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.


"One of the major draws of the Online High School Filmmakers Workshop to me was the aspect of multi-regional filmmaking, where people from all different backgrounds, locations, and languages could communicate and collaborate to come up with a specific vision using the perspectives of the environment around them. It is also very inspiring to be surrounded by people every day who are the same age andhave the same passion as me."

— Brendan Egan, summer 2021
Online High School Filmmakers Workshop

Core Curriculum

Filmmakers Workshop

4 units
Summer 2023 Tuition: $7,266

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.


  • The fall workshop is a six-week course with daily deliverables. 
  • The summer workshop is a four-week 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.

Application and Program Dates:

Summer 2023

Summer Program Dates: Sunday, July 9 - Friday, August 4, 2023

Application Deadline: Friday, May 12, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET (application closed)

Fall 2023

Fall Program Dates: Monday, October 16 - Tuesday, November 28, 2023

The fall 2023 application will open this July.


Meet the instructors.

Course Format and Schedule

This class will be delivered through an asynchronous model, which means you will not have to meet at a designated time each day. Instead, the program is offered through online lectures that are pre-recorded and released each week. You can view those modules at your own pace. However, there are daily deliverables and/or weekly assignments you will have to complete and upload onto the Smashcut platform by the deadline provided in your syllabus, and faculty/TA/classmates will be interacting/collaborating with your work on this timeline. The entirety of the class takes place on the Smashcut platform. Synchronous sessions will be scheduled during the term with your professor/TA/classmates. We understand you signed up for an online course to have the flexibility of online learning, so you will have the opportunity to choose the best meeting time for your schedule.




Summer 2023*

Sunday, July 9 - Friday, August 4, 2023

Fall 2023*

Monday, October 16 - Tuesday, November 28, 2023

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

Tuition and Fees

Summer 2023

Total Program Cost: $7,266

Breakdown of costs:

  • Tuition for 4 units (credits): $6,520
  • Registration & Services Fee: $746

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.


Tisch has a limited number of 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 Online High School Scholarships page for more information.


The summer 2023 application is closed. The fall 2023 application will open this July.


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.