Take creative risks and find your individual vision.
The Department of Photography and Imaging at Tisch offers a curriculum centered on the making and understanding of images. You explore photo-based imagery as personal and cultural expression. We embrace multiple perspectives as you work in virtually all modes of analog and digital photo-based image making and multimedia.
“Since it’s in New York, you’re so exposed to so much culture and art and it’s right at your doorstep. Everything is so accessible that your options are kind of endless for inspiration, and I think that’s definitely really unique to Tisch.”
— Stella Rose Gahan
Spring at Tisch, Photography + Imaging
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You will register for a full-time, spring semester consisting of 12-18 units. Your course load includes your core curriculum (6-8 units) and additional companion courses.
Students must take two core courses: a studio photography course (4 units) and a history of photography course (4 units). We will work with you and the Department of Photography and Imaging to select courses that are best suited to your background and help you reach your goals. You will be placed in classes based on your portfolio review and academic progress.
Students are responsible for getting courses taken through Spring at Tisch credited to their degree program at their home college or university.
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January 22 - May 6, 2024
Additional important dates are available on the Tisch Admissions Calendar.
The spring 2024 application is closed.
The Spring at Tisch Photography and Imaging track is open to full-time matriculated undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors from other colleges and universities.
Prerequisite: You must have taken at least two semesters of college-level foundation courses, including Photography I and
You must not be on academic or disciplinary probation.
*Students who are on a leave of absence at the time of their application must have a representative of their school (e.g. an academic advisor) state via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org that they are presently on good academic and disciplinary standing with their school.
*Students taking a gap year in-between high school and college are not eligible.
Effective May 2023, NYU no longer requires COVID-19 vaccinations. However, staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, including booster shots, remains strongly recommended for the health and safety of the student and the campus community—and students are welcome to wear masks anytime they choose. More information about COVID-19 protocols at NYU, including updates, is available on the NYU COVID-19 Information website.
Photo courtesy of the Department of Photography and Imaging
Tuition and Fees
- Visiting Student Full-time Tuition, 12-18 units flat rate, per term: $30,219
Additional Fees Include:
- Estimated Media and Production Fee: $414*
*Estimated based on 2022-2023 tuition rates
Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.
Tisch does not have direct scholarships for visiting students. We do encourage visiting students to consult with their home institutions about portable financial assistance such as Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, and educational PLUS loans. The student's home institution processes these loans, which are typically applied to their NYU program via a consortium agreement. This agreement is initiated by the student at his or her home school's financial aid office, which in turn forwards the consortium form to New York University, Office of Financial Aid, 25 West Fourth Street, New York, NY 10012-1119. The Office of Financial Aid can be reached at (212) 998-4444. NYU's Office of Financial Aid then confirms the student's acceptance to the program, registration, and the costs of attendance, and returns the agreement to the home institution.
To determine the amount and type of aid available, the home institution compares the costs of attending with the student's individual financial circumstances. We encourage students seeking aid to begin the financial aid process with their home school immediately after being notified of acceptance as the steps involved take a great deal of time.
There may be additional fees depending on the courses you register for. These may include, but are not limited to, lab, insurance, and projection fees.
Housing and Meal Plans
For spring 2024, on-campus housing is not available. Students must seek their own accommodations off-campus.
All eligible registered Spring at Tisch students must maintain health insurance comparable to the NYU-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan. International students are automatically enrolled in the NYU-sponsored Student Health Insurance Comprehensive Plan, unless students complete the online enrollment/waiver process before the semester deadline to either maintain other insurance coverage that meets the University's criteria, or to downgrade to the Basic Plan. For additional information on health insurance costs and regulations, please contact the Student Health Insurance Services Office located at 726 Broadway, New York, NY 10003-9580; telephone: (212) 443-1020;