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 sessions will be scheduled during the term with your professor/TA/classmates. We understand you signed up for an online course to have the flexibility of online learning, so you will have the opportunity to choose the best meeting time for your schedule.

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Fall 2021, Spring 2022, and Summer 2022 Courses

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Branded Storytelling

SPEC-NT 102
Online/Asynchronous
Non-Credit Tuition: $4,432

This branded storytelling course takes students through the process of creative short film development, production, and post production within a branded context. Students will work in crews online to learn the core principles and traditions of Tisch filmmaking applied in the service of a branded production where a client relationship is key to project success. 

Each student will complete a series of storytelling and branded exercises leading to the completion of a branded film (2 - 3 minutes in length). The process will involve developing a creative pitch based on a request for proposal (RFP), script writing/approval, production, post production, and final delivery.

Program Dates

Spring 2022 Session II: March 7 - April 22, 2022

Summer 2022 Session I: May 23 - July 1, 2022
Summer 2022 Session II: July 5 - August 12, 2022

Learn more and enroll in Branded Storytelling.

Documentary Workshop

SPEC-UT 200
Online/Asynchronous
Non-Credit Tuition: $4,432

This documentary workshop online course takes students through all the crucial steps of documentary filmmaking, from the development of ideas and research through editing and post production. Students work in crews online to learn the core principles and traditions of documentary filmmaking. 

Each student completes one portrait and a final short documentary film (3 - 8 minutes) for a rough-cut screening at the end of the course. 

Program Dates

Fall 2021 Session I: September 20 - October 29, 2021
Fall 2021 Session II: November 1 - December 10, 2021

Spring 2022 Session I: January 24 - March 4, 2022
Spring 2022 Session II: March 7 - April 22, 2022

Summer 2022 Session I: May 23 - July 1, 2022
Summer 2022 Session II: July 5 - August 12, 2022

Learn more and enroll in Documentary Workshop.

Film Workshop

SPEC-NT 201
Online/Asynchronous
Non-Credit Tuition: $4,432

This online workshop introduces participants to the theory and techniques of developing and producing shrot 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 (3 - 5 minutes). Special emphasis is placed on storytelling through visual language. 

Students learn the basics of screenwriting through writing exercises, reading assignments, and 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, this course includes screenings of significant works, master classes, and discussions with industry professionals/Tisch faculty. 

Program Dates

Fall 2021 Session I: September 20 - October 29, 2021
Fall 2021 Session II: November 1 - December 10, 2021

Spring 2022 Session I: January 24 - March 4, 2022
Spring 2022 Session II: March 7 - April 22, 2022

Summer 2022 Session I: May 23 - July 1, 2022
Summer 2022 Session II: July 5 - August 12, 2022

Learn more and enroll in Film Workshop.

Screenwriting I

SPEC-NT 300
Online/Asynchronous
Non-Credit Tuition: $4,432

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. This class is taught by a professional screenwriter.

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

Program Dates

Fall 2021 Session I: September 20 - October 29, 2021
Fall 2021 Session II: November 1 - December 10, 2021

Spring 2022 Session I: January 24 - March 4, 2022
Spring 2022 Session II: March 7 - April 22, 2022

Summer 2022 Session I: May 23 - July 1, 2022
Summer 2022 Session II: July 5 - August 12, 2022

Learn more and enroll in Screenwriting I.

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

Fall 2021 Session I: September 20 - October 29, 2021
Fall 2021 Session II: November 1 - December 10, 2021

Spring 2022 Session I: January 24 - March 4, 2022
Spring 2022 Session II: March 7 - April 22, 2022

Summer 2022 Session I: May 23 - July 1, 2022
Summer 2022 Session II: July 5 - August 12, 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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