Students complete a sequence of courses in which they master cinematic design, directing, and postproduction. This program is open to anyone who aspires to make a motion picture, including people with and without college degrees and current undergraduate students.
The New School offers a Certificate in Film Production for the successful completion of a sequence of courses that guides the student through the contemporary art and craft of filmmaking using traditional 16mm film and digital technologies. Taught by our faculty of experienced teachers and working professionals, the courses explore all aspects of filmmaking and professional development in the film industry. The certificate program is designed for the committed student at any level of experience.
-Anne Balsamo, Dean, School of Media Studies
-Melissa Friedling, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Students have opportunities to exhibit their works in progress at open screenings and industry panels held several times a year. They may also submit their finished work for consideration to a number of juried student shows held on campus.
There is no formal admission process for the Certificate in Film Production. You simply register for certificate status and pay the certificate registration fee. Please note that certificate approval cannot be awarded for any course retroactively; you must register as a certificate student. Before registering, have your certificate courses approved in the School of Media Studies office. For more information or to schedule an advising appointment, call the 212.229.8903 or email the Film Program Advisor.
International students must submit the International Student Application for Certificate in Film Production (PDF) to the Office of Admission, which will then give directions for obtaining a student visa to enter the United States.
Students in undergraduate degree programs may be able earn the Certificate in Film Production concurrently with their bachelor's degree. Go to the NSPE Undergraduate Program for more information.
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