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 Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a background in technical theatre or theatre design to qualify for admission?
No, but experience in theatre work or related fields can help you. If you are seriously interested in a professional career in technical theatre or theatre design, we encourage you to apply.

What should I bring to the interview and include in my portfolio?
You should bring anything that demonstrates your skill and the breadth and depth of your experience – graphic and photographic demonstration of craft (clothing, furniture, paintings, murals) and anything that shows your imagination. You should bring an up-to-date résumé of your work and experience.

What can I expect at the interview?
You will have a 30-minute one-on-one interview with our faculty so that we can get to know you and have a sense of who you are and what you are interested in. You will also have a chance to meet with Design & Production students.

How will my application be evaluated?
Your portfolio and interview will be assessed by a committee of Design & Production faculty members; the committee will also evaluate your academic record and references.

Is it possible to transfer into the School of Design & Production from a liberal arts college?
Yes, and even students with degrees in other programs enter the school.

Do I need a computer?
A computer is not required, but we recommend that you have one.

Does the faculty in the School of Design & Production have contacts in the industry and do they help students get jobs?
Yes, and in addition to their contacts the school has such a strong reputation that 99 percent of our seniors have secured jobs in the industry by the time they graduate and most of them stay in the field. Many alumni come back to recruit and hire our students. The majority of students have internships and summer jobs that give them experience in their field of study.The school also sponsors an annual job fair to which industry representatives are invited to meet students and see their work.

How soon will I get to work on a production and how many shows will I work on?
You will start production work in the first week of school. Each year the School presents more than 18 fully staged productions that are produced by students – from design to execution and running of the show to the final strike. Every term you will have a major involvement in at least one production and will spend a minimum of 20 hours a week in hands-on production work.

Can I keep an outside job while I'm in school?
The curriculum is very demanding and for that reason outside jobs are not encouraged. If having a job is essential to your staying in school, managing your time well will be very important.

Can I specialize in more than one area of study?
Yes, it's possible, but it is very difficult and may take five instead of four years to get your degree.

How can I get more detailed information about classes and course descriptions?
That information is available elsewhere on this website, or you can request an NCSA Bulletin through the Admissions Office.