Professional Courses

Tisch School of the Arts Professional Courses are for those interested in continuous learning.

Short courses provide working professionals and adult learners opportunities to build on an existing skill or receive introductory knowledge in a new area of the media industry. Conveniently scheduled weekday, weeknight, or weekend hours gives you many opportunities to meet your goals of personal growth or career advancement.

Professional Courses are offered year round. NYU alumni receive a 10% discount.

If you are a high school student interested in Tisch Professional Courses, please contact the Office of Special Programs at

Image of vj Lady Firefly with The Roots and Erykah Badu on stage with light show behind them.

Visuals by vj Lady Firefly with The Roots and Erykah Badu.
Lighting Design and photo by Robert Bloom.
Copyright 2015.

The Art of the VJ

This hands-on workshop is an introduction to the artform and dynamic world of the VJ and live concert visuals. Perfect for music, theatre, and multimedia performers, visual effects artists and editors looking for alternative ways to create visual content, and others looking to expand their visual music palette. Students will have the opportunity to create and design a live VJ performance using VJ software, learn the practicalities behind working on a gig as a VJ, collaborate with others on a live mix, and gain a solid understanding of the current artistic, musical, and commercial applications of this ever-changing artform.

Students who take this course will receive a free 30-day full license of Modul8.

Price (includes materials fee): $595

Course dates and schedules will be announced soon.

Intro to DaVinci Resolve

Become a DaVinci Resolve Certified User! Over three days, this hands-on class will cover the complete editing workflow including: setting up projects, importing and managing media, editing clips in the timeline, working with titles, graphics, audio and video effects, as well as sound mixing, basic color correction, and finishing and delivering a project. This course culminates with a certification exam.

Price*: $1,335 

*The course price includes the cost of the book and the certification exam.

Course dates and schedules will be announced soon.

Previous course offerings have included Special Effects Make Up, Introduction to 360-VR, Lighting, Podcasting, and Documentary and Broadcast Master Class.

Writing for the Screen - Online

Writing for the Screen is an asynchronous, online dramatic writing course taught by Professor Charlie Schulman. 

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

Non-credit tuition: $2,031

Writing for the Screen may be taken on its own or as part of the non-credit Certificate in Filmmaking. Register to take the course during January Term, January 7 - 25, 2019

The application for January Term 2019 is open.