All students applying for our BFA Design & Production or BFA Stage Management programs must interview for consideration. Upon acceptance by the Millikin Office of Admission, you will be prompted to contact our Audition/Interview Coordinator to schedule your interview. To ensure a strong and successful interview, please carefully read the guidelines below and bring the appropriate materials for review.
BFA - Design & Production
For your interview, you should prepare a portfolio and be able to discuss your experiences, skills, and goals. Your portfolio should highlight your strengths as a designer and/or technician. Suggestions include:
- Photographs of past productions - Completed projects, as well as process shots, allow the interviewers to get a sense of your past experience, the quality of work you do, etc.
- Design or paperwork from productions - If you designed the costumes, the renderings should be included, along with the photo of the completed garments. If you were the head electrician or lighting designer, bring paperwork such as hang sheets and light plots. If you designed scenery, bring scale ground plans and photos of the build process if you have them.
- 3-D examples of reasonable size are fine - A model of the set, a costume or small prop is a fine example of your skills.
- Artwork - Sketches, drawings, paintings, and photography from art classes are great examples. While they may not be theatre specific, they do allow the interviewers to assess your artistic abilities and your “eye”.
- Include a resumé - Focused on your theatre experience, employment history, computer and artistic skills.
BFA - Stage Management
For your interview, you should be prepared to discuss your experiences, skills and goals.
- Portfolio Materials - Please plan to share your portfolio prompt script and/or representative paperwork samples. You are welcome to bring them with you to your in-person interview, but we ask that you submit these materials digitally for review prior to your interview. Files may be uploaded to a web based folder such as Drop Box or Google Drive and a link shared with our stage management coordinator, Sara Theis at email@example.com
- Include a resumé - Focused on your theatre experience, employment history, and related skills that serve your work as a stage manager.
- Provide two recent letters of recommendation
For all Prospective Students
Applicants will have the option to interview digitally or at an in-person campus interview. Should you choose to interview on campus, a typical interview day will include the following components:
- Check-In - Upon arrival on campus you will need to check in with the Interview Coordinator at reception directly off the 2nd floor lobby in the Center for Theatre and Dance.
- Attend a Class – Sit in on a class to get a sense of the teaching style, subject matter, and the interaction between students and faculty.
- Interview - After check-in, you will be escorted to your interview. The faculty may let you present your whole portfolio or prompt book, or they may stop your presentation to ask questions about your ideas, methods, etc. Be prepared to explain your choices. They will ask questions about time management, working with groups, and supervision of others. Generally, they want to get a sense of you as a person, your strengths, and your goals.
- Exit Meeting - Following your interview you will have a short break while the faculty discuss your presentation and conversation. There will be another short meeting with the faculty to discuss the results of your interview and to answer any questions you and your parents/guardians may have about the program into which you have been placed.
- Tour our Facilities - During your visit you will have an opportunity to tour our facilities and see the spaces in which you would be working should you choose to attend Millikin.
- Optional - We would be happy to connect you with some current students who can share insight on what it's like to be a Millikin student. They can answer many questions about student life, living in the residence halls, and campus experiences, clubs, organizations, Greek life, activities, etc...
Parents/guardians are encouraged to come to campus with you. While they will not be able to attend your interview, they will be invited to participate in your exit meeting where they will have the opportunity to have any questions they may have answered. To make the most of your campus visit, we also recommend making appointments with the Admission, Student Financial Services, and the Campus Life offices where you can have non theatre related questions answered. Please note: the order in which your campus visit activities take place may vary from what is listed above.
While we always prefer in-person interviews, we do offer students the option to interview digitally. Digital interviews are conducted via zoom and may be scheduled most days that classes are in session. To schedule a digital interview, please contact our Audition/Interview Coordinator.
What should I expect from my interview?
Your interview is an opportunity for us to get to you know you, your skills, your interests, and your goals. It is a conversation that will help us understand how your skills and goals may align with our program. We try to make it as stress-free as we can.
Can I ask questions during my interview?
Absolutely. The interview is an opportunity for you to get to know us as much as we are getting to know you.
Will opting for a digital interview hinder my chances of being accepted into a BFA program?
No. Digital interviews carry the same weight as live interviews. While digital interviews allow us to get to know our applicants, they do not allow applicants to get to know our campus, facilities, students, faculty and the overall Millikin community. An on-campus interview allows for an immersive campus experience that better helps applicants make an informed decision on which school to attend.
Are there scholarships available?
Yes. Please visit out College of Fine Arts Scholarships Page.