What is Virtual Production?

Virtual production combines physical and virtual filmmaking techniques to create cutting-edge media. How it works: teams use real-time 3D engines (game engines) to create photorealistic sets, then display them on large LED walls behind physical sets using the real-time rendering capabilities of the game engines. The cameras are synced with the game engines for enhanced realism and depth of perspective. The old mantra of “fix it in post” is now becoming “fix it in pre.” Some notable examples of films and tv shows shot using virtual production include The Mandalorian (2019), Avengers: Endgame (2019), Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2017), as well as Disney's animated film Frozen 2 (2019).

Do I need to have a bachelor’s degree in order to apply?

Yes; a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution (or international equivalent) is required for admission to any of NYU’s Master's degree programs.

If you are currently enrolled in your final year of study in a bachelor’s degree program, you can apply for the Fall 2024 term with an in-progress transcript. If admitted, your bachelor’s degree would need to be conferred before class registration begins in Summer 2024.

I don’t have a background in film or digital media; can I still apply?

Yes! Virtual Production applicants come from a wide array of academic and professional backgrounds. Portfolio materials need not be professional-quality work or media projects. Applicants are encouraged to submit work that is reflective of their interests and experiences. The purpose of the portfolio is to give our faculty a better overall impression of you and your interests. 

What is the cost of tuition?

Tuition for the 2024-2025 academic year has not been determined yet but the current cost of annual tuition can be found on the Tuition and Fees Page. Please note students will be enrolled full-time each semester (18 credits per term).

Are scholarships available?

Yes, there are some scholarships available for this 1-year program. Students selected to receive a scholarship will be notified in their acceptance letter what amount they have been awarded. US citizens and eligible permanent residents are also encouraged to apply for federal financial aid by submitting a FAFSA to NYU’s Office of Financial Aid. We encourage all applicants to look for outside scholarships and grants as well.