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Summer Intensives and Noncredit Certificates

Tisch School of the Arts offers summer courses for college students and adult learners. Courses include academic study of the arts as well as professional, conservatory training. There are undergraduate, graduate, and noncredit options.
You can take individual non-credit courses or register for one of the following non-credit or undergraduate summer intensives with a pre-designed curriculum.

Some intensives below may require a program application prior to completing the Summer in NYC Visiting Student Application to register.

Digital Filmmaking: One Week Intensive

This course has been cancelled for summer 2014. This one week filmmaking intensive is a class composed of lectures, discussions, screenings, and exercises designed to engage students in the fundamentals of digital filmmaking and visual storytelling. In this workshop students will work in small groups to write, produce, direct and edit an original short film. The workshop will begin by focusing on viewing and discussing examples of visual storytelling, focusing on technique, intention and narrative structure. Participants will then workshop the practical and aesthetic elements of visual storytelling and relevant filmmaking techniques by using digital video cameras and computer editing. The focus will be on idea development, applying narrative structure to organize ideas and choosing and supporting a meaningful theme by writing and directing with purpose. Starting with creative story idea development and thematic intent and then working through the practical steps of filmmaking, all course elements will be presented in a workshop format in order to develop or enhance the personal experience of the participants. Students interested in this intensive should register for NCRD-UT 680. This intensive is not open to NYU students currently enrolled in a degree program.

Non-credit Summer Dramatic Writing Certificates

The non-credit certificates from the Rita and Burton Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing introduce you to all aspects of writing: playwriting, screenwriting, and television writing. A certificate is awarded to students who successfully complete the four required courses within one year or two successive summers. Learn more.

Non-credit Summer Film Certificates

Courses for the non-credit summer film certificates introduce you to all aspects of filmmaking, including: shooting, directing, writing, cinematography, editing, and producing. A certificate is awarded to students who successfully complete three or four required courses within one year or two successive summers. Learn more.

Photography and Human Rights Program

This summer program is comprised of three courses and is designed to enable students to explore strategies to create effective documentary projects in pursuit of human rights. Students will propose multimedia or traditional presentation strategies for their photo essays, which they will develop through two courses, in which they will focus on the long-term photographic essay and create a narrative on a Human Rights issue in New York. Learn more and apply.

Summer Dance Residency Festival

The Department of Dance offers two intensive three-week workshops to serve the intermediate-to-advanced dance student who is preparing to enter the profession.  Students may participate in the program for either three or six weeks and will study with a minimum of three different companies in each session while being exposed to the workings of the other companies.

Each day of the workshops begin with a one-and-three-quarter-hour ballet class focused on alignment, strength, balance, line, and coordination and continues with a one-and-a-half-hour class in contemporary dance. Students can enroll in the workshops for credit or non-credit. Learn more.

Summer Industry Boot Camp at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music

This intensive three-week experience is specifically designed for those individuals who have always wanted to work in the music industry, but haven’t found the opportunity to do so - yet. Over three weeks at the Institute’s facility in New York City, participants will gain the knowledge needed to either break into, or move up within, this fast-paced, exciting and constantly changing industry. This Bootcamp will immerse you in the NYC music industry via master classes with Recorded Music’s distinguished faculty and provide you with the education needed to make your entrée into the field. Learn more and apply.

Summer Music Theatre

Making New Musicals: A Workshop for Performers (GMTW-UT-1085)* will prepare music theatre actors for the unique experience of working on new musicals. Using the Equity 29-hour reading model, the course will culminate in a staged reading of a new musical. Audition is required. Contact Marie Costanza at for an appointment.
Summer Music Theatre Intensive (THEA-UT 280)* is a rigorous four-week professional training program teaching requisite skills for the music theatre actor. Classes include acting, singing, dance, movement, and speech. Audition is required. Auditions will be held on April 21 at 6:30pm. Contact Amy Hendy at for details. 
*Students can take one or both courses.
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