The Theatre School > Conservatory > Undergraduate Conservatory > Wig and Makeup Design & Technology > Interview
An interview is required to be considered for admission. Interviews must be pre-scheduled using our online reservation system. (Applicants are emailed a link to register after submitting an application.) 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 with you to the interview or uploaded to your Blue Demon Domain beforehand. If you interview via phone or Skype, the portfolio will need to be uploaded in advance of the interview.
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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.
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.
Wig and Makeup Design & Technology applicants should present a portfolio representing work with wigs, hair styling, and makeup. Your portfolio may also include a sample of your experience in related fields, such as costume design or costume construction, though this is not required. Your portfolio should include drawings, paintings, or other evidence of your artistic abilities. Physical examples of wigs you have styled and/or makeup prosthetics you have created or altered are encouraged, along with makeup chart sheets you may have created. Photographs should be presented to augment the portfolio. We want to see your visual art abilities, your artistic creativity, and your technical skills.