Nondegree Study

Participants in nondegree programs are not eligible for Yale Health Basic Coverage.

Technical Internship

The Technical Design and Production department offers one-year internships* for those seeking to become professional scenic carpenters, sound engineers, projection engineers, properties supervisors, scenic artists, costumers, or production electricians. The School of Drama awards a Technical Internship Certificate to interns who complete the program with distinction.

*Due to the impact of COVID-19, Yale School of Drama is temporarily extending the Technical Internship program by one fully funded term.

Special Research Fellows

Each year, a limited number of scholars are admitted to Yale School of Drama as one-year special research fellows. These fellows are usually professionals in the field of theater from abroad who wish to pursue research and audit one or two courses a term within the School of Drama. The research and auditing of courses is arranged in consultation with the appropriate department chair and the registrar. There is no fellow status affiliated with the Acting department. Special research fellows are not eligible for financial aid according to federal guidelines.

Special Students

Each year, some students are admitted to Yale School of Drama as one-year special students in the departments of Design; Sound Design; Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism; Technical Design and Production; or Theater Management. These students must be in residence on a full-time basis and are not eligible for a degree or certificate. The curriculum for special students is arranged in consultation with the appropriate chair.

Special students may apply for admission to the department’s degree program of study during their one-year residency in accordance with the department’s application deadline. They must comply with Yale School of Drama’s admission requirements and, if admitted, may matriculate as second-year students if they have fulfilled all of their program’s first-year requirements. Special students are not eligible for financial aid according to federal guidelines.