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Life is a Dream. Photo: Manuel Rotenberg (2019)
Life is a Dream (2019) Photo: Manuel Rotenberg.

Application Information for Costume Designers in the MFA Program

You have made it to step two. Here is the the information that you need to upload. After you finish determining what you need to upload, you should move on to Step2: Apply to the University of California for applying to the University of California.

Please upload the following materials by January 6, 2021

  • Unofficial copies of academic records from all post-secondary institutions attended.
    Upload at
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation (Waiver of Access to Letters of Recommendation and Letter of Recommendation Form at Preference is for online letters of recommendation. For the online letter of recommendation process, you must provide the email address of each recommender.
  • Statement of purpose. Upload at

    Design applicants must upload a small representative portfolio of sketches, drawings, photographs, color reproductions with your application.

    Your design portfolio is the most important part of your application to the Design program. It is a measure of your ability to communicate design ideas through visual and aural material, to work with space, color, sound, and form, and the use of research materials. It should document the growth of your work over time, and should include your own work from the last few years. Please do not include examples of work you assisted on, UNLESS the work shown is actually your own.

    We would like to see rough sketches, research, work-in-progress, and finished work. This helps us assess your design process.

    Costume design sketches should be swatched where possible, and include production photos/slides for fully realized shows.
    Any Rendering or Drawing class example sketches should also be included, as well as photos/slides or examples of any artwork, in any medium, that expresses your individual artistic aesthetic.

    These materials should be uploaded at or sent to the following address:

    UCSD Theatre and Dance
    Grad Admissions
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla, CA 92093-0344


All design students are encouraged to apply early. Once your application materials have been received and reviewed, you will be contacted by email or phone to set up an interview appointment with the appropriate member of the design faculty. If you have any other questions, please contact the Graduate Coordinator at the Department of Theatre & Dance, telephone 858-534-1046 or online at

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If you have questions or would like more information about our Graduate programs, call the Graduate Coordinator at 858-534-1046 or email at