Fall Application Only: March 1, 2021
Portfolio Submission: March 5, 2021
- SUNY APP and Purchase Supplemental Application, or Common App
- Application fee: $50 for either application (March 1 deadline)
- Academic transcripts
- Letter of Recommendation
- Portfolio and Interview, nonrefundable $60 interview fee (March 5, 2021)
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.
- February 9, 2021
- March 2, 2021
- March 16, 2021
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
For Fall 2021 admissions, all interviews will be conducted via Skype. In preparation for the interview, you should do the following:
Read Tennessee Williams’ play, “Night of the Iguana”. Questions about this play will be asked during the interview.
Prepare a resume which 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.
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.
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. As all interviews will occur virtually, 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 with your application (PDF files are preferred).
Your portfolio should reflect 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.
Costume Design & Costume Technology
- Sample artwork, drawings, paintings, sketches, and garments that you have made. Any photos of produced shows or garments.
- Sample artwork, paintings, drawings and/or photography, drafting, and Light Plots. Any photos of produced shows.
- Sample artwork, drawings, paintings, still life or still life studies, and drafting. Any photos of produced works.
- 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.
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.