Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dramatic Arts
We are now accepting round two applications for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dramatic Arts. Applicants must complete The New School Application and Slideroom portfolio by April 1 for consideration for the Fall 2013 class.
For applicants who applied after March 1:
Round two of auditions and interviews held the weekend of April 6 and 7 at 151 Bank street.
- Note to for applicants who completed their slideroom portfolio and their New School Applications by the March 1 deadline: We are in the process of reviewing all of your files. We will begin notifying accepted students on Tuesday March 12 and will continue notifying students as we receive letters of recommendation and transcripts.
- Please note: The 2013 MFA program application deadline has passed. To inquire about Fall 2014 admission, contact the Office of Admission.
Contact the Office of Admission
212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040
All MFA and BFA Applicants
You can fill out your application form, upload your personal essay and artistic résumé, and invite your references to submit their letters of recommendation online. Use the apply online link for access to the application, which is the same regardless of the major for which you are applying. Please read and follow the MFA application instructions (PDF) or the BFA application instructions (PDF) when completing your application. You must mail your transcripts and any supporting materials. If you cannot apply online, please contact the Office of Admission (see below).
All MFA applicants to The New School for Drama must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Your completed application, application fee, statement of purpose, artistic résumé and headshot, official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate studies, two letters of recommendation, a writing sample (playwriting applicants only), and a production portfolio (directing applicants only) must be received in the Office of Admission by the application deadline. Applicants are invited to audition based on their application materials. Read and follow the MFA application instructions (PDF) when completing your application.
All BFA applicants to The New School for Drama must submit both the completed New School application and the Slideroom portfolio submission by the application deadline. Applicants are invited to audition based on their application materials. Read and follow the BFA application instructions (PDF) when completing your application.
Recommendations and Transcripts
Delivery of letters of recommendation and/or transcripts often takes several weeks. Please request these documents as early as possible. It is your responsibility to ensure the timely receipt of admission materials.
Your references can submit their recommendations online, and instructions regarding this are include with the online application. We do recognize that some recommenders prefer to mail in their letters; if one of your references prefers standard mail, download the form: Recommendation Form for Online Applicants (PDF).
All materials submitted by mail, such as printed application forms or materials sent in support of an online application, must be accompanied by a Materials Cover Sheet (PDF). Please print out the cover sheet, follow the instructions, and include it with any mailed-in documents.
Submit your New School application and your Slideroom submission as early as possible, especially if you are requesting one of the earlier audition dates. MFA and BFA applicants are invited to audition (MFA Acting and BFA Acting Area of Study) or interview (MFA Directing and BFA Directing Area of Study, MFA Playwriting and BFA Playwriting Area of Study, BFA Creative Technology Area of Study) based on their application submissions. Not all applicants will receive an invitation to audition.
Send all correspondence and documents to:
The New School for Drama
Office of Admission
72 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
Please do not fax application materials. Faxed applications will not be considered.
All materials associated with your application become the property of The New School and cannot be returned to you or transmitted to a third party.
Contact the Office of Admission:
212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040
About Multiple Applications - MFA ONLY
We understand that many theater artists have interests and talents across the disciplines of writing, acting, and directing, and we will consider applications for more than one program in the same year. However, an MFA student will be admitted only to one program, and once The New School for Drama has made an offer of admission, the major is not negotiable. Therefore, we discourage multiple applications except in cases where the applicant would be equally satisfied in either of the programs to which she or he is applying. If an applicant is considering applying for multiple disciplines but has a preference for one over another, we suggest applying only to the preferred major. (Note: This is for MFA only.)
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