Study the history, theory, and aesthetics of film in one of the first university departments devoted to studying the art form.
Tisch summer courses provide professional, conservatory training, as well as academic study of the arts. Summer courses are open to all NYU students and visiting students. Undergraduate and graduate courses are offered, as well as non-credit course options. If you're a working professional looking to advance your career or learn something new altogether, an intensive or a non-credit certificate may be right for you.
Explore the programs and course offerings below to plan your summer at Tisch, then complete the Summer in NYC Visiting Student Application to register.
Friday, February 1, 2019 Summer 2019 Visiting Student Application Available
Monday, February 11, 2019 Summer 2019 Registration Begins for NYU and Visiting Students*
Friday, March 15, 2019 Application deadline for International Students
Summer Session I
Tuesday, May 28 - Sunday, July 7, 2019
Summer Session II
Monday, July 8 - Sunday, August 18, 2019
*Students who are United States citizens or permanent residents may submit their applications for summer sessions up until the first day of each session.
Every year, the Department of Dance stages the Tisch Summer Dance Residency, composed of two intensive three-week workshops for intermediate -to -advanced dance students preparing to dance professionally. Students can enroll for three or six weeks and will study with a minimum of three different dance companies in each session. The program is grounded in strong technical training and the development of the imaginative and creative elements of each student.
The Department of Design for Stage and Film offers summer courses for those interested in lighting, costume design, and set design. All courses are taught by working professional designers dedicated to teaching their craft. We introduce members of the professional design community as guest speakers, and arrange field trips to shops, film locations, and museums.
*Independent Study offered by Design for Stage and Film is only offered to Tisch Design majors.
The Department of Drama offers actor-training programs at all levels, ranging from the Fundamentals of Acting, Music Theatre, Voice Lessons, and Audition Technique to daily intensive study with one of the department's affiliated studios. You’ll complement your practical training with academic study through the department's highly respected theatre studies program led by theatre scholars, theorists, and historians.
Study playwriting, screenwriting, and television writing this summer in the Department of Dramatic Writing. We offer introductory and intermediate-level courses as well as specialized courses in comic book writing.
The Game Center is excited to offer summer courses to current NYU students, visiting students from other universities, or anyone with a high school diploma. You can earn college credits in game design or game development. If you are an NYU student, you can work toward the Minor in Game Design over the summer.
ITP is a living community of technologists, theorists, engineers, designers, and artists dedicated to pushing the boundaries of interactivity in the real and digital worlds. Approach the challenges of the information age with a hands-on approach to experimentation, production, and risk-taking in this high-tech funhouse, a creative home not only to its students, but also to the tech industry’s most daring and prolific practitioners.
Take classes in scriptwriting, directing, producing, shooting, editing, acting, sound, art direction, animation, and distribution at the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television. Year after year, our most popular course is Sight & Sound: Filmmaking. This hands-on digital workshop is designed for those with a love of film but, no previous filmmaking experience.
Tisch’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program is the only university program in the world whose exclusive purpose is training aspiring composers, lyricists, and bookwriters in the art and craft of musical theatre collaboration. In the summer, we open up our courses to both undergraduate and graduate students.
Learn more about the Department of Musical Theatre Writing
*Internships offered by Musical Theatre Writing are only offered to Tisch Musical Theatre Writing majors.
The Department of Photography & Imaging is centered on making and understanding images. You’ll explore photo-based imagery as personal and cultural expression. Summer courses, offered in both traditional and new technologies, are taught by a faculty of renowned artists and working professionals.
The Clive Davis summer program provides a unique opportunity to experience the first institute of its kind to offer professional business and artistic training toward a BFA in recorded music. You’ll choose courses from any of the four main areas of curricular study: business, production, musicianship & performance, and writing, history, & emergent media.
Devote yourself deeply to a passion or learn a new skill with Tisch Summer Intensives and Non-credit Certificates. Summer intensives and certificates come with a pre-designed curriculum to immerse students in dramatic writing, filmmaking, photography, dance, or musical theatre. Some intensives may require a program application prior to completing the Summer in NYC Visiting Student Application.
Summer 2019 Non-credit Certificates
Television Writing Certificate
Summer 2019 Intensives
Summer Dance Residency Festival
Summer Drama Credit Intensives and Courses
Each summer, Tisch offers visiting students from NYU and beyond the opportunity to take non-credit courses in film, photography, dramatic writing, dance, design, drama, and recorded music. These courses are designed for students who are not interested in pursuing a degree, but instead are looking to gain experience while taking courses at a discounted rate. The courses are taken for non-credit and are non-transferable. Students are expected to have met all prerequisites for each course prior to enrollment.
Writing for the Screen
Participants will examine the principles and processes of writing for the screen. Topics include finding and developing story ideas, film language and script structure. By the end of the course, students will have participated in in-depth film analysis and intensive screenwriting exercises and discussions. At the end of the course, students are expected to complete a film treatment (prose description of your film) with a step outline for a feature film or T.V. episode you plan to write. In addition, you must hand in the first scene (3-5 pages) of your script with dialogue.
Non-credit tuition: $2,031
Register for an in-person class or take the asynchronous online course.
Take this course as a stand-alone course or as the required course to complete the Filmmaking Certificate.
The Open Arts Curriculum at Tisch consists of courses specifically designed to give introductory exposure, foundational knowledge, and hands-on experience in various artistic fields. Areas of study include acting, dance, games, digital filmmaking, photography, producing, screenwriting, and writing for television.
Rising high school juniors and seniors are invited to take college-level courses with current college students through NYU Precollege. Tisch offers a select group of courses in drama, film and television, and games. Dive into your chosen area of study at a university level while earning academic credit, which may be applied to a future degree.