What is Collaborative Arts?

Collaborative Arts is a BFA dedicated to the cross-pollination of artists with different skill sets in which students embark on a multidisciplinary course of study, investigating new fields of expertise while sharpening and broadening their own areas of interest. The core Collaborative Arts curriculum combines the investigative process and the creative process, requiring students to make art; undertake research; bridge subjects, ideas and disciplines; raise awareness; address problems; and activate their communities. Students are introduced to the process of artistic collaboration on day one and continue to experiment with and learn about collaboration across multiple artistic fields. Throughout their course of study, students immerse themselves in the practice and study of collaboration, experimenting with and gaining skills in co-creation and shared authorship as they move through the program.

What is a "conservatory" style program?

Founded on August 17, 1965, Tisch School of the Arts is a training ground for artists and scholars of the arts. In a conservatory structure like Tisch, an emphasis is placed on practical performance training and experience. The school merges the technical training of a professional school with the academic resources of a major research university to immerse students in their intended artistic disciplines.

What sets this program apart from other programs at Tisch School of the Arts?

The Collaborative Arts BFA is a degree that does not require an area of specialty such as acting, musical theatre, game design, etc. Instead, this BFA. gives students an education in multiple disciplines of the arts so that they can explore and experiment across the arts. It is focused on collaboration in the arts and students engage in required core training in multiple forms of storytelling, including: visual, digital, text-based and performance/movement. Students work together in Collaborative Workshops, rooted in the performing, cinematic and emerging media arts, to investigate and research cultural and/or global perceptions, beliefs and traditions. The BFA in Collaborative Arts provides students the opportunity to collaborate with fellow artists across different disciplines and perspectives; to gain competency in a range of arts disciplines and to apply their skills in those disciplines to multi- and interdisciplinary collaboration; to study and develop work at NYU global sites; to gain a global perspective of history and theory of the performing, cinematic and emerging media arts in collaboration; and to develop the entrepreneurial skills needed to be successful self-producers.

Is there an audition?

There is no audition required to apply to the program. All applicants must submit an artistic portfolio. Find more information about how to apply here.

I am interested in transferring to the Collaborative Arts from another program or school. How does that work?

Students are welcome to transfer to the Collaborative Arts BFA from another program or school. Please refer to the NYU Admissions information about transferring. Transfers within NYU must complete their application by April 1st. Please note, that in order to complete the entire course work required for the B.F.A., transfer students may have to enroll in summer or Jterm courses in order to complete their degree within four years.

What are you looking for in a student?

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, with fresh ideas, who are motivated to challenge themselves and work together with proactive creators from all the different artistic disciplines. Our students are curious, willing to take risks, and interested in exploring the possibilities of working between disciplines. In the Tisch Collaborative Arts degree program, we nurture students who want to create art, generate projects, engage in socially relevant research and make things happen.


What will Collaborative Arts BFA students graduate with? Be practiced in? Skills?

  • Graduate with skills in group facilitation and collaboration.

    • Collaboration across artistic mediums, conflict exploration and problem solving, group-generated interdisciplinary art projects

  • Graduate with skills in the performing arts and media arts.

    • Acting techniques, movement/dance, dramatic writing, film media and production, photography, computer media

  • Graduate with entrepreneurial skills to be successful self-motivated producers.

    • Ability to take a concept from initial inception to production

  • Graduate with skills in research.

    • Ability to review ideas in scholarly literature, gather data, create a bibliography, etc.

    • Ability to build a performance, exercise or artistic exploration that investigates a question.

    • Ability to conduct and assess creative research where the research question, the experiment, and the outcomes are explored through creative practice

    • Application of research skills to an issue of resonance