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.

Special Effects Make Up CLass

Photo by Dylan Kenseth

360 Degrees in One Day: An Introduction to 360-Degree Virtual Reality

Dive into the world of 360 VR. This one-day fundamentals workshop will introduce you to the possibilities of 360-degree capture. You will process your own 360 videos with the freeware program Unreal Game Engine, and make these 360 VR experiences viewable on a mobile device with a cardboard headset. You will also learn about the workflows of other popular viewing platforms such as the Oculus Rift.

Price: $595

Register for one of the sections below.

Special Effects Make-up: Blood and Gore 101

Take a hands-on workshop and learn applying “out-of-kit” make-up effects including cuts, bruises, scars, wounds and burns. This course is designed for experienced make-up artists seeking advanced techniques, non-make-up artists just starting out, and anyone who has ever wondered, "How'd they do that?"

You will receive a specially-designed make-up kit to work with during class and take home. The instructor will photograph all student work, allowing you to begin or build upon your creative portfolio.

Price (includes materials fee): $745 

Fall 2018 dates will be announced soon.

Intro to DaVinci Resolve

Complete an editing project from start to finish all using one program! Over three days, this hands-on course will cover the complete editing workflow including: setting up projects, importing & 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. The course culminates in a certification exam, so you can walk away as a DaVinci Resolve Certified User.

Price (includes materials fee): $1,335 

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

Register for one of the sections below.

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

Summer Online Course: Writing for the Screen

For the first time, Tisch is offering an asynchronous, online section of the non-credit course Writing for the Screen

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. Learn more and apply.