paperwork, run sheets, scene change paperwork, etc. 

  • Up to 3 pages of blocking and calling/cueing paperwork, scripts, or other paperwork used to run a show, project or event. 

  • Up to 3 examples that express who you are outside of theatre. Ideas of what to include: art projects, writing samples, class projects, hobbies, sports, impactful life experiences, or anything else that offers insight.

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.

Wig & Makeup Design

Applicants for the Wig & Makeup Design BFA program are pre-screened. Faculty offers or declines interviews based on the submitted application and required materials. Your portfolio may include:

  • Images of realized makeups and hair styling, on yourself or 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.