How To Apply

Applications for Fall 2015 is now available. You can find it here. The deadline will be December 1, 2014. Decisions will hopefully go out by the end of March, 2015.

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ITP is a creative environment at the intersection of Art and Technology in which diversity is valued and collaboration is encouraged.

A background in design or computer programming is not required for acceptance into the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). The program is looking for applicants from a diverse range of educational and professional backgrounds who want to explore and create new forms of communication and expression using interactive multimedia technologies.

Acceptance into the program is competitive; enrollment is limited to full-time applicants who show exceptional promise and are interested in collaboration and experimentation. Admission for degree candidates is for the Fall semester only. All students entering the program must hold a bachelor’s degree which can be completed in any subject matter. No entrance examination is required (however, international students must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language, TOEFL English exam. IELTS results are accepted as well).

Admission Application

The Fall 2015 application is now available. Applicants to ITP are required to apply online. (http://graduate.tisch.nyu.edu/page/admissions.html). This is the general application to the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Make sure to specify that you are applying to ITP. With the online application, everything can be submitted online. The creative portfolio can be emailed (preferred) or mailed to ITP’s admissions coordinator, Midori Yasuda at midori.yasuda@nyu.edu .

Please prepare the following:

1.  A Personal Statement:

Please use about 1,000 words (4 double-spaced pages) to answer a couple of these questions. Please do not cover things we can find on your resume. It would be great to also state why you wish to come to ITP.

  • What do you love to do?

  • Where do you see urgent challenges and where do you see hopeful opportunities?  How might ITP help?

  • Whom do you think is most important to the world’s future, and why?

  • How were you shaped by where and how you were raised and educated?

  • If Maleficent and Elsa from Frozen got in a fight, what moves would you make illegal?

  • Tell us about someone–a teacher, mentor, friend, boss–who changed your way of thinking.

  • Your last day on earth… what would you do?

  • If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Why?

  • Is there an object (or tool) you could not live without? Why?

  • If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, past or present, who would it be.

  • What do you see as the value and difficulties of working with people who are different than you?

  • What would be a dream team for you to work with? What would you work with them on?  Why?

  • What organizations would you least like to work with, and why?

  • What’s a tool, process, or organization that should exist but doesn’t?

  • What would the world be like if ice sank instead of floating? Why should it exist? Which work of art changed the way you see the world? What aspects of the world did it cause you to see differently, and why?

  • 5 years from now, you get a thank you note for something you’ve done. What are you being thanked for?

  • If you had to build a bookshelf out of mashed potatoes, how would go about it?

  • Pick a hard problem. What is the simplest way you can imagine making progress on it?

  • What skills do you bring to an environment in which you’ll get to collaborate with people from a wide range of backgrounds?

  • Tell us about the group or community that you care about most about serving. Who are they?  Why do you care about them? What do you see as your role with respect to that group?  In what ways do you see yourself making their lives better?

2. A resume. Please list your educational background and any work experience whether multimedia related or not.  If you have a LinkedIn account, please provide us with your URL.

 3. Two letters of recommendation. Applicants are strongly encouraged to ask recommenders to submit their letters through the online application system. Sending a hardcopy letter by mail will be accepted but will result in a delay in the processing of the application.

4. All official transcripts

The personal statement and resume should be uploaded to the online application for admission. Your recommenders should also use the online system.

Official transcripts or photocopies of transcripts should be scanned and uploaded by December 1. Applications that are missing any of the above will not be submitted for admissions review until they are complete.

Questions about the online application for admission should be addressed to the Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Admissions Office 212.998.1918 or tisch.gradadmissions@nyu.edu.

Questions about ITP  or the the optional creative portfolio should be referred to Midori Yasuda, ITP Admissions Coordinator at 212.998.1882 or e-mail: itp.admissions@nyu.edu

International applicants for whom English is a second language should be aware that the minimum TOEFL requirements are a score of 250 (computer based test) or 100 (IBT Internet test). IELTS results are accepted with a minimum score of 7.

Group Interviews

While interviews are not mandatory, ITP encourages as many applicants as possible to visit the program. Group interviews are conducted in December through February. We do expect to see everyone living in the tri-state area to come in for a group interview, even if you came for an open house. These interviews give applicants the opportunity to see the physical space, to view student work on display, and to meet current students and staff/faculty. The interviews also allow us to learn more about you.

Below are the dates for the Group Interviews. Any and all ITP applicants are encouraged to attend. We will not be able to do individual Skype interviews. Again, participating in a group interview is not mandatory, but we hope to see the majority of you, especially those of you who live in or near the New York area.

The following is the group interview schedule:

Friday December 5, 1pm      FULL
Monday December 8, 1pm
Friday December 12  1pm
Monday December 15, 12pm
Thursday January 8, 1pm
Thursday January 15, 1pm
Friday, January 30, 1pm
Monday, February 2, 1pm
Friday, February 6, 1pm
Monday, February 9, 1pm

Please RSVP your selection to itp.rsvp@nyu.edu.  When RSVP’ing, please also include what city/state/country you will be traveling from and 1-3 words to describe what you currently do for a living. Dates do fill up quickly, so please do not hesitate. If you are a Fall 2015 applicant and plan to attend outside of this schedule, please email itp.rsvp@nyu.edu directly and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Applicants are encouraged to visit ITP at any time during the year. If you cannot visit during any of the specific dates above but would still like to visit, please contact ITP Admissions Coordinator, Midori Yasuda at 212-998-1882 or itp.admissions@nyu.edu.

The Creative Portfolio

Submission of a creative portfolio is optional due to the diversity of applicant backgrounds. Portfolio materials need not be professional-quality work or even interactive media projects. Applicants are encouraged to submit work that is reflective of their interests and experiences. If you come from a creative background or enjoy making things, we encourage you to submit your work, as this will give us a better overall impression of you and your interests.

If you wish to send a portfolio, please prepare the following:

We ask that applicants limit the creative work to just one of the following formats:

  1. MOST PREFERRED METHOD IF POSSIBLE – URL. Provide a list of required plug-ins or technical specifications. Please check very carefully that all links are working properly. If sending a URL, it can simply be emailed to the admissions coordinator – itp.admissions@nyu.edu No need to send the contents sheet if emailing the URL. Just include the description of the portfolio in the email itself.
  2. CD (please specify Mac, PC, or Mac/PC disk and send only one disk).
  3. Video. Limit: one DVD (NTSC).No more than three segments edited to a combined total of no more than 15 minutes. Any more than this time allotment will not viewed.
  4. Print. Laser copies, photograph prints, portfolio book. Do not exceed 11″ x 14″ dimensions.
  5. Writing Samples. Limit: No more than 20 pages.
  6. Audio CD. No more than 15 minutes.
  • Creative Portfolio Contents Guide Sheet. (This form can be found in the online application in the “Downloadable Forms” section). It is very important that you include a printed version of instructions for viewing the portfolio (e.g. Which files to select for a CD), a list of contents with a short description of each piece, and your role in the production of the content. Portfolios that do not have a clear set of instructions will not be reviewed.
  • A self-addressed, stamped envelope (if you want your creative materials returned).

Do not send an original copy of your creative work. ITP cannot be held responsible for any materials lost or damaged while in our possession or in transit.

Physically label the material carrying your work (on the sleeve, the CD container, etc.) with your name (last name first, in capital letters, followed by your first name in initial cap and lowercase letters, using the exact same name you have used in the application for admission: e.g., SMITH, John) and date of birth – month/day/year, e.g., 05/31/82). Also properly identify yourself in the soft portion of the piece (with legal name, date of birth, etc.).

Enclose items 1-3 of your creative portfolio in a well-wrapped, clearly labeled package and deliver or send via e-mail so that it is received on or before December 1 to:

Midori Yasuda
ITP Admissions Coordinator
Interactive Telecommunications Program
Tisch School of the Arts
New York University
721 Broadway, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10003-6807