BFA Lighting Design
Applying to the BFA Lighting 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.
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.
Your portfolio will steer the interview conversation and should demonstrate your talent and
potential as a student for the BFA Lighting 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.
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
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.
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.