The New School for Drama

The New School for Drama

New York, NY
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Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
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Fine Arts in the Heart of New York City

Located in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, The New School for Drama provides a unique gateway into the center of American theater. The New School for Drama offers rigorous professional training in acting, directing, and playwriting, as well as a strong foundation in liberal arts, applied research and dramaturgy, creative technologies, and collaborative processes. The program reflects The New School's rich history of social engagement and its deep connections to the modern theater.

The New School for Drama offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in Dramatic Arts.

The B.F.A. at The New School for Drama

The B.F.A. degree program in Dramatic Arts at The New School begins in the freshman year in contrast to many other schools, which require 2 years of general studies prior to the major coursework. Through studio classes, performances, and coursework in aesthetics, the history of theater, and collaborative research, students cultivate the intellectual, theoretical, analytical, and critical skills needed to launch their careers.

As part of The New School, the B.F.A. degree program offers students the option of taking classes at Parsons The New School for Design, Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, Mannes College The New School for Music, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, or The New School for Public Engagement. B.F.A. students also have the opportunity to collaborate with students in The New School for Drama's prestigious M.F.A. programs in Acting, Directing, and Playwriting.

Situated Learning in New York City

A world capital of theater, art, culture, and intellectual inquiry, New York City is an essential part of a New School for Drama education. The faculty includes award-winning professionals from New York's theater community. The artistic director of the B.F.A. program is the playwright, screenwriter, and television producer Jon Robin Baitz, whose plays include "The Film Society," "The Substance of Fire," "Three Hotels," and "Other Desert Cities."

The New School Drama uses its connections with producers, theaters, and performers in Greenwich Village and on and off Broadway to bring students into constant contact with the latest in American drama. Whether through unique intern positions or impromptu performances, New School students are exposed to the best in theater, cinema, music, performance art, and museums.

The New School Drama's Artist-in-residence program gives students access to premier talent in the entertainment industry. Former artists-in-residence have included Sir David Hare, Mark Ruffalo, John Turturro, Kathleen Chalfant, and Joe Mantello.

Part of a Legendary University

Committed to artistic and intellectual freedom since its founding in 1919, The New School promotes active learning, critical thinking, open discussion, and experimentation with ideas.

The New School became known internationally for courses in the creative arts taught by some of the 20th century's most innovative artists. Among them were Martha Graham, Frank Lloyd Wright, Aaron Copland, and W.H. Auden. The New School was the first American university to teach the history of film and one of the first to offer college-level courses in photography and jazz.

The New School has been a center of innovation in theater since Erwin Piscator founded the Dramatic Workshop here in the 1940s. His students included Marlon Brando, Walter Matthau, Harry Belafonte, Elaine Stritch, and Tennessee Williams, to name a few. That tradition of excellence in theater education continues at The New School today.

Making Connections

The New School offers a full calendar of public programs that puts students in direct contact with artists, writers, policymakers, scholars, designers, and more in New York City. The Greenwich Village campus houses the international think tank, the World Policy Institute, and annually hosts the prestigious National Book Awards, as well as film and theater festivals highlighting student work. True to The New School's history as a progressive university, the B.F.A. curriculum focuses on civic engagement and global awareness in the studio and classroom, and through related fieldwork.

An Interdisciplinary Approach

Professionalism and community are at the core of the B.F.A. program, which provides a rich multidisciplinary, project-based investigation of theater arts and focuses on the development of critical thinking and collaborative skills. Through studio classes, performance opportunities, and coursework, students cultivate the skills needed to launch careers in theater or any field that requires creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and effective communication.

Admissions to The New School Drama

Students must apply directly to the B.F.A. degree program. In addition to the application prospective students each submit a portfolio consisting of a one-minute personal introduction video and a representative sample of that student's work: video or online performance as examples of acting; dramatic writing excerpts for playwriting; works relating to directing or stage managing; multimedia files to showcase individual strengths in the area of Creative Technologies; and academic research papers for dramaturgy. Each applicant will then be invited to complete a live audition or interview.

Location & Contact

151 Bank Street
New York, NY 10014

Ms.Sherri Barber

Admission Counselor

Phone: 212-229-5859 ext. 2613

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Acting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied
    • Accepted
    • Acceptance Rate
    • Enrolled50
    • Female Applicants
    • Females Accepted
    • Female Acceptance Rate
    • Male Applicants
    • Males Accepted
    • Male Acceptance Rate
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      photograph, portfolio; short essay to be submitted via short essay to be submitted via Acceptd; audition; TOEFL, IELTS or PTE may be required for students whose first language is not English
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.11
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 500 620
    • SAT Math 445 550
    • SAT Writing 515 600
    • ACT Composite
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students50
    • Male Student Percentage44%
    • Female Student Percentage56%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino18%
    • Black or African American6%
    • White or Caucasian54%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native%
    • Asian4%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more races6%
    • Unknown4%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout8% representing 4 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students79% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 66%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations No
    • Most popular organizations Film-makers United, Theatre Collective, New School Improv, Musical Theatre Organization, Collective Arts Club
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Not Reported
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Not Reported
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other 24-hour security desk personnel


  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Basketball Yes No No
    • Cross-country running Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Yes No
    • Volleyball No Yes No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Basketball Yes No No
    • Cross-country running Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Yes No
    • Volleyball No Yes No


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty38
    • Full-time Percentage0%
    • Part-time Percentage100%
    • Female Percentage55%
    • Male Percentage45%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio10:1 or 130 students to 13 faculty




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