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.

Over this six-week 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.


Core Curriculum

Online High School Filmmakers Workshop

SPEC-UT 200 | 4 units | Instructor: Chris Chan Roberson

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.



This program has been cancelled for fall 2019. We plan to offer it again in March 2020. More information will be announced soon.

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


Open to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

  • Online application fee: $75
  • Printed application fee: $90

The fall 2019 application is closed.

Please read through the Admissions for Online High School Filmmakers Workshop page.

Additional important dates are available on the Tisch Admissions Calendar.

Tuition and Fees

Fall 2019

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.