Interview and Portfolio Requirements

Interview Requirements

The candidate in design should bring to the interview:

  • A portfolio of your work (outlined below)

  • A personal statement (one to two pages) outlining your career goals in professional theatre and/or film. Explain why you have chosen this profession, why you are interested in graduate school at this point in your life, and why specifically NYU.

  • A résumé of your experience in professional and nonprofessional theatre and/or film and any related experience.

  • A photograph of yourself (formal or candid).

Portfolio Requirements

Please prepare a portfolio of the following:

1. Examples of your design work in theatre and/or film such as sketches, models, photographs of models, production photographs, rough sketches, light plots, drafting, etc. These do not have to be from realized production work.

  • Applicants in the area of scenic and film design must include at least one three- dimensional (not digital) scale model you have designed and built with scale figures, for one scene of a script; a scale ground plan for same model; and five examples or architectural sketches (furniture, architectural details, interior details, etc.).  If you are unable to transport your model, you may bring photographs.

  • Applicants in the area of costume design must include sketches (15 minimum) for at least one script, including research, fabric swatches, and detail drawings, as well as five examples of figure drawing.

  • Applicants in the area of lighting design must include light plot and full paperwork for two to three projects (one project from work outside of school preferred), a one-page statement about your ideas of light for the projects and how you executed them, and drafting of these productions and photographs. 

2. Samples of your artwork, such as drawings, paintings, sculptures, etc., or photographs of the artwork. 

The department cannot assume any liability or responsibility for any portfolio submitted by the applicant that is lost or damaged while in its possession.  If you have any additional questions please contact Barbara Cokorinos at 212-998-1956 or

Additional Requirement for International Applicants 

Interviews with international applicants for whom English is a second language will be conditional upon receipt of official results of the TOEFL and a score of at least 625 (paper-based test) or 260 (computer-based test) or 105 (Internet iBT test). If you feel you are eligible for a waiver of the TOEFL, please learn more at the Tisch Office of Graduate Admissions.