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Summer High School Application


The application for the 2016 Tisch Summer High School Program will open July 1, 2015.

Please read the following admissions information before starting your online application.

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Application Deadline

  • January 13, 2016. 5:00pm ET

Program Dates

  • July 10 - August 6, 2016
    • Check-in: July 10
    • Check-out: August 6
Other important dates can be found on the 2015-2016 Tisch Special Programs Admissions Calendar.

Your online application, additional application requirements, and completed recommendation letters, must be received by the Office of Special Programs by the deadline above. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The application process is as follows:

  • Step 1 - Review Requirements and Eligibility: Determine your eligibility.
  • Step 2 - Submit Online Application: Submit your online application and supporting documents.
  • Step 3 - Receive Verification: Check email for verification that your application is complete.
  • Step 4 - Await Notification: Check email for final admissions decision.
  • Step 5 - Confirm Participation: Confirm your intention to enroll by the confirmation deadline.


  • 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 2014-2015 academic year, or from students who are graduating in May/June 2015.
  • 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.

Admissions decisions are based on the student's entire application, including the personal essay, two letters of recommendation, résumé and transcripts.

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.


  • Application Requirements

All applicants must submit the following items:
  • Online Application
  • Personal statement
  • Creative résumé
  • Passport (non-US citizens only)
  • TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic results (non-native English speaking applicants)
  • Two recommendation letters
  • Official high school transcripts issued directly from school
  • $75 non-refundable application fee
Review details for each of the items below. 
  • 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 creative computing, filmmaking, game design, photography, recorded music, theatre, or writing?
  • You must also respond to the question(s) for your specific track:
  • Dance: Please provide a brief personal response to the Tisch Department of Dance mission statement presented below and answer the following question. What does dance mean to you and how can you contribute to the greater dance community? Department of Dance Mission Statement: We seek to develop and prepare fully realized dance artists to be critical thinkers, fearless leaders, and fluent performers who understand their global responsibility and the transformative power of collaboration inherent in the expansive language of dance.
  • Drama (Meisner Summer Intensive, New Studio Summer Music Theatre Program, Stonestreet Screen Acting Workshop, Experimental Theatre Workshop at the ETW, or Production and Design Studio): Please describe an event that happened to you on stage, in performance, or while participating in a production 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. Please keep your maximum word count for this question to 650 words.
  • Game Design: Describe a game that you've designed yourself, what type of game was it, what was the main idea, and how did it play?  If you haven't made any games of your own, describe one of your favorite games and what you like most about it.
  • Creative Computing at ITP: What do you dream of making?  What kinds of stuff do you like to make and how did you learn to do it?  What are the most significant ways in which you see digital technologies changing the world?  Whom do you think will get hurt or helped most by these changes?
  • 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: Let's travel in time and envision what the music industry of 2025 looks like. You've just launched a new music venture. What is it? Tell us how your music venture fits into the marketplace and how it has added value to the music industry of the future.
  • Creative Résumé

Your creative resume should highlight creative and artistic work accomplished, activities and relevant employment. Your resume should also include:
  • Your full name and contact information.
  • Any extra curricular activities or work in your community.
  • Additional information such as awards, clubs, and activities.
  • URL links to your online media (e.g. video, music, photography, etc.)
  • Recorded Music applicants: please also include links to your music, SoundCloud, YouTube, or other supplemental materials.
  • Passport (non-US citizens only)

In the Documents section of the online application, upload a clear, fully legible copy of your photo and biographical information page from your passport.
    • If you have more than one passport upload both.
    • US Permanent Residents: please upload a copy of your US Permanent Resident card.
  • TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic Results

In the Documents section of the online application, non-native English speaking applicants 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.
If you meet any of the above exemption criteria, please state this at the end of your personal statement.

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 website.  
  • Recommendations

Within the online application, please enter the names and email addresses of your recommenders. 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.

Register your recommenders early. Students should allow their recommenders 1-2 weeks to complete the recommendations. Applications that do not have completed recommendations by the application deadline date will not be considered for admission.

Once you submit recommenders' information, they are emailed instructions on how to submit their online recommendations. If a recommender has trouble completing his/her online recommendation please have him/her contact our office. Students can track the recommenders’ progress through the online application system to see when the recommendations are completed.  You will also be emailed confirmation.
  • Transcripts

Request your transcripts early. Students should allow at least 2-4 weeks for processing and delivery to Tisch Special Programs. Your official transcripts must be received (not postmarked) in our office by the application deadline. If we have not received your official transcripts by the application deadline, your application will not be considered for admission. 
  • Official transcripts must be issued directly from the high school to Tisch Special Programs and should be sent via one of the following methods:
  • Email: This is our preferred delivery method.
    • Emailed transcripts must come from your school's email address or an official transcript service on behalf of your school.
    • Our email address is
  • Mail: Mailed transcripts must be sealed and issued directly from your school to: 
    • Tisch Office of Special Programs
      New York University
      721 Broadway, Rm 1248
      New York NY  10003
  • Fax:
    • Faxes must include:
      • a cover page from the school;
      • the student's name;
      • the student's cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
    • Our fax number is 212-995-4578.
  • Non-US/Non-English transcripts: Please note that you are required to submit both the official transcript and its English translation. If the institution you attend does not provide an English translation with the official transcript, you must obtain a certified English translation. Following these steps will ensure the validity of your transcript:
  • Secure an official transcript from your institution in a sealed envelope.
  • Submit your unopened official transcript to the translator.
  • Ask the translator to prepare an official English translation.
  • Ask the translator to provide you with one sealed envelope containing both your original transcript and its English translation. The back of the envelope must contain the translator's signature to reflect the unaltered, true contents.


Email is our primary method of communication; therefore, please make sure to allow for Tisch Special Programs emails to be viewed. 
You will receive two verification emails after submitting your application.
  • "Application Received" - Within 24 hours of submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation email verifying that it was successfully received.  This, however, does not indicate that your application is complete.
  • "Application Complete" - After receipt of your "Application Received" email, please allow 3-5 business days for your application to be assessed for completeness. Our office will send an email verifying that your application is either complete or missing materials.  Any part of your submitted application that is missing/incomplete, must be completed and/or received by the application deadline. 
Only applications verified as complete will be evaluated by our faculty for admission and receive final status notification. 


  • Final status notifications will be sent on the dates listed in the 2015-2016 Tisch Special Programs Admissions Calendar.
  • Early final status notification is not available.
  • Notifications are made only by email, and only to the primary email address given in the application. 


If accepted, you will be required to confirm your participation. You should confirm as soon as possible, as space is limited. If the program reaches capacity before we receive your confirmation, you will be placed on a waitlist. 
  • To confirm your participation, the following must be completed by the confirmation deadline found on the 2015-2016 Tisch Special Programs Admissions Calendar:
    • Confirm your spot
    • Pay the non-refundable and non-transferable $2,000(USD) deposit by eCheck, wire transfer or personal check.
    • Please note that New York University does not accept credit cards or personal checks from non-US banks.
It is important that you review and understand the Tisch Special Programs Cancellation Policy prior to submitting your confirmation form.  Details can be found on the Tisch Special Programs Cancellation Policy page.

If you are having difficulty with the online application, please contact us at (212) 998-1512.