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BFA Costume Technology

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.

Costume Technology applicants must bring their portfolio to the interview. If you interview via phone or Skype, the portfolio must be mailed to us in advance of the interview and will be mailed back to you after the interview occurs.

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About the interview

You will interview one-on-one with a faculty member from the department 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, 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 demonstrate the strength, depth, and range of your theatrical/artistic 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 Technology applicants must have a background of sewing experience, though knowledge of theatrical costuming is not essential for admission. Physical examples of your sewing ability are required and should be brought with you to the interview. (If you interview by phone or skype, you will need to mail the examples of your sewing ability to us prior to the interview.) Your portfolio should consist of materials that represent your best work and photographs of any theatre work.