Below please find the new portfolio requirements for the 2022 application.

Candidates seeking admission to the Dual Degree program must complete the Tisch Application and Tisch Creative Portfolio by December 1st and must submit the Stern School of Business Dual Degree Application and supporting documents by December 15th. Finalists will be invited to interview for the Dual Degree program with both schools.


There are three required components applicants must submit in order to successfully apply to the MBA/MFA Dual Degree program:

  1. The Tisch Graduate Application due no later than December 1st.
    • All required academic documentation, testing, recommendations, and supporting credentials must be included.
    • Early submissions are welcome and encouraged.
  2. The Grad Film Creative Portfolio due no later than December 1st.
    • The Creative Portfolio is detailed below.
    • It must be submitted via SlideRoom, the online department application system, on or before the Dec. 1 deadline.
    • Please note Slideroom will charge a $12.00 fee for applicants to use this service. This fee may be paid with a credit or debit card. If you would like to request a fee-waiver, please email
    • Register with SlideRoom and set up an account when the portal re-opens in September at this url:
  3. The Stern Dual Degree Application due no later than December 15th.
    • All required documentation including the essay, resume, EQ Endorsement, and GRE, Executive Assessment, or GMAT test scores must be included.



August and September

  • Schedule to take the GRE, Executive Assessment, or GMAT. Results needed by the December 15th. 
  • Schedule English Language test (for non-native English speakers). Results needed by December 1st.
  • Review list of requirements for the Tisch Application and Tisch Creative Portfolio (see below).
  • Review Stern Dual Degree Application and requirements.  
  • Begin work on Tisch Creative Portfolio.
  • Contact EQ endorser.
  • Start Tisch Application.
  • Start Stern Dual Degree Application and essays.

October and November

  • Set up SlideRoom account (for submission of Tisch Creative Portfolio).
  • Prepare personal statement and resume for Tisch.
  • Prepare resume, essay, and online application for Stern.
  • Upload all required undergraduate transcripts.


Please prepare the following items for your Creative Portfolio. All items must be uploaded to SlideRoom:


Sample(s) of your work presented visually. Material done in collaboration with other artists is acceptable provided you were the major creative force (i.e., director, producer, writer, camera operator or editor) and explain in detail the exact nature of your contribution.

Choose ONE of the following formats (i.e., do not combine video and photography):

Video: The submission should contain one complete narrative or documentary film with a total running time that does not exceed 15 minutes. Video footage of staged plays or theatre performances is not acceptable. Do not submit a clip reel. Please be clear about your specific contributions to the sample. You may upload up to ten minutes of video directly to the media page within SlideRoom. If the total running time of your video sample exceeds ten minutes, a YouTube or Vimeo link to your work must be provided on the media page. Please test your video prior to submission. If you are submitting a link, please be sure no downloads or passwords are required. We also ask that you do not deactivate viewer controls on this link. Reviewers will need to be able to fastforward, rewind, and see the video runtime. Foreign language films must have English subtitles.


Photography (Stills): No more than 10 prints on any subject, black and white or color, with or without commentary may be submitted. The photographs may also be a presentation of work in other media, such as painting, illustration, sculpture, set design, costume design, etc. (Still images and scans uploaded to should be a minimum of 72 dpi.)

Please use the following guidelines when labeling your media (i.e. film or photographs) in SlideRoom.


You must submit ALL of the following:

A. Dramatic Story: The Dramatic story is a required short narrative writing exercise. Write a two page story which builds  dramatic tension and ends with one of these lines:

"So I took the pair of sneakers, and never looked back."

"I think Mom is psychic."

"Any questions?"

"And for the first time ever, I put on a mask."

"Life isn't meant to be fair."

"I still don't trust you, but OK."

"Now I see it!"

"We bumped elbows and split."

Format for the Dramatic Story: 2 pages, double-spaced, 12 point font, prose style (not screenplay). (Save as a pdf and upload to SlideRoom.)

B. Dialogue Scene: Write an interesting conversation between two people that reveals something about the characters. You can give a one sentence description of each character, but please include only essential details. Do not write back story. Do not include a cover page.Write a maximum of two pages in screenplay format, 12 point font. (Save as a pdf and upload to SlideRoom.)

C. Concept: Describe one concept for a feature-length script, narrative film, or documentary that you would like to develop. Write no more than one page, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font. (Save as a pdf and upload to SlideRoom.)

D. Photograph: Include a photograph of yourself (Save and upload to SlideRoom). 

E. Resume & Personal Statement: Upload copies of your resume and personal statement to SlideRoom. These are also required elements for the application submitted to the Tisch Office of Graduate Admissions. We ask that you upload the same documents to SlideRoom. Personal statements should be between 2-4 pages in length, double-spaced, 12 point font.

Please upload the requested items only. Failure to do so will be grounds for automatic disqualification. Please do not substitute, vary, or add extraneous or additional pieces. Creative Portfolio materials cannot be edited once uploaded to SlideRoom.

SlideRoom Tips

  • Do NOT wait until the last minute to register on SlideRoom.
  • Do NOT wait until the last minute to submit your Tisch Creative Portfolio as technical issues may arise.
  • All components of your Tisch Creative Portfolio must be submitted to SlideRoom. This online portal offers instructions for submitting work. 
    • We cannot accept materials submitted via email. Please do not email us your Portfolio components.
  • For technical assistance with SlideRoom (i.e. submitting a file), please contact:
  • Once registered to start a Creative Portfolio via SlideRoom, the applicant may step away and come back at any time, until the final deadline.
  • Please make sure to save progress after each visit, and do not click to submit until all required components have been 100% properly uploaded.
  • Once the Creative Portfolio is submitted, it may no longer be edited.
  • Please note: Upon submitting the Creative Portfolio, SlideRoom will send an email confirmation. Save it.


Please Note

  1. Recommenders should use the online system as well.

  2. Students will need to be accepted by BOTH schools in order to enroll in the Dual Degree program.