BFA Application

We are seeking creative, ambitious, talented and passionate students for our BFA.  To apply to the NYU Game Center BFA in the Tisch School of the Arts, you must apply to NYU and provide additional creative materials detailed below.

New incoming freshmen, sophomore and junior transfers from other colleges and universities, and internal NYU student from other majors are all welcome to apply.

New First-Year Applicants

For admission to NYU, all first-year applicants must complete the Common Application. Additional documents are required based on your educational background. Please visit Undergraduate Admission to learn more about how to apply as a first-year applicant.

Application Fee

Applicants will need to submit a non-refundable $70.00 application fee. Students who are unable to pay the application fee can request a fee waiver.

Creative Supplement

All applicants must complete a creative portfolio at nyugamecenter.slideroom.com.  Details are listed below.

Deadlines

Early Decision I: November 1, 2016

Early Decision II: January 1, 2017

Regular Decision: January 1, 2017

External Transfer Applicants

Any student currently (or previously) enrolled in an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree (part-time or full-time) at a nationally or internationally accredited college or university can apply to transfer for the fall semester. Applicants must complete the Common Application, and follow instructions for submitting other necessary documents.

Application Fee

Applicants will need to submit a non-refundable $70.00 application fee. Students who are unable to pay the application fee can request a fee waiver.

Transfer Credits

External transfer students can receive up to 64 transfer credits. Undergraduate Admissions will provide admitted student with a preliminary statement of transfer credit, while the NYU Game Center will award credits for specific requirements. More information about transfer credits can be found here.

Creative Supplement

All applicants must complete a creative portfolio at nyugamecenter.slideroom.com.  Details are listed below.

Deadlines

Fall External Transfer Deadline: April 1, 2017

Internal Transfer Applicants

Current NYU students in at least their second semester of consecutive full-time study are eligible to apply as an internal transfer to the NYU Game Center. Students in the Liberal Studies Core Program must however complete the Core Program before applying as an internal transfer.

Internal transfer applicants will apply through NYU Albert, but upload the creative portfolio by using SlideRoom. More information about the process and requirements can be found here.

Students internally transferring to Tisch will be allowed to transfer 64 non-Tisch credits. Students applying to transfer for Junior Year should speak to the Game Center advisers regarding their credits.

Creative Supplement

All applicants must complete a creative portfolio at nyugamecenter.slideroom.com.  Details are listed below.

Deadlines:

Spring Internal Transfer Deadline: November 1, 2016

Fall Internal Transfer Deadline: March 1, 2017


Additional Requirements

 


In addition to the common application, the NYU Game Center requires a creative portfolio.  All portfolios are submitted digitally via nyugamecenter.slideroom.com. There is a $10 submission fee through Slideroom. Late portfolios will not be accepted. 

The three components of the creative portfolio are:

1-2 page personal statement.  Your personal statement should tell us about your reasons for wanting to come to the NYU Game Center, why you want to make games, what excites you most about games and game design.

Creative Project. A creative project could be: a game you’ve made (digital or non-digital), a computer program you’ve written, a film you created, a piece of music, a creative writing sample, a portfolio of artwork, visual design, sculptures, photography or other creative pieces.  We are looking for your talent and creativity in whichever medium you choose, so choose an example that you think best shows off your strengths and ideas.

  • If a project is a digital game or software application: Detailed instructions for installation and interaction, including platform requirements, must be included. You will not be able to upload any game files, so please provide a link to your online game or downloadable game files, and include the link in your design statement.
  • If a project is a board game, performance, game event, or other physical project: Include detailed documentation of the project, such as photographs, a short video, script, rules of play, etc.
  • If a project is a visual artwork or series: Include detailed visual documentation of the project (3 – 5 images and/or up to 5 minutes of video).
  • If a project is a video: You may upload the video directly to Slideroom or as well as a link to the video itself.  Be sure that the link does not require a special login.
  • If a project is a written paper or essay: Please upload the paper itself in PDF format. Include at the start an abstract or summary of the essay.
  • If a project is a website or other online-accessible project: A link to the online project is sufficient.
  • If your project does not fit into any of these categories and you do not know how best to submit or document the project, contact the Game Center at gamecenter@nyu.edu directly for advice.

 

1 page critical analysis of a game that you know deeply.   It should be a thoughtful and insightful analysis of one or more aspects of the game. We are not looking for a description of the game but instead you should demonstrate some insight into how the game works.

If you have questions about the creative portfolio please email us at gamecenter@nyu.edu

Good luck!