NYSID BFA Admissions Requirements

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  • Application
  • Application fee
  • Essay
  • Official Transcript
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • SAT / ACT Scores
  • Portfolio

Deadline: February 1

Office of Admissions:

New York School of Interior Design
Office of Admissions
170 East 70th Street
New York, NY  10021
(212) 472-1500 x205

1. Application
To be considered for admission, please submit a completed application for admission. Once the application is submitted, you will receive an e-mail with log-in information for the NYSID Portal so you can track your admission status online.

2. Application Fee
You must submit a nonrefundable application fee of $60 for domestic students or $100 for international students. This fee can be paid via credit card on the website or submitted via check to the Admissions Office. Cash payments are not accepted. 1.still lifeASHCAN STUDIO STUDENT WORK for NYDIS Admissions by Sunghak

3. Essay
Applicants must submit a typed personal statement, roughly one page in length, describing their reasons for applying to NYSID. This can be mailed to the Admissions Office or e-mailed to admissions@nysid.edu. Please be sure to include your name on the essay.

4. Official Transcript
An official transcript that indicates graduation from an accredited high school, including a graduation date is required for admission. Transcripts must be received from the school in a sealed envelope. Applicants who did not complete high school, but who have obtained a general education diploma (GED) must submit an official passing score.

Applicants who have previously attended other colleges or universities must submit official transcripts from all schools attended. Transcripts must be received from the school in a sealed envelope. Transfer credit will be assessed by an academic advisor as part of the admission process. Applicants who have obtained a college degree are not required to submit their high school transcript.

Applicants who have completed their degree in a foreign country may need to have their transcript(s) evaluated. Please see International Student Requirements for further details.

5. Letters of Recommendation
All applicants must submit at least two letters of recommendation. Letters typically come from, but are not limited to, teachers, employers, design professionals, or counselors.  Applicants may choose to use the letter of recommendation form available on the NYSID website.

6. SAT/ACT Scores
Applicants who have graduated from a U.S. high school within the past five years must submit results from either the scholastic assessment Test (SAT) of the college Board (CEEB code 0333) or the American College Testing Program (ACT, code 2829).

Applicants who have successfully completed 45 or more credits at an accredited college or university are not required to submit test scores.

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 7. Portfolio

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA): a portfolio of 10 to 15 pieces is required. The portfolio should be fine-art based using a variety of media and may consist of still life compositions, sculptures, landscapes, portraits, figure studies, and/or renderings of interior spaces. Drafting/technical drawings should be submitted if possible.

Portfolios can be submitted via JPG or PDF images on a CD or USB Flash drive, or in prints or books. Portfolios cannot be returned unless you provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

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8. Proof of English Proficiency 
All applicants whose primary language is not English are required to show proof of their English proficiency. This proficiency can be shown in several ways:

  • An official score on the Test of English as Foreign language (TOEFL). The minimum score is 79 on the internet-based test or 213 on the computer- based test. The NYSID TOEFL code is 9185.
  • An official score on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum score is 6.0.
  • Completing English composition course(s) at an accredited institution in a country where English is the primary language can be used to show proficiency. High School students can show one year of regular high school level English courses. College students can show one semester of regular college level English. The final grade in these courses must be a “C” or higher in the American grading scale. Remedial courses or courses taken in English as a second language (ESL) programs cannot be considered.
  • Completing level 112 at an ELS language center and submitting an official certificate-of-completion. For more information please visit www.els.edu.

International Student Requirements 

In addition to the regular admissions requirements for undergraduate programs, international students must also submit an evaluation of foreign transcripts by World Educational Service (WES).

The WES evaluation is required of all applicants educated in countries outside the United States.  The WES evaluation will translate the student’s academic credentials into English and convert their marks into the United States grading scale.

It is the student’s responsibility to provide all high school (secondary) and/or college (postsecondary) academic records to WES for a course-by-course credential evaluation.  This is necessary to determine admissibility and to assess any possible transfer credits.

Please see International Student Requirements for further details.

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