Online High School Workshops Application Requirements

Please read the following admissions information before starting your online application. You can find important dates on the Tisch Special Programs Admissions Calendar.


  • Step 1 - Requirements and Eligibility
  • Step 2 - Online Application
  • Step 3 - Verification
  • Step 4 - Notification
  • Step 5 - Payment


  • You must be a current high school freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior to apply.
  • You must have a 3.0 minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 unweighted scale and be in good academic standing. SAT and ACT testing grades are NOT reviewed.

Your admissions decision is based on a faculty review of your entire application, including your personal statement, creative résumé, and transcripts.

All communications regarding your application, including your admissions decision, will be communicated to you via the email address that you designate as your primary email address on the application. Please check this email account regularly, as you will be receiving communications that are often time-sensitive and require a response.


You must submit the following items:

  • Online application form (remember to use your name exactly as it appears on your birth certificate/passport in your application and supporting documents)
  • Personal statement
  • Creative résumé
  • English language proficiency test results (non-native English-speaking applicants)
  • Official high school transcripts issued directly from the school
    Homeschooled Candidates: Please review the policy for documentation in the Transcripts section below
  • $75 non-refundable application fee*

*Need-based application fee waivers are available. Applicants can request a fee waiver by sending an email with an explanation of financial hardship to

Personal Statement

Type or copy and paste your statement in the Personal Statement section within the online application. The personal statement prompt consists of Part A and Part B which should be answered separately.

Your complete personal statement should total 500-1500 words. You may not re-submit the same statement from another Tisch Special Programs application.

Part A: Answer all of the following questions:

  • Tell us about an experience you had working as a part of a team on a collaborative project. What was your role? What did you learn from that experience? What do you feel you can contribute to a collaborative environment?

  • Why do you think you are prepared for this online experience, and what do you hope to gain from it? 

  • Why do you feel training and education are necessary to sustain a career in the field that you are applying to?

Part B: You must also respond to the following question(s):

Online Filmmakers Workshop
  • Please list your five favorite films and/or television programs.
  • Please tell a story about yourself. This prompt is intentionally open-ended. We want to learn more about you and we want insight into your approach to storytelling.

Online Screenwriters Workshop

  • Describe your interest in screenwriting.
  • What do you think the role of screenwriting is in film?
  • What is your favorite film? What is it about this work that engages you?

Creative Résumé

 In the Documents section of the online application, upload your creative résumé. Your creative résumé should highlight creative and artistic work accomplished, activities, and relevant employment. Your résumé should also include:

  • Your full name and contact information
  • Any extra-curricular activities or work in your community
  • Additional information such as awards, hobbies, and interests
  • OPTIONAL: URL links to your online media (e.g. video, music, photography, etc.)

English Language Proficiency Test Results

In the Documents section of the online application, non-native English speaking applicants are required to upload copies of one of the following English language proficiency examinations:

Exemption from English language proficiency testing will be given:

  • If your native language is English.

  • You already completed (at the time of application submission) at least 3 or more consecutive, full academic years at a school/university where the primary language of instruction was English.

If you meet this exemption, in place of test results, upload a document explaining how you are exempt from this requirement. 

Exams should be completed before the application deadline, and results cannot be more than 2 years old. While we will consider scores received after the application deadline, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to wait for those scores to arrive before making an admissions decision.

We don’t have minimum score requirements, but competitive applicants will receive: 100 and above on the TOEFL iBT, 7.5 and above on the IELTS Academic, 70 and above on the PTE Academic, or 191 and above on the Cambridge English Scale.


Request your transcript early. You should allow at least 2-4 weeks for processing and delivery to Tisch Special Programs. Your official transcripts must be received (not postmarked) in our office by the application deadline. If we have not received your official transcripts by the application deadline, your application will not be considered for admission.

Official transcripts must be issued directly from the high school to Tisch Special Programs and should be sent via one of the following methods:

  • Email: This is our preferred delivery method.
    • Emailed transcripts must come from a school representative or an official transcript service on behalf of your school.
    • Our email address is
  • Mail*: Mailed transcripts must be sealed and issued directly from your school to:
    • New York University
      Tisch Office of Special Programs Admissions
      721 Broadway, Rm 1248
      New York, NY 10003

*Please note we cannot accept mailed transcripts at this time.

Need to convert your GPA to a 4.0 scale? Try CollegeBoard’s GPA Calculator.

Homeschooled Applicants

In place of a formal transcript from a high school, please have your parent/guardian in charge of your homeschooling email a document to detailing the following:

  • Completed and in-progress coursework
  • Summary of each course's content
  • Explanation of academic achievement in each course, summarized with a letter grade (A-F) if possible
  • If you have previously attended a high school, please request that they send an official transcript to Tisch Special Programs via one of the delivery methods outlined above.

International/Non-US Candidates

Non-US/Non-English transcripts: Please note that you are required to submit both the official transcript and its English translation. If the institution you attend does not provide an English translation with the official transcript, you must obtain a certified English translation. Following these steps will ensure the validity of your transcript:

  • Secure an official transcript from your institution in a sealed envelope.

  • Submit your unopened official transcript to the translator.

  • Ask the translator to prepare an official English translation.

  • Ask the translator to provide you with one sealed envelope containing both your original transcript and its English translation. The back of the envelope must contain the translator's signature to reflect the unaltered, true contents. 



Email is our primary method of communication; therefore, please make sure to allow emails from and to be viewed.  

You will receive two verification emails after submitting your application.

  • "Application Received" - Within 24 hours of submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation email verifying that it was successfully received. However, this does not mean your application is complete.

  • "Application Complete" - After receipt of your "Application Received" email, please allow 3-5 business days for your application to be assessed for completeness. Our office will send an email verifying that your application is either complete or missing materials.  Any part of your submitted application that is missing/incomplete must be completed and received by the application deadline. 

If you have not received the "Application Complete" email, please contact our office promptly to inquire about your missing materials.


  • Applications are processed on a rolling basis and registration is first come, first served.

  • If enrollment for a course reaches capacity, additional registrants will be added to the waitlist. Waitlisted candidates will be notified if additional space in the class becomes available.

  • Students will receive their admissions decision via email. Accepted students will be provided a link to the NYU enrollment form which they must fill out to be registered for the class. Students will have three days to submit the enrollment form.

  • After submitting the enrollment form, students will be registered for the class and will be emailed information on how to pay their bill with a payment deadline.


If accepted, you will be required to confirm your participation and pay in full within five (5) days after registration via NYU eSuite, NYU's eCheck system. International students must confirm your participation by paying via Flywire, NYU's wire transfer system. Instructions for third-party payments are available on the NYU Bursar's website.

NYU does not accept credit card payments.

Tisch Special Programs reserves the right to rescind admission to any student whose full payment is not received in our office by the deadline.

The Refund Schedule is for students who are dropping online classes, including High School online courses, please see the Tisch Special Programs Cancellation Policy for more information.