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BFA Costume Design

An interview is required to be considered for admission. Interviews must be pre-scheduled using our online reservation system. In-person interviews are held on campus in Chicago, and in select regional locations. If an in-person interview cannot be scheduled phone and Skype interviews are also available.

The portfolio should be brought to the interview. If you interview via phone or Skype the portfolio should be sent in advance of the interview.

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About the interview

You will interview one-on-one with the faculty head of the program to which you are applying. We believe that during the interview, the questions you have for us are as important as the questions we have for you. There is no fixed format or schedule of questions for the interview, so you will be evaluated as an individual by an individual. The faculty member who conducts the interview will be interested in your theatre experiences, academic record, personal achievements, extracurricular activities and plans for your artistic future. The best preparation for the interview is to be curious; come with plenty of questions about courses, instructors, programs of study, student life and anything else you would like to discuss.

About the portfolio

The best way to put together a portfolio is to select 10 to 20 pieces from your work which demonstrates your strength and depth in areas of particular interests and the range of your visual abilities and exposure. The selection of pieces in you portfolio tells us a great deal about you, so thoughtfully and carefully choose those pieces you think best show your talent and potential for further development.

Costume Design applicants should present a portfolio of design renderings, some of which should be in the paint medium. You may also include a sample of your sewing ability, though this is not required. Your portfolio should include drawings, paintings, or other evidence of your artistic abilities. Slides or photographs may be presented to augment the portfolio. We want to see your visual art abilities, your artistic creativity, and your artist’s eye. If you have costume designs, be sure to include examples; however designs are not a necessity.

On campus interviews

On campus interviews are held on select Saturday mornings and begin with check-in at 9 am and generally end no later than 1 pm. Interviews are held at The Theatre School.

Regional interviews

Interviews are held regionally on select dates in Houston, New York City and San Francisco. Regional interviews are scheduled every hour on the hour beginning at 9 am and ending at 6 pm. ​