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Department of Design for Stage and Film 721 Broadway, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10003-6807 Call: 212-998-1950 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit: design.tisch.nyu.edu 2
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If you are planning a career as a designer For theatre, film, opera, dance, and television, the Department of Design for Stage and Film at New York University’s Tisch School of
as a designer
the Arts offers you the opportunity to study and live in the world’s capital of the performing and visual arts: New York City. Located on NYU’s Washington Square campus in Greenwich Village, Tisch offers a program that boasts an outstanding faculty of
working professionals, close proximity to every type of performing and media art imaginable, and endless opportunities to take full advantage of the cultural resources unique to New York City. Tisch Design students are creative and intellectually curious,
they have the skills to communicate both visually and verbally, they possess a passion for their art, and they have a deep commitment to becoming professional designers.
The Marriage of Figaro
From the chair You are at the beginning of an exciting moment in your life. You have completed (or are about to complete) your undergraduate degree…you have a passion for theatre and/or film…perhaps you have been working in our profession…or perhaps in another field… and you are now looking to the future. What’s next? Is this the time for graduate school? What type of program attracts you? What’s important to you? Location? Opportunities? Faculty? Alumni connections? There are so many questions. We are pleased that you have chosen to consider NYU/Tisch and we will do our best to answer your questions. I encourage you to read the materials here and look at our web site. But don’t stop there. Come see us! We are happy to arrange for you to visit and when possible, will provide an opportunity for you to talk to current students and observe class. Being a designer is akin to being an explorer – we make constant discoveries and enjoy adventures. I promise you plenty of both here at NYU/Tisch.
Journey of the Fifth Horse
The Program Each September we welcome a class of 18 designers of scenery, costumes, lighting and film into our three-year Master of Fine Arts program. Rigorous and demanding, we have high expectations for you, yet you’ll find us supportive and eager to see you succeed. We firmly believe that you are unique and our program aims to protect and nurture the individuality of each designer. Through a series of carefully orchestrated courses, you’ll see yourself develop an individual design process. Studio design classes are the centerpiece of our curriculum. Taught by a faculty of working professionals at the top of the field, you’ll focus on the development of visual solutions based on in-depth text analysis, character study,
As You Like It
Technical Rehearsal , Fifth Floor Theatre
the use of research to explore historical and sociological aspects of
cultures, and the collaborative nature of the theatre. Classes in
Under the strong, innovative leadership of costume and set
diverse and multicultural; at any given time approximately 25% of
techniques such as drawing, drafting, model making, cutting and
designer Susan Hilferty, our faculty of working designers will guide
our students are from outside the United States and many are new
draping, and stagecraft support the work in design class.
you with knowledge gained from firsthand experience. All design
to living in New York City.
Production is a crucial and necessary component of the curriculum,
faculty are members of United Scenic Artists Local 829 or hold
an extension of the classroom where students put into practice the
advanced degrees in design. Their collected professional experience
theory they have studied.
includes Broadway and Off-Broadway, work in all of the major
The Department of Design for Stage and Film has a close
regional theatres in America, feature films, opera, ballet and
relationship with Tisch’s acclaimed Graduate Acting Program as
Some of the most exciting work is created when peer directors work
television in the United States and throughout the world. For up-to-
well as with the innovative Department of Dance and the legendary
in class with set, costume and lighting designers. The designer/
date, detailed bios please visit our web site.
Graduate Film Program in the Kanbar Institute of Film and
director relationship is nurtured by the participation of Columbia
Television. Each year, Design students work collaboratively and
University MFA directing students and the Public Theatre directing
With ten full-time faculty members and over a dozen adjunct
creatively on over 35 plays, films, and dance concerts within the
fellows in classes that focus on collaboration. We’ll offer you the
teachers, you will be exposed to a variety of different aesthetics and
Tisch School of the Arts.
opportunity to work together in the classroom with Tisch
processes while maintaining your own individuality as an artist.
filmmakers on joint projects under the tutelage of some of today’s
We are confident that you will be guided by the best designer/
Production experience runs in tandem with design classes and you
top film production designers.
teachers working today, and our faculty is one of the reasons we
will have the opportunity to see your designs realized each of the
have the reputation for being among the finest major training
three years you are in the program. First year production
programs in the world. While we expect and encourage our faculty
experience includes collaborating with student choreographers,
to maintain professional design careers, you will discover that each
dancers, and composers to create fully produced original dance
of them is passionate about teaching and dedicated to working with
pieces as well as assisting advanced students. In the second and
third year, students design productions co-produced with the
a faculty of working designers guide students with
Graduate Acting Program. All productions are directed by
professional directors, including such notables as Drew Barr, Susan
Walk into any of our classrooms and you’ll quickly realize that Tisch
Fenichell, Michael Mayer, Niegel Smith, Tazewell Thompson,
design students come from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Kenneth Washington, Mark Wing-Davey, and Robert Woodruff.
Applicants from all disciplines of undergraduate study, not just
knowledge gained from firsthand experience
those who have specialized in theatre design, are equally welcomed.
We believe a broad-based undergraduate education is often the best
Our classrooms, light lab, costume shop, computer lab, and the
preparation for a career as a designer. Architecture, history, English
Oliver Smith Library are all housed in a handsome, spacious, light-
literature, sculpture, and psychology are just a few areas of study
filled, block-long design studio at 721 Broadway, for the exclusive
recent students have pursued as undergraduates. Although a small
use of design students. Production facilities include four movable-
number of students come directly from undergraduate study, we
and fixed-seat theatres and professionally staffed scene shops,
firmly believe in the benefits of “time off” before embarking on the
costume shop and electrics shop. A wide range of additional
rigors of graduate school. Most students join our program after
resources and facilities is available to you as a member of the
having worked professionally for some time. Our student body is
greater New York University community.
The Design Show
The annual Design Show is a showcase for graduating students to be
Graduates of the Department of Design are designing everywhere –
introduced to the professional community. Held in May, directors,
on Broadway and off; for feature films in Los Angeles, New York,
designers and producers are invited to view the work and meet with
and many places in between; for dance companies large and small;
the exhibitors with an eye toward future employment as they
in resident theatres all over the country; for national television; in
embark on professional careers. Prospective students are
opera houses around the world; and more and more expanding into
encouraged to visit the annual Design Show to see firsthand the
areas of new media such as virtual set design, projection, video, and
exceptional work that takes place within the department. Design
web site design. A full list of our alumni’s activities is printed in
Meeting, another annual event held in New York, recognizes the
the department’s annual Alumni Report. Please be sure to ask for a
work and achievement of MFA students graduating from the
theatrical design programs at CalArts, Yale School of Drama and NYU/Tisch, and provides an opportunity to forge new creative partnerships, many of which will be lifelong.
Design Show 2011
New York City New York City, the richest artistic environment in the world, provides the ideal location for you to further your education. Many
of our courses use the city as their laboratory. Museums, galleries, and libraries are used for research; members of the professional design community are frequent guest speakers; and close proximity
to theatres, shops, and studios affords the opportunity to visit facilities or to go backstage and observe productions in rehearsal. Last year over 70 guest lecturers visited the department, including playwrights Athol Fugard and Richard Nelson; lighting designers Chris Akerlind and Don Holder; directors Anne Bogart, Karin
Coonrod, Oskar Eustis, Daniel Fish, Sam Helfrich, David Herskovits, Brian Kulick, and Irene Lewis; film designers Michael Engler, Juliet Polcsa, Mark Ricker and Kristi Zea; set and costume
designers Desmond Heeley and David Zinn; projection designers Wendall Harrington and Tal Yarden; and many others.
front cover: Many Colors Make the Thunderking (Graduate Acting Program), costume design, E. Caitlin Ward '98;` inside front cover: set model, The Marriage of Figaro, set designer: Julia Przedmojska '11; page 1 top: costume sketch, 'Mother Courage,' Mother Courage, costume designer: Amanda Shafran '12 bottom: Journey of the Fifth Horse, set designer: Laura Jellinek '09; costume designer: Caitlin O'Connor '09; lighting designer: Mike Inwood '09; page 2 top: set model, As You Like It, set designer: Alexis Distler '08 bottom: costume sketch, 'Katherine,' The Witches of Edmonton, costume designer: Caitlin O'Connor '09; page 3 top left: Romantic Roulette, costume designer: Erin Schultz '11 top right: The Storm, set designer: Brett J. Banakis '10; lighting designer: Eric Southern '10; costume designer: Tilly Grimes '10; page 4: Design Show 2011, photographer: Liz Clayman; inside back cover: costume sketch, Wozzeck, costume designer: Tilly Grimes '10 pocket: conceptual rendering, Lost Horizon, production designer: Alexios Chrysikos '10.
Lost Horizon, conceptual illustration
To Learn More Prospective students are strongly encouraged to visit the Department of Design for Stage and Film. We are happy to arrange for you to sit in on a class, meet with a faculty or staff member, and talk to current students.
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