Study the history, theory, and aesthetics of film in one of the first university departments devoted to studying the art form. Courses this summer include Topics in TV: Showrunners, Comparative Directors: Disney/Miyazaki, and Scorsese's New York.
Summer 2020 courses will be offered for remote instruction.
Continue your professional, conservatory training this summer or enroll in academic study of the arts. Online courses are taught by Tisch faculty of artists and scholars and include asynchronous and synchronous learning experiences. Earn credit towards your undergraduate or graduate degree, learn a new craft, or advance in your career.
Courses are open to NYU and visiting students, working professionals and adult learners, and high school students.
The summer 2020 application is closed.
Summer Session I
Tuesday, May 26 - Sunday, July 5, 2020
Summer Session II
Monday, July 6 - Sunday, August 16, 2020
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 dance companies in residence summer 2020 are: Tiffany Mills Dance Company, David Dorfman Dance, and Gina Gibney Dance Company.
The Department of Drama offers actor-training programs at all levels, ranging from Meisner Technique: An Introduction and New Studio Music Theatre Summer Intensive, to Private Voice Training and Audition Technique. 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. Take a course like Theatrical Games: Comedy & Performance or Modern British Drama.
Study playwriting, screenwriting, and television writing this summer in the Department of Dramatic Writing. Take a beginner's-level course like Introduction to Dramatic Writing or something more specialized, like Writing Workshop: Sketch Comedy.
Explore games as a cultural form and game design as a creative practice. Take classes like Introduction to Game Design, Introduction to Programming for Games, Chvatil: Strategic Board Game, and more. If you are an NYU student, you can work toward the Minor in Game Design over the summer.
Interactive Media Arts teaches students fluency in many forms of digital interactivity, alongside an education in both the arts and liberal arts. The belief is that digital expression is an essential skill for all — artists, writers and designers as well as programmers and engineers. Courses are developed to help students think about the relationship between digital tools, physical objects and environments, human interaction and technology’s impact on the world.
Learn more about the Interactive Media Arts Program.
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 directing and film analysis this summer, or courses like Storytelling Strategies, Programming & Concepts, and Experimental Screenwriting. Courses will be a blend of screenings (some prior to the start of the course), assignments, discussions and other asynchronous and synchronous online experiences.
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. Courses offered this summer include Acting for the Camera, Writing the TV Sitcom, and Film Development: The Tools of Creative Movie Producing.
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. Select from courses like Photography I, Contemporary Photography, and Emerging Media Studio: Virtual Imagery.
The Clive Davis summer program provides a unique opportunity to experience the first institute of its kind to offer professional business and artistic training. You’ll choose courses from any of the four main areas of curricular study: business, production, musicianship & performance, and writing, history, & emerging media. Some of the courses offered this summer include The Virtual Producer: Beats & Beatmaking, Fundamentals of Audioworkstations, Music Licensing, and Songwriting Intensive.
This online course provides an introductory framework for understanding the dynamics of entering the entertainment and media industry within New York and Hollywood. Through live, synchronous, online meetings with industry professionals in Film, Television, Music, Theatre, Dramatic Writing, Games and Interactive Media, you will learn expectations, industry standards, and professional practices to apply when transitioning from student to a creative professional.
Tisch Professional Courses
Take that next step in your career with online non-credit courses. Our faculty will give you the training you need to build your artistic experience and make your idea for a story a reality. Explore the opportunities to refine your craft or be introduced to something totally new. Courses for summer 2020 include:
- Film Workshop
- Screenwriting I
- Screenwriting II
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: $2,090
- Take this course as a stand-alone course or as the required course to complete the Filmmaking Certificate.
- View Course Schedule in Albert
Additional Non-Credit Courses
Each summer, Tisch offers visiting students 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 or earning college credit, 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.
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 2020 Non-credit Certificates
Television Writing Certificate
Summer 2020 Intensives
Summer Dance Residency Festival
Summer Drama Credit Intensives and Courses
Online High School Filmmakers Workshop
Open to high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
High school students will work together online with other emerging artists to create and upload skill-building projects, inspired by daily exclusive video lectures. You’ll connect for one-on-one video meetings with your Tisch instructors to get valuable feedback. Over four weeks, you’ll develop your writing, directing, shooting, and editing skills to produce a variety of short films — all while taking part in a new form of creative community that is the next wave of film education.
Online High School Screenwriters Workshop
Open to high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Intensive screenwriting exercises will introduce students to the basic principles of writing for film and television. Students will develop story ideas and characters, and learn film language and script structure. There will be film story analysis sessions with screenings of important work. The workshop sessions with the instructor and students provides an opportunity for you to present your work, which opens dialogue for critiques and rewrites. The workshop culminates with submitted scenes, a short screenplay, a synopsis of a feature film and television series. This is an asynchronous course with weekly assignments, video meetings, and discussions with industry professionals.
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.