How to Apply

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Design Department will host all interviews for admission virtually. We are sorry we cannot welcome you to visit in-person at this time, but we look forward to meeting you, seeing your work, and introducing you to our program.


  • 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

Our application deadline is January 1st, 2022.

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: We would like to see a small sample of your work prior to confirming an interview date.  With submission of your application, you will be asked to share samples of your theatre and/or film design work. All designers must include examples of designs based on a script. Set and Film designers must include at least one photo of a three dimensional (not digital) scale model you have designed and built with scale figures, for one scene of a script. Please include some hand drawing samples (figure drawing or observational drawing). If you have questions, please contact Barbara Cokorinos at 212-998-1956 or You will be contacted regarding an in person portfolio interview after the faculty have reviewed your application materials.

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

For fall 2021 admissions, all interviews will be conducted by Design Department faculty remotely via Zoom. 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