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 ITP. The department is looking for master’s degree 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 and Duolingo results are accepted as well).
Applicants are encouraged to visit during one of our many open house events. Please find archived open houses presentations here.
ITP Department Application Requirements
At ITP we look for people with unique points of view, who hope to make creative work with an impact. We want to get a sense of who you are in your own words beyond what we can infer from your resume/CV. We want to see how your experiences, successes, and failures have shaped how you see the world. What ideas do you have and what are you curious about? What kinds of projects are you interested in making or re-making? Is there something you are obsessed with or highly passionate about, either professionally or as a non-work activity? Share something that you want us to know about you and how you explore and express your creativity.
You can write about anything that shows us what ideas you have and what you want to explore. Don’t be afraid to take some chances. Please note that you do not need to address all of the prompts above.
Length: Please limit your statement to 1,000 words or 4 pages double spaced.
Please list your educational background and any work experience whether it’s interactive media related or not. If you have a LinkedIn account, please provide us with your URL.
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.
Official transcripts or unofficial photocopies of transcripts should be scanned and uploaded. Applications that are missing transcripts will not be submitted for admissions review until the application is complete. If accepted, then applicants will be asked to mail in hardcopies of official transcripts. For the application though, unofficial copies are ok to use. Questions about the online application for admission should be addressed to the Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Admissions Office 212.998.1918 or email@example.com. Questions about ITP should be referred to Midori Yasuda, ITP Admissions Coordinator at 212.998.1882 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Use a webcam or smart phone to record yourself. We are not looking for special effects, as long as we can see and hear you clearly. What are your areas of interest, or things that you care about, that might serve as content for future ITP projects? What impact do you hope the work you do has? Keep it simple and show us your personality. You can upload to YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Please upload your video as a part of your online application on the Digital Portfolio Page.
Limit: 2 minutes.
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 one of the following: We ask that applicants limit the creative work to just one of the following formats:
- URL. Please check very carefully that all links are working properly. Please include the URL with your online application. ~ or ~
- Link to a shared Google Drive folder of your work (can include jpegs, PDF’s, writing samples, audio, video, etc.)
Description of your portfolio. It is important that you include a list of contents with a short description of each piece, and your role in the production of the content. If you submit a URL, you can either include the descriptions in the website directly.
All applicants must meet the English language requirements. If English is not your native language, you should plan to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The test should be taken no later than November to ensure that results are received in time to meet admissions deadlines. Only TOEFL scores that are less than two years old are acceptable. Late receipt of scores will cause delays in the admissions process and departmental evaluation. NYU’s TOEFL code is 9633.
Alternatively, you can meet this requirement by submitting the results of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination, Duolingo or Pearsons Test of English (PTE). Another option is the American Language Institute at New York University which offers a number of tests throughout the year. For information call 212.998.7040 or visit their web site. If you feel like your English skills are strong enough, please check the Graduate Admissions page for how to request a waiver and the requirements needed.
We are not stating minimum scores for the test scores. We take into account the entire application when making our decisions.
After submitting the graduate application, students can then complete the financial aid form by logging back into their application and checking the status portal. Please note, the financial aid form is not used when determining admissions decisions. Rather, we use these forms for accepted students in determining departmental scholarship allocations. Please see the financial aid page for more information on how we try to support our students, especially underrepresented students to come up with a feasible financial plan to attend ITP. Once admissions decisions are sent out, we will reach out to all accepted students to urge them to complete this financial aid form if they would like to be considered for departmental scholarship aid.
US students who are eligible for US federal student aid should complete the FAFSA no later than February 1.
Any questions about ITP or the admissions process, feel free to contact ITP’s Admissions Administrator, Midori Yasuda at email@example.com.
What I hope for you is that you are willing to risk, make mistakes, and learn from failure.Red Burns, Former ITP Chair