MFA in Design, Production, and Management; Artisan Certificate

Priority Application Deadline: January 15*
U.R.T.A. Applicant Deadline: February 7*

*Applicants submitting material after these deadlines will be considered on a space-available basis.

Degree Programs

  • Design (Scenery, Costumes, Lighting, or Sound) 
  • Production (Technical Direction or Costume Production) 
  • Management (Production Management)
  • Artisan Certificate (Scenic Painting)

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application for Graduate Admission to the College of Fine Arts.
  • Non-refundable application fee of $95.
  • Upload transcripts (unofficial is acceptable) from all colleges and universities attended to your application. Please do not send paper transcripts to us.
  • Résumé.
  • Letter of Intent; the applicant should describe their career path and ambitions and they you wish to study at Boston University College of Fine Arts. Letter of intent and résumé should be uploaded to application.
  • In addition to a completed graduate application to the College of Fine Arts, the School of Theatre also requires a portfolio. Portfolio’s should be uploaded to the Acceptd platform here: https://app.getacceptd.com/butheatre. Click and use the pulldown menu to choose your degree program for deadlines and instructions.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from theatre professionals. These should be submitted online within the application. We do not accept paper recommendations.

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Portfolio Submission

All applicants must submit a portfolio of materials, which will be used in the preliminary selection process. From this group, a small number of applicants will be invited for a personal interview. Selected interviewees will be contacted. The sample portfolio will be accepted at anytime and will be reviewed when the applicant’s application is on file with the University.

The portfolio, which must contain a current résumé and a headshot-style color photograph of the applicant, should present evidence of skill, sophistication, preparation, and talent. Portfolio requirements by major can be found on our Portfolio Requirements page. The sample portfolio must be submitted online.

Applicants may upload within the application up to 20 files, including their résumé and photograph. Applicants may submit images in jpg, png, or gif format; videos in mov, wmv, flv, or wp4; mp3s; and pdfs. Applicants may also link to media hosted from YouTube, Vimeo, or SoundCloud. Résumés should be submitted in pdf format.

Portfolio submissions that do not adhere to the requirements will not be considered.


International Applicants

International applicants must prove proficiency in English. For more information, please go here.


Financial Aid

The School of Theatre awards financial aid in the form of tuition scholarships, assistantships, and stipends to selected graduate students. For more information, please explore our Tuition and Financial Aid web page.