Digital Accessibility

All Tisch digital content must be made accessible using WCAG 2.0 accessibility standards.

This page is designed to address specific Tisch website accessibility issues, but is not a comprehensive list of all accessibility issues. Along with this page, please refer to NYU's Digital Accessibility website, which contains a wide range of guidelines, resources, and tutorials.

What is digital accessibility?


Tisch Website Content

Most content on the Tisch website is already accessible. Editors are responsible for adding page descriptions, using text headings in numerical order, creating effective link text, making sure any text on top of color blocks or images meets WCAG 2.0 color contrast standards, and adding alt text to all images.

Below are guidelines, suggestions, and video tutorials on how to make your Tisch website content accessible. (Video tutorials require NYU net ID and password to login.)

Adding Page Descriptions

Editors must add page descriptions in the Page Properties to every Tisch webpage. Page descriptions are a one or two sentence description of the page contents. This conent is used in various sections of the Tisch website and also to generate search engine results and Google SEO.

Video Tutorial

Using Headings

Use headings in numberical order in any text areas. Heading 1 should never be used as it is reserved for the page title.

Video Tutorial

Checking Color Contrast

Text that is offset poorly by its background can be difficult for people with poor vision to read. This can also apply to icons or images on a page. NYU created simple, easy to follow color contrast guidelines on their Digital Accessibility site.


Adding Alt Text to Images

Editors are required to add alt text to every image. Alt text is a simple text description of the image. If the component requires you to place alt text into an image component but you are not using an image, simple type 'blank'.

Video Tutorial

Pre-recorded Videos

All pre-recorded videos posted to any Tisch video channel, as well as any student films or student work, are required to be captioned. Refer to these re-recorded video captioning guidelines for all Tisch videos.

Live Videos

Live video captioning is recommended for all Tisch live videos. Refer to these guidelines for making your live video events accessible.

PDF Documents

Any PDF documents posted to the Tisch website must be accessible. You can make accessible PDFs by exporting PDF documents out of Microsoft Word, or by using Adobe Acrobat's 'Make Accessible' tool.

External Websites

Student clubs, alumni associations, and any outside website associated with NYU Tisch School of the Arts are responsible for making their websites accessible.


Creating accessible emails is equally as important as having an accessible website. As one of the primary forms of communication at NYU, we have a responsibility to send emails that are accessible.

Social Media

Accessibility extends to social media content. Please refer to NYU's guidelines for making your social media content accessible.


Many of your questions can be answered by visiting the NYU Digital Accessibility Site. You can also reach out to the NYU Moses Center for any questions about accessibility. If you have any further questions, please email

For any questions about usage of copyrighted materials in any online digital media, please refer to our copyright guidelines.