Technical Design and Production

Application Requirements

Updated 10/02/2019

M.F.A. and Certificate in Drama

You might assume that you are not ready to apply to Yale. The Technical Design and Production faculty encourage applications to the program, and venture to say, “Don’t be afraid to apply.” Please email Shaminda Amarakoon to schedule a conversation and resume feedback session. We will provide an honest assessment of your readiness to apply for admission and discuss the next steps of the process.

An applicant submits a one-page statement of purpose, resume, three professional or academic letters of recommendation, and a transcript. The online application deadline is February 1.

After an initial review of completed applications, select candidates are scheduled to interview in New Haven during February or early March. The on-site interview usually includes meetings with several faculty and staff members, a tour of Yale School of Drama’s campus, opportunities to meet current students, observe class, to see a play in performance if available, and a portfolio review. The portfolio should be a visual representation of your work to date, including photographs, paperwork, or technical drawings.

The applicant can arrange earlier on-site visits or interviews on an as-needed basis. Alternate arrangements for interviews, including internet video conferencing, can be made for international applicants, or for applicants who are unable to travel during the personal interview period. NOTE: a site visit is extremely valuable, and current students often host applicants to help defray travel costs.

As of September 1, 2019, the GRE is no longer required and will not be considered if submitted as part of the application.

Information for the Certificate in Drama

The Certificate in Drama is conferred on students who do not hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited college, but who complete with distinction the three-year program of study in Technical Design and Production. The Certificate in Drama is subject to the same training requirements as that of the M.F.A. degree. Upon written request, the certificate will be converted to an M.F.A. degree if a student later satisfactorily completes an accredited bachelor’s degree elsewhere. Certificate applicants follow the same procedures outlined above.

Guidance for Statement of Purpose

In one page, the statement of purpose should describe your career goals and how Yale School of Drama and the Technical Design and Production department can help you to achieve them.

Guidance for Letters of Recommendation

Professional and academic references are considered. Below is the body of the email that the online system will send to your recommender:

Dear [Recommender Name]:

[Your name] has requested that you write a letter of recommendation to Yale School of Drama on their behalf. We would greatly appreciate your appraisal of the applicant on the basis of their past performance in a professional and/or academic setting, your perception of their talent, experience, potential for a career in theatre, commitment to their craft, and how the applicant can benefit from a concentrated or intensive training program. Any other relevant information you care to include is welcome.

In an effort to make this process as easy as possible for you, we offer the ability to complete your recommendation online through our secure website. To submit your recommendation, please use the link below. This link is unique to this recommendation and should not be shared or forwarded.

Submit Recommendation: {{unique secure link}}

Thank you for time and consideration.

Your recommender receives an electronic acknowledgment through the online system. Your online application status page is updated when a recommender submits their letter.

Additional Information for International Students

The application materials you submit must be in English, and you must demonstrate proficiency of the English during your interview.

TOEFL

  • Must be taken by January 15, 2020
  • Required of an applicant whose first language is not English
  • IELTS scores are NOT accepted
  • School code: 3988

Video Conferencing: Yale utilizes the online tool Zoom. Once your conversation or interview time is determined, you will receive a Zoom link by email. At the time of the appointment, you click the link to join the conversation. You can choose to join using audio and video or just audio.

Information Sessions Near You

Faculty and staff from the department will be in cities near you and would love to connect to talk about the program and your goals. Please email Shaminda to get more information.

October 4–5, 2019
Los Angeles, CA - Career workshop and Portfolio review at East Los Angeles College Theatre Arts Department. Event co-hosted by Center Theatre Group and East Los Angeles College Theatre Arts Department

October 24–26, 2019
Dallas, TX - Attending ETCP Executive Board Meeting

November 8–19, 2019
Atlanta, GA - Attending USITT’s LiNK conference

January 29–February 1, 2020
Cape Cod, MA - Attending KC/ACTF Region I conference

April 1–5, 2020
Houston, TX - Attending USITT annual conference

For additional information, we suggest visiting the FAQs.

Please email Shaminda Amarakoon for more information.

Technical Internship

The Technical Design and Production department offers one-year internships for those seeking to become professional scenic carpenters, sound engineers, projection engineers, properties masters, scenic artists, costumers, or master electricians.

An applicant submits a one-page statement of purpose, resume, two professional or academic letters of recommendation, and a transcript. The online application deadline is February 1.

After an initial review of completed applications, candidates are scheduled to interview in New Haven during February or early March. The on-site interview usually includes meetings with several faculty and staff members, a tour of Yale School of Drama’s campus, opportunities to meet current students, observe class, to see a play in performance if available, and a portfolio review. The portfolio could be a visual representation of your work to date including photographs, paperwork, or drawings.

As of September 1, 2019, the SAT or ACT is no longer required and will not be considered if submitted as part of the application.