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How to Apply

Application for BFA Costume Design

Applying to the BFA Costume Design program is a two-step process that 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.)

Online Application

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.

Official Transcript(s)

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.

Three Letters of Recommendation

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.

Test Scores (optional)

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.

Interview Fee

​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.


Your portfolio will steer the interview conversation and should demonstrate your talent and potential as a student in the BFA Costume Design program. Your portfolio should either be brought with you to your interview or uploaded to your Blue Demon Domain beforehand. Read more about the portfolio and interview.


An interview is required for all applicants to the BFA Costume Design program. If possible, applicants should interview on one our scheduled interview dates, however a phone or Skype interview is also possible. Read more about the portfolio and interview.

Application Status Check

Once you have submitted an online application, log into the Blue Demon Domain (DePaul's application portal) to view a checklist of received/missing application materials for your application. You may also call The Theatre School Admissions Office at (773) 325-7999 if you have questions about the status of you application.

Materials submitted to DePaul University will be marked with a green check-mark on your Blue Demon Domain checklist as soon as they are received and processed. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure all application materials have arrived before the deadline.