Future Film Scholars


About the Program

Course Number: CINE-NT 1

The Future Film Scholars Workshop is a free program for motivated, articulate, and creative high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who are devoted to seeing, learning, and writing about film, television, and moving image cultures.

While some of our Future Film Scholars students may be interested in making their own films, this program does not include the practice of filmmaking but instead focuses on the history, criticism, theory and cultural significance of moving images. This course is designed to introduce high school students the varieties of film practices (e.g., fiction, documentary, animation, experimental/ avant-garde, video art and new forms of digital media).

Film lecture

Photo by Dylan Kenseth

The course will provide students with:

  • a basic foundation for further study of film and the moving image arts
  • an understanding of such concepts as narrative structure, genre, editing, composition within the frame, cinematography, sound and sound image relations.

Students will complete a weekly film journal where they will be asked to write about films and discussions from class as well as on films assigned outside of the class period each week. Students will also be expected to write up to two formal film analysis papers of up to 7 pages each on assigned films/topics. The class will culminate in a small conference or printed collection of student essays.

Students in Theater Classroom

Photo by Dylan Kenseth


Spring 2023

The program meets weekly on Saturdays, February 4, 2023 through May 13, 2023.

More dates and deadlines are available on the Tisch Special Programs Admissions Calendar.

How to Apply

Please read through the Spring Future Artists Program Requirements Page to learn how to apply. You may be contacted for additional application materials.

The spring 2023 application is closed.

NYU requires all students (undergraduate, graduate, professional, and high school), faculty, and employees to be vaccinated and boosted to have access to NYU buildings for the 2022–23 academic year.

Vaccines must be authorized by the FDA or on the WHO list of approved vaccines. Visit our FAQ page for more information.

If you have questions about the program or the application, please contact the Department of Cinema Studies at 212.998.1603 or future.filmscholars@nyu.edu.