How to Apply

Application Deadlines: 

Early Decision Deadline: December 16, 2016
*early deadline for applicants not attending U/RTA

Final Decision Deadline: March 1, 2017
*for applicants attending U/RTA

Instructions below serve all Design and/or Technology Areas: Costume Design, Lighting Design, Scenery Design, Costume Technology and Integrated Media. 

Applicants may only apply in one area per academic year.

Completed application files will be reviewed before those submitted with missing materials.

Application Procedures

Please read all instructions carefully.

All application materials must be sent electronically. No hard copies or mailing will be accepted except under certain conditions. Documents, supplemental materials and portfolios (as indicated by each degree plan) must be uploaded using PDF format unless otherwise indicated.

1) To apply, go to
Here you will set up an account and fill out the form.
Note: Online requests for recommendations will be activated only after you have completed and paid for your application.

2) You will be able to choose your Area of Interest on a pull down menu, and this will ensure that you are applying to the right program. For example “M.F.A. in Directing,” “M.F.A. in Dance,” “M.F.A. in Lighting Design,” etc.

3) After completing and paying for your application you will be sent an email (roughly within 48 hours). This email will direct you to a site where you can check your Application Status (using your new EID) and begin to upload your other degree requirements: My Status:
Note: Be mindful of application deadlines for the degree you are applying for.


For detailed instructions on uploading transcripts (PDF format only, 15 MB max), visit


If the GRE is required by your degree plan, be sure to enter the appropriate code on your application: Institution Code, UT Austin: 6882. For more on the GRE visit


To get further information on the application process and to learn more about graduate life at UT, visit the Office of Graduate Studies at

Application Requirements

Official Transcript(s) (PDF format only, see upload instructions above)
Applicants must submit transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
No GRE required for the MFA in Design and/or Technology

Three letters of recommendation:
These letters should be written by those who can speak most authoritatively about your background, training, experience and potential for a career in your chosen area of specialization in theatre. Letters should be submitted with the Request for Reference form available online at the time of application. Each reference will receive instructions how to submit his/her letter on-line to GIAC's secured web site. Only one letter is required from each reference.

A résumé of all your practical theatre work

Personal statement of goals:
The statement of purpose should outline educational and professional goals, philosophy, and/or personal theatre aesthetic.

Design or Technical résumé

Design or Technical portfolio All portfolios must be submitted in the form of a website link or DVD (PowerPoint or QuickTime image file) before an interview can be scheduled. Any uploaded images as portfolio materials (including the website link) must be in PDF format. DVD portfolios should include examples of drawing, painting, drafting or any other manual skills applicable to your discipline including photos of realized productions or record of realized artwork. This DVD will not be returned. Applicants should bring an original portfolio to their on-campus interview, should one be scheduled. 

How to send Portfolio Materials:
All PDF materials should be uploaded using the “Miscellaneous Admissions Documents” through the Document Upload System. Submit in PDF format only.

Any materials that cannot be upload in PDF format should be mailed directly to Susan Mickey, Design/Tech Program Head:

Attn: Susan Mickey, Design/Tech
GRAD APPLICATION (Specify your degree: Costume Design CD, Lighting Design LD, Scenery Design SD, Costume Technology CT, Integrated Media IM)
Department of Theatre and Dance
300 E. 23rd Street Stop D3900
Austin, TX 78712


Review of the résumé and the DVD portfolio by the faculty will determine the necessity of an on campus interview.

Applicants may interview through U/RTA (New York, Chicago) or in Austin. For interviews, applicants should contact the following:

        Costume Technology: Jim Glavan
        Integrated Media : Sven Ortel
        Lighting Design: Michelle Habeck
        Costume Design: Susan Mickey
        Scenic Design: Richard Isackes

Contact Information

For problems uploading your application or for further information, contact
Lily Wolff by email at
Be sure to include your phone number with all inquiries.