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Producing & Screenwriting in Sydney

Dive into screenwriting and producing in Australia’s largest city.


Sydney is the largest city in New South Wales, Australia’s oldest and most populated state. Australia's cultural and artistic scene reflects the nation's unique blend of established traditions and new influences. From the Sydney Opera House and the Belvoir St Theatre, to the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, there is something exciting for everyone.

Producing and Screenwriting in Sydney is a full-time fall program in which students take two required courses: Preparing the Screenplay and Strategies for Independent Producing (both offered through Tisch). Students select other courses from the NYU Sydney academic center to complete the 12-18 units. Students will also be required to take a mandatory orientation course by NYU-Global called Global Orientations: Australian Society and Culture.

NYU Sydney offers courses in areas such as anthropology; creative writing; media, culture and communication; and psychology, just to name a few. Internship opportunities are also available. For complete course offerings please visit the Academics page. For more information about internships, please visit the NYU Sydney website.


The two courses, Preparing the Screenplay and Strategies for Independent Producing, count towards the Minor in Producing for NYU students.

Producing and Screenwriting in Sydney Required Courses:

Preparing the Screenplay

FMTV-UT 9019 | 4 units | Course Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite for NYU Students (Non-Film & TV Majors): Producing Essentials (OART-UT 1006) or equivalent.

A one-semester screenwriting class in which students will have the opportunity to do the necessary preparatory work before writing a feature length screenplay or long-form television script. The structure of the class will mirror the real world experience of working writers. Students will be asked to come up with an idea for their script, pitch the story, do any needed research, and then proceed to a step-outline and treatment. It is required that this class be taken before taking Developing The Screenplay and/or Adaptation: A Screenwriting Workshop, Writing for Advanced TV Production Workshop, Advanced Television Writing: The One Hour Drama, or Advanced Feature Writing I. Script Analysis is also recommended for students who want to take these courses.


FMTV-UT 9092 | 3 units | Course Level: Intermediate/Advanced

The purpose of this course is to give students important tools for developing and producing an independent film. The course focuses on independent narrative features and documentaries, and recognizes the fundamental nature of film as art and commerce. It examines the marketplace for independent feature film, its history, and its workings, including the mechanics and economics of distribution, festival strategies, and funding strategies, including grant funding. Students construct a plan for a feature project of their choice, incorporating a creative package, production strategy, and a financing strategy. There will be guest speakers and occasional screenings.

Program Dates

Fall 2017

Please visit the Sydney Calendar on the NYU Global Academic Center for academic dates and more information.


Students applying to Screenwriting and Producing in Sydney are required to complete the NYU Tisch Special Programs study abroad application. Applicants may be contacted by Tisch Special Programs Admissions for an interview.  Please visit the Tisch Special Programs Admissions Calendar to see when interviews will be held.


NYU Students (Non-Film & TV majors): OART-UT 1006 Producing Essentials or equivalent.

Visiting (Non-NYU) Students: One college-level producing or screenwriting course or equivalent. 


Please read the following admissions information before starting your application.


  • Academic Year 2017-2018 Full-time Tuition, 12-18 unit flat rate per term: $26,451

Additional Fees Include:

  • Housing: $7,442 for students in a 6-bedroom suite (estimated from 2016-17)
  • Non-refundable Registration and Service Fees: $1,261
  • Round-Trip Airfare: $1,500-2,000
  • Visa: $375 
  • CSI Insurance $155 (estimated from 2016-17)

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.

Visit the Office of Global Programs for additional study abroad costs.

Scholarship and Financial Aid

There are opportunities for financial assistance to study abroad.

Please review the Scholarships and Financial Aid for Study Abroad page for more information.


Visit the NYU Sydney website for housing options and descriptions.