Technical Design and Production

Application Requirements

Updated 10/1/2021

M.F.A. and Certificate in Drama

We welcome interested applicants to reach out for an informal conversation at any point with the chair or one of the other faculty. You can be thinking of applying this year or in the future. The faculty are also happy to give resume feedback before you apply.

DGSD will host a virtual visitor day on October 27, 2021 and a TD&P virtual "Talk & Tour" likely to be held at the end of November. Please email Grace O'Brien to get more information.

A prospective student submits a one-page statement of purpose, resume, three professional or academic letters of recommendation, and a transcript through the online application portal. No portfolio is submitted with the online application. The application deadline is February 1, 2022.

After an initial review of 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 David Geffen School of Drama's campus, opportunities to meet current students, observe class, see a performance if available, and a portfolio review. The portfolio should visually represent your work to date, including photographs, paperwork, or technical drawings and include 12 – 15 pages or plates.

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 applicants who cannot travel during the interview period.

If you are invited to interview in New Haven, the David Geffen School of Drama will reimburse a portion of your travel expenses based on geography, including mileage, meals, air travel, hotel, train, or taxi/rideshare. Exact reimbursement limits will be conveyed to your during interview coordination. Receipts should be sent to Grace O'Brien promptly following your interview and cannot be reimbursed later than 90 days after the day of purchase.

You are also welcome to visit the campus at any time for a tour, observe classes, and have lunch or coffee with a student. Don't hesitate to get in touch with Grace O'Brien to make arrangements.

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 cite specific aspects of the curriculum and training, how the David Geffen School of Drama, and the Technical Design and Production department can help you achieve them.

Guidance for Portfolio

Some examples of materials that you may include but are not limited to are: drawings, technical drawings, drafting plates budgets, mechanical designs, schedules, organizational paperwork, material breakouts for purchasing, schedules for completing purchasing, production calendars, labor assignments, construction detail photographs, or production photos. We generally recommend a portfolio no larger than 12–15 pages or plates.

Guidance for Letters of Recommendation

As a part of the application, we require applicants to submit contact information for three references. References will be sent a link to follow.

References will be asked to write a letter asking their "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."

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, 2022
  • 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.

Long Distance Interviews

An 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.

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 Grace O'Brien to get more information.

October 17–22, 2021
Orlando, FL – Faculty member meeting  with Disney Live Entertainment, Orlando Repertory, and  University of Central Florida

November, 2021 TBD - Virtual TD&P Talk & Tour

December 1–3, 2021
Virtual - USITT's LiNK conference

March 2–5, 2022
Baltimore, MD - Attending USITT annual conference

You are also welcome to visit the campus at any time for a tour, observe classes, and have lunch or coffee with a student. Don't hesitate to get in touch with Grace O'Brien to make arrangements.

For additional information, we suggest visiting the FAQs.

Technical Internship

The Technical Design and Production program 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 David Geffen 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.