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About This Program

This program is not running in 2023. Please check back for details regarding next summer.

Make movies that make a difference. Students with The School of Media Studies learn filmmaking techniques and tools while immersing themselves in producing critically engaged movies. The online course is open to rising high school juniors and seniors, ages 16 and above.

What You'll Gain

  • Experience creating a technically accomplished short film
  • Understanding of the impact of movies on society and their relationship to contemporary forms of citizenship
  • Knowledge of the communicative language of cinema and its expressive techniques
  • Appreciation of the modes of filmic expression beyond the conventional scripted narrative

How You'll Learn

  • Engagement with the history of a range of cinematic practices
  • Practice articulating personal aesthetics and ideas
  • Collaboration with a community of dedicated students

Program Details

Class schedule: Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:50 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break at noon.

Location: New York City campus

Grades, Credits, and Transcripts

Most colleges accept credits earned in the summer filmmaking intensive course. At the end of the program, you can access your grade through our online student information system. Transcripts must be requested from the Registrar's Office. You will receive a student handbook with information explaining this process in detail.


$3,630; includes tuition and supplies. Students are expected to have access to a camera (a camcorder, video-capable still camera, or smartphone) and a personal computer.  Full payment is required at the time of registration. Additional university fees are not included in the cost.

To apply for the Media Studies Summer Filmmaking Intensive, you must complete the online application form. Questions about the application process should be directed to mediastudiesadvising@newschool.edu.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. The filmmaking intensive is subject to availability, and space is limited; students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Once a student is accepted to the program, a link to the online registration form is sent with an acceptance letter. Payment for online registration can be made by credit card only.

Please note that acceptance to the program does not guarantee a seat in the course. Students must successfully register for the course after being accepted to the program to guarantee their seat. Upon registering, students will receive a confirmation email.

When the course reaches maximum enrollment, it will be closed for registration. After the course has closed, students will be added to the waitlist. If space becomes available, students will be notified by email.

Please be aware that no financial aid or scholarships are available for this summer intensive program.

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