How To Apply

How To Apply

Step 1: Submit NYU Admissions Application

The Application Process
Step 2: Artistic Review: Submit Portfolio & Statement Of Purpose
Portfolio Guidelines

Your portfolio should be a selection of recent artworks that represent your artistic interests and demonstrate your technical skills and ability. Work submitted can be in any style or medium (painting, drawing, sculpture, video, photography, digital art, installation, sound, etc.). Work should demonstrate the exploration of ideas and creative approaches to subject matter and materials.

Online Portfolio Submission Instructions:

  • All components of your portfolio must be submitted through
  • An account or log in to your existing account on Setting up an account is free.
  • All applicants must pay a $10.00 submission fee.
  • All portfolios must be submitted by the application deadline.

Portfolio Submission Details:

Your portfolio must include:

  1. 12-15 images of recent artworks done in any medium. Each image must contain the work’s title, year completed, medium and size (ex. Self Portrait, 2018, Oil on Canvas, 11”x14”). You have the option to include videos in your portfolio. Videos can be a compilation of various works, but the total runtime cannot exceed five minutes.

  2. A one-page “Statement of Purpose” describing:
  • Your reasons for applying to an interdisciplinary studio art program.
  • Your personal and/or academic background in art.
  • The influences, experiences, common themes and interests that have impacted your art practice.
Application + Portfolio Deadlines


Submit NYU Common Application and portfolio via Slideroom on or before the following deadlines:

Early Decision I:
University Application for Fall 2020: November 1, 2019
Portfolio for Fall 2020: November 1, 2019

Early Decision II and Regular Decision:
University Application for Fall 2020: January 1, 2020
Portfolio for Fall 2020: January 1, 2020


For Spring 2020:
University Application: November 1, 2019
Portfolio: November 1, 2019

For Fall 2020:
University Application: April 1, 2020
Portfolio: April 1, 2020


For Spring 2020:
University Application: November 1, 2019
Portfolio: November 1, 2019

For Fall 2020:
University Application: March 1, 2020
Portfolio: March 1, 2020

Your portfolio may arrive any time before the deadline, but will not be reviewed until your application for admission is complete. Portfolios received after the deadline will not be reviewed.

Note for Transfer Applicants:

Refer to the Transfer-specific application instructions page, where you will find answers to common questions about applying as a transfer student and step-by-step application instructions. 

Portfolio Reviews

We do not offer individual portfolio reviews. However, we host an annual Portfolio Review Day each Fall. If you are not able to make this event, please contact

More Information

Lonnie Woods III
Undergraduate Student Services Counselor

For Financial Aid Information

NYU Undergraduate Financial Aid Office