Application & Review

For all Design graduate programs within the Department of Dramatic Arts, you must be admitted both by the department’s graduate admissions committee and by the admissions office of the graduate school. Occasionally very talented applicants are not admitted if their undergraduate grades do not meet minimum graduate admissions standards.

Your first step is to schedule an electronic interview/portfolio review with the Director of Lighting Design, Professor Michael Chybowski. Please email your resume, GPA and letter of interest to Michael Chybowski at

Following receipt and review of these materials Professor Chybowski will contact you via email requesting a digital version of your portfolio to be reviewed by the Design Faculty. You are also welcome to contact Professor Chybowski via email to schedule an on-campus interview. In addition to this process Professor Chybowski will be attending U/RTA Auditions where, if you receive a “call back”, a personal interview will be scheduled.

If your application is successful with the department admissions committee, then it will be time to submit your formal UConn application (including fee) plus official transcripts and (where applicable) TOEFL scores to the University of Connecticut Graduate School. GRE test scores are not required.

This procedure helps you in two ways. First, it prevents unnecessary paperwork, and second, it will save you the cost of the application fee in case the department does not extend and invitation to join the MFA training program.

Again, to schedule an interview/portfolio review appointment with the Department, or if you have any questions, please call (860) 486-2281 or email