Are you interested in our bachelor of fine arts (BFA) in design and technology? Then you will need to both apply to the University as well as interview for the program. The instructions below will help you apply to Ball State and schedule your interview.

1. Apply to the University

You must apply for admission to the university prior to scheduling an interview for the design and technology program. Interview requests are made by filling out the supplemental theatre application that is part of the online application to the university.

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2. Schedule an Interview

An interview is required for admission into the BFA in design and technology program. When you fill out your online application to Ball State, you will need to complete a supplemental application where you can schedule your interview.

We hold on-campus interviews, and we also hold interviews in New York in January and Chicago in February (these dates coincide with the National Unified Auditions).


*Other interview dates available upon request and preferred method of communication will be honored

  • Saturday, January 30 – held virtually
  • Saturday, February 13 – held virtually
  • Saturday, February 27 – held virtually


Process and Guidelines

The interview process for Design and Technology will be held virtually, via Zoom, on the dates stated in the application and on the Theatre and Dance website. All applicants will be notified of dates, times, schedules, materials needed, and interview guidelines via email approximately four weeks prior to the interview date chosen. Continue to be active in your Application Portal and upload any required documents prior to your interview date. Please add to your address book to avoid messages getting lost or dropped in spam/junk. You are encouraged to email with any questions.

What to Bring

  • a resume that outlines your theatre activities and experience
  • a portfolio or folder of materials that illustrates your work, if applicable (Depending on your area of study, you may submit renderings, models, drawings, sketches, prompt books, poster or program designs, and photographs)
  • If a portfolio is not relevant to your discipline, you can present a notebook containing program copies and stage photographs for each production you wish to document. 
    a short statement of purpose that addresses what you want to do in the theatre (In the statement, please explain clearly why you have a passion for your area of interest, as well as what skills and values you possess which will make you a successful student for the next four years, and a working professional later.)

Please be prepared to discuss and answer questions about your portfolio, folder, notebook, and statement of purpose, as well as your past theatrical experiences.

You will be interviewed by members of our faculty who will welcome you and be eager to learn more about you.


We do not expect every student to have a physical representation of work done in the past, or to be at a particular level of knowledge or experience. You are strongly encouraged to bring anything you think will help the interview process, as outlined above, but if you only have the required resume, that is acceptable.

Creating a list of questions you ask every university for which you are interviewing may allow you to compare programs more specifically. However, the answers to many of your questions will be on the various departmental websites and in printed materials, so we cannot emphasize enough how important it is to research the programs prior to your interview. It's possible that you will be asked what you are looking for in a program and why you're interested in our program in particular.  Having a sense of what differentiates one program from another is one of the best things you can do prior to your college theatre interview.

If you haven't been able to find an answer to your question(s), please feel free to ask the faculty or the theatre students who will be present on your interview day. We want to make sure you get the information you need!

Finally, this is a time for us to find out a bit more about you, and for you to learn more about us and our program. Relax, breathe, and be yourself. We look forward to meeting you!