How to Apply

To apply to the M.F.A. program in Design, a completed application and $105.00 fee ($125.00 for international applicants) is required. All graduate applications are submitted electronically and must be supported by appropriate academic transcripts (one official transcript per college/university attended) and three letters of recommendation. Transcripts must be submitted via mail to the department at the following address: University of California, Irvine, Department of Drama, 249 Drama, Irvine, CA 92697-2775; letters of recommendation can be submitted via mail to the same address or be submitted online.

Please be sure to specify on the online application your "Specific Area of Interest" as either Scene, Costume, Lighting, or Sound Design.

The application deadline for those wishing to interview at the Irvine campus is March 1, but in order to be eligible for scholarships and other financial offers, we encourage you to apply by February 1.

For Design applicants, the GRE exam is not required. After we have received and processed your M.F.A. application, application fee, and portfolio, our design faculty will contact you, if you meet their initial criteria, regarding your interview time and location. If you move after you submit your application, it is important that you notify our office with your new address and phone number. The deadline for transcripts and recommendations is March 10th. Only persons who have submitted applications, application fees, and portfolios can be assigned an interview.

UCI participates in the U/RTA review process. Applicants to UCI do not have to participate in U/RTA, but if they do, faculty representatives will be interviewing U/RTA applicants at the following cities/dates in 2018:

  • Scene Design
    Chicago: Friday, January 26, Saturday, January 27 & Sunday, January 28, 2018
  • Costume Design
    Chicago: Thursday, January 25, Friday, January 26 & Saturday, January 27, 2018
  • Lighting Design
    Chicago: Friday, January 26, Saturday, January 27 & Sunday, January 28, 2018
  • Sound Design
    Chicago: Friday, January 26, 2018

Design portfolio reviews and interviews for U/RTA applicants may be scheduled via the web at, by email at, or by phone at 212-221-1130.

For those international applicants that are required to take the TOEFL test to measure English language proficiency, a minimum score of 80 is considered passing. To be eligible to receive a teaching assistantship, a minimum score on the speaking portion of 26 is required. For more information, please visit the Graduate Division website.

Find out more:

    :: Apply Electronically
    :: Graduate Division website
    :: Graduate Housing
    :: Financial Aid
    :: Drama Department Brochure
    :: English Proficiency Information for International Applicants