Psychology & Filmmaking Program

Film student work with camera

Wagner College offers a unique summer program for highly motivated high school students. This unique three-week learning experience mirrors a college level liberal arts program. In addition to traditional classroom lectures, students will participate in psychological discussions, hands-on workshops and travel with their classes to NYC.

Students enrolled in the Psychology/Filmmaking program will take:

  • FM 201: Introduction to Film Studies
  • PS 241: Psychology of Gender

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

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Course Information

  • FM 201: Introduction to Film Studies 
  • PS 241: Psychology of Gender 

This course seeks to unpack the essential building blocks of cinema’s visual form, style, and storytelling through an examination of and hands-on participation with the medium. With a new understanding of basic film language (pertaining to cinematography, editing, sound design etc), students will be able to “see through” a film, identifying both the aesthetic components as well as the social, political, and psychological agendas of its creator(s). Specific focus will be given to films that explore gender roles, particularly within the genre of the teen film. The course will also include a brief dissection of the history of Hollywood/American film paying close attention to gender roles within the film industry, as well as a hands-on filmmaking workshop. One Unit. 

Instructor: Holly Van Buren 

This course explores gender identity and development from a psychological perspective, with a specific focus on: major theories of gender development; the role of culture and diversity on gender development; and an examination of gendered perspectives on intimate relationships, sexuality, violence and aggression, learning and career development, and mental health. Through a balanced review of femininity and masculinity studies, students will have the opportunity to apply critical thinking skills to examine, discuss, and critique the role of gender on topics that specifically relate to young adults in today’s society. One Unit  Trips may include: 
  • Mean Girls on Broadway
  • The New Museum
  • Center for Women’s History – New York Historical Society
Instructor: Dr. Victoria Felix  Required Text: Michael Kimmel, The Gendered Society, 6th Edition, Oxford University Press, 2016. ISBN: 9780190260316; Retail Price to Students: $76.95 


Application Requirements 

  • Must be either a sophomore, junior or senior in Fall of 2018 and provide an official high school transcript
  • 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

July 8 – July 27, 2018

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

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