For BFA students, applications are due October 15 (spring transfer ONLY), November 1 (early action), and January 15 (regular decision). For MFA directors and playwrights, applications are due December 1; for MFA actors, they are due on January 15.
The application fee is $50 + a small fee in
The New School waives application fees for those who meet the eligibility guidelines outlined on the
Deferral guidelines can be found on the Accepted Students website.
Yes. All applicants to the School of 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.
Graduates of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) Integrated and Studio programs are eligible to apply for admission to the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students. Interested applicants should contact the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students Office of Undergraduate Admission.
Yes. The School of 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, IELTS, or PTE score with your application. For more information, visit
The minimum score required for TOEFL (IB) is 100, for IELTS is 7.0, and for PTE is 68. Our TOEFL institution code is 2385.
The TOEFL/IELTS/PTE 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, South Africa, or Commonwealth Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago).
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.
All transcripts not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Applicants who attended postsecondary institutions outside of the United States are required to have their transcript(s) evaluated by
World Education Services (WES)
, our preferred provider, or by another member of the
National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES)
. A course-by-course evaluation must be prepared for each transcript. Please review the
BFA application instructions
MFA application instructions
for more detailed information.
Please review the
BFA Application Instructions
for detailed information about which application materials should be submitted through
No, the School of Drama MFA program does not accept transfer credits. Students at the School of Drama MFA study together in order to develop a common vocabulary and strong ensemble.
Because the School of 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.
Yes! The School of Drama MFA welcomes students with a wide variety of educational backgrounds. However, it is expected that applicants will have significant theatrical training and/or experience.
Auditions are by invitation only. Prospective students should submit an online application and all supporting materials through
After we receive completed applications, we begin scheduling auditions on a rolling basis at the end of November and will contact applicants directly.
Actors must present a one-minute contemporary monologue and a one-minute classical monologue for the initial audition.
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
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.
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
for more information.
A select group of applicants seen at auditions will be invited to the Callback Weekend, which takes place in New York in early March. These individuals will be notified in mid-February.
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.
The New School for Drama accepts portfolios only through Acceptd.
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.
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.
No. Please only submit what is described above.
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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