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Application Requirements

The Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing is highly selective and provides an academically and creatively demanding curriculum.

The undergraduate and graduate programs in Dramatic Writing are divided into four parts: writing/text analysis, production/performance, general education and electives. Acceptance into the Department enrolls all students in the Division of Playwriting and the Division of Film & TV Writing. Students study in both divisions, concentrating in at least one medium as their studies advance.

Undergraduate Freshman Applicants

Early Decision applications due November 1st, 2016
Early Decision II applications due January 1st, 2017
Regular Decision applications due January 1st, 2017

Graduate Applicants

Applications due December 15th, 2016 



Applicants must complete the Tisch Graduate Admissions Application and submit a creative portfolio for Dramatic Writing at Tisch:

  1. Fill out the NYU Graduate Application, which will be available on or after Sep. 1, 2016.

  2. Resume:  Please list any published or produced work, and any work experience that is relevant to a writing career.

  3. Personal Statement of Intent: In 750 words or less, describe your personal and professional interest in the program. What will you bring to the Dramatic Writing Department? How will you benefit from studying here? Please include what you are interested in writing, why you are interested in study with us, and any writing aspirations you might have.

  4. Two letters of recommendation.

  5. Transcripts from the applicant’s undergraduate and graduate schools and letters of recommendation are seriously considered in the application process. Transcripts and letters of recommendation should be uploaded onto the graduate application in the specified place.

  6. Upload your creative portfolio to the Dramatic Writing Slideroom account

Admission to the program depends primarily on the quality of the writing that an applicant submits – a full-length play or screenplay or 2 TV scripts (1 spec, 1 pilot, see below)*. All submitted work must be original and written solely by the applicant (ie., no co-writes or adaptations). Applicants should not send videotapes or audiotapes of their work.

*For television work, applicants should submit two scripts, a spec and a pilot.  It’s recommended for specs to choose series that are currently airing and well-known.


NOTE:  The GRE is not required for admission. Because this is a writing program operated in English, non-native English speakers must have excellent, nearly flawless English speaking and writing ability.

Transfer Applicants from NYU Into Tisch

Applications due March 1st, 2017

Transfer Applicants from Another Tisch Department

Applications due March 1st, 2017


All transfers must complete a minimum of 5 semesters of classes within the department before they can graduate.

Students must be enrolled in the department to which they were originally admitted for one full year before they may transfer to another department.

1. Download the Tisch Internal Transfer form

2. Choose works for the creative portfolio

3. Upload your creative portfolio.

Transfer Applicants from Another University

Applications due April 1st, 2017

Students Seeking Readmission

Applications due January 1st, 2017

Double Majors

Applications due March 1st, 2017


By successfully completing the requirements for a major in dramatic writing and a major in another department of the Tisch School of the Arts, the College of Arts and Science, or the School of Education, it may be possible for an undergraduate to complete a double major.

Students may declare their double major after one year of work in the program.

1.Meet with Julia Attanasio our program director to see if one is possible

2. Fill out the Double Major application form.

3. Choose works for the creative portfolio.

4. Upload your creative portfolio.