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Theatre - Design/Production

Program Requirements

Students must apply to Illinois State University prior to presenting a portfolio for review for acceptance into the Design/Production major within the School of Theatre and Dance.

The School of Theatre and Dance applies the same academic standards as those required for admission to Illinois State University. There is no separate ACT or Grade Point Average requirement for admission to the School of Theatre and Dance.

Students who seek entrance into the Design/Production sequence must present a portfolio of their work for review by members of the School of Theatre and Dance faculty. Portfolio materials vary greatly depending upon the applicant's experience and intended area of interest. Students are encouraged to assemble evidence of their work on prior productions or related projects. Items that may be included are sketch books, paintings, evidence of organization and management, photographs, production programs, drafting, prompt books, and more. Please consider that the faculty is assessing your potential for success in the field as well as your passion for the art. We invite you to share your experience thus far in the admission interview using your portfolio as a guide in that journey. Your interview will also count as your interview for scholarship consideration.

Preparing Your Portfolio Review

When you come for your portfolio review and interview, please bring:

  • a resume detailing your theatre production experience
  • a recent photo of yourself
  • a "portfolio" of your work, including
    • production photos
    • drawings
    • drafting
    • sketches
    • organizational forms
    • any other audio/visual materials that illustrate your skills.

Quality is more important than quantity. Be prepared to discuss your portfolio with the Design/Production faculty at your interview.

Deadlines and Review Dates

Students are accepted into the Design/Production major within the School of Theatre and Dance on a rolling basis, contingent on admission by Illinois State University. Normally students are notified within two weeks whether or not they have passed their portfolio review.

Portfolio Review and Interview Dates for 2017-2018

Saturday, November 4 (Illinois State University)
Saturday, January 20 (Chicago)
Saturday, February 17 (Illinois State University)
Friday, March 31 (Illinois State University, not for scholarship consideration)

If you cannot attend one of the on campus auditions you may upload your audition electronically via Acceptd.

School of Theatre and Dance scholarship awards are announced after March 1.

Minimum GPA Requirement


Average Admitted Student Profile

2.53 - 3.32

Required Courses


Recommended Courses


Additional Information

Sequence requires portfolio review and interview.

Sample Plan of Study

Two Year Transfer Sample Plan of Study
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