How to Apply


  • Applicants from all disciplines of undergraduate study, not just those who have specialized in theatre and/or film design, are equally welcomed. 
  • Prior experience in theatre or film production is preferred but not required.
  • An interview and portfolio review are required for admission.
  • Admission is limited to full-time graduate students beginning in September only.

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 - Submit Samples of your Work

Set Design and Production Design Applicants: Please send five 8.5" x 11" color photocopied 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. Do not send originals, as the work will not be returned. It is not necessary to put samples in a binder or portfolio of any kind. If you have questions, please contact Barbara Cokorinos at or 212-998-1956. Please send samples (do not mail your entire portfolio) to:

Barbara Cokorinos
Dept. of Design for Stage and Film
721 Broadway Room 331
New York, NY 10003

You will be contacted regarding a portfolio interview after we have received your samples.

Costume and Lighting Design Applicants: Please do not mail any samples or your portfolio in advance. Upon receipt of your application we will contact you to confirm an interview date. 

Step 3 - Interview

You will be contacted to schedule an interview. All interviews are conducted in New York. You may choose three preferred dates from options that will be provided closer to spring 2021.

Interview dates and times are subject to change. We will make every effort to arrange a special interview time if there are unavoidable scheduling conflicts.

On the day of your interview, there are several things you will need to bring with you, including a portfolio. It is important to read the interview and portfolio requirements in advance of your interview date.