»BA in Theatre, Theatre Technology

This page will take you through the application process for an undergraduate BA in Theatre, Theatre Technology degree and make sure you know how it works from start to finish. Be sure to visit all four (4) sections below for pertinent application and audition information.

+-Audition/Interview Dates & Scheduler

SCHEDULE AN IN-PERSON INTERVIEW:

Interviewing in-person is strongly encouraged.  Past statistics show that applicants who audition or interview on-campus have a higher acceptance rate than candidates who rely on the upload process.  In-Person interviews are scheduled on-campus only.

In SlideRoom, you have the option to select either “audition in-person” or “audition upload” aka Portfolio Upload – please select the method you plan to pursue and follow the application procedure below based on your choice.

American Celebration Talent Awards are considered at the time of audition.  No further application is required.

IN-PERSON INTERVIEW DATES:

  • November 8, 2014
  • November 15, 2014 (Last First Year Early Admissions & Spring Transfers Audition Date)
  • January 19, 2015
  • February 20, 2015 (Last First Year Audition Date)
  • April 4, 2015 (Transfer applicants only)

+-Common Application Requirements

The following items must be submitted to be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Theatre Technology program:

  • $65 non-refundable application fee or fee waiver request (First Year & Transfer)
  • Official test results (SAT or ACT plus Writing) sent from the College Board or ACT* (First Year & Transfer)
    • *Test scores are waived for Transfer applicants with 24+ completed semester units
  • School Report (First Year applicants only)
  • Official Transcript(s) from all attended institutions (First Year & Transfer)
  • One Teacher Evaluation (First Year applicants only)
  • One Academic Evaluation (Transfer applicants only)
  • Registrar Report (Transfer applicants only)
  • In your Common Application:
    • Indicate your intended major: Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Theatre Technology
    • Answer “yes” to “Do you intend to submit an Art Supplement” on Chapman University’s questions. This will activate the “Art Supplement” tab in your Common App, where you will be provided a link to SlideRoom. In SlideRoom, please set up an account and complete your supplemental materials application. NOTE: Whether auditioning/interviewing in person, or uploading your portfolio/materials online, SlideRoom is required.

+-Application and Interview Requirements/SlideRoom Art Supplement

All students applying to the Department of Theatre (Interview In-Person and Portfolio Upload) must complete the Art Supplement via SlideRoom as part of the Common Application. Your Art Supplement fee will be $10 which will be paid online via SlideRoom when you submit your materials.

The following items must be submitted via SlideRoom to be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Theatre Technology program:

  • Artistic Letter of Reference - Please submit a letter of reference from an individual who has worked with you in your creative work.
  • Goal Statement - Please submit a goal statement addressing the following questions: "How do you envision yourself contributing to theatre and to society as a student and artist?" and "How will studying theatre at Chapman University prepare you for a life in theatre?"

The information below describes the process if you schedule your Interview/Portfolio Review In-Person, or choose to upload this information.

NOTE: In-Person audition applicants are highly recommended to complete SlideRoom before the Common Application. This applies primarily to Early Action candidates who may not yet have submitted their Common Application. Supplemental Materials must be submitted prior to your audition date.

  • INTERVIEW IN-PERSON
    • Schedule your In-Person Interview - Your interview will consist of a brief in-person presentation of your portfolio.
      • Portfolio - Create a portfolio that documents and demonstrates your experience in areas of interest to you and your range of skills in theatre. Your portfolio should contain 5-10 pieces illustrating your technical or design work and/or skills in related areas (such as drawing or drafting).  The overall idea is to document your experiences in theatre.  If you have technical drawings or drafts, present them along with a pictorial representation of the executed drawings.  Stage managers may include pages from a prompt book or other paperwork generated for the rehearsal/production process.  Beginning technicians who do not have a portfolio of drawings may use photographs or their resume to show the work they have done.
        • Do not include production videos or digital films.
        • Portfolios will be evaluated on creativity, ability to communicate the artistic and creative process, range of skills demonstrated, and potential for growth.
        • You may present your portfolio in any format.  If using digital media, please bring your laptop or other display device.
        • NOTE: We will not keep your portfolio.
  • PORTFOLIO UPLOAD
    • Introduction - Upload a video introduction in a separate file in a medium shot (chest up) telling us your name, where you are from, and briefly (no more than 20 seconds) describing a favorite theatre experience.
    • Portfolio - Upload a portfolio that documents and demonstrates your experience in areas of interest to you and your range of skills in theatre.  Your portfolio should contain 5-10 pieces illustrating your technical or design work and/or skills in related areas (such as drawing or drafting).  The overall idea is to document your experiences in theatre.  If you have technical drawings or drafts, present them along with a pictorial representation of the executed drawings.  Stage managers may include pages from a prompt book or other paperwork generated for the rehearsal/production process.  Beginning technicians who do not have a portfolio of drawings may use photographs or their resume to show the work they have done.
      • Do not include production videos or digital films.
      • Portfolios will be evaluated on creativity, ability to communicate the artistic and creative process, range of skills demonstrated, and potential for growth.
      • Label each item in SlideRoom using the Title and Description feature to provide a context for the work.
      • NOTE: PowerPoint is not an accepted format for upload.
    • Interview - Candidates who apply by upload may be contacted for a personal interview (via phone or Skype).

QUICK LINKS:

+-Deadlines

All documents must be uploaded to The Common Application and SlideRoom by the given deadlines.  Late applications are only reviewed on a space available basis. Please refer to the application checklist for more information on specified Admission deadline(s).

AUDITION DEADLINES (in-person & portfolio upload):

  • FIRST YEAR Early Action
    • Interview & Porfolio Review In-Person Deadline: Saturday, November 15, 2014
    • Portfolio Upload Deadline: Saturday, November 15, 2014
  • FIRST YEAR Regular Admission
    • Interview & Porfolio Review In-Person Deadline: Friday, February 20, 2015
    • Portfolio Upload Deadline: Sunday, February 15, 2015
  • TRANSFER Regular Admission
    • Interview & Porfolio Review In-Person Deadline: Saturday, April 4, 2015
    • Portfolio Upload Deadline: Sunday, March 15, 2015

* The Art Supplement must be submitted online by 11:59pm on the appropriate deadline.

APPLICATION DEADLINES:

  • FIRST YEAR Early Action Date (non-binding): Saturday, November 1, 2014
  • FIRST YEAR Regular Admission: Thursday, January 15, 2015
  • TRANSFER Regular Admission: Sunday, March 15, 2015
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