MFA Portfolio Requirements

Scene Design

The sample portfolio should feature one designed show organized into a designer’s package. This should include, but not be limited to: research (visual, sociologic, historic); abstract response; production concept; scene breakdown; sketches; renderings; painters elevations; drafting; any paperwork generated during the design and production process; and photos of models. Applicants should also include photos of the finished production.

Costume Design

The sample portfolio should feature one designed show organized into a designer’s package. This should include, but not be limited to: research (visual, fashion, historic); emotional response; production concept; character breakdown; sketches; renderings with swatches; design spec sheets; and any paperwork generated during the design and production process. Applicants should also include photos of the finished production.

Lighting Design

The sample portfolio should feature one designed show organized into a designer’s package. This should include, but not be limited to: research (historic, sociologic, light, color); emotional response; production concept; scene breakdown; sketches; magic sheet(s); cue synopsis; plot, section, hook-up; any paperwork generated during the design and production process; and photos of lit models. Applicants should also include photos of the finished production.

Sound Design

Applicants should include one designed show organized into a designer’s package. This should include, but not be limited to: research (period, music, location, characters, historical people); emotional response; production concept; scene breakdown/analysis of the play; sound breakdown by scene; source list; any paperwork generated in building cues; loudspeaker plot; system drawings. Applicants should also include cue examples-finished cues, partially assembled cues with accompanying description, and/or software which could be printouts of screen captures.

Technical Direction

Applicants should include materials from one produced show organized into a technical package. This should include, but not be limited to: production concept; drafting of realized scenery for construction purposes (may be both CAD and hand drafting); examples of budget tracking for produced scenery; list of computer proficiency-platforms, software (CAD, spreadsheet, File Maker, MS Word, etc.); and a mission statement. Applicants should also include photos of the finished production.

Costume Production

Applicants should include materials from one designed show organized into a production package. This should include, but not be limited to: photographs of finished costumes; detail photographs that show sewing and/or craft proficiency; patterns and pattern research; and a mission statement. Applicants should also include photos of the finished production.

Production Management

Applicants should include materials from one produced show organized into a production package. This should include, but not be limited to: production concept; production meeting notes; budget plans and details; copies of the scenery ground plans, light plot, and costume character breakdown; and any paperwork generated during the design and production process. Applicants should also include photos of the finished production.