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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Courses include pre-recorded lectures with Tisch faculty that you can view independently each week. There are opportunities to schedule synchronous video meetings with faculty and classmates to discuss and receive feedback on weekly individual and collaborative assignments that are due.

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Summer and Fall 2021 Classes

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Branded Storytelling

SPEC-NT 102
Online/Asynchronous
Fall 2021 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 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 an RFP (request for proposal), script writing/approval, production, post production and final delivery.

Program Dates

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

Tuition and Payment

Payment must be made through the Smashcut registration form by the listed course registration date. Twenty-five percent (25%) of the total tuition will be held as a non-refundable deposit.

Please review the full Tisch Pro/Online cancellation policy.

Deadlines

  • Enrollment and registration is processed on a rolling basis.
  • The registration deadline for Fall Session I is September 3, 2021.
  • The payment deadline for Fall Session I is September 10, 2021.
  • The registration deadline for Fall Session II is October 15, 2021.
  • The payment deadline for Fall Session II is October 22, 2021.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be 18 or older to enroll in Tisch Professional Programs.

Course Hours and Technical Requirements

  • Students in this course collaborate in groups and have weekly assignments.
  • Students should plan to devote 10-15 hours to this course per week.
  • Mandatory Course Platform Training will be held a few days 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.

Review the registration process for Tisch Professional Courses.

Please review the full Tisch Pro/Online cancellation policy.

Documentary Workshop

SPEC-NT 200
Online/Asynchronous
Fall 2021 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 postproduction. 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 semester. 

Program Dates

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

Tuition and Payment

Payment must be made through the Smashcut registration form by the listed course registration date. Twenty-five percent (25%) of the total tuition will be held as a non-refundable deposit.

Please review the full Tisch Pro/Online cancellation policy.

Deadlines

  • Enrollment and registration is processed on a rolling basis. 
  • The registration deadline for Fall Session I is September 3, 2021.
  • The payment deadline for Fall Session I is September 10, 2021.
  • The registration deadline for Fall Session II is October 15, 2021.
  • The payment deadline for Fall Session II is October 22, 2021.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be 18 or older to enroll in Tisch Professional Programs.

Course Hours and Technical Requirements

  • Students in this course collaborate in groups and have weekly assignments.
  • Students should plan to devote 10-15 hours to this course per week.
  • Mandatory Course Platform Training will be held a few days 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.

Review the registration process for Tisch Professional Courses.

Please review the full Tisch Pro/Online cancellation policy.

Film Workshop

SPEC-NT 201
Online/Asynchronous
Summer 2021 Non-Credit Tuition: $4,304
Fall 2021 Non-Credit Tuition: $4,432


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.

Program Dates

Summer Session II: July 6 - August 13, 2021 (Registration Closed)
Fall Session I: September 20 - October 29, 2021
Fall Session II: November 1 - December 10, 2021

Tuition and Payment

Payment must be made through the Smashcut registration form by the listed course registration date. Twenty-five percent (25%) of the total tuition will be held as a non-refundable deposit.

Please review the full Tisch Pro/Online cancellation policy.

Deadlines

  • Enrollment and registration is processed on a rolling basis. 
  • Summer 2021 registration is closed.
  • Enrollment and registration is processed on a rolling basis.
  • The registration deadline for Fall Session I is September 3, 2021.
  • The payment deadline for Fall Session I is September 10, 2021.
  • The registration deadline for Fall Session II is October 15, 2021.
  • The payment deadline for Fall Session II is October 22, 2021.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be 18 or older to enroll in Tisch Professional Programs.

Course Hours and Technical Requirements

  • Students in this course collaborate in groups and have weekly assignments.
  • Students should plan to devote 10-15 hours to this course per week.
  • Mandatory Course Platform Training will be held a few days 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.

Review the registration process for Tisch Professional Courses.

Please review the full Tisch Pro/Online cancellation policy.

Screenwriting I

SPEC-NT 300
Online/Asynchronous
Summer 2021 Non-Credit Tuition: $4,304
Fall 2021 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. The class is taught by a professional screenwriter.

Program Dates

Summer Session II: July 6 - August 13, 2021 (Registration Closed)
Fall 2021: September 20 - October 29, 2021

Tuition and Payment

Payment must be made through the Smashcut registration form by the listed course registration date. Twenty-five percent (25%) of the total tuition will be held as a non-refundable deposit.

Please review the full Tisch Pro/Online cancellation policy.

Deadlines

  • Enrollment and registration is processed on a rolling basis. 
  • Summer 2021 enrollment is closed.
  • The registration deadline for Fall 2021 is September 3, 2021.
  • The payment deadline for Fall 2021 is September 10, 2021.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be 18 or older to enroll in Tisch Professional Programs.
  • Students must opt to enroll in either Screenwriting I or Writing for the Screen. You may not enroll in both.

Course Hours and Technical Requirements

  • Students in this course collaborate in groups and have weekly assignments.
  • Students should plan to devote 10-15 hours to this course per week.
  • Mandatory Course Platform Training will be held a few days 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.

Review the registration process for Tisch Professional Courses.

Please review the full Tisch Pro/Online 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
Fall 2021 Non-Credit Tuition: $4,432


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.

Program Dates

Fall 2021: November 1, 2021 - December 10, 2021

Tuition and Payment

Payment must be made through the Smashcut registration form by the listed course registration date. Twenty-five percent (25%) of the total tuition will be held as a non-refundable deposit.

Please review the full Tisch Pro/Online cancellation policy.

Deadlines

  • Enrollment and registration is processed on a rolling basis. 
  • The registration deadline for Fall 2021 is October 15, 2021.
  • The payment deadline for Fall 2021 is October 22, 2021.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be 18 or older to enroll in Tisch Professional Programs.

Course Hours and Technical Requirements

  • Students in this course collaborate in groups and have weekly assignments.
  • Students should plan to devote 10-15 hours to this course per week.
  • Mandatory Course Platform Training will be held a few days 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 the Chrome web browser.

Review the registration process for Tisch Professional Courses.

Please review the full Tisch Pro/Online 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
Summer 2021 Non-Credit Tuition: $2,152
Fall 2021 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 T.V. episode you plan to write. In addition, you must hand in the first scene (3-5 pages) of your script with dialogue.  

Program Dates

Summer Session I: May 24 - July 2, 2021 (Registration Closed)
Summer Session II: July 6 - August 13, 2021 (Registration Closed)
Fall Session I: September 20 - October 29, 2021
Fall Session II: November 1 - December 10, 2021 

Tuition and Payment

Payment must be made through the Smashcut registration form by the listed course registration date. Twenty-five percent (25%) of the total tuition will be held as a non-refundable deposit.

Please review the full Tisch Pro/Online cancellation policy.

Deadlines

  • Enrollment and registration is processed on a rolling basis. 
  • Summer 2021 enrollment is closed.
  • The registration deadline for Fall Session I is September 3, 2021.
  • The payment deadline for Fall Session I is September 10, 2021.
  • The registration deadline for Fall Session II is October 15, 2021.
  • The payment deadline for Fall Session II is October 22, 2021.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be 18 or older to enroll in Tisch Professional Programs.
  • Students must opt to enroll in either Screenwriting I or Writing for the Screen. You may not enroll in both.

Course Hours and Technical Requirements

  • Students in this course collaborate in groups and have weekly assignments.
  • Students should plan to devote 10-15 hours to this course per week.
  • Mandatory Course Platform Training will be held a few days 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 the Chrome web browser.

Review the registration process for Tisch Professional Courses.

Please review the full Tisch Pro/Online cancellation policy.

Writing the TV Pilot

SPEC-NT 304
Online/Asynchronous
Fall 2021 Non-Credit Tuition: $2,216

 

Learn how to conceptualize, pitch and write an original television pilot. In this class we will examine both 1/2 hour comedy and 1 hour pilots of both successful and unsuccessful tv shows. There will be discussion of Show Bibles, Pitch Decks, Writing the Teaser and an emphasis on working toward completion of a first draft of a pilot episode.

Program Dates

Fall 2021: November 1, 2021 - December 10, 2021 

Tuition and Payment

Payment must be made through the Smashcut registration form by the listed course registration date. Twenty-five percent (25%) of the total tuition will be held as a non-refundable deposit.

Please review the full Tisch Pro/Online cancellation policy.

Deadlines

  • Enrollment and registration is processed on a rolling basis. 
  • The registration deadline for Fall 2021 is October 15, 2021.
  • The payment deadline for Fall 2021 is October 22, 2021.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be 18 or older to enroll in Tisch Professional Programs.

Course Hours and Technical Requirements

  • Students in this course collaborate in groups and have weekly assignments.
  • Students should plan to devote 10-15 hours to this course per week.
  • Mandatory Course Platform Training will be held a few days 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 the Chrome web browser.

Review the registration process for Tisch Professional Courses.

Please review the full Tisch Pro/Online 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

If you've completed the enrollment form and have been accepted by Tisch Special Programs Admissions, please visit the Tisch Professional/Online Courses Admitted Students webpage for your next steps. 

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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