Summer High School
Filmmakers Workshop

What can you do in four weeks? Develop your directing, shooting and editing skills to produce a music video and short film.

Learn about documentary, experimental, and narrative approaches to film. Through hands-on instruction using Tisch’s professional digital camera and sound equipment, you can see your ideas come alive on screen.



Program Overview

The curriculum for the Summer Filmmakers Workshop for High School Students, offered through the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, is similar to that of the undergraduate degree program. It combines intensive professional training with a comprehensive understanding of the techniques and theories behind the art of film and video production. Prior experience in film or video is not required.

Note: The Tisch Summer High School Program is not a leisure camp. While the average program runs daily, Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm, including academic classes, professional training, and/or studio and production time, students will often be just as busy in the evenings and weekends which also include curricular events and opportunities to work individually or collaborate with peers on assigned projects.

“The opportunities it gave me to grow as an artist, student, and person, through the workshops, speakers, projects, and one-on-one mentorship from some of the world’s greatest professors in the arts made this incomparable to any experience I’ve ever had.”
-Tyler Rabinowitz

Core Curriculum

You will enroll in the following courses for a combined total of 6 units.

Filmmakers Workshop

FMTV-UT 1111

This workshop introduces students to the theory and techniques of developing and producing short story ideas that are shot on digital video and edited digitally on a computer with Premiere. As most students enter the program with little or no experience in film or video, early assignments familiarize them with equipment and introduce documentary, experimental, and narrative approaches. Working in crews, students develop their directing, shooting, and editing skills as they produce music videos and short videos (three to five minutes in length). Special emphasis is placed on storytelling through visual language. Students learn the basics of screenwriting through free-writing exercises and reading assignments as well as the script development of their short films. Lectures, seminars, and screenings highlight the fundamentals of story structure, character development, communication of thematic statements, and visual storytelling, among other topics. In addition, screenings of significant works and discussions with industry professionals and Tisch faculty are held. Daily sessions are divided into lecture, lab, and screening periods.

Summer High School Arts and Culture


As a complement to the production course in the Summer Filmmakers Workshop, Arts & Culture is designed to introduce students to filmmaking and narrative storytelling at NYU’s Kanbar Institute of Film & TV through lectures, discussions, and a variety of cultural activities in New York City. The course demonstrates multiple ways to tell stories through video, animation, performance, and other forms of artistic expression.  Faculty, staff, and alumni of Kanbar Film & TV are frequent guests to class to screen and discuss their work.

Summer Filmmakers Workshop Sample Schedule

Classes take place 7 days a week. Weekends will include class time as well as mandatory time for pitches, production assignments, editing, off-campus trips, and independent work. 

This sample schedule is based on previous summers to give prospective students an understanding of the highly structured and rigorous training offered in the Tisch Summer High School Filmmakers Workshop. This sample schedule is an overview of one of the four weeks in the program. Students accepted and confirmed for the program will be given their actual schedule on orientation day.


9-10:15 a.m. Still Shot Assignment Explanation
10:15-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Camera Tech
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30-2:30 p.m. Safety Tech
2:30-4:45 p.m. Filming Still Shot Assignment
5 p.m. Office of Global Services
Free Night
11 p.m. Curfew


9 a.m.-12 p.m. Arts and Culture
12-1 p.m. Lunch
1-5 p.m. Edit Premier Tech
5-6 p.m. The Cut Lecture
6-7 p.m. Dinner with Crew
7-9 p.m. Review stills, Crew time to discuss The Cut shoot
11 p.m. Curfew


9 a.m.-12 p.m. Shoot The Cut
12 p.m.-1 p.m. Lunch
1-3 p.m. Edit The Cut
3-5 p.m. Watch The Cut
5-5:30 p.m. Talk about re-shoot of still assignment
5:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30-10:00 p.m. Arts and Culture
11 p.m. Curfew


9 a.m.-12 p.m. Reshoot Still Assignment as Live Action
12-1 p.m. Lunch
1-5:00 p.m. Edit Live Stills
5-6:00 p.m. Dinner
6-10:00 p.m. Arts and Culture
11 p.m. Curfew


9 a.m.-12 p.m. Watch and critique group live action
12-12:30 p.m. Get Lunch
12:30-2:00 p.m. John Canemaker (Animation); bring lunch
2-3:30 p.m. Music Video assignment lecture
3:30-4 p.m. Assign music video crews
4-7:00 p.m. Pitch and Pre-production
7-8:00 p.m. Dinner
8-11:30 p.m. Independent work
Midnight Curfew


Program Dates

Summer 2020

Sunday, July 12 - Saturday, August 8, 2020

Additional important dates are available on the Tisch Admissions Calendar.


Open to high school juniors (rising seniors).

  • Online application fee: $75

The summer 2020 application is closed.

Please read through the Admissions for High School Program page.


Summer 2020

Total Program Cost: $12,577

Breakdown of costs:

  • Tuition for 6 units (credits): $8,958

Additional Fees Include:

  • Registration and Services Fee: $848
  • Program Fee (activities facilitated by Residential Life & Housing): $160
  • Housing for 4 weeks: $1,116
  • 10 meals a week for 4 weeks: $680*

*As this is a residential program, students are automatically enrolled in the 10 meals a week plan for the length of the program. Students have the option of increasing their meal plan if they wish.

Program-specific fees:

• Film Narrative Lab and Insurance Fee: $614 
• Film Narrative Ticket Fee: $201

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.


Tisch has a limited number of full scholarships for high school students to attend the Tisch summer programs.  Scholarships are given to students who demonstrate the most financial need.

Review the Tisch Summer High School Scholarships page for more information.


Still from the Tisch Summer High School video