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Undergraduate Admissions

Admission to the Tisch School of the Arts is a highly selective process. Applicants are held to rigorous academic and artistic standards, and evaluated through a two-part admissions process, which includes submitting both the Common Application and an artistic review. As Tisch is a community of storytellers, consider both parts as an opportunity to share your story — we want to know who you are, and what you care about; what you've done, and what you intend to achieve.

Application Process

You can apply to the Tisch School of the Arts by using the Common Application, answering NYU-specific questions and submitting additional required materials. Learn more about the requirements and deadlines through NYU Undergraduate Admissions or by selecting one of the following:

Applicants to programs which require an audition or creative portfolio are not required to submit standardized testing for consideration, and doing so is entirely optional. As the portfolio for Interactive Media Arts is optional, testing is required for the program.

Artistic Review

Below are details regarding each department and their artistic requirements, which we collectively refer to as the artistic review. Each artistic review is designed to gauge whether or not an applicant is going to be a good fit for the program and within the overall artistic community at Tisch.

Before reviewing the artistic requirements, here is some important general information regarding the artistic review.

Artistic Review Deadlines

Be sure to submit your Common Application in advance of our deadlines, noting the following:

  • In order to submit your creative portfolio via SlideRoom, your Common Application must first be submitted.
  • For Dance: You can schedule your audition through SlideRoom, but again, your Common App must be submitted before you can schedule an audition. Dance auditions will be confirmed via email after the deadline.
  • For Drama: Required materials must be submitted via SlideRoom, again requiring you to submit your Common App before the deadline. In order to schedule an audition, which must be done at least 48 hours after the deadline, your application needs to not only be submitted but also processed by NYU, which can take as many as 5-7 business days. Your Common Application should therefore not be submitted at the last minute as waiting until the last minute may prevent you from being able to schedule an audition.
  • For Interactive Media Arts (IMA): Despite being optional, any additional materials must be uploaded by the application deadline in order to be reviewed by the faculty.

Common App & SlideRoom

All applicants, except those to IMA, must integrate their Common Application and SlideRoom accounts. Furthermore, you cannot submit your SlideRoom unless you have already submitted your Common App. Learn how below.

  • As you answer the NYU-Specific questions, under “Academics,” you should select the Tisch School of the Arts and the program to which you wish to apply.
  • If you select any program which requires an artistic review, you will then be prompted with the following question: Applicants to the artistic programs at NYU, including the one which you indicated above, are required to audition or submit a creative portfolio. You can begin the process by linking your Common Application with SlideRoom. Select 'Yes' to link your Common Application to SlideRoom.
  • Select 'Yes,' and continue, completing the Academics section.
  • Once you save and continue to the next section, you will see an additional Portfolio section under the NYU sidebar.
  • Once you reach the Portfolio section, you can create your SlideRoom by selecting “New York University Portfolio Site.”

Institute of Performing Arts

Intense professional training in acting, dance, musical theatre, directing and theatrical production is offered in the Institute of Performing Arts. Additionally, the Department of Performance Studies provides an innovative approach to the study of the history, theory, and practice of human performance.

Dance (BFA)

Tisch Dance seeks to develop and prepare fully realized dance artists to be critical thinkers, fearless leaders, and fluent performers, emphasizing the techniques of ballet and contemporary dance, with equal emphasis on performance and choreography.

  • Please see here for artistic requirements.
  • Access SlideRoom through either the Common Application or the NYU Albert applicant portal application status checklist.
  • Questions? Call Tisch Dance at (212) 998-1980.

Drama (BFA)

Tisch Drama is dedicated to giving you the artistic and intellectual know-how for a successful life in the performing arts, exposing students to different approaches to acting, music theatre, production, design, theatrical management, and directing. We train thinking artists who have the skills to ask questions, find answers, tell stories and engage — creatively, intellectually, and professionally.

  • Please see here for artistic requirements.
  • Access SlideRoom through either the Common Application or the NYU Albert applicant portal application status checklist.
  • Questions? Call Tisch Drama at (212) 998-1850.

Performance Studies (Bachelor of Arts)

Performance Studies uses performance as a lens to study the world. Interdisciplinary, Performance Studies draws from theories of the performing arts, anthropology and sociology, literary theory, and legal studies.

Kanbar Institute of Film & Television

Tisch’s Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film & Television is internationally recognized as a leader in cinema and media studies, film and television production, and writing for film, television and the stage.

Cinema Studies (Bachelor of Arts)

Devoted to film and television history, theory, and analysis of the moving image, with alumni working in museum film departments, archives, as journalists, and even in the industry itself.

Emerging Media

Emerging Media students discover new ways to communicate as an everyday part of life, and an extension of their creative voice.

Game Design (BFA)

Dedicated to the exploration of games as a cultural form and game design as creative practice, the NYU Game Center is training the next generation of game designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and critics, to advance the field of games by creating a context for advanced scholarship and groundbreaking work.

Interactive Media Arts (BFA)

IMA provides students with an opportunity to study the intersection of technology and human interaction, learning forms of digital interactivity, alongside an education in both the arts and liberal arts.

  • An artistic review is not required. Students can, however, demonstrate interest by submitting optional additional online materials.
  • Standardized testing is required for students applying to IMA. Learn more about NYU’s standardized testing policy, here.

Photography & Imaging (BFA)

Centered on the making and understanding of images, Photography & Imaging offers students both the intensive focus of an arts curriculum while demanding a broad grounding in the liberal arts. Students will embrace multiple perspectives, with majors working in virtually all modes of analog and digital photo-based image making and multimedia.

Recorded Music (BFA)

Considered the first and only program of its kind, the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music provides professional business and artistic training toward, aiming to provide students with the necessary skills — business, creative, and intellectual — needed to emerge as visionary creative entrepreneurs in the evolving music industry.