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.

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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.

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"I was interested in the flexible schedule that an online program allows, but also how it leaves more of the responsibility up to the student to get their work in on time and forces us to take the initiative to reach out to our film crews via online collaboration tools. The flexible schedule allowed for me to have time to participate in other activities and travel while still being an active member of class. I was also able to use the resources around me in terms of nature and actors that I would not have been able to use had it not been online."

— Evelyn Telloni, summer 2023
Online High School Filmmakers Workshop

Core Curriculum

Filmmakers Workshop

SPEC-UT 200
4 units
Summer 2024 Tuition: $7,376
Fall 2024 Tuition: TBA


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.

Notes:

  • 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 2024

Monday, July 8 - Friday, August 2, 2024

The summer 2024 application is closed.

Fall 2024

Monday, October 14 - Friday, November 22, 2024

Application Deadline: Tuesday, September 10, 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.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Program Dates

Summer 2024*

Monday, July 8 - Friday, August 2, 2024

Fall 2024*

Monday, October 14 - Friday, November 22, 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

Fall 2024 tuition is TBA.

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.

Admissions

The summer 2024 application is closed.

Fall 2024 Application Deadline:
Tuesday, September 10, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Eligibility

Open to high school first-years, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

  • Online application fee: $75

Please read through the Online High School Workshops Application Requirements.

Additional important dates are available on the Tisch Admissions Calendar.

Scholarships

Tisch has a limited number of scholarships for high school students to attend the Tisch summer online workshops. Scholarships are not available for the fall term. Scholarships are given to students who demonstrate the most financial need.

Review the Online High School Workshops Scholarships page for more information.