NYU - Tisch Kanbar Institute of Film and Television (M.F.A.)

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The Graduate Film program is an intensive three-year conservatory in the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television that trains students in the
Degrees Offered
  1. 3 Year M.F.A.
Concentrations
  1. Directing
  2. Film & Television Production
  3. Screenwriting
Yearly Tuition
$60k to $70k
Application Deadline Types
  1. Regular Decision
Regular Decision Application Deadline: Dec 1, 2022

Film School details

School Website
http://tisch.nyu.edu/grad-film
What is the Application Fee? $ 77
Is a GRE required for admission? No
Is a portfolio required for admission? Yes
Who owns the copyrights of the films made at the school? The Student
How many Letters of Reference are required? 2
The Graduate Film program is an intensive three-year conservatory in the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television that trains students in the art of cinematic storytelling. We focus on helping writer/directors develop a narrative voice and the technical virtuosity to express that voice in cinema.

Students learn by doing, in the classroom and on set. They write, direct, and produce multiple films and exercises, shooting and crewing on each other's projects. Our students transition into the professional world with a reel of short films that showcase their talent, a feature film script, and a range of highly sought technical skills.

The Graduate Film Program offers a stimulating, challenging, and diverse creative community in the heart of Greenwich Village. Our faculty are working professionals who are committed to developing the next generation of filmmakers.

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Application Requirements

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Internship Opportunities

Yes


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Latest Film School Reviews

Good Education. Poor Everything Else
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Alumni
Pros
  • Adjunct Faculty - those who are there strictly to teach are there with good reason and have a world of expertise to share
Cons
  • Administration - lots of internal politicking. lots of internal fighting.
  • Some faculty have been accused of perpetuating sexual harassment still
  • The cost/value - many promised benefits were taken away due to COVID with no recourse
World class education received at NYU Tisch, with some remarkable faculty (those who care to teach are extremely helpful). Lots of bureaucratic nonsense that resulted in administrators lying to class regarding benefits and recourse for missed opportunities due to COVID. Many affected including alumni and current students.

At least one professor on staff has been publicly accused of abetting sexual harassment.
Affordability
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Alumni Network
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Campus
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Career Assistance
2.00 star(s)
Coursework
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Facilities
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Professors
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Scholarships
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Anonymous does not recommend this film school!
NYU Tisch Graduate Film Program
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Alumni
Pros
  • The people you meet and become friends with is by far the greatest part of the program.
  • Top rate education. You learn how to do everything and leave the program ready to work on professional crews.
  • Facilities are amazing. Spent nights with talent classmates lighting scenes on an awesome soundstage and then went drinking after. Such a cool experience.
  • Support after graduating. There is the Purple List and The NYU Production Lab. Both designed to assist students in making their first feature films. This is by far makes the program worth it's weight in gold.
  • Working professional faculty. Todd Solondz was one of my professors.
Cons
  • The only con for me is the price which really isn't unique to most film schools.
The graduate film program at NYU changed my life. I keep up with most of my classmates and a lot of my professors. I still work with a lot of my classmates on film projects currently.
Affordability
3.00 star(s)
Alumni Network
5.00 star(s)
Campus
5.00 star(s)
Career Assistance
4.00 star(s)
Coursework
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Facilities
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Professors
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Scholarships
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Anonymous recommends this film school
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Current Applicant
Pros
  • The City - The bustling energy of the city and the vibrant and diverse arts and foods and cultures all slammed together into this relatively small area, all accessible by just hopping on the subway.
  • The Talent - This may be a controversial statement to some, but I also feel the talent pool of serious actors and performers in NYC is superior to that of LA. The level of talent (stage and musical actors, dancers, musicians) even among those who are still trying to make it, and their willingness to act for student films, is a serious blessing.
  • The Resources - The facilities are wonderful and up to date, and just walking around the building you can tell plenty of funds are flowing through that place. It seems like you'll feel well-supported in terms of equipment, sound, editing, ADR, foley, etc.
  • The Alumni - The proof is in the pudding. A stellar track record of producing great writer/directors who are making meaningful contributions to cinema and television, whether it be commercial or independent.
  • The Learnin' - It seems that while you do learn a bit about everything, you get to focus on a certain aspect of filmmaking in your second year, and you will be able to direct a significant project your second year if you so desire.
  • The Intimacy - Since NYU only takes 36 students per year, you'd get to know everyone pretty well and that points to stronger bonds forming for post-graduation relationships.
Cons
  • The Cost - Not just the expensive tuition (60k-70k) but the cost of living in NYC is pretty atrocious.
  • Local Opportunities vs. LA - While it's not a total con, the opportunities for jobs is pretty good from what I hear but pales in comparison to Los Angeles.
Keep in mind, these are simply my thoughts as a current New York City resident who has applied to the NYU MFA Grad Film program. Some of this is my own personal observation of life in New York City, and some of it is based on research, and some just pure speculation. I didn't submit ratings for certain categories that I simply don't know about yet, such as Career Assistance, Coursework, or Scholarships. I have toured their facilities though (beautiful and well-equipped), and I've managed to make it to the interview round so I'll hope to hear back from them sometime in March for the yay or nay.
Affordability
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Alumni Network
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Campus
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Facilities
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Professors
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Latest questions

Hi!

I am attending Tisch for grad film this fall. This is a stupid question but I have two dogs—how much time will I have to go back (I live less than a mile from campus) to take care of them?
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Yougotthis
Totally valid question (says the girl who has a dog next to her right now). If you have back to back classes, you might be at NYU for up to 6 hours at a time. But if you space out your schedule more openly, you'll have breaks. Highly reccomend citi bike to make things faster too if you feel comfortable biking.
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Cutlass
What neighborhood are you staying in? I graduated from the program and one of my classmates had a dog. She lived in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. You spend a lot of time at school (pretty much all day). Getting to Brooklyn usually takes about an hour and people don't usually go home and go back. You could set up your schedule though where you have large gaps in the day. I don't think having pets are undoable but sometimes when we were hanging out after class my classmate would be like, 'I got to walk my dog'. It's kind of a bummer when you're bonding with new friends.

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