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Spring Future Artists Program Requirements

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Spring Future Artists Application Deadline: November 14, 2016

Please read the following admissions information before starting your online application. You can find important dates 2016-2017 Tisch Special Programs Admissions Calendar.

How do I apply?

  • Step 1 - Requirements and Eligibility
  • Step 2 - Online Application
  • Step 3 - Verification
  • Step 4 - Notification
  • Step 5 - Confirmation


  • You must be a current freshman, sophomore, or junior high school student living in the New York metropolitan area. Students must be able to commute to NYU each weekend to attend the sessions. Housing is not available for this program. There are no exceptions.
  • There is no GPA requirement for this program. SAT and ACT testing grades are NOT reviewed.

Tisch is a collaborative and rigorous program so your presence is keenly felt. The program is competitive; we receive over 700 applications for the high school programs in NYC. You should arrive ready to absorb, challenge and internalize what is being offered. Your prior accomplishments are not as important as being open to the ideas and training that will be presented.

Your admission decision is based on a faculty review of your entire application, including your personal statement, letter of recommendation, résumé and transcripts. Those that are selected will be brought in for an in person interview.

All communications regarding your application, including your admissions decision, will be communicated to you via the email address that you designate as your primary email address on the application. Please check this email account regularly, as you will be receiving communications that are often time-sensitive and require a response.


You must submit the following items:

  • Online Application
  • Personal statement
  • Creative résumé
  • One recommendation letter
  • Official high school transcripts issued directly from school.
    Homeschooled Candidates: Please review the policy for documentation in the Transcripts section below.


The personal statement is comprised of two parts: Part 1 and Part 2. Altogether, your personal statement (both Part 1 and Part 2, combined) should be at minimum 500 words, at maximum 1500 words. 

We recommend first typing your personal statement in your preferred composition program, then you can copy and paste your Personal Statement into the "Personal Statement" section of your application. 

The prompt for Part 1 is the same for all tracks within the Future Artists program. The prompt for Part 2 is specific to your chosen track (e.g. there is a specific prompt for dance applicants, recorded music applicants, etc.).

If you have selected a second or third choice program, please respond to the Part 2 prompts for those as well. Please make it clear where the responses for your first, second, and third choices begin.

The prompts are provided in the application.


Your creative résumé should highlight creative and artistic work accomplished, activities and relevant employment. Your résumé should also include:

  • Your full name and contact information.

  • Any extra curricular activities or work in your community.

  • Additional information such as awards, clubs, and activities.

  • OPTIONAL: URL links to your online media (e.g. video, music, photography, etc.)


Within the online application, please enter the name and email address of your recommender. The recommendation must be from a high school representative, ideally one who is familiar with your interest in the performing or media arts. You have the option of adding a second recommender, however only one is required.

Register your recommender early! After sending the recommendation form, please be sure to follow up with your recommender to ensure that they have received it. You should allow your recommender 1-2 weeks to complete the recommendation. Recommendations must be received by the application deadline.

Once you submit your recommender's information, they are emailed instructions on how to submit their online recommendation. If a recommender has trouble completing his/her online recommendation please have him/her contact our office. You will be emailed confirmation that the recommendation has been received. The subject of the confirmation email is “Tisch Application Reference Submission”.


Request your transcripts early. You should allow at least 2-4 weeks for processing and delivery to Tisch Special Programs. Your official transcripts must be received (not postmarked) in our office by the application deadline. If we have not received your official transcripts by the application deadline, your application will not be considered for admission.

  • Official transcripts must be issued directly from the high school to Tisch Special Programs and should be sent via one of the following methods:

    • Email: This is our preferred delivery method.

      • Emailed transcripts must come from your school's email address or an official transcript service on behalf of your school.

      • Our email address is tisch.special.admissions@nyu.edu

    • Fax: Our fax number is 212-995-4578

      • a cover page from school;

      • student’s name;

      • student’s cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale

    • Mail: Mailed transcripts must be sealed and issued directly from your school to:

  • Tisch Office of Special Programs
    New York University
    721 Broadway, Rm 1248
    New York NY  10003

Homeschooled Applicants

In place of a formal transcript from a high school, please have your parent/guardian in charge of your homeschooling upload a document detailing the following:

  • Completed and in-progress coursework
  • Summary of each course's content
  • Explanation of academic achievement in each course, summarized with a letter grade (A-F) if possible
  • If you have previously attended a high school, please request that they send an official transcript to Tisch Special Programs via one of the delivery methods outlined above.

GPA Conversion
Need to convert your GPA to a 4.0 scale? Try CollegeBoard’s GPA Calculator.


Email is our primary method of communication; therefore, please make sure to allow emails from tisch.special.admissions@nyu.edu to be viewed.  

You will receive two verification emails after submitting your application.

  • "Application Received" - Within 24 hours of submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation email verifying that it was successfully received. However, this does not mean your application is complete.

  • "Application Complete" - After receipt of your "Application Received" email, please allow 3-5 business days for your application to be assessed for completeness. Our office will send an email verifying that your application is either complete or missing materials.  Any part of your submitted application that is missing/incomplete, must be completed and/or received by the application deadline. 

Only once your application is complete will you be evaluated by our faculty for admission and receive final status notification.  


  • Final status notifications will be sent on the dates listed in the 2016-2017 Tisch Special Programs Admissions Calendar.
  • Early final status notification is not available.
  • Notifications are communicated only by email, and only to the primary email address given in the application.


If accepted, you will be required to confirm your participation. You should confirm as soon as possible, as space is limited. If the program reaches capacity before we receive your confirmation, you will be placed on a waitlist. Please confirm your spot by the confirmation deadline found on the 2016-2017 Tisch Special Programs Admissions Calendar.

If you are having difficulty with the online application, please contact us at (212) 998-1512.