Graduate Admissions

We are now accepting applications for 2022.

To apply to a Tisch graduate program, you’ll need to submit the General Graduate Application to Tisch School of the Arts, as well as a department-specific portfolio or creative supplement. Each of these can be submitted online. The Office of Graduate Admissions manages the application process in close consultation with each department.

Application Requirements

Each department has its own set of requirements, so we’ve provided a step-by-step guide to applying with portfolio requirements and links for more information.

Arts Politics

MA

Admission to the Master's program in Arts Politics is based on an evaluation of previous creative and academic achievements, a clear sense of critical direction, and compatibility with the aims and ideas of the program. Successful applicants may come from various backgrounds, including practicing artists, critical studies, or arts institutions. MA students begin their full-time enrollment in September.

You can submit all application materials to this program online. The résumé, personal statement, and writing sample should be uploaded with the online application.

In addition to the general Tisch Graduate Application, please prepare the following:

  1. A professional résumé including your creative and academic background; work experience; creative work; critical writing; civic, activist, and community-based engagements; and performances, installations, and published work.

  2. A statement of purpose (two to three double-spaced pages) that addresses:

    a) your critical, activist, and professional trajectory — specifically, the resources you have garnered and the constraints you have encountered;

    b) your reflections on key and pressing issues in arts politics generally;

    c) your expectations for how the program will affect your work and thought; and

    d) the project or intervention you would like to engage in during and after the program.

  3. A writing sample that reflects your ability to carry out sustained academic research and critical writing, and to successfully complete interdisciplinary graduate course work. A substantive essay is recommended, but longer samples are acceptable, e.g., samples or documentation of creative and critical work, or documentation or writings about activist, institutional, or organizational projects which you have initiated or taken a significant role in directing.

  4. Two letters of recommendation, submitted using the online system.

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Cinema Studies MA

MA

Admission to Graduate Cinema Studies is based on previous academic achievement, a personal statement, a writing sample, and two letters of recommendation.

In addition to the general Tisch Graduate Application, please prepare the following:

  1. A professional résumé listing academic background, work experience, honors, affiliations with professional organizations, papers presented at conferences, published work, language ability, etc.

  2. A statement of purpose (two to three double-spaced pages) outlining your academic and professional background, goals, and what you hope to gain from the program.

  3. A writing sample (15-20 double-spaced pages) that reflects your ability to carry out sustained critical, theoretical, and/or historical thinking on film, television, video, and/or new media. In the absence of a moving image–related topic, a piece of writing on a subject in the arts or humanities is acceptable.

Please attach the documents to the online application, including copies of academic transcripts and two letters of recommendation.

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Cinema Studies Ph.D

Ph.D

A previously earned master’s degree is required for applicants wishing to enter directly into the doctoral program.  A completed MA or MS is generally required for consideration. 

NOTE: The GRE is no longer required for the Cinema Studies Ph.D. program. 

In addition to the general Tisch Graduate Application, please prepare the following:

  1. professional résumé listing academic background, work experience, honors, affiliations with professional organizations, papers presented at conferences, published work, language ability, etc.

  2. statement of purpose (two to three double-spaced pages) outlining your academic and professional background, goals, and what you hope to gain from the program.

  3. writing sample (15-20 double-spaced pages) that reflects your ability to carry out sustained critical, theoretical, and/or historical thinking on film, television, video, and/or new media. In the absence of a moving image–related topic, a piece of writing on a subject in the arts or humanities is acceptable.

Please attach the documents to the online application, including copies of academic transcripts (both undergraduate and masters) and two letters of recommendation.  

 

 

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Design for Stage and Film

MFA

STEP 1 - APPLY

A graduate candidate in design must submit the application provided by the Tisch Office of Graduate Admissions, stating the particular field of interest. Final decisions of acceptance depend on completing both departmental portfolio requirements and New York University admissions requirements.

STEP 2 - SET AND PRODUCTION DESIGN APPLICANTS

Submit Preliminary Samples of Your Work: Please send five samples of your set and/or production design work. Within these samples, you must include 1) at least one photo of a three dimensional scale model (with figures) you designed and built for one scene of a script, and 2) a drawing sample. All submissions should be in .JPEG or .PDF format and one collated Google Drive folder is preferred. Be sure to include titles or brief descriptions to identify your work.

Please email this material to tischdesignportfolio@gmail.com

You will be contacted regarding an interview after we have received your samples. Do not send your full portfolio until directed.

SET 2 - COSTUME AND LIGHTING DESIGN APPLICANTS 

No preliminary samples required. Upon receipt of your application, we will contact you to schedule your interview. Feel free to submit your portfolio to us at any time (Step 3). 

STEP 3 - PORTFOLIO AND INTERVIEW

We will contact you to schedule an interview and you will be able to choose your preferred date from options that will be provided. 

We must receive your portfolio at least 7 days in advance of your interview. For information on how to submit your portfolio, please review our interview and portfolio requirements

If you have questions regarding the submission of your portfolio materials, feel free to email Michael Doshier at michael.doshier@nyu.edu.

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Dramatic Writing

In order to complete your application to Graduate Dramatic Writing, you must submit the general Tisch Graduate Application and a creative portfolio.

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Game Design

MFA

The ideal applicant for the Game Design MFA is passionate and talented, and may or may not have professional game experience. Our students come from a wide range of professional, personal, and educational backgrounds, and they demonstrate a high level of talent, creative spirit, and competence in one or more areas relating to game design, game production, and game scholarship. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college is required. The Game Design program is two years long — full-time study only.

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Graduate Acting

Graduate Acting Production

MFA

In a typical year, the Graduate Acting Department will personally audition more than 800 students in order to select an ensemble of 16 actors. Ideally, each ensemble is diverse, both in cultural background and practical experience. Each actor’s story is unique and each brings something important to the ensemble.

In order to apply to the Graduate Acting program, you must complete the general Tisch Graduate Application online and schedule an in-person audition. For your audition, you’ll need four monologues of no more than two minutes each, and 16 bars of a song that you can perform a cappella.

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Graduate Film

MFA

A filmmaking background is not a prerequisite for admission to the Tisch School of the Arts; when we evaluate the visual and written portion of your application, we’ll be looking for evidence of potential creative ability.

The application has two required components:

  1. The general Tisch Graduate Application, along with any required academic documentation, testing, recommendations, and supporting credentials.
  2. A five-part creative portfolio, which you’ll submit via Slideroom, the Department’s online application system. This portfolio includes both visual and written submissions.
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Graduate Musical Theatre Writing

MFA Admissions Requirements

1. A detailed resume.  Include both professional, theatrical, creative and other work experience.  Composers, please include a complete list of works.

2. Sample Work:

A. Composers and Lyricists:

Recordings, no more than 20 minutes in length, plus relevant materials such as scores, lyric sheets, charts, youtube links or standard video formats, etc.  Excerpts from a musical theatre piece are preferred, but other works (e.g., pop songs, song cycles, instrumental works, poetry, etc.) demonstrating a wide stylistic range are also encouraged.  Please include a libretto and brief synopsis for the musical you are submitting, if available.

B. Bookwriters/Playwrights:

A pdf of a script for a musical theatre piece and recordings of songs written for it, or a pdf of a script of a play. Include a synopsis and reviews, if available.  Non-playwrights may apply and should submit a portfolio that reflects their recent work (i.e. poetry, fiction, non-fiction).

3.  This Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program application (including exercises).

REMEMBER, ALL OF THIS MATERIAL IS SEPARATE FROM AND IN ADDITION TO ANY GENERAL TSOA GRADUATE ADMISSIONS APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS.

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IMA Low Residency Program

IMA Low Res

The Global Low Residency MA degree in Interactive Media Arts is a unique and exciting graduate school experience that aims to challenge the norms for accessibility in higher education. Rooted in a maker culture of “learning by doing”, this new program offers students a degree focused on the production, application, and understanding of interactive media for creative expression and critical engagement. By participating in this program, graduates will be empowered to more thoughtfully engage with the interactive media technologies, systems, materials and actors informing our world today.

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Interactive Telecommunications Program

ITP class

MPS

A background in design or computer programming is not required for acceptance into ITP; we’re looking for applicants from a diverse range of educational and professional backgrounds who want to explore and create new forms of communication and expression using interactive multimedia technologies.

Acceptance into the program is competitive; enrollment is limited to full-time applicants who show exceptional promise and are interested in collaboration and experimentation. Admission for degree candidates is for the Fall semester only. All students entering the program must hold a bachelor’s degree in any subject matter. No entrance examination is required, but international students must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam. (IELTS results are accepted as well).

Once you’ve completed the general Tisch Graduate Application, you’ll prepare and submit a creative portfolio. This includes a personal statement, resume, letters of recommendation, and all official transcripts.

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MBA/MFA Degree - Film

MBA/MFA

In order to enroll in the NYU MBA/MFA dual-degree program, students will need to be accepted by both Tisch and Stern. This involves two separate processes, one for each school. In addition to the general Tisch Graduate Application, applicants to the Tisch MFA Film Producing program will be required to submit a creative portfolio showcasing their work, featuring both visual and written submissions.

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Performance Studies MA

MA

Admission to the Master’s program in Performance Studies is based on an evaluation of previous academic achievements, presence of a clear scholarly focus, and compatibility with the philosophy of the program. Master’s students begin their full-time enrollment in the Fall.

In addition to the general Tisch Graduate Application, we ask that you prepare the following:

  1. A statement of purpose (three to five double-spaced pages, maximum) that addresses:

    a.) your specific research interest in the field of Performance Studies

    b.) why you are applying to this program (and not a more traditional program such as anthropology, dance, or theatre)

    c.) how your academic, professional, and/or artistic background make you an ideal candidate for the program. 

  2. A writing sample (10-15 double-spaced pages, maximum) that reflects your ability to carry out sustained academic research and writing, preferably one that relates to the field of Performance Studies. (10- to 15 double-spaced pages, maximum.)

  3. Two letters of recommendation

  4. All academic transcripts

  5. A professional resumé listing academic background, work experience, honors, affiliations with professional organizations, papers presented at conferences, published work, etc.

The resumé, statement of purpose, writing sample, and recommendations should be attached to your online application for admission. GREs are not required. Ideally, academic credentials will be uploaded as scanned documents along with the application for admission. They also may be transmitted electronically through a secure third-party service. Check with your school's records or credential-issuing office to see if this kind of service is available. You also can mail, or instruct your school to mail, one copy of your educational record to:

Office of Graduate Admissions 726 Broadway, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10003

(Please note that you may upload transcripts or have them mailed in. You do not have to do both.)

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Performance Studies Ph.D

Ph.D

The Ph.D. program in Performance Studies is small and rigorous. It offers intensive training for students who wish to become the new leaders of the field. The Tisch Performance Studies program accepts up to four new students a year. Ph.D. students begin full-time enrollment in September.

A previously earned master’s degree is required for applicants wishing to enter directly into the doctoral program.  A completed MA or MS is generally required for consideration.  Applicants holding an MFA or M.MUS degree, who have a strong academic training background in performance theory may be considered on a case by case basis.

In addition to the general Tisch Graduate Application, we ask that you prepare the following:

1. A statement of purpose (three to five double-spaced pages, maximum) that addresses

     a) your specific research interest in the field of Performance Studies,

     b) why you are applying to this program (and not a more traditional program such      as anthropology, dance, or theater), and

     c) how your academic, professional, and/or artistic background make you an ideal      candidate for the program.

     d) A brief description of your proposed dissertation topic and how the department        faculty will help you achieve your academic goals.

2. A critical writing sample (10-15 double-spaced pages, maximum) that reflects your ability to carry out sustained academic research and writing, preferably one that relates to the field of Performance Studies. (10- to 15 double-spaced pages, maximum.)

3. Two letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty who are familiar with your recent academic work.

4. All academic transcripts from colleges and universities attended.

5. A professional résumé listing academic background, work experience, honors, affiliations with professional organizations, papers presented at conferences, published work, etc.

The resume, statement of purpose, writing sample, and recommendations should be attached to your online application for admission. GREs are not required. Ideally, academic credentials will be uploaded as scanned documents along with the application for admission. They also may be transmitted electronically through a secure third-party service. Check with your school's records or credential-issuing office to see if this service is available. You also can mail, or instruct your school to mail, one copy of your educational record to:

Office of Graduate Admissions 726 Broadway, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10003

(Please note that you may upload transcripts or have them mailed in. You do not have to do both.)

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Application Deadlines 

NOVEMBER 15

IMA Low Residency MA Program 

DECEMBER 1

Cinema Studies MA

Cinema Studies PhD

Dramatic Writing MFA

Graduate Film MFA

Interactive Telecommunications Program MPS 

MBA/MFA Dual Degree in Film

JANUARY 3

Design for Stage & Film MFA

Game Design MFA

Graduate Acting MFA

JANUARY 15

Arts Politics MA

Moving Image Archiving & Preservation MA

Performance Studies MA

Performance Studies PhD

FEBRUARY 1

Graduate Musical Theatre Writing MFA

Notification of Decision

Notification of an admission decision cannot be made until all required supporting materials have been received and a full assessment of a candidate has been rendered by the departmental admission committee. A preliminary notification informing the candidate of his or her successful audition/interview may be sent directly by the Graduate Acting program, the Department of Dance, or the Department of Design for Stage and Film. However, a formal offer of admission can only be issued by the Office of Graduate Admissions.

The Kanbar Institute of Graduate Film and Television will notify candidates who have been selected as finalists for an interview. This does not constitute admission to the program.

For most departments, admission notification begins March 1 and continues through April 15. Applicants to all programs are informed by e-mail.

Orientation information and registration instructions are sent to accepted applicants after receipt of the tuition deposit.