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Summer High School Application


**Important: The Summer High School Application is closed. Notifications will be emailed on March 10, 2014.

Notifications are made only by email, and only to the email address given in the application.  

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. You may apply to only ONE program.

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 2013-2014 academic year, or from students who are graduating in May/June 2014.
  • 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.
  • You may apply to only ONE program.

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Firefox Version 3.6 and higher
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**Please note that Internet Explorer is currently not supported. If you are experiencing problems with completing your application in Internet Explorer, please use one of the supported browsers above.

Document upload requirements:
No larger than 2 MB per file, with one of
the following extensions: .PDF, .DOC, .DOCX, .JPG, .RTF, .TXT, .JPEG
If your document does not meet these requirements it will not upload
properly and we will therefore not be able to view it as part of your application.

Program Dates

July 13 - August 9, 2014

Check-in: July 13

Check-out: August 9

Application Deadline

  • Monday, February 3, 2014, 5 p.m. EST

Notification Method

You will be notified of your application status by email on March 10, 2014. 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.

Notifications are made only by email, and only to the email address given in the application.  Notifications will be emailed on March 10, 2014.

Application Requirements

  1. Online application
  2. $75 nonrefundable application fee
  3. Two completed recommendation letters (One must be from a high school representative. A personal acquaintance (not a relative) may write the second.)
  4. Creative Résumé/CV
  5. Personal Statement (see below)
  6. Original official high school transcripts (in English), including final grades for the year 2013 (see below)
  7. IELTS/TOEFL/PTE Academic Results (Foreign and non-native English speaking applicants)

You may apply to only ONE program. All materials must be received by the application deadline.


Students must 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 and send them the recommendation email. You can only submit one e-mail address per name, so please ensure that the e-mail address is correct before sending. As soon as you send the recommender email, they will receive the email to complete the recommendation.  Please check with your recommender within 24 hours of to confirm they have gotten the email.

It is advised to register your recommenders early, as the recommendations must be complete by the application deadline.  You should ensure that you communicate the application deadline with your recommenders. Again, please check with your recommender within 24 hours of sending the recommender email to confirm they have received it.  It is also advised that they check their spam folders.

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.

Personal Statement

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. Please address each question individually.

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, photography or recorded music?

You must also respond to the question(s) for your specific track:
  • Drama (Meisner Summer Intensive, New Studio Summer Music Theatre 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. Outside of photography, what do you love to do?

  • Recorded Music: Tell us about your favorite music 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?


We must receive your official transcripts, sent from your school by the application deadline.  Transcripts must be officially translated into English if they are in any other language.  Transcripts must be received 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. Our email address is

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic Results

Non-native English speaking applicants to our campus in New York are required to upload copies of TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or PTE Academic (Pearsons Test of English Academic) results, which have been issued within the past two years.

Exemption from English language proficiency testing will be given:

  • If your native language is English;
  • If you have been studying in a school or college/university where the language of instruction is English for at least three years; or
  • If your education has been completed entirely in schools/colleges/universities where the language of instruction is English.
We do not have any minimum test score requirements, but our most competitive applicants score above 100 on the TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) and 7.5 or above on the IELTS. Information about the TOEFL may be secured by visiting the TOEFL website and information on the IELTS is available on the IELTS websiteResults should be uploaded directly to your application.

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.