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How to Apply

BFA Wig and Makeup Design & Technology

Applying to the BFA Wig and Makeup Design & Technology 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, whichever date is earlier.

Application Materials

Online Application

​The first step is to complete the online application. There is no application fee. Applicants will 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.

Interview Fee

​There is a $50 interview fee that must be paid (via the Blue Demon Domain) before you will be able to 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 Wig and Makeup Design & Technology 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 here.


A photograph is us​​ed for identification purposes and does not need to be an official headshot.

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 that 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 or teachers may use the recommendation forms accessible to them through The Common Application.

Test Scores (optional for most applicants)

You can choose to apply with or without ACT or SAT scores. (Note: Homeschooled applicants cannot apply as test-optional.) 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. Our college code number for ACT is 1012 and for SAT is 1165. DePaul can accept self-reported scores up until the point of admission, but admitted students will need to verify their self-reported scores with official score reports in order to enroll. You can click here to learn more about applying 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.

The Interview

An interview is required of all applicants to the BFA Wig and Makeup Design & Technology program. If possible, applicants should interview in-person at one of our interview days, however custom interviews outside of these dates are also possible. You will need to submit your online application, interview fee, and resume before you can register for an interview. Read more about the BFA Wig and Makeup Design & Technology interview and portfolio.

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.