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Media and Communications Diploma in Digital Filmmaking: Script to Screen

This diploma program is no longer accepting new applications.

Digital technology has revolutionized filmmaking. From digital cameras to desktop editing software, accessible technology now affords filmmakers the opportunity to create high-quality films without support from Hollywood or studios. Whether making documentary, narrative, or experimental motion pictures, filmmakers now can go from idea to international distribution independently. The Diploma in Digital Filmmaking: Script to Screen exposes students to the many exciting possible career paths within filmmaking. Through hands-on instruction, students develop an understanding of the essential concepts, techniques, and technology of digital filmmaking, culminating in the creation of their own short film. From the fundamentals of developing and writing a screenplay to the technical craft of editing and postproduction, this diploma program provides a comprehensive aesthetic framework in the art and craft of cinematic storytelling. Following the established method of professional filmmaking, the diploma program exposes students to the entire process of digital filmmaking: project development, preproduction, production, and postproduction. Through lectures, demonstrations, hands-on training, and evaluations of course projects, students learn professional standards and procedures from award-winning filmmakers. The program culminates with a screening of student films for students, guests, and industry professionals.

Schedule and Format

  • Part-time
  • Classroom-based
  • Four noncredit courses
  • On average, students take one course per semester, fall/spring/summer
  • The Diploma must be completed within two years

 

The Diploma is awarded to students who successfully complete the four required courses within two years.

Note: It is recommended to take the courses in the order listed below. Writing and Directing the Short Film/DIPL1-CE5041 must be completed prior to taking Advanced Digital Filmmaking/DIPL1-CE5038. Students may opt to enroll in one or two courses per semester.

For further advisement, please contact the Center for Applied Liberal Arts at sps.cala@nyu.edu.

Must be completed within

2 years

You'll Walk Away With

  • An understanding of the fundamentals of visual storytelling
  • Familiarity with the proper formatting and conventions of screenwriting
  • An understanding of the preproduction, production, and postproduction filmmaking processes
  • An appreciation of the aesthetics, techniques, and technologies of filmmaking
  • Hands-on experience in writing, shooting, directing, and editing a short film

Program Curriculum

COURSES THAT GIVE YOU THE SKILLS AND TRAINING YOU NEED TO START YOUR NEW CAREER

Program Curriculum

COURSES THAT PROVIDE FOUNDATIONAL INFORMATION IN THE FIELD WITH OPTIONS TO SPECIALIZE IN AN AREA RELEVANT TO YOUR NEEDS

REQUIRED

All Courses Required

Writing and Directing the Short Film

Learn the fundamentals of screenwriting and preproduction through writing and preparing to direct a five-minute short film.

2018 Summer
1 section

Fundamentals of Digital Filmmaking

Work in a small production crew to write, produce, direct, and edit a short film project.

2018 Summer
1 section

Digital Cinematography: Camera Techniques and Lighting

Gain hands-on experience as a cinematographer by using lighting, composition, and camera movement to create a film’s visual look.

2018 Summer
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Advanced Digital Filmmaking

Work with a team of classmates to shoot a short film and take it through the postproduction stage to a finalized digital film.

1 section

OPTIONAL

Complete 0

JobFocus: Digital Filmmaking: Script to Screen

Gain a better understanding of long-term career management strategies field of digital filmmaking.

2018 Summer
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

General Admission Requirements

  • Resume
  • Two references
  • Essay
  • A bachelor’s degree or four years of professional experience

Writing and Directing the Short Film

Learn the fundamentals of screenwriting and preproduction through writing and preparing to direct a five-minute short film.

2018 Summer
1 section

Fundamentals of Digital Filmmaking

Work in a small production crew to write, produce, direct, and edit a short film project.

2018 Summer
1 section

Digital Cinematography: Camera Techniques and Lighting

Gain hands-on experience as a cinematographer by using lighting, composition, and camera movement to create a film’s visual look.

2018 Summer
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Advanced Digital Filmmaking

Work with a team of classmates to shoot a short film and take it through the postproduction stage to a finalized digital film.

1 section

JobFocus: Digital Filmmaking: Script to Screen

Gain a better understanding of long-term career management strategies field of digital filmmaking.

2018 Summer
+ 1 more semester
2 sections