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.

"I was interested in taking this online filmmaking class at NYU because Tisch is one of the best film schools in the world. Tisch's reputation speaks for itself, and the learning process behind this course truly exemplifies the institution's values. The cultivation of the filmmaking process throughout the duration of this program allowed me to gain incredible insight into the field. This was especially exciting as an aspiring filmmaker, and I will carry what I have learned throughout my future endeavors."

— Jack DeVirgilio, summer 2023
Online High School Filmmakers Workshop

Core Curriculum

Filmmakers Workshop

4 units
Summer 2024 Tuition: $7,376

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 and spring workshops are six-week courses 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 2024

Monday, July 8 - Friday, August 2, 2024

Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. ET

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.



Program Dates

Summer 2024*

Monday, July 8 - Friday, August 2, 2024

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

Tuition and Fees

Summer 2024

Total Program Cost: $7,376

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.


Summer 2024

Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. ET.


Open to high school first-years, 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.