Tisch School Of The Arts

No other school exists in the world like Tisch School of the Arts.

When the School of the Arts was founded at NYU in 1965, it was heralded as a daring adventure — to be a school unlike any other. We met that challenge, and what has emerged over the last 50 years is the country’s preeminent center for the study of the performing, cinematic and emerging media arts.


Our breadth of excellence across the departments is unique and world-renowned. You can earn a BA, BFA, MA, MFA, MPS or PhD in a wide range of disciplines that are uniquely integrated within one school. Artists and scholars come from around the world to study acting, dance, cinema studies, collaborative arts, design for stage and film, dramatic writing, film and television, game design, interactive media arts, interactive telecommunications, moving image archiving and preservation, musical theatre writing, performance studies, photography, public policy, and recorded music. 


We seek out and celebrate unique voices hailing from 46 states and 58 countries. Our students undergo the most rigorous admissions process of any school at NYU, and we  take great care in deciding whom we invite into the school. Our faculty pore over academic histories, essays, portfolios, writing samples, images, and performances to identify the most intriguing artists and scholars who are driven to create and innovate. 

Once you’re here, you will encounter a community of people who have a deep curiosity about themselves and the world around them. They will become your friends and collaborators for life. You are going to dig deeply into your discipline, but you will also experience the breadth of a liberal arts education in a leading global research university. This is going to prepare you for anything you want to do in your journey for life. 


Our faculty are renowned professional artists and scholars who have committed their careers to providing hands-on training. This guarantees your education will always be relevant to your field. You will find that they understand what you need to know because they are doing it themselves. They share your passion, and they will steer you to becoming masters of your discipline. They will also follow your careers and be your resources in a Tisch worldwide network for years to come.

Our home base is New York City, and what a great city it is! The city will become the set for your first movie or photograph. You’ll train at one of the professional actors’ studios in Manhattan. The sounds of the streets will inspire your music. You’ll journey across the Brooklyn Bridge to attend a class at 370 Jay Street. You can intern in the best organizations in the country. And the unsurpassable cultural life of New York will supplement your education in a way that is unmatchable. From the streets, to the parks, to the world-class institutions, this entire city is your college campus.


We have the distinct privilege of being part of NYU — this diverse, global university that thrives in great cities. You can join clubs, be an athlete, and take courses that complement and broaden your interests. 

You can also learn about cultures around the global network university. You have the opportunity to study away at NYU’s other campuses in Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, or at the other global academic centers in Accra, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Florence, London, Madrid, Paris, Prague, Sydney, Tel Aviv, and Washington, D.C.


There’s one more network you will become a part of — our Tisch alumni network. They will become an important part of your professional life. Tisch alumni are everywhere, and they are doing everything. There are more than 45,000 other Tisch alumni working diligently in the arts and related professions. In so many ways, they are influencing the world around them. It is no secret that some have earned great fame, and there are countless stories of success in the ways our alumni are invigorating and changing communities around the globe. 

Tisch alumni and faculty will continue to be the leading creative forces for innovation. We hope you will join this community of creators making some of the most impactful art, storytelling, and scholarship of our time.