What To Pack

Not sure what to pack? Don't worry, we've got your packing list of materials, supplies and suggestions to bring to campus on move-in day as well as your first day of classes. Materials for you academic classes such as books are provided. Bring your favorite pens and pencils and notebooks. If you find you need something, weekly shuttles to area shopping centers is provided.

What your art school requires you to bring

Each art school has a list of materials and supplies unique to that art conservatory.


All High School Drama (Actors) Students

Gym/athletic/athleisure clothing: form-fitting clothing like jazz or yoga clothing for multiple classes and rehearsals (make sure they have a lot of "stretch" or "give" and will not restrict movement, solid colors. No large logos or patterns).

Black gym/athletic clothing:
  • Black athletic pants, leggings, tights, yoga pants (no short shorts).
  • Black T-shirts, tanks, long-sleeve shirts
  • Black comfortable clothes and layers for multiple classes
Socks - Black or dark-colored socks for multiple classes
  • One pair of rubber-soled sport, athletic or running shoes (not too bulky), which are to be for indoor/studio use only.
  • Jazz shoes (split sole slippers – not jazz sneakers)
  • Character shoes (heeled or flat – these are optional)
Support undergarments for movement classes

Hairbands or scrunchies for tying back hair, and keeping hair out of the face.

1 set of kneepads for personal use in Movement and Combat classes (optional, if needed)

Nice audition attire for college auditions and filming prescreens.

  • Personal voice recorder or smartphone with voice recording capability or app
  • A laptop computer and/or tablet
  • A printer, ink and paper
Pens, pencils, highlighters, 3-ring binder, folders, notebook, journal to record notes and keep handouts organized

Bring an array of form-fitting face masks and personal travel hand sanitizer

Water bottle with top – needs to be able to seal fully


Dancers should read and be familiar with the Dance Handbook for High School Students.

Complete the following forms and return them to the School of Dance during registration:

All Students:

All Women (Ballet and Contemporary majors):

Note: We are suspending the use of color-coded leotards for ballet ladies only for 2020-2021. See Handbook Addendum.

  • pink tights
  • black leotards
  • pink ballet slippers
  • pointe shoes (optional for contemporary)
  • black footless tights or black unitards

All Ballet Women:

  • Black character shoes with 1/2 or 1 inch heels
  • black mid-calf circular character skirt
  • pink ballet briefs
  • medium-sizes "diamond" stud earrings

All Contemporary Women:

  • skin-toned bra and thong

All Men:

  • black tights
  • white leotards/for-fitting T-shires
  • black ballet slippers
  • black footless tights or black unitards
  • dance belts: black, white, skin-toned
  • black lace-up jazz shoes


Music students are responsible for providing the necessary music materials and supplies for art-related study. Some items are needed by all music students, while other items are specific to a particular instrument or area of study. Below are two lists, one giving items all music students should have and the other giving representative examples of items specific to individual students.

Items needed by ALL Music students:

  • Pencil with a working eraser, to be brought to every lesson and rehearsal;
  • Notebook(s), to be used during lessons, master classes, and other activities;
  • Music (manuscript) paper;
  • Some kind of datebook (either digital or paper);
  • Fold-up music stand to be used during individual practice, chamber ensemble rehearsals, and master classes [this applies only to brass, guitar, harp, string, and woodwind students];
  • Concert dress clothes (the appropriate clothes to have will be determined by the ensemble in which you are assigned to perform); and
  • Required textbook(s) for the theory or aural skills classes. This is only for 11th and 12th grade students and can only be determined following placement assessments given during the week of August 16, 2021.

Items specific to INDIVIDUAL Music students (representative examples):

  • Supplies for your instrument, such as strings, rosin, valve oil, etc.;
  • Music for your lessons, such as performance repertoire (sonatas, concerti, song collections) and etude books; and
  • Any other supplies your teacher wants you to have for your lesson and master class work.

Visual Artists

Required materials expected to have before your arrival to campus:

  • Moleskine Large Sketchbook  5”x 8.25”  100 pgs
  • Pencil sharpener (small handheld variety w/ enclosure to catch shavings)
  • Pair of good scissors (okay if you already own a pair)
  • 2 White Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils
  • Graphite Pencils: # 2B, # 4B, # 6B
  • 2 Prismacolor Ebony Pencils
  • (2) regular mechanical pencils
  • Kneaded eraser                
  • 2 Mars-type white erasers                                            
  • 2 Pink Pearl erasers
  • 2 black Sharpie twin tip permanent markers (1 extra fine and 1 fine tip)
  • A set of 3 Sakura Pigma Micron Pens
  • 18” metal ruler (cork or rubber backed)
  • Four rolls of 1” white masking tape (2 for Drawing & Design, 2 for Sculpture)
  • 2  8oz. jars of rubber cement (with brush)
  • Rubber cement pickup
  • X-ACTO No. 1 knife
  • 2 packs of #11 X-ACTO blades
  • 2 utility knives with adjustable “snap” blades (1 for Drawing and 1 for Sculpture)
  • 1 pair clear, impact resistant, safety glasses
  • 1 pair needle-nose pliers with wire cutters
  • 1 measuring tape (25’)
  • Large tackle or tool box for supplies


What to pack for living in a residence hall

Please limit the amount of belongings that you bring to campus. Bring no more than what would reasonably fit is a passenger vehicle.


Bedding & Accessories

  • Comforter
  • Duvet/duvet cover
  • 2-3 sheet sets
  • Blanket/throw
  • Mattress pad
  • Mattress protector
  • Pillow/protector
  • Body pillow

Desk Organization

  • Desk Lamp or Clip Lamp
  • Desk Organizers
  • Lap Desk
  • Book Light

Storage & Organization

  • Under bed storage containers
  • Stacking drawers
  • Drawer organizers
  • Hangers
  • Closet organizers
  • Accessory organizers
  • Storage totes
  • Storage cart


  • Towels/washcloths
  • Shower tote/caddy
  • Shower slippers/flip flops
  • Toothbrush/soap case
  • Electric toothbrush
  • Hair brush
  • Hair care caddy
  • Hair dryer
  • Make-Up mirror
  • Personal care and grooming items

Electronics and Audio

  • Surge protector
  • Laptop computer and accessories
  • Ear buds
  • Alarm clock
  • Microwave (up to only 700 watts)
  • Mini fridge (No larger than 4 cubic feet)
  • 10/100 Ethernet cable (optional)
  • Multi-plug strip
  • TV and cable cords (optional)
  • Portable phone charger
  • Printer, paper and ink cartridges (optional)

Health & Safety

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Multiple cloth/disposable face coverings (required)
  • Digital thermometer
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Disinfecting sprays
  • Cleaning cloth/all-purpose cleaner


  • Plate, bowl, cup, mug, water bottle and eating utensils
  • Chip clips, can opener and food storage containers
  • Coffeemaker or electric kettle (No hotplates or electric burners allowed)
  • Water pitcher & filters
  • Laundry basket or hamper and laundry detergent
  • Stick vacuum/broom & dust pan
  • Waste basket
  • Umbrella/rain jacket