Undergraduate Admissions

Successful B.A. candidates are curious students with strong writing and critical thinking skills, who are interested in performance as an object of study. This includes students who enjoy thinking and writing about performance. We are not a performing arts department - we don't train students to do performance - but we welcome students who are excited about analyzing and understanding it in a disciplinary context that includes anthropology, ethnic and gender studies, religious studies, philosophy, etc.

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

Deadlines

Undergraduate applicants must complete the NYU Common Application online, and a Written Supplement ("Portfolio") submitted via SlideRoom.  All materials should be received by the dates listed below.

PLAN PORTFOLIO DEADLINE COMMON APP DEADLINE DEADLINE TO CHANGE DEPT.*
Early Decision 1 November 1 November 1 November 8
Early Decision 2 January 1 January 1 January 8
Regular Decision January 1 January 1 January 8
Spring Transfer November 1 November 1 November 8
Summer/Fall Internal March 1 March 1 March 8
Summer/Fall External April 1 April 1 April 8

 

* Requests made by applicants to change from one Tisch department to another after the deadline must be approved by the Associate Director of Admissions in consultation with the department and the Director of Recruitment.

Performance Studies Portfolio

Performance Studies Portfolio

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 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?

Internal (NYU) Transfer Application Instructions

To apply to the Department of Performance Studies, applicants must complete both the Internal Transfer Application online, and submit a statement of purpose ("Portfolio") via SlideRoom.

For the 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?

"This department is a really exciting place to work. The students and faculty are so inventive in their pursuit of rigorous thought and expressive possibilities, in their boldness, and with the de-territorialization they undertake of the disciplines that influence the field. If there is a future, performance studies is a part of it."

— Malik Gaines, Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies