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Undergraduate Admissions

Admission to the Tisch School of the Arts is a highly selective process. We hold applicants to a high standard of academic and artistic excellence. Think of your Tisch application as an opportunity to show us who you are, what you’ve done, and what you care about.

The Application Process

The Tisch application involves two major components: You’ll first file the Common Application with the NYU Supplement, then you’ll complete an artistic review. The artistic review is required for admission to all Tisch programs, and each department has its own specifications. Depending on your course of study, you may have to submit a portfolio or schedule an audition. Either way, it's a good idea to check the deadlines and give yourself plenty of time.

Review application deadlines and learn more about each department’s artistic review requirements below.

Freshmen Application Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Financial Aid Deadline Notification Date
Early Decision I November 1 November 15 December 15
Early Decision II January 1 January 15 February 15
Regular Decision January 1 February 15 April 1

Transfer Application Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Financial Aid Deadline Notification Date
Spring Transfer November 1 November 1 Beginning mid-November
Summer & Fall External Transfers April 1 April 1 Throughout the month of May
Summer & Fall Internal Transfers March 1 April 1 Throughout the month of May

We recommend submitting the Common Application one month in advance to allow plenty of time to prepare your portfolio or schedule an audition by the application deadline. Learn more about applying to NYU and start your application.

You can find other important transfer application information and instructions at the NYU Transfer Applicants site.

Artistic Review Requirements

Click on a Department below to learn about the Artistic Review requirements for that Department.

Cinema Studies Requirements

An application to the Department of Cinema Studies requires a two-part portfolio. Part 1 is a five- to 10-page essay on a film, director, or any film-related topic. Part 2 is a one-page statement that should answer the following questions:

1. Have you had any previous cinema-related course work?

2. What areas of cinema studies are you most interested in exploring (e.g., film genres, directors, theoretical issues, etc.)?

3. What are some of your career aspirations (e.g., film journalist/critic, film museum or archive worker, film industry professional, screenwriter, filmmaker, etc.)?


Visit Cinema Studies for more details.

Dance Requirements

Acceptance to the Dance program is based on both the dance audition and NYU admissions requirements.

We require an audition for admission, which consists of a condensed class in ballet technique and contemporary combinations, lasting approximately one and a half hours.

If you pass the first part of the audition, you’ll be asked to perform a short solo dance you’ve learned or choreographed — something you enjoy doing. A personal interview follows the solo performance.


Visit the Dance Department for more details.

Drama Requirements

Everyone else calls it an audition, but for us, the artistic review is a bit more than that. The process allows us to determine if our program is an environment in which you will thrive, grow, and progress toward achieving your goals in the theatre and in the world. The artistic review is a bit different depending on what you’re interested in studying, but all applicants will schedule an in-person or digital review.

Visit the Drama Department's website for more details.


In addition to the common application, the NYU Game Center requires a creative portfolio. 

The three components of the creative portfolio are:

  • 1-2 page personal statement.  Your personal statement should tell us about your reasons for wanting to come to the NYU Game Center, why you want to make games, what excites you most about games and game design.
  • Creative Project. A creative project could be: a game you’ve made (digital or non-digital), a computer program you’ve written, a film you created, a piece of music, a creative writing sample, a portfolio of artwork, visual design, sculptures, photography or other creative pieces.  We are looking for your talent and creativity in whichever medium you choose, so choose an example that you think best shows off your strengths and ideas. 
  • 1 page critical analysis of a game that you know deeply.   It should be a thoughtful and insightful analysis of one or more aspects of the game. We are not looking for a description of the game but instead you should demonstrate some insight into how the game works.
For more details, please visit the NYU Game Center website.

Performance Studies Requirements

To apply to the Department of Performance Studies, applicants must complete both the New York University common application online, and submit a statement of purpose ("Portfolio") via SlideRoom, which is accessible through the Common Application.

For the Performance Studies Portfolio, please submit a 750-1000 word statement that addresses your interest in performance studies, why you think you are a good fit for this department, and what you hope to gain from the experience of studying with us. What do you hope to study and write about in the field of Performance Studies? Why are you applying to this program and not a more traditional program such as anthropology, dance, or theatre?

Admission is based on previous academic achievement and evidence of strong skills in writing and cultural analysis.

For more details, please visit Performance Studies.

Recorded Music Requirements

To apply to the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, you must prepare and submit a creative portfolio in addition to the Common Application with the NYU Supplement.

The creative portfolio involves seven components, including written work, creative samples, and a letter of recommendation. While you’re preparing your portfolio, remember that you do not need to have experience in the music industry to apply, nor do you need to have access to resources to demonstrate your vision, creativity, passion, and your potential for success. We urge you to have fun and be creative!

For more information, please visit the Clive Davis Institute.