Tisch Pro Online Courses

What is the story you'd like to tell?

NYU Tisch partners with Smashcut, the online collaborative learning platform to deliver asynchronous, non-credit courses in visual storytelling. Get hands on training and build your creative skillset at your own pace.

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Classes will be delivered through an asynchronous model, which means you will not have to meet at a designated time each day. Instead, the program is offered through online lectures that are pre-recorded and released each week. You can view those modules at your own pace; however, there are daily deliverables and/or weekly assignments you will have to complete and upload onto the Smashcut platform by the deadline provided in your syllabus, and faculty/TA/classmates will be interacting/collaborating with your work on this timeline.

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The entirety of the class takes place on the Smashcut platform. Synchronous, real-time video sessions will be scheduled during the term with your professor/TA/classmates. With the flexibility of online learning, you will have the opportunity to choose the best meeting time for your schedule.

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Summer 2022 Courses

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Cinematography Fundamentals

SPEC-NT 104
Self-Paced/Asynchronous
Course Begins: June 6, 2022
Duration: Three months
Non-Credit Tuition: $795


Whether you’re brand new to the world of filmmaking or looking to refresh your core skills, this course is a great starting point. Course topics include composition, storyboarding, pre-production, lighting, camera movement, and audio/video editing. The course is entirely asynchronous, so you can learn at your own pace and your own schedule. You will receive video feedback on your final project from an NYU instructor. Your final project will be reviewed by award-winning cinematographer and NYU Tisch School of the Arts Head of Cinematography Professor Anthony Jannelli.

Note: Cinematography Fundamentals is a self-paced course and does not include all features available in other Tisch Pro/Online courses. Since this course is entirely self-paced, your final project must be completed within the three-month window in order to receive NYU instructor feedback.

Learn more and enroll in Cinematography Fundamentals.

Documentary Fundamentals Workshop

SPEC-NT 111
Online/Asynchronous
Non-Credit Tuition: $1,108


The Documentary Fundamentals Workshop, with participation from New York Times Op-Docs, is designed to give developing storytellers the tools they need to complete a short documentary film. Students will explore documentary styles, the language of film production, and the legal and ethical considerations involved in chronicling the lives of their subjects. 

Students will be exposed to this unique storytelling format through readings, pre-recorded video lectures, self-prep exercises, and screenings of both classic and modern examples of the form. The course culminates with each student making a 3-5 minute digital documentary. Students will have the opportunity to schedule one-on-one sessions with the instructor and schedule time with other students to view work and provide feedback.

From Idea to Reality

The course will cover the theory and techniques behind documentary production, from concept development through researching, writing, filming, directing, producing, and editing. Through asynchronous online lectures, individual video meetings with the instructor, self-prep exercises and assignments, students will be introduced to a variety of documentary styles and techniques, becoming fluent in the language of film production and well-versed in the legal and ethical considerations involved in making a documentary.

The New York Times Op-Docs staff will participate in the course sharing their esteemed traditions of short documentary storytelling. Students will also hear from filmmakers who have had their short documentaries featured on New York Times Op-Docs.

Documentary filmmaking is a collaborative process, and the course provides ample opportunity for students to come together to complete ambitious projects.

Additional Information
 

  • Program Dates: July 11 - August 5, 2022 - Enroll by June 24, 2022
     

  • It is recommended that students spend a minimum of three hours per week on this workshop.
     

  • Each student will have two one-on-one, 10-15 minute live video sessions with the instructor. Students can schedule these sessions at any point during the workshop via the Smashcut online learning platform.
     

  • This workshop does not include live, mandatory synchronous meetings with the instructor and entire class.
     

  • This workshop includes assignments which will be submitted to the instructor for review, as well as self-prep optional exercises which will not be reviewed.
     

  • The workshop includes solo assignments, one collaborative project, and culminates with an individual final documentary film project.
     

Learn more and enroll in the Documentary Fundamentals Workshop.

Filmmaking Fundamentals Workshop

SPEC-NT 110
Online/Asynchronous
Non-Credit Tuition: $1,108


This online workshop will introduce you to the basic theory and techniques of writing, shooting, and editing short digital films. The course includes asynchronous pre-recorded video lectures, real-time one-on-one video meetings with the instructor, solo assignments and a collaborative project with fellow students, as well as readings, self-prep exercises, and film viewings.

Most students enter this course with little or no experience in film or video, and they learn the building blocks that will enable them to create captivating visual stories. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Equipment and techniques needed to digitally shoot and edit films
     

  • Narrative approaches to filmmaking
     

  • Introduction to Screenwriting, script development, and research
     

  • Film Grammar
     

  • Roles in the film industry

Students will work in crews on their collaborative project as well as have opportunities to share feedback with each other on self-prep assignments designed to help the development of their final film. This gives students experience with sharing creative responsibility and working to each team member’s individual strengths, which are essential for those who hope to work in the film industry.

Additional Information:
 

  • Program Dates: July 11 - August 5, 2022 - Enroll by June 24, 2022
     

  • It is recommended that students spend a minimum of three hours per week on this workshop.
     

  • Each student will have two one-on-one, 10-15 minute live video sessions with the instructor. Students can schedule these sessions at any point during the workshop via the Smashcut online learning platform.
     

  • This workshop does not include live, mandatory synchronous meetings with the instructor and entire class.
     

  • This workshop includes assignments which will be submitted to the instructor for review, as well as self-prep optional exercises which will not be reviewed.
     

  • The workshop includes solo assignments, one collaborative project, and culminates with an individual final film project.

Learn more and enroll in the Filmmaking Fundamentals Workshop.

Writing for the Screen

SPEC-NT 1000
Online/Asynchronous
Non-Credit Tuition: $2,216


Participants will examine the principles and processes of writing for the screen. Topics include: finding and developing story ideas, film language, and script structure. By the end of the course, students will have participated in in-depth film analysis and intensive screenwriting exercises and discussions. 

At the end of the course, students are expected to complete a film treatment (prose description of your film) with a step outline for a feature film or TV episode they plan to write. In addition, students must hand in the first scene (3 - 5 pages) of their script with dialogue.

Program Dates
Summer 2022 Session I: May 23 - July 1, 2022 - Enrollment Closed
Summer 2022 Session II: July 5 - August 12, 2022 - Enroll by June 17, 2022

Learn more and enroll in Writing for the Screen.

Students in need of accessibility-related information who are considering Tisch Professional Courses should contact the Moses Center for Student Accessibility. An Accessibility Specialist is available to discuss accessibility and possible accommodations at NYU. Additional information and resources are available on the Moses Center for Student Accessibility website.

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