Summer High School
Filmmakers Workshop

Due to the COVID-19 virus, the Tisch Summer High School Residential Program will not be taking place in New York City. The courses in this program will be offered remotely or online with asynchronous and synchronous components. Below is the updated program information. Students accepted to this program will also receive communication via email. 

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 this exciting online production workshop. See your ideas come alive on screen as you delve into the world of filmmaking using NYU’s innovative platform specifically designed for collaborative online film education.


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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.

“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 course for a total of 4 units.

Filmmakers Workshop

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This online workshop introduces students 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.


  • Students are required to supply their own technology – camera, sound, and editing – for this class. 
  • Students can shoot with their own prosumer camera, DSLR or cell phone that can shoot high quality footage. 
  • 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. 
  • Students should be prepared to dedicate 6-10 hours per week for this course.

Schedule for Tisch Summer High School Filmmakers Workshop

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This is an intense, month-long course with daily deliverables. Most instruction will be through asynchronous video lectures and demonstrations. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with faculty to work on assignments.


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.

Tuition and Fees

Total Program Cost: $6,680

Breakdown of costs:

  • Tuition for 4 units (credits): $5,972
  • Registration & Services Fee: $708

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.


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