ITP Graduate Admissions

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The Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Application for Fall 2019 is now available online! The application deadline is December 1, 2018.

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 master's degree 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.  Please also tune in for Facebook Live events! It's your chance to chat with our faculty!

ITP Department Application Requirements

Personal Statement

We ask for a personal statement because we want to get a sense of who you are in your own words beyond what we can infer from your resume/CV.  We want to see how your experience, success, and failures have shaped how you see the world, what ideas you have and what you want to do.  Don't be afraid to take some chances.

Length: Please limit it to 1,000 words or 4 pages.


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. 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 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:

1-Minute Introductory Video

Use a webcam or smart phone to record yourself.  Share something that you want us to know about you and how you explore and express your creativity. We are not looking for special effects, as long as we can see and hear you clearly. Keep it simple and show us your personality. You can upload to YouTube, Vimeo, etc. or use ITP's video tool.  Please include the link to your video at the end of your personal statement. 

Limit: 1 minute.

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.


Interview Dates for the Fall 2019 Admissions cycle:

Monday, December 3, 12:30-2pm

Wednesday, December 5, 12:30-2pm

Monday, December 10, 12:30-2pm

Wednesday, December 12, 12:30-2pm

Monday, December 17, 11:30-1pm

Wednesday, January 9, 12:30-2pm

Friday, January 11, 12:30-2pm

Wednesday, January 16, 12:30-2pm

Friday, January 18, 12:30-2pm

Wednesday, January 23, 12:30-2pm

Friday, January 25, 12:30-2pm

Wednesday, January 30, 12:30-2pm


We will be hosting group interview sessions at the NYU Shanghai campus. Please check back here shortly for dates as we confirm them.


Please email to reserve a spot. Tell us your name, a short description about you, and where you will be traveling from.  SPACE IS LIMITED. YOU MUST RSVP. Please do not arrive on the day of without RSVPing, as we may not be able to accommodate you without a prior confirmation.

The Group Interviews will take place at:

721 Broadway, cross street Waverly Place
Left elevators to the 4th Floor
New York NY 10003


Applicants are encouraged to visit ITP at any time during the year. Please contact ITP Admissions Coordinator, Midori Yasuda at 212-998-1882 or

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 – No need to send the contents sheet if emailing the URL. Just includ the description of the portfolio in the email itself.

2. Email PDF or link to a shared Google drive to

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

4. 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.

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

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

7. 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 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

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Red Burns, Former ITP Chair

ITP Overview

  • ITP Courses

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    See a sample listing of ITP courses.

  • Course Requirements

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    Find out more about how ITP courses are structured.


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    Read on for more admissions and department requirements.

  • Informational Open Houses

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    ITP attracts so many different types of students who are interested in studying creative uses of interactive multimedia technologies. Whether you are a sculptor or a computer programmer, an architect or a philosopher, a dancer or a scientist, and want to apply your interests to interactive media, we would like an opportunity to learn more about you.

  • Transfer of Credits

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    Applications for a transfer of credits based on comparable graduate-level courses may be submitted only after three courses have been completed within the program. A maximum of 8 points may be transferred. Applications require the approval of the faculty.

  • Ownership Policy

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    The creative works produced by students at the Tisch School of the Arts in fulfillment of class assignments, or as individual study projects, whether made on Tisch School of the Arts premises or elsewhere, with or without Tisch School of the Arts equipment, and with or without extra funds, are subject to certain restrictions until the educational experience associated with such works has been completed. These restrictions are spelled out in the Ownership Policy section in the Tisch School of the Arts Bulletin.

  • Facilities

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    ITP is a state-of-the-art multimedia production center located in New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. It is housed in a 15,000-square-foot complex in which a turn-of-the-century industrial loft has been transformed into a striking high-technology studio. Students can reserve a wide variety of digital production equipment for creating and showing dynamic content. Also featured is a fabrication workshop for physical computing and carpentry, including various wood and metal working tools, spray booth, 3 laser cutters, 4 mills and a CNC machine. There are areas dedicated to pc board making, soft circuit design and 3D printing. All classrooms and presentation spaces support projection sharing and live view cameras. The space as a whole is highly reconfigurable and responsive to support cluster work, large audience presentations and open gallery shows. New York City, the richest communications environment in the world, provides the ideal location for the department, which is situated at New York University’s Washington Square Center in Greenwich Village.

  • International Students

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    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 For more information visit PTE is another test that we will accept.

  • Financial Aid

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    ITP offers a limited number of tuition scholarships to incoming students. All students are automatically considered for academic merit-based and financial need-based scholarships after applying for admission and financial aid (applicants planning to file should so indicate on the admission application). Awards are made on the basis of academic excellence, demonstrated ability, professional promise, and financial need. Tuition scholarships are funds applied toward the cost of tuition. Please keep in mind that requesting financial aid will have no effect on the admission decision.

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