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ITP Admissions

Online applications for Fall 2016 is still available from the Tisch Graduate Admissions webpage. Click the "Apply Now" button on the left side.

The formal deadline to apply for Fall 2016 has passed, but we are still accepting late applications. However, late applications will be for waiting list consideration only with little chance of departmental scholarship aid if accepted later.

ITP is a creative environment at the intersection of art and technology in which diversity is valued and collaboration is encouraged. A background in design or computer programming is not required for acceptance into ITP. The department is looking for applicants from a diverse range of educational and professional backgrounds who want to explore and create new forms of communication and expression using interactive multimedia technologies. Acceptance into the program is competitive; enrollment is limited to full-time applicants who show exceptional promise and are interested in collaboration and experimentation. Admission for degree candidates is for the Fall semester only. All students entering the program must hold a bachelor’s degree which can be completed in any subject matter. No entrance examination is required (however, international students must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language, TOEFL English exam. IELTS results are accepted as well).

Applicants are encouraged to visit during one of our many open house events. Please find the schedule here.

ITP Department Application Requirements

Personal Statement

Please use about 1,000 words (4 double-spaced pages) to answer a couple of these questions. Please do not cover things we can find on your resume. It would be great to also state why you wish to come to ITP.

  • What failure have you learned the most from?  What would you do differently and why?
  • Identify a topic or thing you would like to learn about.  How do you learn best?  What are some assignments that you would give yourself?
  • What do you care about? 
  • How can you keep the dishes in the ITP kitchen clean?  Solve this problem three ways adopting the thinking of three types of people (ie. comedian, probation officer, ethicist, psychologist, economist, tennis racquet manufacturer).
  • Describe a collaborative endeavor.
  • What are your interests and what is your work about, what would you like your work to be, and why do you want to do it at ITP?

Resume

Please list your educational background and any work experience whether multimedia related or not.  If you have a LinkedIn account, please provide us with your URL.

Two Letters of Recommendations

Applicants are strongly encouraged to ask recommenders to submit their letters through the online application system. Sending a hardcopy letter by mail will be accepted but will result in a delay in the processing of the application.

All Official Transcripts

Official transcripts or photocopies of transcripts should be scanned and uploaded by December 1. Applications that are missing any of the above will not be submitted for admissions review until they are complete. Questions about the online application for admission should be addressed to the Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Admissions Office 212.998.1918 or tisch.gradadmissions@nyu.edu. Questions about ITP  or the the optional creative portfolio should be referred to Midori Yasuda, ITP Admissions Coordinator at 212.998.1882 or e-mail: itp.admissions@nyu.edu

Group Interviews

While interviews are not mandatory, ITP encourages as many applicants as possible to visit the department. Group interviews are conducted in December through February. We expect to see everyone living in the tri-state area to come in for a group interview, even if you came for an open house. These interviews give applicants the opportunity to see the physical space, to view student work on display, and to meet current students and staff/faculty. The interviews also allow us to learn more about you. Any and all ITP applicants are encouraged to attend. We will not be able to do individual Skype interviews.

Here is the group interview schedule for Fall 2016 applicants:

Thursday, Dec 3, 2015, 1-2:30pm  (almost full!)

Monday, Dec 7, 12:30pm - 2pm  (1 spot left)

Thursday, Dec 10, 1-2:30pm  (1 spot left)

Monday, Dec 14, 1-2:30pm 

Thursday, Dec 17, 2-3:30pm   (almost full!)

Monday, Dec 21, 12-1:30pm   (1 spot open)

Wednesday, January 6, 2016, 1-2:30pm  (FULL)

Thursday, January 14, 1-2:30pm  (FULL)

Wednesday, January 20, 1-2:30pm

Friday, January 29, 1-2:30pm  (FULL)

 

The following group interviews will be held in Shanghai, China:

Wednesday January 20

Session 1: 5pm - 6:15pm  (1 spot left)

Session 2: 7pm - 8:15pm   (This is FULL)

Thursday January 21

Session 1: 6pm - 7:15pm   (This is FULL)

 

To reserve a spot for one of the dates above, email itp.rsvp@nyu.edu with your preferred date, where you are traveling from and 1-2 words to describe yourself (ie. student, journalist, architect, musician, etc.).  Applicants are encouraged to attend sooner than later and to book a December date when possible. January dates will also fill up and we will not be able to add additional dates due to our condensed review period.

Applicants are encouraged to visit ITP at any time during the year. If you cannot visit during any of the specific dates above but would still like to come, please contact ITP Admissions Coordinator, Midori Yasuda at 212-998-1882 or itp.admissions@nyu.edu.

Creative Portfolio

Submission of a creative portfolio is optional due to the diversity of applicant backgrounds. Portfolio materials need not be professional-quality work or even interactive media projects. Applicants are encouraged to submit work that is reflective of their interests and experiences. If you come from a creative background or enjoy making things, we encourage you to submit your work, as this will give us a better overall impression of you and your interests.

If you wish to send a portfolio, please prepare the following: We ask that applicants limit the creative work to just one of the following formats:

  1. MOST PREFERRED METHOD IF POSSIBLE – URL. Provide a list of required plug-ins or technical specifications. Please check very carefully that all links are working properly. If sending a URL, it can simply be emailed to the admissions coordinator –itp.admissions@nyu.edu No need to send the contents sheet if emailing the URL. Just include the description of the portfolio in the email itself.

  2. CD (please specify Mac, PC, or Mac/PC disk and send only one disk).

  3. Video. Limit: one DVD (NTSC). No more than three segments edited to a combined total of no more than 15 minutes. Any more than this time allotment will not viewed.

  4. Print. Laser copies, photograph prints, portfolio book. Do not exceed 11″ x 14″ dimensions.

  5. Writing Samples. Limit: No more than 20 pages.

  6. Audio CD. No more than 15 minutes.

  • Description of your portfolio. If you are submitting a hardcopy portfolio, it is important that you include a printed version of instructions for viewing the portfolio (e.g. Which files to select for a CD), a list of contents with a short description of each piece, and your role in the production of the content. Portfolios that do not have a clear set of instructions will not be reviewed. If you submit a URL, you can either include the description/instructions in the email or in the website directly.

  • A self-addressed, stamped envelope (if you want your creative materials returned).

Do not send an original copy of your creative work. ITP cannot be held responsible for any materials lost or damaged while in our possession or in transit. Physically label the material carrying your work with your name (using the exact same name you have used in the application for admission: e.g., SMITH, John) and date of birth – month/day/year, e.g., 05/31/82). Please email or mail deliver your creative portfolio to: Midori Yasuda ITP Admissions Coordinator, ITP, Tisch School of the Arts New York University 721 Broadway, 4th Floor New York, NY 10003-6807.

International Students

All applicants must meet the English language requirements. If English is not your native language, you should plan to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The test should be taken no later than November to ensure that results are received in time to meet admissions deadlines. Only TOEFL scores that are less than two years old are acceptable. Late receipt of scores will cause delays in the admissions process and departmental evaluation. Alternatively, you can meet this requirement by submitting the results of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination or Pearsons Test of English (PTE). For more information visit http://www.ielts.org. We prefer to see a score of 100 on the iBT TOEFL or 7 on the IELTS. Another option is the American Language Institute at New York University which offers a number of tests throughout the year. For information call 212.998.7040 or visit their web site. If you feel like your English skills are strong enough, please check the Graduate Admissions page for how to request a waiver and the requirements needed.

Any questions about ITP or the admissions process, feel free to contact ITP's Admissions Administrator, Midori Yasuda at midori.yasuda@nyu.edu.

What I hope for you is that you are willing to risk, make mistakes, and learn from failure.

Red Burns, Former ITP Chair

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