Portfolio Requirements for Fall 2019 Admission

In addition to the NYU Undergraduate Application, all applicants for the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing for Fall 2018 must submit a Dramatic Writing Portfolio Submission Packet.

This packet must include the following 3 items:

1. Cover Sheet

Name (Last, First, MI)

Date of Birth

Deadline (ED, Regular, Transfer***)

Program (Undergraduate)

Type of Writing Samples (script for television, play script, screenplay, short story, etc.)

Mailing Address Contact Telephone/Email


*** If Transfer, please include the name of your current college or university, or the name of your college or department at NYU or Tisch.

2. Statement of Purpose

Based on your life, background and unique personal experiences, describe in no more than 300 words what you will bring to the Dramatic Writing Program. You may also describe one important project idea that you would like to develop in the program.

3. Writing Portfolio

Portfolio Requirements:

Submit 3-4 separate writing samples that together total at least 15 pages and that do not exceed 25 pages.  At least one of these samples MUST be a sample of dramatic writing (Screenplay, Stage Play, or Script for Television).  The other 2-3 samples may be, but are not limited to, additional dramatic writing samples, memoirs, short stories, fictional material, and adaptation based on fact.  Choose material that is dramatic and self-contained, with an inherent conflict, a strong protagonist, and a beginning, middle, and end. 

Unacceptable Submissions:

Do not submit: Co-written material (the work must be yours and yours alone), Poetry, Elevator Pieces (i.e., two people, total opposites, get stuck in an elevator), Journalism, or “writing prompts” from other colleges or universities.  Do not submit DVDs or CDs of any kind.    Please label all pages of the Statement of Purpose and Writing Portfolio with: Last Name, First Name of the applicant (i.e., Smith, Susan). 

How to Submit

Submit one electronic copy (.DOC, .DOCX or PDF file formats ONLY) of portfolio materials, including cover sheet, using the following link: http://tischddw.slideroom.com


Complete the rest of the steps on the admissions checklist

Important Deadlines for Fall 2018 Entrance (RECEIVED as electronic copies via Slideroom)

Early Decision I: November 1, 2018

Early Decision II: January 1, 2019

Regular Decision: January 1, 2019

Internal Transfer, Change of Major, & Double Major: March 1, 2019

External Transfer: April 1, 2019