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Frequently Asked Questions

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    All BFA and MFA Applicants

  • When is the application deadline?

    The fall 2015 Regular Decision application deadline is Thursday, January 10 for both BFA and MFA applicants. Materials should be submitted online by that date. BFA Early Action applicants should submit applications by November 15.

    How much is the application fee?

    The application fee is $50 + a small fee in Acceptd .

    Can the application fee be waived?

    Please contact DramaAdmissions@newschool.edu for MFA programs or DramaBFA@newschool.edu for BFA programs if you have difficulty paying the application or the Acceptd fee. 

    Does The New School for Drama offer any financial aid and/or scholarships?

    Yes. All applicants to The New School for Drama are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships (MFA) or both need-based and merit-based scholarships (BFA). Please keep in mind that college and graduate school are a significant personal and financial commitment. Although scholarship funding is possible, we encourage applicants to explore additional resources for funding their education.

    What affiliation does The New School have with AMDA and with CAP 21?

    Graduates of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) Integrated and Studio Programs are eligible to apply for admission to The New School for Public Engagement. If admitted, Integrated graduates are awarded 60 transfer credits and enter the BFA in Musical Theater program. Studio graduates are awarded 60 transfer credits and enter the BS in Liberal Arts program. 

    Graduates of the Collaborative Arts Project 21 (CAP 21) are eligible to apply for admission to The New School for Public Engagement. If admitted, Integrated graduates are awarded 60 transfer credits and enter the BFA in Musical Theater program.

    New School undergraduate students (including AMDA and CAP21 students) may take BFA Dramatic Arts classes with permission from The New School for Public Engagement. Please contact your advisor if you have questions.

  • International Applicants - BFA and MFA

  • English is not my first language. May I apply to The New School for Drama?

    Yes. The New School for Drama welcomes applicants whose first language is not English. But because theater is a language-intensive art form, we will ask that you submit a recent TOEFL or IELTS score with your application. Information on taking the TOEFL can be found online , as can information on the IELTS .

    What must I receive on the TOEFL and IELTS exams for admission consideration?

    The minimum score required for TOEFL (IB) is 100, for IELTS, 7.0. Our TOEFL institution code is 2385.

    Could I qualify for a TOEFL exemption?

    The TOEFL/IELTS requirement may be waived for applicants who have earned a four-year degree from a U.S. College or University, or for citizens of the following countries whose native language is also English: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, or South Africa.

    English is not my first language, but I completed my bachelor's degree at an American university. Must I still submit a TOEFL score?

    Yes. Requirements for academic programs at the undergraduate level can be significantly different from the requirements of our graduate theater program. It is important that we see a recent assessment of your English proficiency.

    I completed my bachelor's degree at a university outside the United States. What steps do I take to apply?

    All applicants with international transcripts are required to submit an original transcript, a certified English translation, and a course-by-course evaluation report with their supporting materials. Course-by-course reports are prepared by World Education Services (www.wes.org), our preferred provider, or another member of the National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES).

  • What do I submit in Acceptd as a BFA applicant?

  • All BFA Applicants

    Photograph:
    All applicants must submit a photograph, portfolio, statement of purpose, and short essay. Résumés are optional.
    We understand that when students come out of high school they may have been focused on one area of theater, or they may have been working in several areas (Acting, Directing, Playwriting, or Multimedia theater and design). The application will allow for each student to apply with an online audition, or a portfolio highlighting the students strengths.

    BFA Acting Portfolio - Online Audition: (all of the following)

    1. A one-minute video of you being yourself [video] 

    2. A one- to two-minute monologue [video] 

    3. A two- to four-minute scene [video]

    BFA Playwriting Portfolio: (both of the following)

    1. A one-act or full-length play [PDF] 

    2. An original prose piece (fiction, nonfiction, or memoir) [PDF]

    BFA Directing Portfolio:

    The director’s portfolio should include a range of production information. Please include production photographs, excerpts from your director’s notebook or promptbook, script notes or thematic essays, scheduling and administrative materials, and research. (Up to 24 files can be uploaded.)

    BFA Multimedia Theater Portfolio:

    Your portfolio should include research, documentation, video files, samples of your design work, administrative materials, photographs, and a writing sample. (Up to 24 files can be uploaded.)

  • Prospective MFA Students

  • Can I transfer credits from another MFA program?

    No, The New School for Drama MFA program does not accept transfer credits. Students at The New School for Drama MFA study together in order to develop a common vocabulary and strong ensemble.

    I haven't completed my bachelor's degree yet. May I still apply to The New School for Drama?

    Because The New School for Drama MFA is a graduate program, all admitted students must complete a bachelor's degree or its international equivalent before enrolling. However, it is possible to apply in the final year of undergraduate studies, as long as all work will be completed before enrolling at The New School.

    I have a bachelor's degree, but it isn't in Drama or Theater. May I still apply?

    Yes! The New School for Drama MFA welcomes students with a wide variety of educational backgrounds. However, it is expected that successful applicants will have significant theatrical training and/or experience.

  • Prospective MFA Actors

  • Will all MFA acting applicants be invited to audition for The New School for Drama?

    Auditions are by invitation only. Prospective students should submit an online application and all supporting materials through Acceptd for consideration.

    How do I schedule my initial audition?

    After we receive completed applications, we begin scheduling auditions on a rolling basis at the end of November and will contact applicants directly.

    If I am invited to audition, what will I need to prepare? Regional MFA Acting Audition Guidelines (PDF)

    Actors must present a two-minute two-person contemporary scene, a one-minute contemporary monologue, and a one-minute classical monologue for the initial audition.

    I don't have a scene partner, what should I do?

    It is strongly recommended that applicants perform a two-person scene during their audition. If you have extenuating circumstances that will prevent this, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at DramaAdmissions@newschool.edu to explore your options.

    I prefer to audition in a certain city and/or on a certain date. What can I do to guarantee that if I'm invited, I am scheduled for that preferred audition site?

    If you have a strong preference for a particular audition location and/or date, you must complete your application early. Keep in mind that your New School application and your Acceptd submission must be completed before an application is reviewed and an audition is scheduled. If you have submitted your application by the deadline, and we would like to see you at the audition, we will make every effort to accommodate your preference.

    I cannot make the regional audition. What alternatives do I have?

    It is strongly recommended that applicants audition for the program in person. If you have extenuating circumstances that will prevent this, we will, on rare occasions, accept a videotaped initial audition. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at DramaAdmissions@newschool.edu for more information.

    What happens after the regional audition?

    A select group of applicants seen at the regional auditions will be invited to the Callback Weekend, which takes place in New York in mid-March. These individuals will be contacted by phone in mid-February. All applications are considered still under review until final admission decisions are sent out the third week in March.

  • Prospective MFA Directors

  • What should be included in my production portfolio?

    Your portfolio might include a director's notebook or prompt book, script notes, thematic essays, blocking ideas, design sketches, schedules, or other administrative materials. Keep in mind, however, that each portfolio is unique, and should include materials that best speak to your directorial process. All portfolios are submitted with your online application at Acceptd.

    May I submit my portfolio online or send a CD/VHS?

    The New School for Drama accepts portfolios only through Acceptd.

    My application is complete and I have sent in my production portfolio. Now what?

    Your application and portfolio will be reviewed by the Directing department head and/or selected faculty from the department. A select group will be invited to the Callback Weekend, which takes place in New York in mid-March. All applications are considered still under review until final admission decisions are sent out the third week in March.

    What are the writing sample guidelines?

    Playwrights should submit an original full-length play. Playwrights have an option to also submit an additional one-act play. All writing samples will be submitted via Acceptd.

    Your script should include a page with character descriptions and a brief synopsis of the story. It should be in standard manuscript layout, with character names above the dialogue, in 12 point Courier or Times New Roman font. It needs to be in PDF format for submission.

    I have a number of strong pieces. May I submit more than what is described above?

    No. Please only submit what is described above.

    My application is complete, and I have sent in my writing sample. Now what?

    Your application will be reviewed and your script(s) read by the Playwriting department head and/or selected faculty from the department. A select group will be invited to the Callback Weekend, which takes place in New York in mid-March. All applications are considered still under review until final admission decisions are sent out the third week in March.

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