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Tisch online courses for professionals interested in building their creative skillset.

Take that next step in your career with online, non-credit courses. Our faculty will give you the training you need to build your artistic experience and make your idea for a story a reality. Explore the opportunities to refine your craft or be introduced to something totally new. 

Courses include pre-recorded lectures that students can view at their own pace each week and opportunities for synchronous meetings with faculty and classmates. There are also weekly individual and collaborative assignments due, which are reviewed by the instructor. 

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January Term 2021 Course

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First-Person Narrative

SPEC-NT 101
Online/Asynchronous
Non-Credit Tuition: $4,304

January 2021: January 4 - 22, 2021


First Person Narrative is a filmmaking-based production class focused on the art and craft of the personal video essay. The personal video essay is work that has been directly experienced, processed, re-imagined, and revealed by the storyteller. Students will be encouraged to identify, research and explore subject matter that has some actual core basis in her/his/their lives. Story content can range from an actual event, family story or myth, political or social perspective on the world that reflects and asserts the filmmaker's unique point of view. This class will support and foster work that is made with courage, conviction, and pride. Students will learn a variety of foundational skills in story development, podcasting, animation, archival based acquisition, portrait photography and videography. The First Person form is a compelling, exciting, and emerging domain for creative filmmakers.

Notes:

  • Applicants must be 18 or older to enroll in Tisch Professional Programs.
  • Enrollment and registration is processed on a rolling basis. 
  • The last day to register for January 2021 is November 30, 2020.
  • January 2021 payment deadline is December 11, 2020.
  • Mandatory Course Platform Training will be held before the class start date. (Students will watch a short, prerecorded video and have the option of additional live training if needed.This training will allow students to become familiar with using the online course platform before the class officially begins. The training will need to be completed by the first day of class.)
  • Students in this course collaborate in crews and have weekly assignments. 
  • Students are required to supply their own technology – camera, sound, and editing – for this class. 
  • Students can shoot with their own prosumer camera, DSLR or cell phone that can shoot high quality footage. 
  • Students must use a desktop or laptop computer with a webcam, microphone, and audio capability. 
  • This online course works best with a fast, reliable internet connection, and requires Chrome web browser.
  • Students should plan to devote 10-15 hours to this course per week.

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Spring 2021 Classes

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Film Workshop

SPEC-NT 201
Online/Asynchronous
Non-Credit Tuition: $4,304

Fall 2020: September 21 - October 30, 2020
Spring 2021: January 25, 2021 - March 5, 2021


This online workshop introduces participants to the theory and techniques of developing and producing short films that are shot and edited digitally. As most students enter the program with little or no experience in film or video, early assignments familiarize them with equipment as well as documentary, experimental, and narrative approaches. Working in online crews, students will collaborate to develop their directing, shooting, and editing skills as they produce music videos and short films (three to five minutes in length). Special emphasis is placed on storytelling through visual language. Students learn the basics of screenwriting through writing exercises, reading assignments, viewing online media examples. as well as the script development and research of their short films. Through streaming lectures and video meetings this online workshop will highlight the fundamentals of story structure, character development, communication of thematic statements, and visual storytelling, among other topics. In addition, the course includes screenings of significant works, master classes, and discussions with industry professionals/Tisch faculty.

Notes:

  • Applicants must be 18 or older to enroll in Tisch Professional Programs.
  • Enrollment and registration is processed on a rolling basis. 
  • The last day to register for Spring Session I (January 25 - March 5, 2021) is
    January 13, 2021
  • The payment deadline for Spring Session I is January 19, 2021.
  • Mandatory Course Platform Training will be held before the class start date. (Students will watch a short, prerecorded video and have the option of additional live training if needed.This training will allow students to become familiar with using the online course platform before the class officially begins. The training will need to be completed by the first day of class.)
  • Students in this course collaborate in crews and have weekly assignments. 
  • Students are required to supply their own technology – camera, sound, and editing – for this class. 
  • Students can shoot with their own prosumer camera, DSLR or cell phone that can shoot high quality footage. 
  • Students must use a desktop or laptop computer with a webcam, microphone, and audio capability. 
  • This online course works best with a fast, reliable internet connection, and requires Chrome web browser.
  • Students should plan to devote 10-15 hours to this course per week.

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Enroll in Tisch Professional Courses.

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Screenwriting I

SPEC-NT 300
Online/Asynchronous
Non-Credit Tuition: $4,304

Fall 2020: September 21 - October 30, 2020
Spring 2021: January 25, 2021 - March 5, 2021


Do you want to learn how to write a movie? This introductory screenwriting course will teach you the basics. Students in this class will learn the fundamental components of screenwriting by studying produced movies and by writing their own. Students are required to complete the first act of a screenplay in class with a treatment for the rest of the screenplay. All work will be developed and analyzed in an interactive workshop environment. The class is taught by a professional screenwriter.

Notes:

  • Applicants must be 18 or older to enroll in Tisch Professional Programs.
  • Enrollment and registration is processed on a rolling basis. 
  • The last day to register for Spring Session I (January 25 - March 5, 2021) is
    January 13, 2021
  • The payment deadline for Spring Session I is January 19, 2021.
  • Mandatory Course Platform Training will be held one week before the class start date. (Students will watch a short, prerecorded video and have the option of additional live training if needed.This training will allow students to become familiar with using the online course platform before the class officially begins. The training will need to be completed by the first day of class.)
  • Students must use a desktop or laptop computer with a webcam, microphone, and audio capability.
  • This online course works best with a fast, reliable internet connection, and requires Chrome web browser.
  • Students in this course collaborate in groups and have weekly assignments.
  • Students should plan to devote 10-15 hours to this course per week.

Review the enrollment procedure for Tisch Professional Courses.

Enroll in Tisch Professional Courses.

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.

Screenwriting I may be taken on its own or bundled with the required courses to complete the Screenwriting Certificate. Four online courses are required to complete the Screenwriting Certificate: Screenwriting I, Screenwriting II, Intro to Writing the Half-Hour Comedy, and Writing the One-Hour Television Drama. 

Screenwriting II

SPEC-NT 301
Online/Asynchronous
Non-Credit Tuition: $4,304

Fall 2020: November 2 - December 11, 2020
Spring 2021: March 8, 2021 - April 16, 2021


Pre-requisite: Screenwriting I

This intermediate level screenwriting course picks up where Screenwriting I left off: the writing of feature length screenplays. The goal of the class is the completion of a first draft of an original feature length screenplay, after developing a pitch, a synopsis and an outline. The reading and analysis of six to eight screenplays is also required. Like Screenwriting I, this is an interactive workshop class taught by a professional screenwriter.

Notes:

  • Applicants must be 18 or older to enroll in Tisch Professional Programs.
  • Enrollment and registration is processed on a rolling basis. 
  • The last day to register for Spring Session Session II (March 8 - April 16, 2021) is February 24, 2021.
  • The payment deadline for Spring Session II is March 2, 2021.
  • Mandatory Course Platform Training will be held one week before the class start date. (Students will watch a short, prerecorded video and have the option of additional live training if needed.This training will allow students to become familiar with using the online course platform before the class officially begins. The training will need to be completed by the first day of class.)
  • Students must use a desktop or laptop computer with a webcam, microphone, and audio capability.
  • This online course works best with a fast, reliable internet connection, and requires Chrome web browser.
  • Students in this course collaborate in groups and have weekly assignments.
  • Students should plan to devote 10-15 hours to this course per week.

Review the enrollment procedure for Tisch Professional Courses.

Enroll in Tisch Professional Courses.

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.

Screenwriting II may be taken on its own or bundled with the required courses to complete the Screenwriting Certificate. Four online courses are required to complete the Screenwriting Certificate: Screenwriting I, Screenwriting II, Intro to Writing the Half-Hour Comedy, and Writing the One-Hour Television Drama. 

Writing for the Screen

SPEC-NT 1000, Section 001 and 002
Online/Asynchronous
Non-Credit Tuition: $2,152

Fall 2020, Session I: September 21 - October 30, 2020
Fall 2020, Session II: November 2 - December 11, 2020

Spring 2021, Session I: January 25, 2021 - March 5, 2021
Spring 2021, Session II: March 8, 2021 - April 16, 2021


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 T.V. episode you plan to write.  In addition, you must hand in the first scene (3-5 pages) of your script with dialogue.  

Notes:

  • Applicants must be 18 or older to enroll in Tisch Professional Programs.
  • Enrollment and registration is processed on a rolling basis. 
  • The last day to register for Spring Session I (January 25 - March 5, 2021) is
    January 13, 2021.
  • The payment deadline for Spring Session I is January 19, 2021.
  • The last day to register for Spring Session Session II (March 8 - April 16, 2021) is February 24, 2021.
  • The payment deadline for Spring Session II is March 2, 2021.
  • Mandatory Course Platform Training will be held one week before the class start date. (Students will watch a short, prerecorded video and have the option of additional live training if needed.This training will allow students to become familiar with using the online course platform before the class officially begins. The training will need to be completed by the first day of class.)
  • Students must use a desktop or laptop computer with a webcam, microphone, and audio capability.
  • This online course works best with a fast, reliable internet connection, and requires Chrome web browser.
  • Students in this course collaborate in groups and have weekly assignments.
  • Students should plan to devote 10-15 hours to this course per week.

Review the enrollment procedure for Tisch Professional Courses.

Enroll in Tisch Professional Courses.

Enroll in Tisch Professional Courses.Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.

Additional important dates are available on the Tisch Admissions Calendar.

If you are a high school student, apply to the Online High School Filmmakers Workshop or the Online High School Screenwriters Workshop

Tisch School of the Arts Partnership with Yellowbrick

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Tisch School of the Arts, in collaboration with Yellowbrick, Backstage, Rolling Stone, and IndieWire, is offering two new online programs this fall. 

Explore all the performing arts and film and television industries have to offer by enrolling in Performing Arts Industry Essentials or Film and TV Industry Essentials

These courses feature interviews and instruction from NYU Tisch faculty and industry leaders, offering valuable insights and perspectives, enabling students to explore their own potential career paths in the industry. Upon finishing the program, learners receive a completion certificate from NYU Tisch.

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 able discuss accessibility and possible accommodations at NYU. Additional information and resources are available on the Moses Center for Student Accessibility website.