Apply to Collaborative Arts

Applications Open August 1, 2020

Who Should Apply

The Collaborative Arts program is ideal for students with a rich diversity of talents who crave a wide variety of experiences. We’re looking for independent minded students, who are motivated to challenge themselves and work with other artists to generate interdisciplinary projects. Our students are curious, willing to take risks, and interested in exploring the wonderful possibilities of working between disciplines.

There are two required components to complete your application. Applicants to the new BFA in Collaborative Arts must complete both the NYU Common Application as well as submit a creative portfolio.

Please check back again, at the beginning of June, 2020, to find the updated application criteria.

1. NYU Common Application

You must complete the Common Application with the NYU Supplement. Please refer to NYU Undergraduate Admissions for more information about applying to NYU. 

2. Creative Portfolio

You must prepare a three-part creative portfolio and submit via the Artistic Review portal (NOTE: a couple of days after you submit the Common App, you will receive an email from NYU with a personalized link to the Artistic Review portal. If you are applying as a transfer student, you will receive this link after the new calendar year). 

PART 1: Resume

Please submit a one-page resume that includes:

1) creative and academic work

2) special skills

3) activities and hobbies

PART 2: Essay (part a & b)

A. In one essay no more than two pages in length, please answer the following two questions:

    1. Our program is unique in that it has interdisciplinary, co-authored arts practice at its core. Students will share authorship and develop artistic work as a group in collaborative arts workshops that include writing, movement, acting, film, visual arts, and emerging media. In the core collaborative workshops there is no traditional sole director, writer, performer, etc. 

    Why you would like to be a part of this collaborative program?

    2. Our students receive foundational training in five different areas of artistic practice. Because of this broad-based approach, our students – unlike in other BFAs – do not focus on one specific discipline. We are training versatile, multi-faceted artists of tomorrow.

    Why you would like to be a part of this multi-disciplinary program?

B. Using a phone or laptop, record a headshot video telling us about yourself. Your video can be no longer than one minute.

PART 3: Artistic Submission

Please submit TWO samples of work from any of the following categories that you think best express your strengths as an artist:

a) Performance: Submit a video monologue drawn from a contemporary play or movie (i.e., 20th century - present). The monologue must be under two minutes in length. Please introduce the monologue with title and author.

b) Movement: Submit a video consisting of one movement piece, up to 5 minutes in length. You should either be a featured dancer or the piece should be choreographed by you. Please provide a brief statement about the piece explaining your goals and participation in the work.

c) Visual Imagery: (Choose one of the following):     

    1. One short film, or excerpts from a longer piece, up to five minutes in length. The sample can be live action, animation, fictional, experimental, or documentary.     

    2. A portfolio of images of your original work from other visual arts disciplines, such as photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, set design, or mixed-media art. The minimum number of images is 5 and the maximum 10.  Include a brief statement explaining the work and documenting your process.

d) Writing: a 5-8 page sample of a stage play, screenplay or script for television. Ideally, this excerpt will demonstrate an ability to propel traditional narrative storytelling through characters in conflict.

e) Emerging Media: write a brief statement explaining and documenting your process in the creation of an application, game, website design, or other digital media. Include a one-page essay explaining the work and documenting your process.  If appropriate, include a url for the actual work.

f) Collaborative Project: Upload a PowerPoint presentation of at least 10 slides (no more than 15) outlining a collaborative arts project that you initiated, managed, or produced. The presentation must describe your role in all aspects of the artistic collaboration and the final presentation of the project.


Application and Creative Portfolio Deadlines 

Freshman Early Decision 1: uploaded by November 6th

Freshman Early Decision 2: uploaded by January 6th 

Freshman Regular Decision: uploaded by January 6th

Internal Transfer/Change of Major/Double Major: uploaded by March 1st

External Transfer: uploaded by April 1st