Undergraduate Admission

Performing Arts: Theatre Design/Technology BFA

Requirements include:


Your résumé plays a minor role in your admission decision. It provides us with some insight into your experiences and interests. All performing arts applicants must submit a theatrical résumé that may include, but is not limited to, their experience in:

  • Acting
  • Dance
  • Design (for any design aspect of a production)
  • Directing
  • House/Stage management
  • Marketing/Publicity
  • Music (singing, instruments, composing, etc.)
  • Producing
  • Technical run crews
  • Writing
  • Awards/Commendations
  • Classes, workshops, special training

One copy of your Résumé should be submitted through the Artistic Review section of the Application Portal and one copy included in your portfolio.


Your portfolio should consist of up to 20 samples of creative work. These examples of your creative work should document your work in the theater, but may also include:

  • Art sketches
  • Paintings
  • Video or audio tapes
  • Photos of scale models, ceramics, or sculptures
  • Evidence of fashion design and construction techniques
  • Evidence of fashion hair and make-up techniques
  • Jewelry designs
  • Computer graphics
  • Graphic designs
  • Evidence of special engineering or mechanical skills
  • Photography
  • Evidence of puppetry design and construction techniques

Please include a copy of your résumé in your portfolio and remember to bring your portfolio to your interview. Your portfolio will be returned to you at the end of your interview.


Your interview plays a primary role in your admission decision. It gives us the opportunity to discuss your portfolio with you, evaluate your talent and potential, and determine if you would be compatible with our program.

Applicants who are required to complete an interview (BFA Design/Technology, BFA Stage and Production Management) will book themselves into a 30–minute interview period. Please arrive 15 to 20 minutes prior to the interview start time so that the interview staff can confirm your arrival and take a photo of you. This photo will be associated with your record and interview and it will only be used internally at Emerson College for the interview process. After you have been checked in, you will be directed to the room where your interview will take place. Anyone accompanying you will be directed to wait in the Visitor Center.

Applicants to the BFA in Theatre Design/Technology may complete their interview on-campus in Boston or in New York or Chicago in accordance with the Artistic Review schedule. All in-person interviews are scheduled through the Artistic Review section of the Application Portal.

Telephone interviews are available for applicants who live outside of the Northeast United States and for whom the cost of traveling is prohibitive. They are offered according to the Artistic Review schedule on a space-available basis. Those applicants interested in scheduling a telephone interview should contact the Performing Arts Admission Coordinator at PA_ArtisticReview@emerson.edu and, using a mailing service that offers tracking, mail a copy of their portfolio to:

Emerson College
Department of Performing Arts
Performing Arts Admission Coordinator
120 Boylston Street
Boston, MA, 02116

Please note that telephone interviews will not be scheduled until Performing Arts has received your portfolio. Mailed portfolios for telephone interviews will not be returned; please send a copy only.