Online High School Filmmakers Workshop

The Tisch High School Filmmakers Workshop is now available online! Aspiring young filmmakers anywhere in the world can experience the best of The Kanbar Institute of Film and Television degree program, through NYU’s innovative platform specifically designed for collaborative online film education.

High school students will work together online with other emerging artists to create and upload skill-building projects, inspired by daily exclusive video lectures. You’ll connect for one-on-one video meetings with your Tisch instructors to get valuable feedback. You’ll develop your writing, directing, shooting, and editing skills to produce a variety of short films — all while taking part in a new form of creative community that is the next wave of film education.

In this course, each student will be expected to deliver a crew-based documentary, a crew-based music video, 3 technical assignments, and a final narrative film that they write and direct.

Experience NYU’s longstanding commitment to visual storytelling and start your journey toward becoming a filmmaker.

"The greatest lesson I learned from this workshop that I will use as I grow my academic/artistic career is how to push the boundaries of your creativity. Working with my classmates by brainstorming ideas together and seeing their editing and cinematography skills have taught me how to take on a unique and creative approach to filmmaking." 

— Sadie Schoenrock, summer 2020
Online High School Filmmakers Workshop


Core Curriculum

Online High School Filmmakers Workshop

4 units
Tuition: $6,868

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.


  • This is an intense, month-long course with daily deliverables. 
  • Students should be prepared to dedicate 6-10 hours per week for this course.
  • 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.
Meet the instructors.



Spring 2021 (Application is closed.)

Monday, February 8 - Monday, March 22, 2021

Students should be prepared to dedicate 6-10 hours per week for this course.

Summer 2021

Sunday, July 11 - Saturday, August 7, 2021

Students should be prepared to dedicate 6-10 hours per week for this course.


Deadline: Friday, May 14, 2021 at 5 p.m. ET

Open to high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

  • Online application fee: $75

Please read through the Admissions for Online High School Workshops page.

Additional important dates are available on the Tisch Admissions Calendar.

Tuition and Fees

Total Program Cost: $6,868

Breakdown of costs:

  • Tuition for 4 units (credits): $6,148
  • Registration & Services Fee: $720

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.