Spring at Tisch - Cinema Studies

Spring at Tisch is unavailable for spring 2022.

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 (6-8 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

You will take two courses, a Tier II or Tier III cinema studies course, for the core curriculum. 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 at Tisch is unavailable for spring 2022.

Additional important dates are available on the Tisch Admissions Calendar.


Spring at Tisch is unavailable for spring 2022.

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.

NYU requires all students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional), faculty, and employees to be vaccinated to have access to NYU buildings for the 2021–22 academic year.

Vaccines must be authorized by the FDA or on the WHO list of approved vaccines. Visit our FAQ page for more information.

More admissions and application information available here.

Students watching a film in the Cinema Studies department

Tuition and Fees

Spring 2022

  • Visiting Student Full-time Tuition, 12-18 units flat rate, per term: $29,666

Additional Fees Include:

  • Nonrefundable Registration and Services Fee: $1,365
  • Estimated Media and Production Fee: $88 per course

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.

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

Financial Aid

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 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

Spring at Tisch students have the option of staying in NYU housing or living off-campus in one of the exciting neighborhoods in New York City. Meal Plans are also optional. NYU offers both traditional dorms and apartment-style residence halls; accommodations and fees vary. Details about housing options will be emailed to accepted students. Because residence hall space is at a premium, Spring at Tisch students are urged to make their NYU housing arrangements as early as possible.  Learn more about NYU Housing and Meal Plans.

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