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.

"I am so appreciated for what I have learned in this program. I've tried to gather all of my shoots considering what I've learned about shot sizes, camera movements, colors, shadows, and so much more. Can't wait to apply what I've learned in a professional environment with more advanced materials in the near future!" 

— Ceylin Kocagöz, Cinematography Fundamentals alumna, March 2022

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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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Current Courses

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Cinematography Fundamentals

SPEC-NT 104
Self-Paced/Asynchronous
Duration: Three months
Non-Credit Tuition: $795
Summer 2023 Course Begins May 22


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. Your final project will be reviewed by independent filmmaker and Visiting Assistant Arts Professor Shivani Khattar.

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.

Writing for the Screen

SPEC-NT 1000
Online/Asynchronous
Non-Credit Tuition: $2,283


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.

Additional Information:

  • Spring 2023 Session I Program Dates: January 23, 2023 - March 3, 2023 - Enrollment is closed.
    Instructor: Charlie Schulman

  • Spring 2023 Session II Program Dates: March 20, 2023 - April 28, 2023 - Enrollment is open! Enroll by March 6, 2023.
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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