Interview and Portfolio Requirements

Interview Requirements

For 2021, all portfolio materials must be submitted digitally. Please email the following to

  1. A portfolio of your work (See requirements below).  
  2. A completed Information Form.
  3. A completed Three Quick Questions Form.
  4. Your resume and personal statement (the same documents from your Tisch Graduate Admissions application).
  5. A photograph of yourself (formal or candid).

Prior to your 20 to 30 minute interview, you will have the opportunity to speak with a current student or recent graduate. During this time, your application will be reviewed by the faculty. Make sure your work is properly labeled. Keep the presentation simple and clear. 

Portfolio Requirements

Portfolios should contain the following:

1. Examples of work in theatre and/or film such as sketches, models, photographs of models, production photographs, rough sketches, light plots, copies of drafting, etc. These do not have to be from realized production work. All submissions should be in .JPEG or .PDF format and one collated Google Drive folder is preferred. An external link to your portfolio (not website) is also acceptable.

  • Applicants in the area of scenic design and production design must include photos of at least one physical three dimensional scale model with figures for one scene of a script, a scale ground plan for same model, and five examples of architectural sketches (furniture, architectural details, interior details, etc).
  • 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, photographs of these productions, and hand drafting, if possible.

2. Samples of your art work, such as drawings, paintings, models, sculptures, etc. All submissions should be in .JPEG or .PDF format and one collated Google Drive folder is preferred. An external link to your portfolio (not website) is also acceptable.

Your portfolio should be as broad-based as possible, preferably containing materials displaying skills in areas beyond your immediate specialty. We are primarily interested in how you work and think as a designer and particularly interested in examples of visual ability—i.e., drawings, paintings, sculpture, architecture—over technical skills. We would like to see examples of your work which show the process, not just the finished product. Include rough sketches and be prepared to talk about your work. 

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.