Writing Florence

The summer 2022 study abroad programs are currently planned to run; however, we must remain flexible in our response to changing developments due to COVID-19. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our first priority.

Unlock your creativity and draw inspiration from the history and landscape of Florence.

Florence was home to Dante, Boccaccio, Michelangelo, and Botticelli and remains a city with a vibrant cultural life. You will have the opportunity to draw on these artistic wellsprings, while benefiting from the peace and inspiration offered by NYU’s Villa La Pietra, surrounded by 57 acres of gardens and olive groves, where you will live and work.

Program Overview

Get inspired and integrate the knowledge and firsthand experiences of Florence in your writing through the two courses that make up this program. In “Developing the Dramatic Script for Film or Theatre” you will do all the necessary preparatory work before writing a feature length screenplay or full-length play.  In “History of Italian Cinema” you will study the history and aesthetics of Italy’s renowned cinematic history.


Students will enroll in the following two courses for a total of 8 units.

Please Note: Students studying abroad on a Tisch track are not eligible to pursue an internship (except for Theatre in Ghana). Tisch programs do not provide work visas.

Developing the Dramatic Script for Film or Theatre

IDWPG-UT 1410 | 4 units | Instructor: TBA

In this script development tutorial and writing retreat students will develop, write and revise a full-length stage play or feature-length screenplay through a series of lectures and one-on-one consultations with the instructor, rigorous writing exercises, and sustained writing time. The course focuses on the basic techniques of dramatic writing, including developing the story, dramatic action, conflict, characterization, plot, dialogue, and the revision process in film and theatre. The class includes lectures, discussion, analysis, writing exercises, workshop and individual conferences. The summer session culminates in table readings at La Pietra of scenes from the completed work.

History of Italian Cinema

ICINE-UT 1103 | 4 units | Instructor: Local Faculty

The course is an historical overview of the Italian Film, from the origins up to today, through the debate on some crucial moments. There is a large re-vision of Italian Cinema, concerning some Italian history periods which are being re-discussed, such as the Fascist era and the so called Boom (the economic growth). The scholars are changing some judgments and the spectators are changing their taste. As matter of fact, the course will analyze some “crossing points” of the Italian film history and investigate the major debates on some crucial moments of Italian society.


The Italian Cinema is a good way to study the whole Italian history, society, ideology and behaviours. The students will have the opportunity to know such authors as Rossellini, De Sica, Fellini, Antonioni, Visconti, Pasolini, and Bertolucci, who are well known even in the US. They will deal with the national mode of production, the notion of “auteur film”.


The main historical periods are the following: the shift between Fascism and the Post-war period, the so called “Neorealism”, the economic growth, the sixties and seventies, and the contemporary time. Main areas of interest will be film history, the relationship between cinema and the social-political context, and the different theoretical approaches to film.


Program Dates

This program is typically offered during Summer Session I. Specific dates for summer 2022 will be announced soon.



Tisch Film and TV Majors: Storytelling Strategies (FMTV-UT 20)

Non-Film and TV Majors: Storytelling Strategies or an introductory dramatic writing course, such as OART-UT 35 Fundamentals of Developing the Screenplay or OART-UT 1040 Playwriting Practicum

Summer 2022 Deadline : Friday, February 25, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. ET

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


Summer 2022*

  • Undergraduate summer 2020 tuition: $11,944
  • Registration and Services Fee: $988
  • Program fee: $675
  • Housing
        Single on-campus villas w/ meal plan: $4,797
        Double on-campus villas w/meal plan: $3,936
        Triple on-campus villas w/meal plan: $3,608
        Quad on-campus villas w/meal plan: $3,485
  • Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to/from the program.

*Estimated rates from summer 2020.

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.


Housing for this program is mandatory. Please note: Your choice of room preference or residence hall preference (if available) is not guaranteed.

Visit the NYU Florence website for housing options and descriptions.