The New School awards a Certificate in Film Production for the successful completion of a sequence of courses that guides the student through the art and craft of filmmaking. Taught by our faculty of experienced teachers and working professionals, the courses explore all aspects of filmmaking and professional development including pre-production planning, directing, writing, cinematography, editing, and producing. The certificate program is designed for the committed student with any level of experience.
-Carol Wilder, Dean, School of Media Studies
-Lana Lin, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Students have opportunities to exhibit their works-in-progress in a number of student work showcases, including the student-produced RUFF CUTS series of screening sessions held several times every semester. They may also submit their finished work for consideration to the FINE CUTS Annual Invitational Film Show, for which finalists are selected by an external jury of film professionals. The screening is followed by a faculty-led Q&A session with the student media makers; an awards ceremony, including a prize for Best in Show and Audience Favorite; and a reception for students, guests, and faculty.
Students may start our program in fall, spring, or summer. There is no formal admissions process for the Certificate in Film Production, but students must meet eligibility requirement and follow the required course sequence.s Please note that certificate approval cannot be awarded for any course retroactively. Registration for courses must reflect Certificate (CT) status, which will incur a certificate registration fee. In Open Campus, filter the Enrollment Type by "Certificate" and register for the classes. Before registering, have your certificate courses approved in the School of Media Studies office. For more information about the course sequence or to schedule an advising appointment, call 212.229.8903 or email the Film Program Advisor.
Any student with a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent is eligible to pursue the Certificate in Film Production. International students may not apply for a student visa to study in the Certificate in Film Production program. For more information about U.S. immigration requirements for students, please contact International Student and Scholar Services at 212.229.5592 or ISS@newschool.edu.
Students currently enrolled in undergraduate degree programs for which minors are not available (Liberal Arts majors in BPATS/SPE and Lang) may be able to earn a non-credit Certificate in Film Production concurrently with their bachelor's degree. Please visit the Bachelor’s Program for Adult and Transfer Students for more information.
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