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How to Apply

BFA Comedy Arts

Applying to the BFA Comedy Arts program involves submitting all required application materials and completing an interview. All of your application materials must be received no later than February 1 or two weeks prior to your interview date, whichever date is earlier.​

Application Materials

The first step is to submit the online application. There is no application fee. Applicants receive a confirmation email and gain access to the DePaul application status portal (Blue Demon Domain) within 24 hours after submitting the application. This portal is used to upload application materials, check the status of your application, and, in mid-March, receive your admissions decision.
There is a $50 interview fee that must be paid before you may register for an interview.
Your resume can include both theatre experience and non-theatre experience (extracurricular activities, employment, etc.) You will need to submit a resume before you are able to register for an interview.
You should submit 2-3 samples of different types of writing, such as excerpts from original plays, scenes, comedy sketches, monologues, short stories, poetry, essays, or any other examples of your creative writing ability. You will need to upload your writing sample materials before you are able to register for an interview.
BFA Comedy Arts applicants must submit a 2-3 minute filmed performance audition. This must be a monologue, a stand-up routine, or a scene with a partner. The material you use may be original or from an existing work. You may do more than one piece as long as they fit into the time requirement. This audition video should showcase your theatrical performance skills; the camera is simply there to record a sample of your performance ability for us to see prior to meeting you at your interview.

When you film your audition video, choose a well-lit, quiet place with a plain, solid colored background so that you can be clearly seen and heard. Watch your video after you upload it to ensure everything has uploaded to the Blue Demon Domain "Portfolio" section as you intended. If you cannot preview your video in your portfolio after uploading it, we won't be able to view it either!

Your portfolio video(s) (along with your resume and writing sample) will steer the interview conversation and should demonstrate your talent and potential as a student for the BFA Comedy Arts program. Read more about the interview.

Optional: If you have additional filmmaking skills you would like to demonstrate, you may submit a second short video (5 minutes maximum) as a separate video file in your Blue Demon Domain portfolio section. Please make clear your contribution to the second video (as director, writer, editor, etc.) Do not upload your optional video before uploading your required performance audition video.
A photograph is used for identification purposes and does not need to be an official headshot.
Have an official copy of your high school transcript sent to The Theatre School Admissions Office. If you have taken college credit courses you wish to have considered for transfer credit, please have your official college transcripts sent to us as well. (Transfer students who have taken over 30 college credits or who are 24 years or older are not required to include high school transcripts alongside their college transcripts.) If you are an international applicant, you may need to provide transcript translations.
Request three letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with your desire to attend The Theatre School, such as a teacher, director, or employer. They should not be from family members or personal friends. There is no specific form required for the letter of recommendation. Your recommender may send their letter to us by mail or email, or your counselor may use the High School Counselor Recommendation Form on The Common Application.
You can choose to apply with or without ACT or SAT scores. If you choose to submit your test scores and they do not appear on your high school transcript, request the testing agency forward a score report to DePaul, if you have not already done so. Our college code number for ACT is 1012 and for SAT is 1165. Learn more about applying test optional. Homeschooled applicants cannot apply as test-optional.

International students are required to provide proof of English Language Proficiency. Please visit our international admissions page for a list of tests that can fulfill this requirement.

The Interview

An interview is required for all applicants to the BFA Comedy Arts program. The interview is not an audition; plan to share your performance skills with us via your video and come to the interview ready to talk one-on-one about your work, your interests, and your career goals. If possible, applicants should interview on one our scheduled interview days, however custom interviews outside of these dates are also possible. You will need to submit your online application, interview fee, resume, writing sample, and video before you can register for an interview. Read more about the BFA Comedy Arts interview.

Application Status Check

Application materials can be mailed, emailed, sent electronically (via The Common Application, Naviance, etc.) or uploaded through your Blue Demon Domain. To check the status of your application materials, view the checklist on your Blue Demon Domain​ or call The Theatre School Admissions Office at (773) 325-7999. Please allow at least three weeks to process mailed materials. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all materials are received before the deadline.