Tisch Summer Online High School Filmmakers Workshop

Due to the COVID-19 virus, the Tisch Summer High School Filmmakers Workshop 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 streaming lectures, live video meetings, and one-on-one video calls with faculty, this online workshop will teach you to 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.

“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 4-unit course:

Filmmakers Workshop

FMTV-UT 1111 | 4 units

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.


Still of film workshop platform students speaking in a computer lab


Program Dates

Summer 2021

Sunday, July 11 - Saturday, August 7, 2021

Additional important dates are available on the Tisch Admissions Calendar.

Tuition and Fees

Total Estimated Program Cost: $6,868

Breakdown of costs:

  • Tuition for 4 units (credits): $6,148

Additional Fees Include:

  • Registration and Services Fee: $720

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.


Summer 2021

Open to high school juniors (rising seniors).

  • Online application fee: $75

The summer 2021 application is closed. 

Please read through the Admissions for High School Program page.