Summer Filmmaking Intensive | The New School for Public Engagement

Public Engagement

Summer Filmmaking Intensive

  • Film, Art, Change: Making Movies to Make a Difference

    High School Juniors and Seniors
    July 5-29, 2016

    This summer filmmaking intensive course for high school students (rising juniors and seniors) combines 16mm filmmaking craft with high-definition (HD) digital techniques and tools, immersing students in the history and practice of making movies. Taught by School of Media Studies faculty, the course is kept small to encourage collaboration and offer students individual attention. Students gain a critical understanding of how re-imagining the city through multimedia storytelling engages, provokes, delights, and informs audiences. Their artistic and socially engaged short film projects are screened publicly at the end of the course. Learn more about Media Studies.

    Student Experience

    Upon successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

    • Work collaboratively to create a technically accomplished short film using both analogue and digital tools
    • Recognize the impact of movies on society and their relationship to contemporary forms of citizenship
    • Employ the communicative language of cinema and its expressive techniques
    • Appreciate modes of filmic expression beyond the conventional scripted narrative
    • Engage with the history of a range of cinematic practices
    • Articulate their own personal aesthetics and voice more assuredly
    • Invest themselves in a community as critical and engaged adults


    • The course runs July 5 - 29
    • Open to high school juniors and seniors
    • Tuition and fees: $3,513 (Includes tuition, university fees, equipment, and supplies; full payment required at the time of registration)
    • Class schedule: Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:50 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break at noon (class begins on Tuesday, July 5)
    • Location: Greenwich Village campus
    • Students have in-class access to all necessary production and post-production equipment
    • Students are eligible to receive six (6) college credits upon completion of the course


    Registration for this summer intensive course is now open. You can register online. Please contact Tracy Varites with any questions at or 212.229.8903 x4118.

    Payment for online registration can be made by credit card only. Visa, Discover, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted.

    Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. You will receive a confirmation letter by email from The New School within two weeks of completing your registration.

    When the course reaches enrollment capacity, it will be labeled online as "Closed for Registration." After the course has closed, students can be added to the waiting list by completing the online form. If space becomes available, students will be notified by email.


    Housing is optional for students. Registration for housing must be done online by completing the housing application. Find and select “Media Studies: Film, Art, Change,” then click on “Sign Up” to complete the application.

    The cost for four weeks of housing is $1,980. Students in housing are required to purchase the meal plan, at an additional cost of $500. This cost is included in the Housing application form. The total cost of the New School housing and meal plan amounts to $2,480.

    Please contact Student Housing at 212.229.5459 x3610 or with any questions, or visit the Housing website for more information.

    Withdrawals and Refunds

    For information regarding the refund schedule, contact Tracy Varites at

    To qualify for a partial tuition refund, your written withdrawal must be received by the deadline below.

    Deadline Refund Amount
    Before May 1 100% refund
    Before June 1 80% refund
    June 1 or later No refund

    The School of Media Studies reserves the right to cancel courses. If a course is canceled, you will be notified and asked if you wish to transfer to an open course at The New School or receive a full refund of tuition.

    Grades, Credits, and Transcripts

    Most colleges accept credits earned for the summer filmmaking intensive course. At the end of the program, you can access your grade through our online student information system. Transcripts must be requested from the Registrar's Office. You will receive a student handbook with information explaining this process in detail.