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Directing the Actor: London

NYU Tisch is collaborating with Brian Gilbert, director of numerous films such as Wilde, Not Without My Daughter, Tom and Viv, and the National Film and Television School (NFTS) in the United Kingdom for a new program to train film and television directors and screenwriters. NFTS has been a leader in film, television, and new media since its inception in 1971. It is the only U.K. film school with its own film and television studios and post-production facilities that rivals those of professional companies.   


Directing the Actor: London is an intermediate program only offered in the spring and it is open to NYU and visiting undergraduate students who meet the prerequisites.  

Core Curriculum

You are required to take the following two courses totaling seven units. You will select courses offered through NYU London to complete the 12-18 unit program. You may also apply for a credited internship through NYU London to complete the 12-18 unit program (visa regulations will apply).

Directing the Actor

IFMTV-UT 1069 | 3 units | Instructor: Brian Gilbert

Prerequisites: See Admissions section below.

A practical workshop in the fundamentals of directing, this course explores the working relationship between actor, director, and script. The focus lies in the director’s work with analyzing a script and collaborating on its realization with actors. Work is done on film scenes with professional or student actors on the rehearsal process, including improvisational work. Review of actor’s tools and discussion of their application is included, as well as scenes from films to demonstrate certain techniques.

Writing the Short Screenplay

IFMTV-UT 1021 | 4 units | Instructor: Archie Tait

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: See Admissions section below.

This workshop is devoted solely to screenplays from 10-20 minutes in length that can be directed in Intermediate or Advanced Production classes. Students are assisted in exploring, developing, and writing appropriate material, from idea to finished script.

Program Dates

Spring 2018

Student Arrival: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 (not earlier)
Spring Break: Friday, March 30 - Sunday, April 8, 2018
Student Departure: Friday, May 18, 2018


Film/TV majors: Freshman Colloquium: Performance Strategies (FMTV-UT 46) OR Performance Strategies for Transfers (FMTV-UT 146)


Fundamentals of Dramatic and Visual Writing (FMTV-UT 33) OR Scriptwriting II (FMTV-UT 56).

NYU and Visiting students: College level Acting course AND College level experience in Screenwriting.


Spring 2018: The application for spring 2018 is now closed.

For more information please view our Admissions Calendar.


Please read the following admissions information before starting your application.


  • Academic Year 2017-2018 Full-time Tuition, 12-18 unit flat rate per term: $26,451

Additional Fees Include:

  • Nonrefundable Registration and Services Fee: $1,261
  • NYU Housing: Visit the NYU London website for options and costs

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.

Visit the Office of Global Programs for additional study abroad costs.


There are opportunities for financial assistance to study abroad.

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


Visit the NYU London website for housing options and descriptions.