Supply Lists

Refer to the below to find supply lists for your corresponding program. 

 School of Art

Printable School of Art Supply List [Word]


Laptops capable of running Adobe Creative Suite are recommended.


The following supplies will cover the core needs of your required classes for the year. You may need to buy more of some of these materials if you use them up. Some classes will require additional materials. These materials can be purchased online or in art stores such as Commercial Art Supply (935 Erie Blvd) and the Syracuse University Campus Store (Schine Student Center, 200 Waverly).

Painting and Drawing Supplies

  • 18 x 24 drawing pad (good quality Strathmore 400)
  • 11 X 14 bristol vellum pad
  • Sketchbook (you may need multiple sketchbooks; certain classes may require specific sizes, but start off with at least one of a size and style you prefer)
  • Vine charcoal (soft, medium and hard)
  • Compressed charcoal (CharKole) (medium and soft)
  • Charcoal pencils (soft, medium and hard)
  • Black, sanguine, and white Conte crayons
  • Set of drawing pencils with a variety of hardness/softness 4H-6B
  • Black fine-line ink pen
  • White plastic eraser
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Acrylic paint (at least 6 colors and black [2oz] plus a large tube of titanium white)
  • Brushes (selection of flats and rounds - recommended sizes 2- 10)

General Stuff

  • 12” metal ruler
  • Scissors
  • Needle nose pliers with wire cutter
  • X-ACTO knife and blades
  • Utility knife and blades
  • Cutting mat (at least 9x12”)
  • Large hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • White glue (like Elmer’s)
  • Glue brush (any cheap brush, like a chip brush, about ¼” wide)
  • Masking tape
  • Simple portfolio (waterproof) and supply box or bag
 Department of Drama

If you have questions, please contact your program coordinator or assistant program coordinator.

DOWNLOADABLE 2023 Department of Drama Supply List PDF 

DOWNLOADABLE 2023 Department of Drama Supply List Word Doc


Katie McGerr

Christine Albright-Tufts

Musical Theater

Brian Cimmet

Felipe Panamà

Stage Management

Don Buschmann

Theater Management

Jim Clark

Jill Anderson

Theater Design & Technology

Carmen Martinez

Rob Andrusko

All Majors

  • Computer (laptop or tablet) with good wireless and video conferencing capabilities. Audio and video recording and editing capability strongly recommended.
  • Headphones, earbuds, or AirPods

Acting and Musical Theater

Required Equipment:

  • Sweats and loose, comfortable clothing
  • 1 pair sneakers (athletic or jazz sneakers)
  • Water bottle
  • Yoga mat
  • Large journal (8 ½ x 11) for reflection, writings, notes
  • Colored pencils/markers
  • Small whiteboard and dry erase markers
  • Personal hand-held mirror
  • One tennis ball
  • One four-foot wooden dowel rod (usually sold 1” inch in diameter)

Musical Theater

Required Equipment:

  • Digital keyboard (small is fine – we recommend Casio SA-76 for its portability, but a larger keyboard for your room will also work)
  • External speaker (wired or Bluetooth) for practicing and performing with recorded tracks


  • Garageband or other audio and/or video editing software
  • Tripod for video equipment

Required for Dance Classes:

  • Dance tights for ballet (ballet pink, black or flesh tone)
  • Leggings, tights, and/or fitted athletic wear for jazz and theater styles
  • Solid colored leotards and/or form-fitting tank tops and t-shirts
  • Proper supportive undergarments (i.e., dance belts, sports bras, etc.)
  • Ballet shoes (ballet pink, black, or flesh tone—split sole recommended)
  • Flat jazz shoes (black or tan—split sole recommended)
  • Professional character shoe (2 ½ or 3-inch heel and/or oxford—black or tan)
  • For sophomore year and beyond: beginner tappers, flat oxford tap shoes are appropriate. More advanced tappers, 2 ½ or 3-inch heel.
  • If applicable, supplies to keep long hair out of the face

Please note: All dance attire must present as clean, professional, and tidy. Please refer to syllabi for specific instructor requirements.

Additional Dance Supplies Suggestions:

  • Flex-bands (i.e., Therabands)
  • Yoga or pilates mat
  • Knee pads (i.e., Asics neoprene super sleeve knee pad)
  • Foam roller (whole or half, nubs or not)
  • Ice packs (to break open conveniently for personal use—available at your local pharmacy)

Stage Management

For DRD 140/240, a personal tools kit that includes the following:

  • PPE: Safety glasses/hearing protection/gloves
  • Hammer, minimum 16oz
  • Pliers
  • 5-in-1 screwdriver
  • Retractable metal tape measure – at least 12’ long and with 1/16” marks
  • 8” adjustable crescent wrench with hole for attaching a lanyard
  • Paint brushes (probably 2-3, sizes will be specified)
  • Paint sponge
  • Hot glue gun
  • Quality scissor
  • Seam ripper
  • Hand sewing needles – medium
  • Straight pins
  • Pin dish or cushion
  • Fabric tape measure
  • Something to store everything in


  • A good multi-tool (Gerber, Leatherman, or similar quality)
  • Wire stripper
  • Continuity tester

Please note that if you already have any of these, you do not need to buy new.

Theater Design and Technology

In the TDT area you will not be required to buy many textbooks, however, you will need a variety of supplies that will be used every year you are in the program.


  • PPE:
    • Safety glasses
    • Hearing protection
    • Gloves
  • Tools:
    • Retractable metal tape measure – at least 25’ long and with 1/16” marks
    • 8” adjustable crescent wrench with hole for attaching a lanyard
    • Good quality scissors
    • Olfa knives (utility knife and Olfa 300)
    • X-ACTO knife with replacement blades
  • Rulers:
    • Architect scale ruler (NOT engineer, the scales are different) – 1/8”, ¼”/ ½” etc
    •  6” 45/45 triangle
    • 8” 30/60/90 triangle
    • 6” or 8” adjustable triangle
    • Small circle template
    • Metal ruler (18” and 36”) – with cork or rubber backing
    • Clear rulers (6” and 12”)
  • For Drafting:
    • Large bow compass 6”
    • Sandpaper pad
    • Drafting dots/drafting tape
    • Eraser, white and soft
    • Pencils (mechanical or wood): HB, 2H. 3H, 4H, B, 2B, 3B, 4B
    • Sharpener for pencil of choice
    • Erasing shield, with row of small circles
    • Drafting brush
  • Papers:
    • Vellum, 17lb 36” wide roll, or 24” x 36” sheets
    • Tracing paper, 18” x 24” pad or 18” wide roll, white or yellow
    • 24x36” newsprint pad
    • 9x12” bristol board
    • 9x12” pad of watercolor paper
    • Illustration board
  • For Model Making:
    • Two 20x30” sheets of black foam core (3/16” thick) (you can wait on this and buy a large box as a class)
    • Sobo glue
    • Tacky glue
    • Gesso
    • Scale lumber and dowels
    • Emory board (nail file)
    • Modelmaking tweezers
    • Straight pins
    • Rabbet cutter
  • Art Supplies:
    • Watercolor set – pans or tubes (Winsor Newton, Holbein, Derwent, Koi are good, not fewer than 12 colors)
    • Acrylic Paint – Liquitex or Golden are good options and give good coverage. Colors below:
      • Permanent White
      • Ivory Black
      • Cadmium Yellow Pale
      • Cadmium Orange
      • Cadmium Red Medium
      • Alizarin Crimson
      • Cobalt Blue
      • Ultramarine Blue
      • Permanent Green
      • Burnt Umber*
      • Burnt Sienna*
      • Ochre*
      • Spectrum Violet*
      • Payne’s Gray*
    • Sketchbook – Canson XL or Strathmore Visual are good – no smaller than 8.5x11”
    • Masking tape
    • Black masking tape
    • Palette – can be palette paper
    • A container for water
    • UHU glue stick
    • Brushes (synthetic watercolor are good):
      • #8 Round
      • #12 Flat
      • As many more as you would like! We recommend a 00, or 000. Great for details.
    • Clear pushpins
    • Micron pens


  • A good multi-tool (Gerber, Leatherman, or similar quality)
  • French curves
  • Large 45/45 triangle (especially for lighting designers)
  • Beam compass
  • Splined curved rule
  • Ellipse template
  • Large circle template
  • Drafting dry‐cleaning pad or powder
  • Set of “needle files”

 School of Design

Printable Design Supply List [Word]

All incoming design students should have the following materials. If a student already has some of these tools and supplies, they do not need to purchase the entire kit. Students may also purchase these items individually from the bookstore or another retailer of art and design tools.  Please note:  All students are expected to have all of the design tools below with them on the first day of class.

  • Cutting mat 12x18 translucent
  • X-ACTO knife
  • Box 100 #11 X-ACTO blades
  • 24” cork-backed steel ruler
  • 45/45/90 triangle (10” size)
  • Sobo glue 4oz
  • Aluminum push pins 1/2"
  • Drawing pencils: one HB, one 2B, and one ebony pencil
  • Two black Conte crayons
  • Sharpie marker black extra fine
  • Sharpie marker black fine
  • Large black marker
  • Masking tape
  • White plastic eraser
  • Canister pencil sharpener
  • Pad 14”x18” white drawing paper (50lb or similar)
  • Sketch book (9” x 12” minimum)
  • OSHA-approved eye protection
  • Ear protection (NIOSH 20db NRR)
  • Some method of taking digital photographs
  • External hard drive for backing up work
 School of Design (Fashion Design)

Printable Fashion Design Supply List [Word]

In addition to the items on the list for all School of Design students, fashion design students should purchase the following additional items prior to arriving on campus:

  • 8” dressmaking shears – we highly recommend Gingher knife edge (not serrated)
  • Paper scissors (colored plastic handle makes it easier to differentiate with fabric shears)
  • 4” embroidery scissors (knife edge, also Gingher)
  • Seam ripper (recommend Clover brand)
  • Tape measure 60”
  • Clear plastic ruler, 18” x 2”, 1/8” grid (NO metal edge, often found in the quilting area)
  • Sewing gauge, 6” with movable indicator
  • Pin cushion/magnet (optional: wrist pin cushion/magnet)
  • Dritz yellow headed quilters pins (500)
  • Hand sewing needles, SIZE 10 SHARPS
  • Loop turner
  • Point turner
  • Fine point disappearing ink marking pen (recommend Clover)
  • Toolbox for all of your supplies
  • 1 or 2” three-ring binder
  • Package of 50 clear plastic sheet protectors for three-ring binder
  • Package of card stock

Fashion fabric for garment projects:

  • Fabric #1: SOLID COLOR (other than black), lightweight woven cotton (100%) 2½ yards; 1 spools of matching thread, Gutermann #100, 100% polyester. This is for a dress.
  • Fabric #2: SOLID COLOR, bottom weight woven fabric (cotton, linen, etc.) 3 yards; 1 spool of matching thread, Gutermann #100, 100% polyester. This is for a pair of pants, so this should feel sturdier than your dress fabric.
  • Fabric #3: medium weight woven fabric (recommend natural fiber) 1 1/4 yards; 1 spool of matching thread, Gutermann #100, 100% polyester. *This is for a bag of your own design. You may choose to wait to acquire fabric until you work through the design.

*Please double check that your fabric does not contain spandex or Lycra!


The following kit of items must be purchased directly at the SU Bookstore (ask at the front desk):

The kit contains all JUKI Industrial Sewing Machine Equipment Parts (total cost TBA). QTY








Zipper Foot






Invisible Zipper Foot






Needles Size 12 10pk






Bobbin Case



Threading Wire






Presser Foot SCREW



Needle Screw



Presser Foot



Magnetic Gauge



#9 Ball Point needles - 10 pk



Schmetz DCX1 Serger Needles