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 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.
All courses meet for four hours 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.
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.
The New Screen: Directing the Mise-en-Scène*
Instructor: Caveh Zahedi
The focus of this filmmaking course is mise-en-scène—the art of breaking down a scene into a series of shots. Where should the camera be positioned? How wide or tight should a given shot be, and why? What is the optimal sequence and combination of shots? How does the choice of camera angles affect meaning and emotional resonance in a given scene? Using a real but unproduced screenplay as a template, students work to find the cinematic mise-en-scène most appropriate to a scene's content. The class analyzes mise-en-scène in a variety of classic film scenes and reads and discusses David Bordwell's On the History of Film Style and Vladimir Nizhny's Lessons with Eisenstein.
In the Moment: Acting for Screen*
Instructor: Talia Lugacy
This is an introductory course for students to gain experience working on camera. It is ideal for all students of related disciplines—screenwriters, directors, directors of photography—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.
The Digital Work Notebook*
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.
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.
* Eugene Lang College students must obtain advisor approval before registering.
Policies and Procedures
- Eugene Lang College's Summer 2014 Policies (PDF)
- The New School publishes complete institutional information on this 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 Catalog (PDF).
Grades: You will receive a standard
letter grade at the end of the course according to the instructor's
evaluation of your work and participation. To see your grade, use the online
student portal, MyNewSchool (see below).
Credits: All Eugene Lang College Summer Intensive courses carry four
undergraduate credits. New School credits are normally transferable, but you should consult an academic advisor at your school before
you register for a course to confirm transferability of credits and application to your graduation requirements.
Records and transcripts: You can request that a transcript of your
Summer Intensive course be mailed to another college or
university by submitting the online Transcript Request to the Registrar's Office.
MyNewSchool: The New
School's student portal, MyNewSchool, gives you access to your New School email account; your student personal record; registration, billing, and grades; library resources; announcements; special offers for the New School community; and news and events.
To access MyNewSchool, look up your
NetID username by going to my.newschool.edu and selecting "Look up
your NetID or Reset Your Password" in the log-in box. Once you have your
NetID, return to the log-in page and enter your NetID and your
password, which is your date of birth in the MMDDYY format.
The first time you log in, you are required to change your
password. The password you set will be valid for
180 days. Return to the MyNewSchool log-in page and log in by entering your NetID and new
password. You're all set.
Note: Whenever you log in to MyNewSchool, check your New School
GroupWise email account by clicking on the Webmail icon. All university
communications go to this email address. Check the
account often or forward messages to your personal email account.