NYU Tisch Kanbar Institute of Film & Television Reviews & Admissions Statistics

4.50 star(s) 4.5 Stars (6 Reviews)
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Degrees Offered
  1. 4 Year BS
  2. 4 Year BFA
  3. 3 Year MFA
  4. MFA/MBA Dual Degree Program
  5. Certificate Program
  6. Summer Programs
  1. Directing
  2. Film & Television Production
  3. Film Studies
  4. Business / Film Dual Degree
  5. Screenwriting
Tuition Range
$60k to $70k
Undergraduate Deadlines
Film BFA Early Decision I: November 1
Film BFA Early Decision II: January 1
Film BFA Regular Decision: January 5
Stern/Tisch BS/BFA Dual Degree: February 15
Cinema Studies BA: : December 1
Graduate Deadlines
December 1

Film School details

Undergrad Student Body
Graduate Student Body
Undergraduate Class Size
Graduate Class Size
36 in Graduate Film, 24 Dramatic Writing
  1. Student owns all copyrights
Start of Production Classes
  1. Freshman
Camera Equipment
  1. ARRI Digital Cinema Cameras
  2. Canon Cinema Cameras
  3. Canon DSLRs
  4. Panasonic Cinema Cameras
  5. RED
  6. Sony Cinema Cameras
Software Used
  1. Adobe Premiere
  2. Avid Media Composer
  3. DaVinci Resolve
  4. Pro Tools
Filmmaking Facilities
  1. Sound Stage(s)
  2. Editing Bays
  3. Theatre
  4. TV Studio
  1. Student must arrange
  2. School provides resources to help find internships
  3. Summer Internship in Los Angeles
  4. Semester Internship in NYC
Job Placement
  1. School Connects Students with Alumni
  2. School Provides Career Development Training
  3. School Provides Pitch Sessions
  4. School Operates Job Board
  5. School Organizes Film Festival
Number of Applicants
Both the graduate and undergraduate programs receive thousands of applications each year. The acceptance rate for the undergraduate program is 10%. The acceptance rate for the graduate program is 5%.
Application Fee
GRE Required?
  1. No
SAT or ACT Required?
  1. No
Portfolio Required?
  1. Yes
Minimum GPA
  1. None
Letters of Rec Required
  1. None (Undergrad Only)
  2. 2 (Graduate)

As one of the best film schools on the East coast, the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film & Television at New York University Tisch School of the Arts gives film students the chance to turn iconic landscapes into low-budget film shoots and connect with world-renowned industry players.

In 2022, FilmSchool.org named NYU Tisch the Best East Coast Film School, and in 2023, The Hollywood Reporter ranked NYU Tisch the no. 3 best American film school. Notable faculty include award-winning filmmakers such as Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing, Malcom X, BlacKkKlansman), Mary Lambert (Siesta, Pet Semetary), and John Canemaker (The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation, You Don’t Have to Die).

NYU Tisch School of the Arts offers a uniquely student-driven experience. In small courses instructed by experts, film students learn how to use state-of-the-art equipment and achieve their creative aspirations. Undergraduates have the flexibility to self-design most of their curriculum. And the film program welcomes students without prior filmmaking experience who demonstrate a passion for the craft.

See FilmSchool.org's guide on how to apply:

NYU Tisch: How to Apply for 2024, Acceptance Rate, and What To Expect as an NYU Film Student

NYU Tisch: How to Apply for 2024, Acceptance Rate, and What To Expect as an NYU Film Student

As one of the best film schools on the East coast, the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film & Television at New York University Tisch School of the Arts gives film students the chance to turn iconic landscapes into low-budget film shoots and connect with world-renowned industry players. In 2022...

Undergraduate Application Requirements

  • Tell Us About Yourselfie
  • Short Essay
  • Creative submission
  • Resume

Graduate Application Requirements

  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Creative portfolio
  • Written Submssions

Tuition Details

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Notable Alumni

  • Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Gremlins)
  • Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad)
  • Damon Lindelof (Lost)
  • Melina Matsoukas (Beyoncé's Lemonade, Master of None)
  • Joel Coen (No Country for Old Men, Bridge of Spies, The Big Lebowski))
  • Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman, Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X)
  • Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver, Gangs of New York, The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain)
  • Oliver Stone (Platoon, JFK, Wallstreet)
  • M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable)
  • Rachel Morrison (Mudbound, Cake, Black Panther).
  • Chloé Zhao (Nomadland, Eternals, Songs My Brother Taught Me)

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Latest Film School Reviews

NYU - A great experience
Reviewed by: Alumni
Degree: BA/BS/BFA
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  • community
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  • NYU facilities
  • film school facilities
I had a great time. Like anywhere, you have to make the most of it, making films outside of class, crewing on other people's films, going to events in the school and in the city (there is always so much to do around the city given the location.)

Some professors are not great, but on the whole they are very good and a range of positions, from young filmmakers starting out to working pros who come and go, to retired with a track record. Some are even inspirational (for me, Alrick Brown, John Warren, Mo Ogrodnik.) If you form close relationships professors are very kind and willing to help read scripts/watch cuts of films outside of class.

The facilities in terms of studio space and lighting and cameras are incredible compared to high school and enough for what you need to make, but having seen USC, they do not come close. NYU argue that that is not a bad thing because limitation causes inspiration, and I can see that argument. The school are pretty relaxed about the equipment that they give you (in a group) for the semester and they allow you to film a lot outside of class projects as well if you want to (you should).

The focus is on artistry and finding a voice and less so on setting you up to get a job on graduating. I don't think it is necessarily a bad thing, but worth knowing. But individual professors are more than happy to help you if you get along, as mentioned.
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Good Education. Poor Everything Else
Reviewed by: Alumni
Degree: MA/MFA
Concentration: Graduate Film
  • Adjunct Faculty - those who are there strictly to teach are there with good reason and have a world of expertise to share
  • Administration - lots of internal politicking. lots of internal fighting.
  • Some faculty have been accused of perpetuating sexual harassment still
  • The cost/value - many promised benefits were taken away due to COVID with no recourse
World class education received at NYU Tisch, with some remarkable faculty (those who care to teach are extremely helpful). Lots of bureaucratic nonsense that resulted in administrators lying to class regarding benefits and recourse for missed opportunities due to COVID. Many affected including alumni and current students.

At least one professor on staff has been publicly accused of abetting sexual harassment.
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NYU Tisch Graduate Film Program
Reviewed by: Alumni
Degree: MA/MFA
Concentration: Graduate Film
  • The people you meet and become friends with is by far the greatest part of the program.
  • Top rate education. You learn how to do everything and leave the program ready to work on professional crews.
  • Facilities are amazing. Spent nights with talent classmates lighting scenes on an awesome soundstage and then went drinking after. Such a cool experience.
  • Support after graduating. There is the Purple List and The NYU Production Lab. Both designed to assist students in making their first feature films. This is by far makes the program worth it's weight in gold.
  • Working professional faculty. Todd Solondz was one of my professors.
  • The only con for me is the price which really isn't unique to most film schools.
The graduate film program at NYU changed my life. I keep up with most of my classmates and a lot of my professors. I still work with a lot of my classmates on film projects currently.
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I am attending Tisch for grad film this fall. This is a stupid question but I have two dogs—how much time will I have to go back (I live less than a mile from campus) to take care of them?
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Totally valid question (says the girl who has a dog next to her right now). If you have back to back classes, you might be at NYU for up to 6 hours at a time. But if you space out your schedule more openly, you'll have breaks. Highly reccomend citi bike to make things faster too if you feel comfortable biking.
What neighborhood are you staying in? I graduated from the program and one of my classmates had a dog. She lived in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. You spend a lot of time at school (pretty much all day). Getting to Brooklyn usually takes about an hour and people don't usually go home and go back. You could set up your schedule though where you have large gaps in the day. I don't think having pets are undoable but sometimes when we were hanging out after class my classmate would be like, 'I got to walk my dog'. It's kind of a bummer when you're bonding with new friends.
What if you have no experience with screenplay formatting / using final draft?
There’s a lot of free info online on how to write a screenplay! I’d practice, read scripts, and find someone to give you feedback that knows screenwriting. There’s free sites to use like celtx too, I used it before buying final draft.
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thank you !!
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