The NYU Game Center is seeking creative, passionate, and talented students for our undergraduate and graduate programs in game design. For undergraduate applications to the Game Center, a creative portfolio submitted via Slate is required in addition to the Common Application. For graduate applications to the Game Center, both the academic application and creative portfolio must be submitted via Slate.

 Application Deadlines

BFA Early Decision I November 1, 2020
BFA Early Decision II January 1, 2021
BFA Regular Decision January 5, 2021
MFA Application January 5, 2021

Undergraduate Admissions

Applicants interested in the BFA in game design can using the Common Application. Students can apply to our 4-year undergraduate Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program as incoming freshmen or internal/external transfer students depending on their academic progress. 

BFA Application Requirements

  • Complete the Common Application.
  • Submit a creative project through Slate. Upon completing the Common Application, each applicant will receive an email with a direct link to the Creative Portfolio submission page. A creative project could be: a game you’ve made (digital or non-digital), a computer program you’ve written, a film you created, a piece of music, a creative writing sample, a portfolio of artwork, visual design, sculptures, photography or other creative pieces.  We are looking for your talent and creativity in whichever medium you choose, so choose an example that you think best shows off your strengths and ideas. 
  • Respond to 5 short essay questions in Slate about your interest in games.
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Graduate Admissions

For those who have completed their undergraduate degree and are seeking to further their education, development and knowledge in game design, we offer a 2-year Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program. Professional game experience is not required and applicants may come from a wide range of professional, personal, and educational backgrounds. Applications will become available in mid-September and are due January 1, 2020. 

MFA Application Requirements

  • Personal Statement
  • Professional Resume
  • 2 Creative Projects
  • Crticial Game Alanysis
  • Transcripts
  • English Language Proficiency Test for non-native speakers
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
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Thinking about applying to the Game Center?  There are many ways to find out more about our program, visit our department, or attend an NYU Open House.

NYU Open Houses

Each fall NYU hosts two fall Open Houses. Visit the NYU Open House site here to learn about the dates for the current year.

The Tisch School of the Arts Open Houses are typically held at the Washington Square campus, and begin at the Skirball Auditorium at 566 LaGuardia Pl. After a welcome from the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, there will be a separate gathering just for those specifically interested in the Game Design BFA. This year, the open house will be online, but will still have a separate virtual gathering for those who are interested in our program.

For general information about visiting NYU, click here.

Game Design Information Sessions/Tours

Due to the effects of COVID-19, we will not be offering physical tours of the Game Center this fall. However, we’d love to talk to you about our program virtually. Email to set up a one-on-one informational meeting with our admissions coordinator.

Contact Us

You can reach the Game Center by calling 646-997-0708 during Office Hours, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. You can also email with questions.