ITP Graduate Admissions

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Graduate applications for the Fall 2024 cycle are closed. Applications for Fall 2025 will open mid-September.

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 and Duolingo results are accepted as well).

Applicants are encouraged to visit during one of our many open house events. Please find archived open houses presentations here.

ITP Department Application Requirements

Personal Statement

At ITP we look for people with unique points of view, who hope to make creative work with an impact. 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 experiences, successes, and failures have shaped how you see the world. What ideas do you have and what are you curious about?  What kinds of projects are you interested in making or re-making? Is there something you are obsessed with or highly passionate about, either professionally or as a non-work activity? Share something that you want us to know about you and how you explore and express your creativity.  

You can write about anything that shows us what ideas you have and what you want to explore. Don't be afraid to take some chances. Please note that you do not need to address all of the prompts above.

Length: Please limit your statement to 1,000 words or 4 pages double spaced.


Please list your educational background and any work experience whether it's interactive media 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 unofficial photocopies of transcripts should be scanned and uploaded. Applications that are missing transcripts will not be submitted for admissions review until the application is complete. If accepted, then applicants will be asked to mail in hardcopies of official transcripts. For the application though, unofficial copies are ok to use. 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 should be referred to Midori Yasuda, ITP Admissions Coordinator at 212.998.1882 or e-mail:

2-Minute Introductory Video

Use a webcam or smart phone to record yourself. We are not looking for special effects, as long as we can see and hear you clearly.  What are your areas of interest, or things that you care about, that might serve as content for future ITP projects?  What impact do you hope the work you do has? Keep it simple and show us your personality.  You can upload to YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Please upload your video as a part of your online application on the Digital Portfolio Page.

Limit: 2 minutes.

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 one of the following: We ask that applicants limit the creative work to just one of the following formats:

  1. URL. Please check very carefully that all links are working properly. Please include the URL with your online application.  ~ or ~

  2. Link to a shared Google Drive folder of your work (can include jpegs, PDF’s, writing samples, audio, video, etc.)

Description of your portfolio. It is important that you include a list of contents with a short description of each piece, and your role in the production of the content. If you submit a URL, you can either include the descriptions in the website directly.

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. NYU's TOEFL code is 9633.

Alternatively, you can meet this requirement by submitting the results of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination, Duolingo or Pearsons Test of English (PTE). 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.

We are not stating minimum scores for the test scores. We take into account the entire application when making our decisions.

Financial Aid Form

After submitting the graduate application, students can then complete the financial aid form by logging back into their application and checking the status portal. Please note, the financial aid form is not used when determining admissions decisions. Rather, we use these forms for accepted students in determining departmental scholarship allocations. Please see the financial aid page for more information on how we try to support our students, especially underrepresented students to come up with a feasible financial plan to attend ITP. Once admissions decisions are sent out, we will reach out to all accepted students to urge them to complete this financial aid form if they would like to be considered for departmental scholarship aid.

US students who are eligible for US federal student aid should complete the FAFSA no later than February 1.

Any questions about ITP or the admissions process, feel free to contact ITP's Admissions Administrator, Midori Yasuda at

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

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.

  • ITP Alumni Visualizer

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    LinkedIn ITP Alumni information.