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BFA Design & Technology Admission

Admission to the BFA Design/Technology program is competitive and requires the completion of the application form (linked below) and an interview with one of the CMU Design and Technical Theatre faculty. Due to the pandemic,  Fall 2021 admissions interviews will take place virtually.  We will contact you to arrange a visit shortly after you submit your admission application.

Central Michigan University's Department of Theatre and Dance looks for students that display potential for a professional design or theatre technology career.  We seek students that are self-driven, imaginative, motivated, and talented.  

If you have any questions, please contact one of the following people: Paul Collins, Scenery and Lighting Designer; Ann Dasen, Costume Designer; Daniel Thieme-Whitlow, Costume Shop Manager; or Dan Daugherty, Technical Director.

Theatre Talent Scholarships

Students who interview for the BFA Design & Technology program before March 6, 2021, will automatically be considered for a Theatre Talent Scholarship.  There is no need to complete the scholarship application form.

Interview Preparation and Requirements

We are aware that opportunities to gain production experience and training are uncommon in some areas, and this will be considered in our admissions decision.  Registration is required as the first step. 

  1. Prepare a list of your previous experiences in the field, noting the position you held or the role you played in the production, including stage manager, set/lighting/costume design and construction, light/sound board, run crew, properties, etc.   

  2. Prepare a list of any educational experiences you may have had in any of the design/technology-related areas noted above.  

  3. Be prepared to discuss your interests and goals, and why you'd like to be a part of the program. 

  4. You may submit any pertinent documentation in advance.  Inform the faculty who contacts you to schedule your meeting and they'll tell you how to submit it. 

  5. If you haven't already done so, please apply for admission to CMU at  Preference is given for CMU Merit Scholarships to students who apply before December 1