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Portfolio Requirements for MFA in Film Production

The Application and Portfolio Deadline for Film Production for both the Graduate Film Progam (M.F.A.) and the Dual Degree Program(M.F.A/M.B.A.) is on December 1st.   

A filmmaking background is not a prerequisite for admission to the Tisch School of the Arts. We are looking for potential creative filmmaking ability as evidenced through visual and written material. 

There are two required components that you must submit in order to successfully complete your application for admission:

  1. The application for admission should be submitted online  by December 1st to the Tisch Office of Graduate Admissions along with the required academic documentation, testing, recommendations and supporting credentials.
 Earlier submission are welcome and encouraged.  https://app.applyyourself.com/?id=nyu-arts

  2. You must prepare a five part creative portfolio (detailed below) and submit it via the Department online application system, Slideroom (tischfilmandtv.slideroom.com).  Please note that, upon submitting your creative portfolio Slideroom will charge a $12.00 fee for applicants to use this service (You may pay this fee with a credit or debit card)  Your creative portfolio must be uploaded via slideroom on or before December 1st

If you are applying for the dual degree program (MFA/MBA) please click HERE

You can register and set up a department account at this link when the portal re-opens in September:
https://tischfilmandtv.slideroom.com/

Once you have registered to start a creative portfolio via Slideroom, you may step away and come back at any time, until the final deadline. Please make sure that you save your progress after each visit, and do not click to submit until you are 100% sure that you have properly uploaded the required components outlined below. Once you click submit, you may no longer edit your creative portfolio.

Please note that, upon submitting your creative portfolio, Slideroom will send you an e-mail to confirm receipt of your materials.

THE CREATIVE PORTFOLIO

Please prepare the following items for your creative portfolio package:

1. VISUAL SUBMISSION

Sample(s) of your work presented visually. Material done in collaboration with other artists is acceptable provided you were the major creative force (i.e., director, producer, writer, camera operator or editor) and explain in detail the exact nature of your contribution.

Choose ONE of the following formats (i.e., do not combine video and photography):

Video: The submission can contain one or more selections as long as the total running time does not exceed 30 minutes. Video footage of staged plays or theatre performances are not acceptable. Please be clear about your specific contributions to the video sample. You may upload up to ten minutes of video on to the media page within Slideroom. If the total running time of your video sample exceeds ten minutes, a link to your work must be provided on the media page. Please test your video prior to submission. If you are submitting a link, please be sure no downloads or passwords are required.

OR

Photography (Stills): No more than 10 prints on any subject, black and white or color, with or without commentary may be submitted. The photographs may also be a presentation of work in other media, such as painting, illustration, sculpture, set design, costume design, etc. (Still images and scans uploaded to tischfilmandtv.slideroom.com should be a minimum of 72 dpi.)

2. WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS

You must submit ALL of the following:

Dramatic Story: The Dramatic story is a required short narrative writing exercise. Choose one of these subjects: Anger, a Door, Insomnia, Heat, Shopping, Swimming, a Bed, or Betrayal. Then write a 2-3 page short story (double-spaced) that has a beginning, a middle, and an end. The story should emerge from character, place, and action. It should have some conflict, there should be a particular incident (small or large), and the story should move towards a resolution, whether complete or not. (Save as a pdf and upload to tischfilmandtv.slideroom.com.)

Dialogue Scene: Write an interesting conversation between two people that reveals something about the characters. You can give a one sentence description of each character, but please include only essential details. Do not write back story. Write a maximum of two pages in screenwriting format. (Save as a pdf and upload to tischfilmandtv.slideroom.com.)

Concept: Describe one concept for a feature-length script, narrative, or documentary that you would like to develop. Write no more than one page, typed, double-spaced. (Save as a pdf and upload to tischfilmandtv.slideroom.com.)

Photograph: Include one passport-sized photograph of yourself (upload to tischfilmandtv.slideroom.com). Please upload this item first when you reach the media page in Slideroom.

Resume & Personal Statement: Upload copies of your resume and personal statement to Slideroom. These are also required elements for the application submitted to the Tisch office of Graduate Admissions.

Please upload the requested items only. Failure to do so will be grounds for automatic disqualification. Please do not substitute, vary, or add extraneous or additional pieces. Portfolio materials cannot be edited once uploaded to Slideroom.

Do NOT wait until the last minute to register on Slideroom. And do NOT wait until the last minute to submit your creative portfolio as technical issues may arise.

All components of your creative portfolio must be submitted at tischfilmandtv.slideroom.com. Our online portal offers additional instructions for submitting work. For technical assistance, please contact: support@slideroom.com.

Questions regarding the creative portfolio should be addressed to:

Susan Carnival
Coordinator of Admissions and Recruitment
New York University
Tisch School of the Arts
Kanbar Institute of Film and Television
Graduate Division
Tel:  212-998-1753
E-mail: susan.carnival@nyu.edu