Undergraduate Admissions (2023)

NYU's final application deadlines to begin as a first year student for the 2022-2023 school year are November 1 (Early Decision I), January 1 (Early Decision II), and January 5 (Regular Decision).

Admission to the Tisch School of the Arts is a highly selective process. Applicants are held to rigorous academic and artistic standards, and evaluated through a two-part admissions process, which includes submitting both the Common Application and an artistic review. As Tisch is a community of storytellers, consider both parts as an opportunity to share your story — we want to know who you are, and what you care about; what you've done, and what you intend to achieve.

Join Our Mailing List

Application Process

You can apply to the Tisch School of the Arts by using the Common Application, answering NYU-specific questions and submitting additional required materials. Learn more about the requirements and deadlines through NYU Undergraduate Admissions or by selecting one of the following:

Applicants to programs which require an audition or creative portfolio are not required to submit standardized testing for consideration, and doing so is entirely optional.

(Video) A behind-the-scenes look at the undergraduate admissions process

Artistic Review

Below are details regarding each department and their artistic requirements,which we collectively refer to as the artistic review. Each artistic review is designed to gauge whether or not an applicant is going to be a good fit for the program and within the overall artistic community at Tisch.

Before reviewing the artistic requirements, here is some important general information regarding the artistic review.

Artistic Review Deadlines

Be sure to submit your Common Application in advance of our deadlines, noting the following:

  • For all programs using Slideroom (Cinema Studies, Film & Television, Photograph & Imaging, Recorded Music), in order to submit your creative portfolio via SlideRoom, your Common Application must first be submitted.
  • For all other programs (Collaborative Arts, Dance, Drama, Dramatic Writing, Game Design, IMA, Performance Studies) you will receive an email from NYU a few days after you submit the Common App containing a personalized link to the Artistic Review portal, where you can submit all artistic materials and/or schedule an audition.

Applicants toCinema Studies, Film & Television, Photograph & Imaging, and Recorded Music must integrate their Common Application and SlideRoom accounts. Furthermore, you cannot submit your SlideRoom unless you have already submitted your Common App. Learn how below.

  • As you answer the NYU-Specific questions, under “Academics,” you should select the Tisch School of the Arts and the program to which you wish to apply.
  • If you select any program which requires an artistic review, you will then be prompted with the following question: Applicants to the artistic programs at NYU, including the one which you indicated above, are required to audition or submit a creative portfolio. You can begin the process by linking your Common Application with SlideRoom. Select 'Yes' to link your Common Application to SlideRoom.
  • Select 'Yes,' and continue, completing the Academics section.
  • Once you save and continue to the next section, you will see an additional Portfolio section under the NYU sidebar.
  • Once you reach the Portfolio section, you can create your SlideRoom by selecting “New York University Portfolio Site.”

Technical Support

Students should either visit the Common Application Applicant Solutions Center or email SlideRoom at support@slideroom.com. For technical issues with the NYU Artistic Review Portal, please contact admissions@nyu.edu.

(Video) Dr Victoria Harvey, Tutor for Undergraduate Admissions at St John's College, University of Cambridge

Institute of Performing Arts

Intense professional training in acting, dance, musical theatre, directing and theatrical production is offered in the Institute of Performing Arts. Additionally, the Department of Performance Studies provides an innovative approach to the study of the history, theory, and practice of human performance.

Dance (BFA)

Tisch Dance seeks to develop and prepare fully realized dance artists to be critical thinkers, fearless leaders, and fluent performers, emphasizing the techniques of ballet and contemporary dance, with equal emphasis on performance and choreography.

  • Please see here for artistic requirements.
  • A couple of days after you submit the Common App, you will receive an email from NYU with a personalized link to the Dance Artistic Review portal.
  • Questions? Call Tisch Dance at (212) 998-1980.

Drama (BFA)

Tisch Drama is dedicated to giving you the artistic and intellectual know-how for a successful life in the performing arts, exposing students to different approaches to acting, musical theatre, production, design, theatrical management, and directing. We train thinking artists who have the skills to ask questions, find answers, tell stories and engage — creatively, intellectually, and professionally.

  • Please seeherefor artistic requirements.
  • A couple of days after you submit the Common App, you will receive an email from NYU with a personalized link to the Drama Artistic Review portal.
  • Questions? Call Tisch Drama at (212) 998-1850.

Performance Studies (Bachelor of Arts)

Performance Studies uses performance as a lens to study the world. Interdisciplinary, Performance Studies draws from theories of the performing arts, anthropology and sociology, literary theory, and legal studies.

(Video) The Admissions Process | Blue View | Columbia Undergraduate Admissions

  • Creative Portfolio Requirements
  • Students interested in studying either acting and musical theatre should apply for the BFA in Drama.

Collaborative Arts

Collaborative Arts is an innovative new degree program at Tisch where students get hands-on training in a wide variety of artistic disciplines. Our students acquire foundational knowledge in acting, dance, filmmaking, design, creative research, emerging media, and dramatic writing.

Kanbar Institute of Film & Television

Tisch’s Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film & Television is internationally recognized as a leader in cinema and media studies, film and television production, and writing for film, television and the stage.

Cinema Studies (Bachelor of Arts)

Devoted to film and television history, theory, and analysis of the moving image, with alumni working in museum film departments, archives, as journalists, and even in the industry itself.

  • Creative Portfolio Requirements
  • SlideRoom
  • Students interested in studying film and television production should apply for the BFA in Undergraduate Film & Television.

Dramatic Writing (BFA)

Tisch’s Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing cross-trains students in all areas of dramatic writing with concentrations in writing for film and television, as well as playwriting.

  • Creative Portfolio Requirements

Young artists will be mentored in the traditions and innovations of an evolving media landscape that is deeply rooted in visual storytelling. Working collaboratively, faculty, staff and students create more than 5,000 films each year.

(Video) Balliol College: undergraduate admissions

Emerging Media

Emerging Media students discover new ways to communicate as an everyday part of life, and an extension of their creative voice.

Game Design (BFA)

Dedicated to the exploration of games as a cultural form and game design as creative practice, the NYU Game Center is training the next generation of game designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and critics, to advance the field of games by creating a context for advanced scholarship and groundbreaking work.

Interactive Media Arts (BFA)

IMA provides students with an opportunity to study the intersection of technology and human interaction, learning forms of digital interactivity, alongside an education in both the arts and liberal arts.

  • An artistic review is required. Students need to submit creative materials to supplement the Common App. After submitting your online application, you will receive an email from NYU with a personalized link to the artistic review portal. Please upload your materials as soon as you receive the link so your application is complete and ready for review.
  • Standardized testing is now optional for students applying to IMA. Learn more about NYU’s standardized testing policy,here.
  • Learn more about the Creative Materials submission requirements.

Centered on the making and understanding of images, Photography & Imaging offers students both the intensive focus of an arts curriculum while demanding a broad grounding in the liberal arts. Students will embrace multiple perspectives, with majors working in virtually all modes of analog and digital photo-based image making and multimedia.

Recorded Music (BFA)

Considered the first and only program of its kind, the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music provides professional business and artistic training toward, aiming to provide students with the necessary skills — business, creative, and intellectual — needed to emerge as visionary creative entrepreneurs in the evolving music industry.

(Video) What is the undergraduate admissions process?


1. NC State Undergraduate Admissions Information Session 2022
(NC State Admissions)
2. Tips from Undergraduate Admissions!
(Columbia Undergraduate Admissions)
3. Undergraduate Admissions Overview 2021
(Canisius College)
4. 2023 Undergraduate Admissions Information Session
(Clark University)
5. Oxford University: How To Apply - Undergraduate Admissions
(Oxford Engineering)
6. UC Berkeley Undergraduate Admissions
(UC Berkeley Events)
Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Ray Christiansen

Last Updated: 21/06/2023

Views: 5842

Rating: 4.9 / 5 (49 voted)

Reviews: 88% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Ray Christiansen

Birthday: 1998-05-04

Address: Apt. 814 34339 Sauer Islands, Hirtheville, GA 02446-8771

Phone: +337636892828

Job: Lead Hospitality Designer

Hobby: Urban exploration, Tai chi, Lockpicking, Fashion, Gunsmithing, Pottery, Geocaching

Introduction: My name is Ray Christiansen, I am a fair, good, cute, gentle, vast, glamorous, excited person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.