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About This Program

Please Note: The 2020 program is canceled because of community concerns about COVID-19. For more information about The New School's response to the novel coronavirus, please visit our website.

Make it a summer full of the big screen with the Filmmaking Intensive for grades 11 and 12.

Film, Art, Change: Making Movies to Make a Difference: An online summer filmmaking intensive for high school juniors and seniors. Students learn filmmaking techniques and tools while immersing themselves in the art of making critically engaged movies. The online course is open to rising high school juniors and seniors, ages 16+.

Timeline to Completion: 4-week intensive; July 6-31, 2020

Enrollment Type: Students are eligible to receive up to 6 university credits.

Tuition and fees:

$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.



The course runs from July 6 to July 31, 2020.

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

Location: Online

What You'll Get
  1. Work to create a technically accomplished short film
  2. Recognize the impact of movies on society and their relationship to contemporary forms of citizenship
  3. Employ the communicative language of cinema and its expressive techniques
  4. Appreciate modes of filmic expression beyond the conventional scripted narrative
  5. Engage with the history of a range of cinematic practices
  6. Articulate their own personal aesthetics and ideas
  7. Invest themselves in a community as critical and engaged adults


To apply for the Media Studies summer filmmaking intensive, you must complete the online application form. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to or 212.229.8903.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis beginning November 19, 2019, for summer 2020. 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 will be sent with an acceptance letter. Payment for online registration can be made by credit card only.

Please note that acceptance into 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.


Most colleges accept credits earned for 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

Housing is optional for students. Registration for housing must be done online by completing the housing application. The housing application form will be emailed once the student has successfully completed registration for the course. The form will be available in January 2019.

Please contact Student Housing at 212.229.5459 x3610 or with any questions, or visit the Housing website for more information.

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