Courses, Policies, and Procedures

The following intensive courses were offered at Eugene Lang College in Summer 2014. Check back for information about Lang's Summer 2015 offerings.

Course Descriptions

All courses met for four hours daily four days a week, Monday through Thursday. In some courses, field trips were scheduled outside of regular hours. Each course tapped the resources of New York City in its own way, but in all of them students had opportunities to take advantage of these resources collectively and on their own.

The New Screen: Narrative Filmmaking
Instructor: Gregg Lachow
Each student writes, directs, and edits two short films—one in the first week and the other in the remaining three weeks. Students are guided through the process of conceiving and constructing a compelling narrative. The course covers fundamentals of screenwriting, formulating a visual plan and rehearsing with actors, and shooting and editing film. The course addresses basic technical aspects of each phase of production but the focus is on the process of discovery. If a filmmaker is lucky, the film he or she shoots is not quite the one he or she wrote and something entirely different in the editing room. Can you learn to keep your heart and mind open as your film continually tells you what it most wants to be? (If you already know the film you absolutely must make, this is not the course for you.) Filmmaking is a collaborative experience, and students will be expected to help each other as cast and crew. The course meets four days a week for four weeks. In addition, students attend one evening class a week to watch and discuss works by some master filmmakers. Meets Monday through Thursday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. Note: The first day of class is Tuesday, May 27, and the last day is Thursday, June 19.

In the Moment: Acting for Screen
Instructor: Talia Lugacy
This is an introductory course in which students gain experience working on camera. It is ideal for all students of related disciplines—screenwriters, directors, directors of photography—who wish to explore the actor's process. Acting experience is not required. Students are paired up for scene work and learn aspects of acting essential to film: being "in the moment" and conveying a unique presence. The challenges of working with a variety of script materials are explored. Each student rehearses scenes, one of which is shot during class. The core skills introduced here are essential both for actors and for filmmakers who hope to elicit vital performances from their actors. Meets Monday through Thursday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. Note: The first day of class is Tuesday, May 27, and the last day is Thursday, June 19.

The Digital Work Notebook
Instructor: Trebor Scholz
This course is a creative exploration of emerging forms of digital labor in New York City. We visit companies like Tumblr, Mozilla, and Google as well as co-working spaces in the city. We interview workers, take photographs, and jointly publish a book of texts, images, and cartoons about labor in the age of "communicative capitalism." In the seminar, we contrast waged and unwaged work, particularly with regard to public-spirited labor, unpaid internships, work in the creative industries, and exploitative online labor practices. We discuss the ideas of artists like Alex Rivera and Burak Arikan and the theorists Maurizio Lazzarrato, Andrew Ross, Cory Doctorow, and Arlie Hochschild, with the aim of clarifying the terms "labor" and "work." We then assess how well our definitions match the realities of contemporary digital work environments such as Amazon, Mechanical Turk, and 99Designs. We also study the history of labor struggles and new forms of solidarity and mutual aid in the context of distributed labor. Guest speakers include Burak Arikan, Howard Rheingold, Andrew Ross, and Frank Pasquale. Meets Monday through Thursday, 12:00-4:00 p.m. Note: The first day of class is Tuesday, May 27, and the last day is Thursday, June 19.

Writing Live/s
Instructor: Staceyann Chin
Do you have a yen to write and perform your own story? Learn how to make art from your life. Write a memoir, poetry, or a theatrical work. Explore characters from your own experience, give them voice, and bring them to life in this four-week workshop with a veteran writer, performer, and activist. Read, watch, and review works by New York City writers and performance artists. Enjoy weekly master classes with other New York City performers, writers, and activists, who help you refine your own work-in-progress. Visit off-Broadway theaters, poetry cafés, and working artists creating art in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. Draw inspiration for your work from New York City's creative communities. Students have the opportunity to present their work at the Culture Project's Lynne Redgrave Theater, New York City's home for political theater. Meets Monday through Thursday, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Note: The first day of class is Tuesday, May 27, and the last day is Thursday, June 19.

Policies and Procedures

  • Eugene Lang College 2014 Summer Program Policies (PDF)
  • The New School publishes complete institutional information on the university website, including academic policies, equal opportunity policies, and information about student rights and responsibilities, tuition and fees, disability services, and completion and transfer-out rates. Policies and procedures are also published in the Eugene Lang College Catalog (PDF).

Grades: All students in New York Summer Intensive courses will receive a standard letter grade at the end of the course according to the instructor's evaluation of their work and class participation. To see your grade, use the online student portal, MyNewSchool (see below).

Credits: All New York Summer Intensive courses carry four undergraduate credits. New School credits are generally transferable, but it is wise to consult your own institution before you register for a course to confirm transferability of the credits and application to your graduation requirements.

Records and transcripts: The New School keeps permanent records for students in New York Summer Intensive courses. You can have a transcript sent to another college or university by submitting the online Transcript Request to the Registrar's Office. There is no fee for transcripts.

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