Public Engagement

Summer Filmmaking Intensive

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

    High School Juniors and Seniors
    July 8-August 2, 2019

    This summer filmmaking intensive course for high school students (rising juniors and seniors, age 16+) combines 16mm filmmaking craft with high-definition (HD) digital techniques and tools, immersing students in the history and practice of making movies. One of many youth and teen programs offered through The New School's Open Campus, this course is 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 reimagining 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 analog 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 from July 8 to August 2, 2019.
    • The course is open to rising high school juniors and seniors, ages 16+.
    • 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.
    • Tuition and fees: $3,730, which includes tuition, registration fees, university fees, equipment, and supplies. Full payment is required at the time of registration. The health fee, to be determined, is not included in the cost.
    • Class schedule: Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:50 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break at noon.
    • Location: Greenwich Village campus.

    Application Guidelines

    To apply for the Media Studies summer filmmaking intensive, you must complete the online application form. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to or 212.229.8903.

    Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis beginning November 15, 2018, for summer 2019. The filmmaking intensive is subject to availability and space is limited; students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

    Once a student is accepted to the program, a link to the online registration form will be sent with an acceptance letter. Payment for online registration can be made by credit card only.

    Please note that acceptance into the program does not guarantee a seat in the course. Students must successfully register for the course after being accepted to the program to guarantee their seat. Upon registering, students will receive a confirmation email.

    When the course reaches maximum enrollment, it will be closed for registration. After the course has closed, students will be added to the wait list. If space becomes available, students will be notified by email.

    Please be aware that no financial aid or scholarships are available for this summer intensive program.


    Housing is optional for students. Registration for housing must be done online by completing the housing application. The housing application form will be emailed once the student has successfully completed registration for the course. The form will be available in January 2019.

    The cost for four weeks of housing is $2,200. 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 $2,685.

    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

    To qualify for a full or partial tuition refund, your written withdrawal request must be received by the deadlines below.

    Deadline Refund Amount
    Before May 1 100% refund
    Before June 1 80% refund
    June 23 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.