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Video for New Media in Florence

Learn the fundamentals of short-form documentary and video experimentation in one of the world's most beautiful cities.

Program Overview

Whether you're a first-time filmmaker or have some experience behind the camera, come spend four weeks in Florence to expand your creative perspectives. This course will not only give you an overview of the history of video art, but its relevance to present day new media. Through a series of weekly experiments and assignments, you will gain experience with virtual reality video production, interactive installations and short format documentary filmmaking. 

“Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.”
– Anna Akhmatova


Video for New Media

IITP-UT 2256/IITP-GT 2256 | 4 units | Instructor: Gabe Barcia-Colombo

In 1967 the Sony Portapak became the first portable video system available to the public. Suddenly motion pictures became accessible to artists, experimenters and social activists, not simply Hollywood production companies. The introduction of the Portapak had a great influence not only on the development of interactive telecommunications, but also on the way we create, consume and distribute media today. How do we create video that is non-linear yet compelling, interactive yet engaging? The goal of this class is to provide an overview of both the history of video, and its relevance to present day new media. Topics covered include aesthetics and concepts, camera usage, editing, lighting, as well as an introduction to interactive video software such as Jitter and Isadora. Through a series of weekly experiments and assignments, students gain experience with video blogging, short format documentary style, post-linear narrative, interactive video installations as well as theatrical video design. Previous video experience is not required and experimentation is highly encouraged!

Program Dates

Summer 2017 (Tentative)

Check-In: Sunday, June 4, 2017
Check-Out: Saturday, July 1, 2017


Summer 2017: The application is now closed. 

Application: Please read the following admissions information before starting your application.  


  • Undergraduate Tuition, Registration and Services Fee: $6,160
  • Graduate Tuition, Registration and Services Fee: $6,480
  • Program Fee: $424
  • Lab Fee: $244
  • Geo Blue Global Health Insurance: $54.40

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.

Visit the NYU Office of the Bursar for additional information on tuition and fees.