May 21, 2015
by Mariangela Lardaro
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Robert Miller & Mitchell Lichtenstein Wrap Up Spring

This week marks the official end to the spring semester. Students took the last of their final exams on Tuesday and NYU Commencement was yesterday. Before we say goodbye to the spring and welcome the summer, we’d like to share with you the two special guests Brane Zivkovic recently had in his class Music for Film and Television.

Left to right: Brane Zivkovic, Robert Miller, and Mitchell Lichtenstein

Left to right: Brane Zivkovic, Robert Miller, and Mitchell Lichtenstein

Students were treated to a lecture and Q & A with
Robert Miller, composer of Teeth and Particle Fever and Mitchell Lichtenstein, director of Teeth and this year’s release Angelica.

Here’s what one student had to say about the experience:

It was very enjoyable listening to Robert and Mitchell talk tonight. Because they worked on a movie together, they were able to explain in detail the roles of producers, directors, etc. We already discussed these roles in class, so it was very interesting to hear about them first hand. I also enjoyed hearing about Robert’s experiences writing music for commercials because we did not discuss that topic during the semester as much as we discussed feature film scores. Robert’s client list is very impressive, and he shed light onto issues such as how much time he is given to compose music for these projects, as well as if the director gives him a budget to use live musicians. Overall, it was a very enjoyable experience to hear them talk about their careers.
–Andrew Tyler Weiss

Music for Film and Television (FMTV-UT 1008/OART-UT 564) is open to Undergraduate Film and Television majors as well as non-majors.

May 18, 2015
by Mariangela Lardaro
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Open Arts Courses for NYU and Visiting Students

Summer classes at NYU are set to begin next week. Have you registered yet?

If you’re looking for courses to complete major or minor requirements, start on that noncredit certificate, or experience something totally new, you may want to register for one of the following Tisch Open Arts courses:

OART-UT 1706 Through the Documentary Lens:
Contemporary Art

Explore the MoMA, The Brooklyn Museum, The New Museum and a Chelsea art gallery. The course screens a documentary in each class that adds context and inspiration for your excursions into the New York art world. Two of the documentaries to be screened include Jean Michel Basquiat: Radiant Child (before going to the Brooklyn Museum to see Basquiat’s personal notebooks which are on exhibit) and Andy Warhol: a Documentary Film (before going to MoMA to see the current Warhol exhibit). This is one of the elective courses for the Minor in Documentary.

OART-UT 562 Media Moguls in the 20th Century
Discover the origins of the production practices that are employed in the entertainment industry today by following the legendary characters, movie moguls, and media titans of the early 20th century and the companies they built. These innovative men and women include, but are not limited, to Louis B. Mayer, George Lucas, Maya Deren, Shirley Clark, Nam Jun Paik, Lucille Ball, Russell Simmons, Clive Davis, Julie Taymor, and Steve Jobs.
This course can be taken on its own or as part of the series of courses for the Noncredit Certificate in Producing. This is one of the required courses for the Minor in Producing.

A student scene from Acting for the Camera.

A student scene from Acting for the Camera.

OART-UT 1908 Acting for the Camera
Are you an actor who wants to explore and cultivate your filmic talents? Are you a director who wants to create performances that exploit the potential of the camera? Not only will you go through exercises, improvisations and scene work, but you will be part of scenes that are rehearsed, lit, framed, and taped in a series of camera set-ups. You will receive a tape of your major project suitable, after basic editing, as a work sample or audition piece.



OART-UT 806 Ballet
You will develop a clean and precise technical base for ballet dancing. Through practice and application, you will understand the unique structure of your own body and expand your awareness of self and others. You will be encouraged to study the different styles of ballet and ballet performers around the world. For the final group project, you will choreograph a short ballet that incorporates ballet vocabulary, dance or pedestrian movements and an idea that’s related to today’s society. This is one of the required courses for the Minor in Dance.

NCRD-UT 1000 Writing for the Screen
Examine the principles and processes of writing for the screen. The course will cover topics such as finding and developing story ideas, film language and script structure. Be prepared to complete a film treatment with a step outline for a feature film or TV episode you plan to write. This course can be taken on its own or as part of the series of courses for the Noncredit Certificate in Filmmaking.

OART-UT 1006 Producing Essentials
Interested in being a producer in film, television, music, theatre, dance, or new media? This course provides you with a framework for understanding the dynamics of producing—as an art form and a business profession—and for completing a creative product in the entertainment and media industries. This course can be taken on its own or as part of the series of courses for the Noncredit Certificate in Producing. This is one of the required courses for the Minor in Producing.

SummerNYC2015_BlogOART-UT 1925 Urban Arts Workshop: New York
You will be exposed to key concepts and fundamental theories of urban studies, public art and the urban-inspired works of many great artists and writers based in New York City. Each week another “form” of urban art will be investigated, including discussions about and encounters with street photography, graffiti, sculpture, installation art, dance, performance art, parkour (freestyle street gymnastics), gorilla theater, art vandalism and underground art, urban sound projects, large-scale projections, poetry, essays and short stories.

Visit the Tisch Special Programs website for full Open Arts summer course descriptions and schedules.

May 6, 2015
by Jack Serio
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Signing Off!

Well, this is it! This will mark my last post as the resident blogger for Tisch Special Programs! I wanted to take a few moments to say thank you to all of you who have kept up with this blog and who will hopefully continue to do so! It’s been a wonderful experience and I’ve learned a lot about this fantastic department and have hopefully passed some of that knowledge on to you! I wish you all the best with your upcoming final exams and projects and hope that you can take some time to enjoy yourselves this summer! Don’t forgot to go stroll through the park (any of them!) on these gorgeous days before you head home! Embrace this weather!

As for me, I’ll be spending my summer directing the world premiere of a wonderful new play, i don’t know where we’re going but i promise we’re lost, at The Boston Playwright’s Theatre! I encourage any of my New England friends to come check it out! You can also keep up with my shenanigans at!

I thought I would target this last post at everyone staying in NYC for the summer! There is some fantastic theatre going on and I’d thought I’d give you a few tips on what not to miss and how you can see it inexpensively!

The Flick 

This is so exciting! A couple of years ago, a new play took the city by storm at Playwrights Horizons off-Broadway! People had never seen anything like it, they didn’t know what to do, many walked out of the theatre, prompting Playwright’s Artistic Director Tim Stanford to write an impassioned email to audiences standing by and validating the play. It later went on to win the Pulizer Prize. That play is The Flick by Annie Baker and the original cast and creative director have come together again to revive the production at The Barrow Street Theatre. In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35-millimeter film projectors in the state. Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen. With keen insight and a finely-tuned comic eye, The Flick is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world. You can order your $25 student tickets in advance, online here.


The Sound and The Fury

Obie Award winning ensemble ELEVATOR REPAIR SERVICE returns to The Public, home to its sold-out performances of Gatz (2010 and 2012) and Arguendo (2013), with their widely praised staging of William Faulkner’s modernist masterpiece, The Sound and the Fury. With a lush sound score, high-energy choreography and a profoundly versatile ensemble, ERS delivers a verbatim staging of the novel’s opening chapter (“the Benjy chapter”), Faulkner’s famous experiment with memory and language. With the same radical commitment ERS showed in its groundbreaking staging of The Great Gatsby (an eight-hour cover to cover reading of it), the ensemble embraces Faulkner’s language and his multilayered narrative. An eerily timeless family living room is the setting for the company’s romp through this dark story. With humor, pathos, high-energy choreography and a wildly versatile ensemble, the company brings this infamous literary masterpiece to life on stage. You can purchase your $20 student ticket at The Public’s box office in advance. More info here.


10 out of 12

Anne Washburn is at it agin! Her Mr. Burns… was one of the most talked about plays of 2013 and now she’s back at Soho Rep with a brand spanking new play about theatre! Here’s how it is billed, “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to tech. Around you, a company of 14 is engaged in the very peculiar—and peculiarly impossible—task of making a new play. You’ll have a seat next to the sound designer as he mixes cues. You’ll eavesdrop on backstage gossip as it happens over headset. You’ll watch the director struggle to contain the uncontainable.” Washburn took notes during her tech rehearsals over the years. Directed by Les Waters, 10 out of 12 is a wry and absorbing look at how work forms us and deforms us. Best of all Soho rep offers 99 cent tickets! The 99-cent Sunday tickets for 10 out of 12 will be offered on June 7 and June 14. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis one-hour prior to each performance. There are also limited rush tickets ($20 for students with valid ID) are available for most performances on a first-come, first-served basis and are distributed 15-minutes prior to each performance. More info here.

And that’s a wrap! Thanks for a wonderful experience everyone!

– Jack

May 6, 2015
by Jack Serio
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Tisch Summer Courses for High School Students

REMU2013_TimesSquare_ONCE_July2013 It’s almost here! Can you taste it? Summer is right around the corner and we have already had a taste of some 70 degree weather, and if you’re like me, you can’t get enough of it. As the school year winds down, everything else seems to be ramping up in Tisch with projects, finals and presentations galore. It is also an exciting time of year when students can view their fellow artists’ work! Below you’ll find some exciting information for prospective NYU students who are looking to spend their summers here with us and get a taste of NYC!

It’s hard to know what colleges are looking for in their applicants. Officer positions in clubs and good grades in advanced-level classes are always a nice place to start, but it’s the students that go the extra mile (literally!) who tend to catch the eyes of admission officers. Even better, taking college classes are a great way to kill two birds with one stone. Interested in a school? Go there, try it out, and make sure you really like it! While you’re there you’ll experience NYU in a way most prospective students won’t and you’ll be earning credits towards your degree.  It’s never too early to start racking up experiences for your resume, and summer programs are also an effective way for any high school student to get a taste of college living!

During the summer, the Tisch School of the Arts offers high school students the chance to participate in intensive training in New York City. Through these programs you gain an enriching and enlightening experience, and a better understanding of the nature of a professional training program at Tisch. In each of our four-week residential programs, students are enrolled in rigorous and highly structured college-level courses taught by our full-time faculty. Upon successful completion of the summer program, you earn six college credits, all from fully accredited New York University courses.

Tisch Special Programs offers summer courses in Drama, Dramatic Writing, Filmmaking, Game Design, ITP, Photography and Imaging, and Recorded Music. There is something for everyone! Through these courses, you’ll be studying and training in the same facilities and with the same faculty that full-time Tisch students study with on a daily basis. You’ll also get your first taste of living in a dorm and what food is like at NYU (and more importantly what the food is like in NYC.) You’ll gain a richer, fuller understanding of NYC as the artistic hub of the country, and an appreciation for all this city and this school has to offer you.

The program isn’t cheap, but neither is college, and if you break it down, it is about what you’ll be paying for credits at NYU. You can see the expense breakdown of the different programs here. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Tisch offers a number of FULL scholarships to students to fund their high school summer program! Scholarships are given to students who demonstrate the most financial need. These need-based scholarships were made possible with generous support from foundations and private donors. You can learn more about these scholarships and how to apply for them here. You can also find a variety of scholarships outside of the ones offered through Tisch to use towards studying at Tisch’s summer program here.

I hope you’ll be able to take advantage of this incredible opportunity and spend your next summer with us as you decide what’s right for you! The application information for the 2016 Tisch Summer High School program will be made available later this summer!

May 1, 2015
by Justine Drayton
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Summer Series: Film and Television

Visual storytelling in film and television is more than just choosing a title and adding credits. It’s a critical, yet personal, way of sharing the stories you want others to see. As Michael Glody, Undergraduate Film & Television student, Class of 2015 states, “Making a film is not just picking up a camera and shooting what’s in front of you.”

Creating a film is an immersive process that allows you to really dig deep in to your visual self, putting together a story completely from the simplest idea to a piece that resonates with others in a broader context.


If you are into visual storytelling, whether it’s animation, documentary, experimental, or narrative, the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Undergraduate Film & Television will provide you with opportunities to develop your story through any medium. Join us this summer and share the story you’ve always wanted to tell!

Take a look at some suggested courses that may be the right fit for you:

“I am a journalist at my hometown newspaper but I want to learn television producing.”

Take Producing for TV (FMTV-UT 1028)!


“I am an economics major but have always wanted to make a film.”

The Film & TV department offers several fundamental production courses: you can take Sight & Sound: Filmmaking (FMTV-UT 43), which           focuses on narrative filmmaking; Sight & Sound: Studio (FMTV-UT 51), in which you learn narrative based TV studio production; or Sight & Sound: Documentary (FMTV-UT 80) to learn the foundations of documentary filmmaking.


“I am a magazine editor but have written a draft for a screenplay.”

Writing the Feature (FMTV-UT 35) is a great option if you would like to work on writing a feature length screenplay. For shorter forms, Writing the Short (FMTV-UT 1020) is good. Other writing courses offered are: Fundamentals of Dramatic & Visual Writing (FMTV-UT 33), Introduction to TV Writing (FMTV-UT 1017), Script Analysis (FMTV-UT 1084), Preparing the Screenplay (FMTV-UT 1019), and Situation & Sketch Comedy (FMTV-UT 1102)


“I already make my own films but need some help with post production.”

Introduction to Editing (FMTV-UT 1016) is the perfect class for you!


Course Highlights


Introduction to Editing with Avid and Premier Pro (FMTV-UT 1016)

May 26 – July 2

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1-4 PM

Call # 6244

This is a hands-on course designed to introduce the student to narrative and documentary editing techniques, and to the role of the editor in shaping the final form of film and video productions. Good editing is crucial to the success of every film and video. This class is recommended to students pursuing directing or producing who want a better understanding of how the post-production workflow functions, as well as to any student, from sophomore to senior, who would like to gain a clearer understanding of the role of the editor as an artist, a technician and a collaborator. To achieve this, the class will delve into the methods, objectives, and technical aspects of post-production. It will thoroughly explore two major editing programs (Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere Pro) used in today’s professional post-production environment, and acquaint the student with every stage of the editing workflow from capture to final output. Students will learn to approach these and other non-linear programs as variations on common themes rather than as completely new and foreign tools. In addition, the class will present examples of edited sequences from both narrative and documentary films for discussion, and have invited guests who will share their experiences in bringing films to completion.  There will also be a course pack of assigned readings.


Special Effects Make-up for Film & Television (FMTV-UT 1083)

Session I: May 26 – July 2, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1- 4 PM (call # 4245)

Session II: July 6 – August 14, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1- 4 PM (call # 4246)


This is an introductory level hands-on workshop designed for students wishing to develop their artistry, experienced make-up artists seeking advanced techniques, non-make-up artists just starting out, and anyone who has always wondered “how’d they do that?” This course explores the art of special effects make-up. Topics include skin safe molding procedures; casting and painting silicone replica props; applying “out-of-kit” make-up effects including cuts, bruises, black eyes, scabs, scars, wounds, burns, and decayed flesh; designing an executing a zombie make up, designing and executing a frozen death make-up; sculpting a 1;1 scale Replica Character Maquette; using anatomical reference to enhance a character sculpt and safely using all tools and materials. Students receive a make-up kit specially designed with all materials necessary to complete in-class projects. No artistic background required.


Producing for Film (FMTV-UT 1095)

Session I: May 26 – July 2, Mondays & Wednesdays 1:30-4:30 PM (call # 4354)

Session II: July 6 – August 14, Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:00-4:00 PM (call # 4355)

An examination of the creative, organizational, and managerial roles of the producer in narrative motion pictures. Topics include how a production company is formed, creating and obtaining properties, pitching, financing, budgeting, publicity, marketing, and distribution. The course gives specific attention to the problems in these areas that will be faced by students as future professional producers, directors, production managers, or writers. Students construct a plan for a feature project of their choice, incorporating a creative package, production strategy, and a financing strategy.



Summer Film & Television courses are offered for undergraduate and graduate credit. Please visit us online for more information about course details and schedules. There are also noncredit course options and noncredit film certificate options available.

April 28, 2015
by Mariangela Lardaro
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Summer Series: Dramatic Writing

So you have a great story that you want to tell. Is it a play or something fit for the big or small screen?

Whether you’re interested in writing for theatre, film, or television, summer courses in the Rita and Burton Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing will provide you with opportunities to hone your writing skills.

Did you already pen something that you want to take to the next level? Join us this summer and you may finally complete that screenplay or television drama series.

Here are some suggested courses for our prospective summer students:

“I’m currently a professional film editor, but I would like to explore writing for the screen. Which courses would you recommend?”
Screenwriting I

DW_BlogPost“I’m a comedian and writer and was interested in writing a stage play.”
Playwriting I

“I’ve been working as television production manager for a few years and I am interested in writing for television. What kind of courses do you offer?”
Television I for skills on writing a half-hour comedy for television, or for an “overview” introductory course on writing for dramatic mediums, Introduction to Dramatic Writing.

The Rita and Burton Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing offers summer courses for undergraduate and graduate credit. Courses for noncredit and certificates are also offered in Playwriting, Screenwriting, and Television Writing.

April 23, 2015
by Mariangela Lardaro
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Summer Series: Open Arts

What is Tisch Open Arts?

Is it a series of courses that offer you introductory exposure to the arts? Are they courses which will provide you with hands-on experience in the arts? Are they courses that are open to non-majors?

Yes, yes, and yes.

Tisch Open Arts courses are specially designed to give students not majoring in the arts an opportunity to receive foundational knowledge and practical experience in artistic fields such as acting, dance, filmmaking, games, musical theatre writing, performance studies, photography, playwriting, producing, and screenwriting.

IMG_7509These courses, typically only open to NYU undergraduate students during the fall and spring semesters, are open to visiting students during the summer. If you are an NYU undergraduate student, some of these courses also fulfill requirements and electives for Tisch minors.

Now, if you’re ready to explore your passion and ignite your imagination, why don’t you…

Find the funny in you.


Comic Relief
2 units
May 26-July 2
Tuesday and Thursday, 6-8:20pm
Instructor: Angela Pietropinto

This class is designed for anyone who has an interest in exploring the exciting and deeply human world of comedy. Through the use of playful theater games and the analysis and performing of comedic scenes students are introduced to comedic techniques such as quick change, timing, status, character contradiction, objectives and actions, transforming neurosis and obsession (how to turn lemons into lemonade) and physical comedy. If drama holds a mirror up to life, comedy holds up a magnifying glass. Committing to bold choices is what makes comedy so thrilling and challenging. The exercises employed in this course (many of which have their roots in commedia dell’arte) help participants free their bodies and voices, allowing them to fully commit o ever more vibrant levels of behavior without losing sight of the beautiful human truth at the core of real comedy. Students will analyze and bring to life comedic text from television, movies and theater.


Mirth Making
4 units
July 6-August 15
Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 9:15am -5:30pm
Instructor: Ellis Jones

This course focuses on the study and practical experience of many forms of comedy. Through text analysis, lecture and playful exercises designed to free the imagination students learn how to understand and bring to vibrant life a wide range of comedic material. From the outrageous bawdy plots of ancient Greece, through Shakespeare’s enigmatic clowns to Noel Coward’s crisp one-liners, students will explore style and context, props, timing, and stage “business”. This course is designed to take students on a journey of practical, theatrical, comedic enquiry and engagement. And to be fun. Open Arts is a learning environment open to all students and all majors throughout the University.

See the Big Apple like you’ve never seen it before.

SummerNYC2015_BlogUrban Arts Workshop: New York
4 units
May 26-July 2
Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30am-1:00pm
Instructor: Scott Bankert

Get a completely new perspective on New York City. See it through the eyes of the artists who make New York their canvas, their stage, their page, their muse. Find out what makes our city a cultural capital of the world as we investigate multiple forms of urban art: street photography, graffiti, sculpture, installation art, dance, performance art, parkour (freestyle street gymnastics), gorilla theater, art vandalism and underground art, urban sound projects, large-scale projections, poetry, essays and short stories – and learn how they express a distinctly urban message to the people who live and visit this great city.


Immerse yourself in the history, the form, the precision and passion of Flamenco.

Steps, Rhythm and Movement: Flamenco
2 units
July 6-August 15
Tuesday and Thursday, 6-8:20pm
Instructor: Najma Harissiadis

Flamenco is a dance of passion, precision and heart. But did you know about Flamenco’s vibrant, multicultural history? Come along on an historical dance journey to explore what makes Flamenco the vital dance that we recognize today. In this class you will explore the dance forms that make up Flamenco – Banjara Gypsy Dance of Rajesthan (India), Zambra Dances of the Sephardic Jews and Moorish influences.

Here are a few more summer course highlights:

Screen Writing Lab: Scene Study
4 units
May 26-July 2
Monday and Thursday, 2-5:00pm
Instructor: Shinho Lee

This class will develop fundamental screenwriting skills through a series of talks and presentations with exercises in scene writing, story development, use of genre, pitching and refining the pitch. Emphasis will be on scene study and story construction, visualization, use of the cut, understanding of movie forms, and presentation of story ideas

Writing the T.V. Sitcom
4 units
July 6-August 15
Tuesday and Thursday, 2-5:30pm
Instructor: Donald DeMaio

Adapted from the Dramatic Writing Program’s popular “Introduction to the Sitcom” course, this intensive scriptwriting class answers the question, “What do I need to break into TV writing?” – the student will be guided through the step-by-step development of an episode for an ongoing TV sitcom, from premise line to one-page outline, to pages and revisions. The course will require the completion of a polished draft while introducing students to the rigors of professional standards through weekly story goals.

2 units
July 6-August 15
Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00am-12:20pm
Instructor: Selina Chau

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of classical ballet technique. Looking into the evolution of ballet from the time of Louis XIV through the present, students will explore the different styles of training and performance presentation through the use of images, video, practice and discussions. Reading assignments will be provided to explain how social changes have affected the development of ballet technique and choreography. A thorough warm-up will be given in each class. The technical content will vary according to the skill level of the class and the individual dancer. Through the instruction of proper alignment and dynamic imagery, students will learn how to dance safely and improve their technical skills effectively. Students are encouraged to study the different styles of ballet and ballet performers around the world. For the final group project, students will choreograph a short ballet that incorporates ballet vocabulary, dance or pedestrian movements and an idea that’s related to today’s society. All levels are welcome. No previous dance experience is required.

Through the Documentary Lens: Contemporary Art
4 units
July 6-August 15
Monday and Wednesday, 6-9:00pm
Instructor: Aviva Slesin

This course explores contemporary fine artists and their work through documentary film. The course covers a variety of perspectives pertaining to both the art world and the techniques and skills of documentary filmmaking. Through weekly screenings of films, class discussions, a few invited guest filmmakers and several visits to museums/galleries, students will explore the evolution of the documentary genre as a means of better understanding art and a form of scholarship. The goal is to expose students to the work of contemporary artists and their creative process.

All Tisch Open Arts course details and schedules are available in the online course directory. You can register to take courses for credit or as noncredit.

April 23, 2015
by Mariangela Lardaro
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Summer Series: Photography and Imaging

Are you ready to see, think, and take creative risks as you find your creative voice?

The Tisch Department of Photography and Imaging offers you an exciting opportunity this summer to gain access to courses that are only available to photography majors during the fall and spring semesters. Join a community of artists, commercial and documentary photographers, designers, critics, historians, and scholars who will offer you a wide range of perspectives.
Photo by Molly Leon, '15.

Photo by Molly Leon (Tisch ’15).







How do you know which course is right for you? Take a look at what prospective students have asked us and the courses we suggest they take. You just might find the one you’ve been looking for.

“I am a dancer but would like to take a fundamentals course in photography. What would you suggest?”
Photography I: Black and White

This course is designed to introduce and explore the practical and creative applications of analog photography. Students will learn camera operation, composition principles, and metering techniques. Supported by a comprehensive lab facility, students will learn film processing and archival projection print enlarging methods as well as the basics of print finishing and presentation. Classes will incorporate critiques of student work, slide lectures of important historical and contemporary imagery, hands-on studio and laboratory demonstrations, and field trips. Students will be assigned reading for class discussion and relevant photography exhibits to view. Students are required to complete a minimum of 4 hours of lab work per week (hours arranged by the student) in addition to regular class attendance. This course is designed to engage the student in a photographic dialogue within a productive semester. A lab fee is charged for this course.

“I am a TV director and video journalist in my home country. Which courses would you recommend to someone with this background who has a passion for still photography?”

Editorial Photography for New Media

Prerequisite: Photography II or permission from the Department.
This class is designed to train aspiring photographers/journalists in the unique production techniques and tools of hybrid still/video DSLR cameras such as the Canon 5D Mark II. The course also addresses and familiarizes the student with the emergent landscape for new technologies in digital presentation, journalism and story telling using photography, video, sound, and the written word. Students will be thoroughly trained in production tools and techniques with hybrid DSLR cameras and other recording devices, as well as the integration of content using Adobe Lightroom 3, Final Cut, and written text. A lab fee is charged for this course.
Photo by Melia Snodgrass '15.

Photo by Melia Snodgrass (Tisch ’15).








“I have taken a beginner’s photography course and I’m looking for something intermediate to advanced. What courses would be best for me?” 

Large Format
Prerequisite: Photography & Imaging: Analog and Digital or permission from the Department. Many artists turn to 4×5 and 8×10 large-format cameras for the creative control that view cameras afford, as well as for the high resolution and potentially large scale of the resulting prints. This course introduces the special characteristics of large format photography, including perspective control, creative approaches to selective focus and metering strategies facilitated by single negative processing. The exposure and development methods known as the Zone System will also be considered. Because large format work is physically demanding and relatively slow, this is also an opportunity to work more deliberately and, in some respects, more consciously. It may also inform one’s understanding of the methods and approaches of 19th and early 20th Century artists.

The high resolution of large format description can often produce a compelling image of relatively static subject matter that might not otherwise succeed if recorded in smaller formats. Surfaces and details evoke a more “complete”, or even tactile appreciation of some subjects. Following a series of practical exercises during the first half of the course, students are expected to develop an appropriate project on which to concentrate and apply their evolving skills in the production of an original and integrated body of work. Technical material covered includes different large format camera types and applications, lenses and optics, metering, filters, special B&W developers, large format printing and scanning for digital output. Early historical processes are introduced, current exhibitions of artists and photographers in New York are discussed and field trips are arranged. A variety of cameras, lenses and tripods are available for student use. A lab fee is charged for this course.

Lighting for Stills & Motion
Prerequisite: Photography II or permission from the Department. This class teaches an introduction to lighting for photography and cinematography. The course philosophy is that the most complex and difficult lighting problems are really just combinations of small, easily resolved, problems. Starting with basic three-point lighting for portraiture using simple continuous source lighting, the course will progress quickly to extremely complex set ups using electronic flash as well as lighting for the new generation of hybrid DSLRs (video/still camera) as it moves through multiple environments. Subjects covered include: Lighting for portraits, still life, fashion, interiors, documentary, and exterior location lighting using battery powered flash. Location scouting and planning according to location limitations. Color temperature and color control. Light shaping and control. Students will learn how to use: Digital SLR’s, medium format cameras, Leaf Aptus electronic capture, direct tethered capture using Adobe Lightroom, continuous lighting, electronic flash, color temperature meters and custom white balance profiles as well as the basics of video/sound capture. Lighting equipment is provided. A lab fee is charged for this course.

Photo by George Brooks (Tisch '15).

Photo by George Brooks (Tisch ’15).







Interested in something more? Here are additional Photography and Imaging courses being offered this summer:

4 units
May 26-July 2
Monday and Wednesday, 2-5:30pm
Instructor: Catherine Fallon

This course focusing on Photoshop explores the possibilities for image manipulation and the steps involved in learning to translate traditional darkroom skills into digital artwork and montage. Starting from the empty canvas, we look at all the basic elements of Photoshop, including selection tools, text, scale, retouching, and collage. Introducing the principles of layers and masks we will look at creating composite images from photographic images and web sources. We also cover scanning negatives and flat artwork as well as color adjustment using levels and curves. We look at all aspects of image creation and enhancement with equal importance given to the aesthetic effect and technical ease. By working on a creative project, students use the software to convey their ideas in this digital environment. Class time is divided between work-in-progress sessions, critiques, and lectures. A lab fee is charged for this course.

Photography and Human Rights Program
May 26-July 2
This program, founded in 2009 by Fred Ritchin and Susan Meiselas, is offered in collaboration with the Magnum Foundation.
The program is aimed at intermediate and advanced students, including experienced professionals. It is comprised of three courses and is designed to enable students to investigate strategies for creating effective documentary projects in pursuit of human rights. Students will explore multimedia and traditional presentation approaches for their photographic essays, which they will develop through two studio courses, and create a narrative on a human rights issue in New York. A lecture course will provide participants with an opportunity to look at photography’s strengths and weaknesses, both real and imagined, in attempting to determine new strategies for impact as both society and technology evolve. There also will be guest speakers from the fields of photojournalism, law, and media invited to speak to students in the program.
Students in the past have come from China, India, Ecuador, Egypt, Armenia, Iran, Moldova, Slovenia, Kenya, the United States, as well as other countries. They have pursued documentary projects on homelessness, LGBT issues, immigration, disabilities, gender, urban issues, and the environment, among others.
Students complete the following courses: The Picture Essay for Paper and Pixel, Directed Projects: The Documentary Essay, and Directed Projects: Presentation Strategies. Learn more about the Photography and Human Rights Program.


Summer Photography and Imaging courses are offered for undergraduate and graduate credit. Please visit the online course directory for course details and schedules. There are also noncredit course options.

April 21, 2015
by Mariangela Lardaro
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Summer Series: Recorded Music

Last week we started our “Summer Series” blog posts about finding the right summer course for you. We introduced you to Cinema Studies but if that’s not what you’re looking for, that’s ok! Maybe you’re an aspiring music entrepreneur.

If that’s the case then check out the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. The courses at ReMu (as they’re known around here) offer you professional business and artistic training in the recorded music industry. The question is, what are YOU looking for?

ReMuProduceDo you want to work in the music industry but haven’t had the opportunity to do so? Take a look at the three-week Summer Music Industry Bootcamp with master classes. This bootcamp is a three-course minimum.

What are some of your other options? Here’s what some prospective summer students tell us and the courses we recommend:

“I am a singer and songwriter but I want to learn the business end of things.”
Legal and Business Essentials, Funding Your Music Venture, and/or Music Industry of New York

“I am a concert promoter interested in producing.”
The Virtual Producer: Beats and Beatmaking, Studio Recording for the Modern Producer/Engineer and/or Producing with Bob Power.

“Making music is my passion but I don’t have any experience in studio recording. What should I take?”
Studio Recording for the Modern Producer/Engineer, Fundamentals of Audio Workstations, and/or Producing with Bob Power






Recorded Music Course Highlights

The Virtual Producer: Beats and Beatmaking
2 units
Mon & Wed 9am-12:30pm
Instructor: K Salaam

This hands-on course will cover a broad spectrum of industry-leading virtual instruments, effects and vocoders. By working through a series of practical activities, the students will gain an understanding of the skills necessary to program their own sounds using different types of syntheses. The class will begin by introducing the basics of how synthesizers work, from concept to actual programming. From that point the class will explore more elaborate methods of sound creation techniques that students will then be able to apply to any hardware or software synthesizer they may encounter.

Fundamentals of Audio Workstations I
2.0 units
Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs 1:30-4:45pm
Instructor: Phil Painson

Students will acquire an in-depth, theoretical and practical knowledge of Digital Audio Workstations with an emphasis on file management and system configurations. Utilizing Pro Tools, students will learn the operating modes and tools, gain structure and multi-tracking techniques, and will use overdubs to build an arrangement. For students looking to take this course in Logic Pro outside of our bootcamp, we offer a 3 week course starting 7/6.

Funding Your Music Venture
2.0 units
Tues & Thurs  6-9:00pm
Instructor: TBA

Having the ability to find and leverage funding opportunities is a skill that every music entrepreneur must have to succeed. This class proposes to demystify the funding process and provides an overview of the main sources of music business funding: Grants, Investments, Crowdfunding, Friends & Family, and Bootstrapping among others.  Among the course topics that will be covered are: choosing the right funding option for your needs and understanding the range of music funding sources, and how to access them.

Private Vocal Coaching
2.0 units
Instructor: Kenn Hicks
Times and dates vary.

The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music offers undergraduate summer courses. Please visit the Tisch Special Programs website for credit and noncredit summer recorded music course details and schedules.

April 17, 2015
by Mariangela Lardaro
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Summer Series: Finding the Right Course for You

Summer in New York City is hot, and we don’t mean the scorching temperatures.

The possibility of taking Tisch summer classes is a hot topic all throughout the year. Through emails and phone calls, prospective students from across the country to around the world contact Tisch Special Programs asking about their eligibility for not only for taking a Tisch summer course, but which course is right for them. We talk to domestic and international prospective students in all stages of life: high school students, college students, working professionals, and career-changers. Everyone has a different background and needs some guidance selecting a course to help them achieve their goals.

For the next week we’ll take you through the different crafts of study at Tisch and share some course highlights for summer 2015. The questions gathered represent just some of what we have heard from prospective students and the courses suggested by our departmental liaisons. Maybe you’ll find the right course for you, too!

First up: Cinema Studies

“I enjoy watching films of all different genres but I would like to develop a vocabulary to participate in more critical discussions. What course should I take?”
Close Analysis of Film, Kubrick, and Music Videos

“Which courses would introduce me to different directors?”
NYC on Film: Summer in the City, Music Videos, and Close Analysis

“I’m taking a film production class. Which course would pair well to inspire me aesthetically?”
Pedro Almodovar, Kubrick, Espionage of Film: Understand 007, and Close Analysis

Cinema Studies Course Highlights

007CineStudies_Page_1Espionage Film: Understanding 007
May 26 – June 13  MTWR  6 – 10 pm  for undergraduates only – taught by Jaap Verhuel – 4 credits

The release of /Skyfall /in 2012 coincided with the fiftieth anniversary of the James Bond franchise. Ever since the release of /Dr. No /in 1962, this illustrious icon of western popular culture has captivated audiences across the globe, transgressing boundaries of ideology, nation, empire, gender, race, ethnicity, age, and generation in spite of its blatantly white, heterosexual, and Eurocentric worldview. Why is “the misogynist dinosaur from the Cold War” still so popular with female audiences today? How do we explain the success of the offensively orientalist /You Only Live Twice /in Japan? Why do queer audiences often favor Roger Moore’s raised eyebrow over Daniel Craig’s blue speedo? Chronicling the evolution of 007 over half a century of political, social, and cultural permutations, this summer course will examine the historical and theoretical dimensions and discrepancies of the James Bond phenomenon to understand its seemingly perpetual allure.

007CineStudies_Page_3Close Analysis of Film
June 15 – July 2  MTWR 10am – 2pm  graduate & undergraduate students – taught by Antonia Lant – 4 credits

This class examines a small number of films in great detail with the intention of enhancing student comprehension of the multiple levels at which films are made and received.  Among the films we will analyze are _Touch of Evil_ (1958), _Do the Right Thing_ (1989), _In the Mood For Love_ (2000), _Pan’s Labyrinth_ (2006), _Run, Lola, Run_ (1998), and _Gilda_ (1946). The course encourages the intensive, and comparative study of film, and concentrates on the formal analysis of the sound and image track, the segmentation of the scenario/narrative, techniques of stylistic analysis, and a consideration of a film’s surrounding documents, such as studio papers, posters, and critical reviews.   Students will acquire vocabulary and tools through which to describe the textual patterns and forces by which a film produces its meanings and effects.  As a key part of the course, each student will closely analyze an individual film they have chosen, for a final presentation.

007CineStudies_Page_2NYC on Film: Summer in the City
July 6 – August 15  MW 12:30 – 4:30 pm  for undergraduates only taught by Michael Bowen 4 credits

This course examines New York City’s role as America’s second “movie capital” from the time of the invention of motion pictures right up through the mid-1980s.  Topics covered include: New York’s centrality to the creation of the American film industry in the early silent period; the City’s role as an icon of modernity in Hollywood movies of the 1930s and ‘40s; and Manhattan’s emergence in the Postwar period as a center for alternate filmmaking practices, especially independent and exploitation features, “underground” experimental films, and early televisual forms such as “direct cinema” and live “anthology” dramas.  In sum, the course analyzes a set of generic and formal practices intimately associated with Greater New York as well as offering an introduction to the City’s rich cultural history.  Screenings include Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Escape from New York (1981), King Kong (1933), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Midnight Cowboy (1969) and Twelve Angry Men (1954).

SummerCinStudClasses_Page_2Music Videos
July 6 – August 15  TR  12:30 – 4:30 pm  for undergraduates only – taught by Sylvie Vitaglione – 4 credits

Situated between art and advertisement, between television and experimental filmmaking, the music video sells much more than music. What used to be played on a loop on TV now gets millions of views online, making the music video a must-have for any singer or band. These 3 to 5 minutes of content can shape an artist’s career, launch a new dance or fashion trend, and even go viral like /Gangnam Style/, the /Harlem Shake/ and /Happy/. This course will examine the history and aesthetics of music videos from MTV to YouTube and consider their impact on popular culture. As we view videos from Michael Jackson, Madonna, Nirvana, Radiohead, Daft Punk, Bjork, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and many others, we will question the politics of representation at work. We will study auteur directors such as Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry and Chris Cunningham to question the relationship between music videos and cinema.

The Department of Cinema Studies offers undergraduate and graduate summer courses. Please visit the Tisch Special Programs website for more information on summer Cinema Studies courses.