Apply – Costume Production

Prospective students should send a resume, statement of purpose, and a digital portfolio by mail or email to:

Judy Adamson,
Center for Dramatic Art,
#CB 3230,
University of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-3230


Portfolio Requirements

  • Portfolios should be submitted in a PowerPoint format with text accompanying the digital images.  A CD will not be returned.
  • This portfolio should contain images demonstrating examples of skills related to the discipline, photos of realized productions, and any other supporting evidence of professional experience.
  • A link to the applicant’s website is an acceptable form of portfolio.

On review of the materials by the faculty of the Costume Production program, the prospective student may be asked to schedule an on-site interview.  The interview will include participation in classes, conversations with current students and staff, and a portfolio presentation.  The interview should take place before February 28th.

Prospective students should complete an online application to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill here. For more information about the Graduate School, go here. In addition to the above materials, the application must be accompanied by three letters of recommendation and two official transcripts.

*Note:  No GRE score is required for admission to the MFA program.

Offers are usually made the first week of March; therefore, all applications should be completed through the Graduate School before March 1st, regardless of the date listed on the Graduate School website.  All questions should be directed to Judy Adamson:

Students are chosen on the basis of demonstrated ability through a portfolio comprising past work in their field of interest and an interview with current students, faculty and staff.  It is assumed that applying students have prior experience in costume production methods.  Applicants are accepted for the first year only; entrance to the second and third year classes is subject to approval of the MFA faculty.

The department has a limited number of assistantships available to applicants.  Applicants seeking financial aid from the University must submit the FAFSA form to the College Scholarship Service, Princeton, NJ by March 1 for priority consideration.

Students must do everything in their power to achieve North Carolina residency after a year in the state.  Out-of-state tuition remission is not granted after the first year.

For more information regarding financial aid opportunities, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at UNC-Chapel Hill or call 919-962-8396.