Multimedia Projects Workshop in Berlin

Can you envision seeing your work on a building or creating an application that you’re passionate about?

With a young, creative population and an energetic, cosmopolitan art scene, Berlin has been enjoying an artistic revival that celebrates multimedia projects in unconventional spaces.  Explore this vibrant city and develop your own multimedia projects, realizing your artistic vision through 3D projections and interactive sculptures. through hands-on training. 

Program Overview

From fine art to computer programming, live performance to animation, this workshop has applications across disciplines.  There are no prerequisites, and the program welcomes students from all areas: e.g., film, music, computer science, dance, theater, fine art, multimedia, graphic design, performance art, photography etc.


Through this program, you will complete two courses for a total of 8 units.

Live Video Performance Art

IOART-UT 567.001 | 4 units | Instructor: Max Nova

This course will combine a history of video art and experimental film with practical training in the use of live video performance art technology. Students will explore new ways to create and edit films and videos using VJ software, projections, and multi-channel video surfaces. Workshops will demonstrate concepts and software that can be integrated into the creative process of video performance art and video art installations. Drawing inspiration from the recent history of video and multi-media artists, students will use live VJ software to manipulate digital media in real time as well as projection mapping techniques to project video art onto 3D surfaces in order to create original video art, video installations, and other performance pieces.]    

Creative Computing

IOART-UT 200.001 | 4 units | Instructor: TBA

What can computation add to human communication and creativity? Creating applications, instead of just using them, gives a us deeper understanding of the possibilities. Creating projects that you are excited about and invested in, whether the domain of art, design, performance, humanities, sciences, or engineering is the best way to learn the skills needed to realize those ideas. This course will begin with the expressive capabilities of the human body and how we experience our physical environment. The physical computing skills learned in this portion of the course will allow you to go past the limitations of the mouse, keyboard, and monitor interface to build your own, perhaps more expressive interfaces. The platform for the class is a micro-controller (Arduino brand), a very small inexpensive single-chip computer that can be embedded anywhere to both sense and create action in the physical world. The second portion of the course focuses on fundamentals of programming as well as more advanced techniques such as animation, image manipulation and processing, projection mapping, and computer vision. The Java-based ‘Processing’ programming environment is the primary vehicle that will be in use. Processing itself is oriented towards displays but can also connect back to the physical sensors and controllers from the first part of the class in order to create more applications with more expressive interfaces. The course is designed for computer programming novices but the project centered nature of it allows for more experienced programmers the opportunity to play further with their project ideas and make lots of friends by helping the other students.

"When you go away from your comfort zone, you experience inspiration at every turn." — Sophia Alvarez, Multimedia Projects Workshop in Berlin alumna, Summer 2015


Program Dates

Summer 2016

  • Check In: Wednesday, May 25, 2016
  • Program Start: Thursday, May 26, 2016
  • Program End: Friday, July 1, 2016
  • Check Out: Saturday, July 2, 2016


Deadline: The application for summer 2016 is now closed. 

Application: Please read the following admissions information before starting your application.


  • Undergraduate Summer 2017 Tuition is $1,373 per unit for an
    8-unit program.
  • University Service Fee for first unit: $470
  • Registration Fee: $66 per unit
  • Program Fee: TBD
  • IOART-UT 567 Lab Fee: TBD
  • IOART-UT 200 Lab Fee: TBD
  • Housing: TBD

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

Scholarship and Financial Aid

There are opportunities for financial assistance to study abroad.

Please review the Scholarships and Financial Aid for Study Abroad page for more information.


Each student will be living in a fully furnished, fully equipped apartment in NYU Berlin’s newly renovated student housing, centrally located in the district of Kreuzberg. Apartments range in size and house anywhere between two to eight students. Most students will live in a double room, though a very limited number of single rooms are also available. 

The student housing facilities feature an array of other amenities, including 24-hour security, quiet study rooms, a Zen Lounge for yoga, meditation, or studying in a relaxed and peaceful environment, a computer lab, a cozy student lounge "Wohnzimmer" complete with a flat-screen TV, blue-ray player, and an electric keyboard. The residence also offers a home theater called "Kino Babelsberg", which includes a high-definition projector for watching movies or TV shows in larger groups as well as a pool table. In-building washers and dryers along with a weekly laundry service for bedding linens are also provided.

Because biking is such a popular means of transportation in Berlin, NYU Berlin has now become the first NYU Global site to offer a Bike Share program, which allows students to sign out a bike for the day and bike to the Academic Center for class or simply explore the city. If students elect to join the Bike Share or get a bike of their own, a secure bike room is available for storage.

Other Amenities Include:

  • Linens, a pillow, comforter, wash/hand towels
  • Brand new kitchen appliances including oven/stove unit, refrigerator and microwave
  • Fully stocked with kitchenware, including pots/pans, dishes, silverware, cups and glasses

  • Table and chairs for meals and studying

  • Bathrooms with shower, storage space for toiletries, and heated towel rack


24-hour security, staffed with helpful and friendly guards

  • NYU high-speed WIFI

  • Kitchens and bathrooms ensuite, shared with suitemates

*Please note that the larger apartments housing 5-8 students feature two full bathrooms and extra kitchenware and appliances (e.g. two sinks, two refrigerators, etc.)