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Applying to the BFA Wig and Makeup Design & Technology 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, whichever date is earlier.
Before you can register for your Wig and Makeup Design & Technology interview, you will need to pay the interview fee and upload the following major-specific materials to your Blue Demon Domain:
Your resume can include both theatre experience and non-theatre experience (extracurricular activities, employment, etc.)
Your portfolio will steer the interview conversation and should demonstrate your talent and potential as a student for the BFA Wig and Makeup Design & Technology program.
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 artistic abilities and experience. The selection of pieces in your 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.
Wig and Makeup Design & Technology applicants should present a portfolio representing work with wigs, hair styling, and makeup. You may have more experience in one area over another and that's okay - we just want to ensure that you have interest in learning and gaining experience in each area. We do not expect all applicants to have participated in traditional theatre either; your experience might be in hair styling or makeup for special events (prom, a Quinceañera, drag shows, etc.), braiding, cornrowing, dyeing hair, applying henna, or sewing in a weave. All are fantastic examples of the range of types of experiences that our applicants may exhibit. Photos or physical examples of wigs you have built or styled and makeup prosthetics or special effects you have done may also be included. Makeup charts or instructions for actors are also great pieces to include if you have them. Candid photos and/or photos taken for social media are welcome!
Your portfolio may also include a sample of your experience in related fields such as sewing, costume design, or fashion design though this is not required. You are welcome to include drawings, paintings, or other evidence of your artistic abilities; special skills like knitting, embroidering, or crocheting are great examples of the patience and technical abilities you may have when it comes to fine detail work! Think outside the box - talent in cake decorating or floral arrangement can also show your artistic merit. We want to see your creativity and the range of your technical skills.
An interview is required of all applicants to the BFA Wig and Makeup Design & Technology program. You will interview one-on-one with a faculty member. 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.
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