You 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 at the same time are not recommended. A part-time job might be possible, depending on your personal ability to manage your time and responsibilities.
Classes meet at The New School Monday to Thursday for four hours daily. There are also a number of field trips, some of which may be scheduled during regular class hours.
Each course taps the resources of New York City in its own way, and students will have opportunities to take advantage of these resources on their own and with their peers.
Environmental Action and Research: NYC Waterways*
Instructor: Rob Buchanan
Study New York City's rivers, harbor, and waterfront with Robert Buchanan and other NYC activists and learn how to shape policy and public action. Last fall's hurricane and storm surge brought attention to long-overlooked environmental challenges that New York City and the region must face. After introductory lectures and field trips, students form teams, each of which works with an agency or nonprofit partner on a research or advocacy project. Activities include exploring the natural history and biodiversity of particular sites researching local conservation and land use issues, interviewing residents and other stakeholders, and developing a multimedia campaign directed at community groups, elected officials, and the larger public. Each team has a small production budget. A "crit session" with New School faculty members and outside experts concludes the course.
The New Screen: Filmmaking Boot Camp*
Instructors: Hal Hartley, Talia Lugacy, Caveh Zahedi
In this film production boot camp, you will learn from three critically acclaimed independent filmmakers: Hal Hartley (Henry Fool, Trust, Amateur), Talia Lugacy (Descent) and Caveh Zahedi (I Am A Sex Addict, The Sheik and I). You and your fellow students produce three short films in four weeks, each under the tutelage of a different instructor. In addition, four evening master classes are taught by filmmakers Todd Solondz (Happiness, Welcome to the Doll House), Kelly Reichardt (Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy), Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, The Last Days of Disco), and Ramin Bahrani (Goodbye Solo, Chop Shop).
Writing City Criticism*
Instructor: Joshua Cohen
How do you write a compelling critique? What is the role of criticism in the world of arts and letters and in the culture in general? Explore answers with author and Harper's contributing editor Joshua Cohen. Practice various forms of analysis and critique, including reviews of books, films, exhibitions, recordings, and performances, as well as forms students suggest. The focus is on New York City events, sites, people, and culture. Some of the work is assigned by the instructor; some suggested by students. Notable essayists and reviewers visit the class to discuss their work and answer questions. Assigned readings include Broyard's Kafka was the Rage: A Greenwich Village Memoir, Kazin's Delirious New York, Goodman's The Empire City, and Hardwick's Sleepless Nights.
* Eugene Lang College students must obtain advisor approval before registering. Choreographic Thinking: William Forsythe's Improvisation Technologies has been canceled.
Policies and Procedures
- Eugene Lang College's Summer 2013 Policies (PDF)
- Other policies and procedures: The New School publishes complete institutional information on this website,
including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, financial
assistance information, tuition and fees, academic policies, disability
services, completion and transfer-out rates, and equal opportunity
policies. For other Eugene Lang policies and procedures, please see the Eugene Lang Catalog on the Academic Policies page
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. You can see your grade in the
student portal, MyNewSchool (see below).
Credits: Each course carries four
undergraduate credits. Consult an academic advisor at your school before
you register for information about transferability of the New School
credits and application to your graduation requirements.
Records and transcripts: You can request that a transcript of your
New York Summer Intensive course be mailed to another college or
university by submitting the online Transcript Request to the Registrar's Office.
MyNewSchool: MyNewSchool is The New
School's portal that gives you access to your email account, course
information and content through Blackboard, student self-service for
registration, financial aid and records, student financial services,
library resources, news, events, and much more.
To access MyNewSchool, first look up your
NetID username by going to my.newschool.edu and clicking on "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.
You will be required to change your
password upon your first log-in. The password you set will be valid for
180 days. Follow the instructions on this page to be directed back to
the MyNewSchool log-in page. Log in by entering your NetID and new
When you log in to MyNewSchool, be sure to access your New School
GroupWise email account by clicking on the Webmail icon. All university
communications will go to this address while you are enrolled. Check the
account often or forward communications to your personal email account.