Spring at Tisch - Cinema Studies

Look at film through a different lens.

The Department of Cinema Studies offers programs in the scholarly study of the history, theory, aesthetics, and criticism of film, as well as in techniques and genres. The focus is on understanding film in its multiple cultural and interdisciplinary contexts, not on production. Courses are international and interdisciplinary in scope, giving you an opportunity to create a unique concentration of study depending on your experience.

Program Overview

You will register for a full-time, spring semester consisting of 12-18 units. Your course load includes your core curriculum (4-8 units) and additional companion courses.

Student working at a computer in the Cinema Studies department

“I would say if you’re even looking at it and if you’re thinking about it and if there’s a part of you that wonders 'What if', you know, 'What would it be like to live in New York, what would it be like to go to Tisch?' there’s probably a reason for that and I’d say take it as a sign that you’re so interested and give it a shot ‘cause it’s been amazing.”

— Kyle Borowski
Spring at Tisch, Cinema Studies

Core Curriculum

Your core curriculum will include up to two cinema studies (Tier II or Tier III) core courses. We will work with you to place you in courses that are best suited to your background and will help you reach your academic goals. As a cinema studies student, you will have access to the department’s George Amberg Film Study Center, which contains a film collection, a reference library, and viewing facilities. You will also have access to special film collections throughout the city, such as those at the Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. 

Companion Courses

Learn more about companion courses

Students are responsible for getting courses taken through Spring at Tisch credited to their degree program at their home college or university.




Spring 2025

January 21 - May 6, 2025

Additional important dates are available on the Tisch Admissions Calendar.


The spring 2025 application will open this September.

The Spring at Tisch Cinema Studies track is open to full-time matriculated undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors from other colleges and universities.

You must not be on academic or disciplinary probation. 

*Students who are on a leave of absence at the time of their application must have a representative of their school (e.g. an academic advisor) state via e-mail to tisch.special.admissions@nyu.edu that they are presently on good academic and disciplinary standing with their school.

*Students taking a gap year in-between high school and college are not eligible.

Please review the full application requirements before starting your application.

Effective May 2023, NYU no longer requires COVID-19 vaccinations. However, staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, including booster shots, remains strongly recommended for the health and safety of the student and the campus community—and students are welcome to wear masks anytime they choose. More information about COVID-19 protocols at NYU, including updates, is available on the NYU COVID-19 Information website.

Students watching a film in the Cinema Studies department

Tuition and Fees

Spring 2024

  • Visiting Student Full-time Tuition, 12-18 units flat rate, per term: $30,219

Additional Fees Include:

  • Estimated Media and Production Fee: $88 per course*

*Estimated based on 2022-2023 tuition rates

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.

Visit the NYU Office of the Bursar for more information on tuition and fees.

Financial Aid and Bursar Information

Tisch does not have direct scholarships for visiting students. We do encourage visiting students to consult with their home institutions about portable financial assistance such as Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, and educational PLUS loans. The student's home institution processes these loans, which are typically applied to their NYU program via a consortium agreement. This agreement is initiated by the student at his or her home school's financial aid office, which in turn forwards the consortium form to New York University, Office of Financial Aid, 25 West Fourth Street, New York, NY 10012-1119. The Office of Financial Aid can be reached at (212) 998-4444. NYU's Office of Financial Aid then confirms the student's acceptance to the program, registration, and the costs of attendance, and returns the agreement to the home institution.

To initiate the financial aid process through the use of consortium agreements, payment should be made by your home school via third-party payment. Please review the NYU Bursar website for information regarding steps on how to initiate and submit third-party payments here.

To determine the amount and type of aid available, the home institution compares the costs of attending with the student's individual financial circumstances. We encourage students seeking aid to begin the financial aid process with their home school immediately after being notified of acceptance as the steps involved take a great deal of time. 

There may be additional fees depending on the courses you register for. These may include, but are not limited to, lab, insurance, and projection fees.

Housing and Meal Plans

For spring 2024, on-campus housing is not available . Students must seek their own accommodations off-campus.

Health Insurance

All eligible registered Spring at Tisch students must maintain health insurance comparable to the NYU-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan. International students are automatically enrolled in the NYU-sponsored Student Health Insurance Comprehensive Plan, unless students complete the online enrollment/waiver process before the semester deadline to either maintain other insurance coverage that meets the University's criteria, or to downgrade to the Basic Plan. For additional information on health insurance costs and regulations, please contact the Student Health Insurance Services Office located at 726 Broadway, New York, NY 10003-9580; telephone: (212) 443-1020; http://www.nyu.edu/shc/about/insurance.html