ALL NOTIFICATIONS FOR THE 2013 TISCH SUMMER HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM HAVE NOW BEEN SENT. PLEASE CHECK YOUR STATUS HERE IF YOU ARE STILL UNAWARE OF IT.
The application for the 2013 Tisch Summer High School program is now closed.
The 2014 application will be available in August, 2013.
Admissions decisions are based on the student's entire application, including the personal essay, two letters of recommendation, résumé and transcripts. Please read the following admissions information before starting your application.
In collaborative programs of this nature, each individual's presence is keenly felt. Students should arrive ready to absorb, challenge and internalize what is being offered. Prior accomplishment is not as important as being open to the ideas and training being presented.
- Students must be current high school juniors or sophomores (rising seniors or juniors) to apply. Preference is given to current high school juniors. We will not accept applications from students who were freshman during the 2012-2013 academic year, or from students who are graduating in May/June 2013.
- Students must be in good academic standing and have a 3.0 minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA). SAT and ACT testing grades are NOT reviewed.
- Accepted students must reside in NYU assigned housing. Students will not be permitted to commute, visit, or live with family or friends for the duration of the program.
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July 14 - August 10, 2013
Check-in: July 14
Check-out: August 10
- The deadline to apply was Monday, February 4, 2013, 5 p.m. (EST) and the application is now closed
- The 2014 application will open in August 2013
You will be notified of your application status by email in early April. Applications are NOT processed on a rolling basis, and early status notification is not available. Email is our primary method of communication; therefore, please make sure to allow for Tisch Special Programs emails to be viewed.
- Online application
- $75 nonrefundable application fee
- Two recommendation letters (One must be from a high school representative. A personal acquaintance (not a relative) may write the second.)
- Personal essay (See below.)
- Original official high school transcripts, including final grades for the year 2012 (See below.)
We encourage students to use the online application system for recommendation submissions. It is the only way that students can track the recommenders progress. Before starting your online application, please make sure to obtain the names and e-mail addresses of your recommenders. Within the online application, please enter the names and e-mail addresses of your recommenders. You can only submit one e-mail address per name, so please ensure that the e-mail address is correct before submitting.
Who Can Be A Recommender?
One recommendation must be from a high school representative and the second can be from a personal acquaintance (not a relative) or another academic representative, a member of the clergy, community group leader or coach. Ideally both recommendations should be from people who are who are familiar with your interest in the performing or media arts. After you submit the recommenders' information, the recommenders are e-mailed instructions on how to submit their online recommendations.
Is Your Recommender Experiencing Problems with the Online Recommendation Form?
If so, ask them to submit the High School Recommender Form (under "Downloads" on the right side of this page). They must email the completed form to tisch(dot)special(dot)admissions(at)nyu(dot)edu.
Personal StatementUpload or copy and paste your Personal Statement into the "Personal Statement" section of your application. Your personal statement must be a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 1500 words and must be in essay form.
Answer all of the following questions, no matter which program you are applying to:
- Tell us about an experience you had working as a part of a team on a collaborative project. What was your role? What did you learn from that experience? What do you feel you can contribute to a collaborative environment?
- Why do you think you are prepared for this type of experience, and what do you hope to gain from it?
- Why do you feel training and education are necessary to sustain a career in writing, theatre, filmmaking or photography?
You must also respond to the question(s) for your specific track:
- Drama (Meisner Summer Intensive, New Studio Summer Music Theatre Program, New Studio Summer Acting Program, Stonestreet Screen Acting Workshop, or Experimental Theatre Workshop at the ETW): Please describe an event that happened to you on stage or in performance and what you learned from this experience.
- Dramatic Writing: Describe your interest in dramatic writing and indicate if you are interested in playwriting and/or screenwriting. What do you think the role of dramatic writing is in film and theater? What is your favorite film or play? What is it about this work that engages you?
- Filmmakers Workshop: Narrative: How have film and television directly influenced your life? List your five favorite films and/or television programs. For each favorite, please explain your choice.
- Photography and Imaging: What is photography and imaging? Physically describe a photograph or image that you consistently return to view, then talk about how it engages you. What do you love to do?
- Recorded Music: Tell us about your favorite musical artist or group. Why are they your favorite? What would you do to make them more successful in the current music industry climate in terms of artistry, production, management, and/or marketing?
TranscriptsWe must receive your official transcripts, sent from your school by the application deadline, via one of the following methods:
- Fax. This is our preferred delivery method. The fax must include a cover page from the school. Our fax number is 212-995-4578.
- Mail. The official transcript must be sealed and sent by your school.
- Email. Your school may email us your official transcript. The email must come from your school's email address.
How to Apply
Tisch Special Programs uses an online application for all programs. Please remember that our primary method of communication is email.
When creating your online application account, please provide one active email address that you check regularly. We suggest you use a parent or legal guardian's email since we will be sending time sensitive information that is vital to the application process.
If you are having difficulty with the online application, please contact us at (212) 998-1512.