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Introduction to Filmmaking and Video Production

Film student work with cameraWagner College offers a unique summer filmmaking program for highly motivated high school students. This three-week interactive learning experience introduces students to the artistic and academic approach to film and new forms of media. Paired with our History of New York course students will have the opportunity to explore the five boroughs of New York City and her historic landmarks.

Students enrolled in our Filmmaking will take:

  • FM210: Filmmaking
  • HI225: History of New York

Upon successful completion students will receive 2 units equivalent to 6 transfer credits at other similar institutions.


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Course Information

  • Introduction to Filmmaking and Video Production 
  • History of New York 
  • Tuition and Program Dates 
  • Application Information 
  • Required Text and Equipment 
The Filmmaking and Video Production course at Wagner introduces students to the artistic and academic approach to films and new forms of media, while exposing them to the film and related industries in New York City. If you are interested in exploring filmmaking, what better place than NYC? This class will introduce students to the fundamentals of filmmaking —pre-production, script writing, directing, cinematography, sound recording, editing and distribution. Through the creation of their own films and through the careful analysis of the work of experienced filmmakers, students will explore a variety of stylistic approaches found in American popular culture.Trips may include: 
  • Museum of the Moving Image
  • Paley Center for Media
  • Field work for film shoots
   Working in our newly renovated, state-of-the art media lab, students will work both collaboratively and independently on editing both found footage and their own media. The class will end with a final presentation of student films. 
  New York City boasts the nation’s richest treasure trove of cultural sites and historic landmarks. Energized by change, enriched by immigrants and entrepreneurs and enlivened by provocative artistic and political leaders, New York became a premier global center of creativity and innovation.  History of New York City explores the history of New York City and will cover topics including; September 11th, the rise of Wall Street, the Civil War Draft Riots, the Harlem Renaissance, and the impact of immigration.  You will learn about political, cultural and economic transformations in the classroom and see their impact first-hand at sites in all five boroughs of New York City.  Trips may include: 
July 10 – July 28, 2017   Tuition:
Residential – $4,599
Commuter – $3,599
  Tuition Includes:  
  • Housing in supervised residence halls
  • Meals
  • Entrance and transportation fees for required venues
  • Towels and bedding
  • Credit Transcript
Ready to apply?  
  1. Fill out our online application
  2. Or download the PDF
  3. Still have questions? Call us at 718-390-3221 or email
Application Requirements  
  • Must be either a sophomore, junior or senior in Fall of 2017
  • 1 Page Essay (Why you want to attend the Wagner College Summer Pre-College Program and what you hope to gain from this experience)
  • Letter of Recommendation from Guidance Counselor attesting to current GPA
  • $50 Application Fee Upon acceptance application fee will be applied towards tuition
Introduction to Filmmaking:  Required Equipment: External Hard drive with either Firewire 800 or Thunderbolt inputs/outputs. Recommended hard drive: WD Passport 500 gig
Required Text: TBA  History of New York:  Required Text: Eric Homberger, The Historical Atlas of New York City: A Visual Celebration of 400 Years of New York City’s History, Holt Paperbacks, 2005.
ISBN: 978-0805078428 


Life at Wagner

  • Residence Halls 
  • Dining Halls 
  • Trips 
  • Typical Schedule 
During your time here, you will be living in one of our four dorms equipped with Wi-Fi and amazing views of the surrounding area. Student lounges are located on all residence floors for social gatherings or for just spending time reading or socializing with new friends. Rooms for boys and girls are on separate floors, or in separate parts of the residence.  Learn more about our Residence Halls 
Our Pre-College students eat in Wagner’s cafeteria-style dining hall, which serves a range of healthy options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The dining hall provides vegetarian and vegan options at every meal, and special dietary needs (such as kosher or gluten-free meals) will be accommodated.  Students also have the option to purchase snacks, soda/coffee, and sandwiches in the Hawk’s Nest. 
During your stay, you will have opportunities to take trips to points of cultural, historical, or recreational interest in the New York City Area.
Examples of excursions from past years include: 
  • Times Square
  • Broadway shows including: Jersey Boys, Legally Blonde
  • The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
  • Central Park
  • South Street Seaport
  • 9/11 Museum
  • Empire State Building
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Chelsea Market
  • Staten Island Yankees Stadium
  • Brooklyn Bridge
Transportation, lunch, and entrance fees are included for all required excursions as they relate to each course. 
On the first day, you will arrive and have a chance to get situated in your dorm room. Parents and students will be invited to a welcome reception where you will have an opportunity to meet your professors, other instructors, staff, and fellow students.  Your program will begin the following day with breakfast in the Wagner Dining Hall and then on to your chosen classes. Typically, the academic classes will meet mornings and afternoons, with field trips to Manhattan and other venues scheduled once or twice a week and during the weekends.  When on campus, breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served in the dining hall. When not in class, or traveling to NYC sights, you will participate in informal workshops about college admissions, college life, time management, study skills, and more. And, of course, time will be devoted to your coursework. Group study halls will be scheduled during the evening and weekends. 
Sample Schedule: 
8:00am-9:00am| Breakfast
9:00am –12pm| Instructor-led classroom session
12:00pm-1:30pm| Lunch/Free Time
1:30pm-4:30pm| Instructor-led classroom session
5:30pm| Dinner
7:30pm| Evening Activity/Study Time 

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