Spring at Tisch - Film Production

Let your stories unfold and make five short films in one semester.

The Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television educates students in the art, craft, and technology of film, television, video, animation, and sound production. In this full-time spring program, you will receive intensive, hands-on production experience as you collaborate with other students through rotating crew positions to create short films. No prior film experience is necessary.

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. 

“Every street is so different and every person on the street they’re really unique and give you some inspiration on your scriptwriting or just by looking at them it’s already interesting enough. Yeah, I love walking in New York.”

— Yaxing Lin
Spring at Tisch Film Production, Spring 2018



Core Curriculum

The following six-unit course is your core course. Access to intermediate or advanced-level courses is not available.

Sight and Sound: Filmmaking

SFMTV-UT 43 | 6 units

This is the core course in which you will conceive, produce, direct and edit five short projects (three silent and two with sound) with digital filmmaking technology. You will be part of four-person crew and work through a variety of specific assignments in visual storytelling that feature a broad spectrum of technical, aesthetic, craft and logistical problems to be solved.  In this course you also write production books and attend lectures, labs, critiques, technical seminars, and screenings.  All student work is screened and discussed in class. Note: It is recommended that students not schedule any other course(s) on the same days as Sight & Sound: Filmmaking.

Two women filmmakers setting up a shot on the street in New York

Photo courtesy of the Kanbar Institute of Film & Television



The spring 2019 application is closed.

The Spring at Tisch Film Production 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. 

More admissions and application information available here.

Tuition and Fees

Spring 2019

  • Visiting Student Full-time Tuition, 12-18 units flat rate, per term: $25,914

Additional Fees Include:

  • Nonrefundable Registration and Services Fee: $1,286
  • Media and Production Fee: $602
  • Mandatory College Student Insurance for Film Production Classes: $155
  • Please note: Visiting Students in this program will also be required to provide their own 2-Terabyte Firewire Hard drive (costs for the hard drive begin at $150). Please keep this in mind when determining the total cost of this program.

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.