Interview Details

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What is required for a Design & Technology interview?

Interviews for the Design and Technology track of the Theatre major are required. During a scheduled meeting, candidates will present a portfolio and resume of their work in-person or via an online platform.

Portfolio Preparation and Presentation

A portfolio is the second part of your resume. It shows how you work, what you do, and who you are. A good portfolio is focused, clear, and shows process. Below are some detailed recommendations for your portfolio.

Stay Focused

Pick only the best shows/projects and photos from them. A good picture or a picture of a piece in progress is worth gold, whereas a bad picture is dead weight. Keep text to a minimum but do credit others and write captions for images.

Make It Clear

Lay out the portfolio in a clear manner. Keep the same style throughout your portfolio. It allows for the quick digestion of the information. Use simple, easy to read fonts.

Show Your Process

Place your research and sketches by images of the final product. This is what interviewers are most interested in. How did the project go from idea to realization? Show the journey, including bumps along the way. Don’t be nervous about showing “bad” drawings/research. They aren’t the final but we do care about how they affected
the final.

Other Tips

  • Show your best work first, including realized shows.
  • Theoretical work is ok, but make sure it’s good!
  • Use larger than normal paper, if possible. In the neighborhood of 11”x14” is a good size.

Formatting Options

  • Paper: You can craft a portfolio like a scrapbook, commonly called a “paper portfolio."
  • PDF: A fair substitute and easy to work with and create.
  • PowerPoint: Keep it simple and clean with no more than 6 items per slide. You can have a few more slides to keep the individual ones clean. Remember, place the research and sketches on the same slide as the final.

Portfolio Checklist

  1. No more than 5 pages
  2. Clear layout
  3. Best images
  4. Research and sketches
  5. Give yourself something to talk about and explain during interview