• Deadlines

    Fall Application Only Extended: March 6, 2023
    Portfolio Submission Extended: March 9, 2023

    Application Requirements

    Portfolio Submission

    Once the students application is received from the Common App or from SUNY, students will receive an email with their Purchase Admissions Portal link which will have direct links to the Theatre Design/Technology portfolio submission and form.

    Interview Dates

    In-Person and On-Campus

    • January 28*
    • January 29*
    • February 14
    • March 14

    *Backup dates will be February 4th and 5th in the event of inclement weather. Students will be notified via email in the event of any changes. 

    Students will be able to schedule their interview as soon as their portfolio has been officially completed and submitted online through their applicant portal.

    Portfolio and Interview Requirements

    Students should prepare a portfolio that includes examples of design and/or technical work that they have done in high school, community theatres, summer stock, or at other colleges, including any digital or virtual projects they have collaborated on. Please present your Portfolio in a way that you feel best represents you in an organized fashion. Prepare your materials in a single document to upload to your Applicant Portal, once you have applied (PDF files are preferred). You must also bring your actual portfolio materials with you to the interview.

    For In-Person interviews, students should be aware of our visitor policy.


    Portfolio Requirements Include:

    1. Headshot (does not have to be professional).
    2. Prepare a resume that includes a complete list of your theatrical experience. It should include titles of works, duties performed, locations of performances, and the names of directors, designers, and stage managers with whom you have worked.

    3. In addition to the one letter of recommendation that is required with your application, please upload at least one additional letter of recommendation from a theatre professional, art teacher, or anyone that can speak to your artistic abilities.

    4. Prepare a portfolio that includes examples of design and/or technical work that you have done in high school, community theatres, summer stock, or at other colleges, including any digital or virtual projects you have collaborated on. 

    Your portfolio should reflect an interest in one of the following potential areas of specialization: Costume Design, Costume Technology, Lighting Design, Scenic Design, Stage Management, or Technical Direction/Production Management. Although extensive portfolios are not required, please use the examples that follow as a guide, noting that these items do not need to all be Theatrical.

    Interview Requirements Include:

    1. Read Tennessee Williams’ play, “Night of the Iguana”. Questions about this play will be asked during the interview.

    2. Bring physical portfolio pieces to discuss.

    Example Pieces for each concentration:

    Costume Design & Costume Technology

    • Sample artwork, drawings, paintings, sketches, and garments that you have made. Any photos of produced shows or garments.

    Lighting Design

    • Sample artwork, paintings, drawings and/or photography, drafting, and Light Plots. Any photos of produced shows.

    Scenic Design

    • Sample artwork, drawings, paintings, still life or still life studies, and drafting. Any photos of produced works.

    Stage Management

    • Sample prompt scripts, cue sheets, ground plans, rehearsal notes, prop sheets, schedules, and run sheets. Any photos of produced shows.

    Technical Direction/ Production Management

    • Drafting samples, show paperwork. Photos and examples of objects that you have built.

    Admission Decisions

    Applicants will be notified of decisions within two to three weeks of their interviews. If you are offered admission, you will need to accept our offer in writing and you will be required to submit an enrollment deposit by May 1.

    For additional information about the Theatre Design Technology BFA program, visit the Conservatory of Theatre Arts.