• Registration

    Students should register online with payment by credit card. Current Lang students must obtain their advisor's approval before registering. Students in other New School undergraduate divisions and colleges should consult with their own programs.

    Students register for only one course. New York Summer Intensives are rigorous, and students must expect to do substantial work daily in preparation for class. Taking other college courses and/or working a full-time job while you are enrolled in a summer intensive course is not recommended. You may be able to hold a part-time job, depending on your ability to manage your time and responsibilities.

    Course Descriptions

    All courses will meet for four hours daily four days a week, Monday through Thursday. In some courses, field trips may be scheduled outside of regular hours. Each course taps the resources of New York City in its own way, but students will have opportunities to take advantage of these resources with their peers and on their own.

    Mixin' the City: Hip-Hop in Practice and Play
    Instructor: Robert "DJ Rob Swift" Aguilar and Sam "Rabbi Darkside" Sellers
    This course is an immersion in New York City's hip-hop culture, in which students explore its origins and development through firsthand discovery and hands-on learning. Students learn the technical fundamentals and history of DJing, including mixing, scratching, and beat juggling. They visit significant cultural landmarks and institutions, attend events, and hear from guest presenters who are leaders in the field. They experience the elements of hip-hop while considering how they can be used as tools for teaching, learning, and empowerment and develop a hip-hop lens for close-reading the world, guided by the instructors’ expertise, both canonical and empirical. This course is co-taught by hip-hop practitioners who are passionate about their craft and their community and are committed to arts education and cultural stewardship, paying the utmost respect to predecessors while pushing boldly into the future. The approach will be experiential as well as analytical, offering many opportunities for students to delve into their musical, visual, and literary interests through creative and collaborative projects. Meets Monday through Thursday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. Note: The first day of class is Tuesday, May 31, and the last day is Thursday, June 23.

    Writing: Crime, Criminal Minds, and the City
    Instructor: Albert Mobilio
    This course examines crime stories, true and fictional, written and filmed, with an emphasis on New York City as a setting. Storytelling has long focused on criminals and criminal acts. In this seminar, students will read and respond critically and creatively to narratives featuring criminal protagonists. The psychological, social, and material characterization of criminals and, more broadly, of transgressive behavior raises several questions: What is the criminal type? What draws writers and filmmakers to such figures? How do we come to understand social and moral norms? What is a crime? The role of New York City in these tales will be explored in field trips and by guest speakers. Meets Monday through Thursday, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Note: The first day of class is Tuesday, May 31, and the last day is Thursday, June 23.

    Documentary Realities: History and Theory of the Nonfiction Film 
    Instructor: David Fresko
    Long gone are the days when people believed documentary films provided an unmediated access to reality. We live in a period of media saturation when reality and its representation are increasingly difficult to distinguish. Yet documentary film—as a genre, a style, an ethical or political posture, or a mode of producing knowledge about the world—is still animated by an impulse to encounter and record the “real.” We explore the history and theory of the documentary across more than a century of practice in film as well as other media including photography, writing, television, and so-called new media. One of our main goals is to see how documentary/documenting calls into question distinctions between reality and fantasy, objective and subjective, re-enactment and recording, fact and fiction, and aesthetics and politics, among others. Students take trips off campus to meet and discuss the nature of nonfiction filmmaking with institutions around the city. In addition, filmmakers present their work and discuss it in relation to the broader issues relating to “art” and “truth.” Best of all, we watch great movies from the history of world cinema. Meets Monday through Thursday, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Note: The first day of class is Tuesday, May 31, and the last day is Thursday, June 23.

    High School Writing Workshop

    Lang Writing Intensive - Altered State: Identity and the City
    Instructor: Jennifer Gilmore
    Eugene Lang College, recently included on The Princeton Review’s annual “Best Colleges” list, invites high school juniors and seniors to take part in a four-credit college-level liberal arts course at The New School. The Pre-College Intensive course at Lang helps you develop your own voice in a supportive atmosphere. The course includes peer-to-peer collaboration, immersive study, and networking with professionals, artists, and activists.

    In this four-week intensive course, we investigate through our own writing the transmutability of personal and locational identity. Who are we? Where do we come from? What makes us us? How does place affect the multiple identities we house? This course examines personal and collective identity and the many ways in which it is informed by culture, race, and socioeconomics. Through excursions into different neighborhoods in boundless and boundaryless New York City and its surrounding boroughs, we engage with various types of culture and media to investigate how identities shift and evolve. We turn these experiences — our own origin stories and the narratives surrounding the places we visit — into prose. Selected readings supplement our experiences as does discussion of the technical tools — such as point of view, setting, and structure — that we need to build stories. Each week there will be at least one excursion and subsequent discussion, in-class writing, and sharing of our work in a “workshop” environment. This course is meant to be generative; each student completes four works of prose. Meets Monday through Thursday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. Note: The first day of class is Tuesday, July 5, and the last day is Thursday, July 28.