Future Film Scholars

This track is not available for spring 2024.

About the Program

Course Number: CINE-NT 1

The Future Film Scholars Workshop is a free program for motivated, articulate, and creative high school first-years, sophomores, and juniors who are devoted to seeing, learning, and writing about film, television, and moving image cultures.

While some of our Future Film Scholars students may be interested in making their own films, this program does not include the practice of filmmaking but instead focuses on the history, criticism, theory and cultural significance of moving images. This course is designed to introduce high school students the varieties of film practices (e.g., fiction, documentary, animation, experimental/ avant-garde, video art and new forms of digital media).


The course will provide students with:

  • a basic foundation for further study of film and the moving image arts
  • an understanding of such concepts as narrative structure, genre, editing, composition within the frame, cinematography, sound and sound image relations.

Students will complete a weekly film journal where they will be asked to write about films and discussions from class as well as on films assigned outside of the class period each week. Students will also be expected to write up to two formal film analysis papers of up to 7 pages each on assigned films/topics. The class will culminate in a small conference or printed collection of student essays.

Film lecture

Photo by Dylan Kenseth


This track is not available for spring 2024.

This program meets weekly on Saturdays, February through May (exact dates TBA).

More dates and deadlines are available on the Tisch Special Programs Admissions Calendar.

Students in Theater Classroom

Photo by Dylan Kenseth

How to Apply

Please read through the Spring Future Artists Application Requirements page to learn how to apply. You may be contacted for additional application materials.

This track is not available for spring 2024.

Effective May 2023, NYU no longer requires COVID-19 vaccinations. However, staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, including booster shots, remains strongly recommended for the health and safety of the student and the campus community—and students are welcome to wear masks anytime they choose. More information about COVID-19 protocols at NYU, including updates, is available on the NYU COVID-19 Information website.

If you have questions about the program or the application, please contact the Department of Cinema Studies at 212.998.1603 or future.filmscholars@nyu.edu.