Theater

Design & Production Application Information

Steps TO APPLY

Step 1: Review Deadlines

Application deadlines vary across departments, programs, and applicant type.

Step 2: Submit University Application

Mason Gross School of the Arts applicants must first submit a Rutgers University application.

Step 3: Submit Mason Gross Supplemental Application

All Mason Gross School of the Arts applicants are required to submit a talent assessment. Talent assessment requirements vary across departments and programs. Applications are considered incomplete without the required talent assessment.

HOW TO APPLY

Bachelor of Fine Arts: First-Year Applicants

Fall Admission Only

Rutgers University Application: December 1
Mason Gross Supplemental Application: January 15

Bachelor of Fine Arts: Transfer Applicants

Fall Admission Only

Rutgers University Application: December 1
Mason Gross Supplemental Application: January 15

Bachelor of Fine Arts: School-to-School Transfer and Re-Enrollment

Fall Admission Only

Email admissions@mgsa.rutgers.edu: January 1
Mason Gross Supplemental Application: January 15

Current or former Rutgers students interested in the bachelor of fine arts in theater should start the process by emailing admissions@mgsa.rutgers.edu. In your email include your full name, RUID, current or former school enrolled, year, and program you are interested in. 

To be considered for admission, applicants are reviewed both artistically and academically. After contacting admissions@mgsa.rutgers.edu, applicants will be emailed the Mason Gross supplemental application.

If recommended artistically by the Theater Department faculty, applicants will be granted access via RUID to the Rutgers School to School Transfer Application or the Rutgers Re-Enrollment Application. The appropriate university application will be reviewed by the Mason Gross Dean of Students academically. 

Admissions Requirements

From another RutgersNew Brunswick school:

  • 12 graded degree credits, excluding remedial courses
  • A Rutgers cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.000
  • Expository Writing (01:355:101) or an acceptable equivalent course with a grade of “C” or better

From another RutgersCamden or RutgersNewark school:

  • At least two semesters, including the current semester, as a student in your present school or college at Rutgers University, also including at least 12 graded degree credits, excluding remedial courses
  • A Rutgers cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.000
  • English Composition I and II (Camden 50:350:101 and 50:350:102) (Newark 21:355:101 and 21:355:102) with grades of C or better
Bachelor of Arts and Minor in Theater

Currently enrolled Rutgers School of Arts and Science students are welcome to declare the bachelor of arts in theater or the minor in theater, with no audition required. Email theater undergraduate advisor Marshall Jones for more information.

Rutgers University Application

All applicants must complete and submit the Rutgers University Application. The university application requires the following:

  • $70 Rutgers application fee
  • Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) – for current high school students
  • Official high school transcript or GED results – recommended for all transfer applicants, required for transfer applicants who, after high school graduation, have completed fewer than 24 college credits.
  • English proficiency test scores international applicants
  • SAT or ACT scores are optional for applicants to the 2022 admissions cycle - use code 2765 for the SAT and 2592 for the ACT

Mason Gross Supplemental Application

Five business days after submitting the Rutgers University application, applicants will be emailed a link to submit a Mason Gross supplemental application.

  • $35 submission fee
  • Theater questionnaire
  • Interview date selection
  • Portfolio, outlined below

Portfolio Requirements

Costume Design, Scenic Design, Lighting Design, Costume Technology, Technical Direction

Portfolios can include designs, drafting, drawings, photographs of productions, clothing and scenic construction, paperwork, and anything else that shows your background and interest in theater. You may also include non-theatrical artwork, drawings, photography, craftwork, or construction projects that demonstrate who you are as an artist and your desired field of study.

Stage Management

Prompt books, show paperwork, examples of your work in theater (photos of productions, construction of craft projects, programs, or posters that you designed) and any other material that shows your background and interest in theater.

Interview

All applicants will be scheduled to interview with Design and Production faculty. Although we encourage applicants to attend an in-person interview, interviews will be hosted on campus and virtually on the dates listed below. Applicants will select an interview type (in-person or virtual) and date on the supplemental application. During the interview applicants should expect questions about their submitted portfolio as well as their background, interest, and goals in theater.

  • Saturday, January 22
  • Sunday, January 23

Learn about the Design and Production programs

Learn about the BA and Minor programs