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.

“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

Woman looking through a camera lens

Program Overview

You will register for a full-time, spring semester consisting of 12-18 units. Your course load includes your core curriculum (6 units) and additional companion courses. 



Core Curriculum

You will select one of these six unit courses as your core course when you apply to Spring at Tisch: Sight and Sound: Filmmaking or Sight and Sound: Documentary.

Access to intermediate level courses is not available in the Spring at Tisch program.

Visiting students can take intermediate level courses in New York City during Summer at Tisch or through Tisch Study Abroad.

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

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.

Sight and Sound: Documentary

SFMTV-UT 80 | 6 units

The course teaches students to look at their world and to develop the ability to create compelling and dramatic stories in which real people are the characters and real life is the plot. Through close study and analysis of feature length and short documentaries, as well as hands on directing, shooting, sound-recording and editing, students rigorously explore the possibilities and the power of non-fiction storytelling for video. The course is a dynamic combination of individual and group production work in which each student will be expected to complete five projects.

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

Photo courtesy of the Kanbar Institute of Film & Television



Spring 2023

January 23 - May 8, 2023

Additional important dates are available on the Tisch Admissions Calendar.


Spring 2023 

Application Deadline: Friday, October 28, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET

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. 

NYU requires all students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional), faculty, and employees to be vaccinated and boosted to have access to NYU buildings for the 2022–23 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.

Tuition and Fees

Spring 2023

  • Visiting Student Full-time Tuition, 12-18 units flat rate, per term: $30,556

Additional Fees Include:

  • Nonrefundable Registration and Services Fee: $1,392
  • Estimated Liability Insurance Fee: $57 
  • 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

For spring 2023, on-campus housing is not guaranteed. Beginning on October 15th, 2022 the Spring 2023 waitlist housing application will be available to students who are confirmed for NYU programs on the NYU Home Housing Forms card.

Opportunities are very limited and can only be offered if space becomes available through cancellations/withdrawals. It is highly recommended that all waitlist housing applicants seek their own accommodations off-campus.

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;