Summer Filmmaking Intensive | The New School for Public Engagement

Summer Filmmaking Intensive

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

    Grades 11-12 July 6 - 31, 2015

    This new pre-college summer intensive course for high school students (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 6 - 31
    • Open to high school juniors and seniors
    • Tuition and fees: $3,511 (Includes tuition, fees, equipment, and supplies; full payment required at the time of registration)
    • Class schedule: Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break
    • Location: The New School campus
    • On-campus housing is available (registration opens January 2015)
    • Students have in-class access to all necessary production and post-production equipment
    • Students are eligible to receive four 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.

    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.

    On-campus housing is available. You can go here for more information.

    Online Registration

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

    Registration by Mail or in Person

    Payment can be made with a credit card, domestic check, money order, or cash. Mail your payment and completed registration form to the address below.

    To pay in cash, you must do so in person. Bring your payment and completed registration form to the Registrar's Office at the following address:

    The New School
    Registrar's Office
    72 Fifth Avenue, 4th floor
    New York, NY 10011

    Withdrawals and Refunds

    Withdrawal must be made in writing. Email your withdrawal notice to Tracy Varites at or mail it to the following address:

    The New School
    School of Media Studies
    79 Fifth Avenue, Room 1627
    New York, NY 10003

    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 pre-college summer 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.