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JMU/SVA in New York


New York, NY, USA

Program Description

This course gives SMAD students the opportunity to spend three weeks in New York at the School for Visual Arts and make a short film.

The first week you will be placed in a group of four and work on a short screenplay.

The second week you will work with a cinematographer and learn the fundamentals of framing a shot and revisit the 180 degree rule.

The third week you will edit the footage of your film and screen the films at the SVA cinema on 23rd street in Manhattan. You will also have the opportunity to work with professional actors in New York for your shorts films.

This is an opportunity to make a narrative film and also experience New York City. 

Location Description

The program will be housed in New York City at the School for Visual Arts.


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The students will be housed in the dorms provided by School for Visual Arts in New York City. 

Breakfast will be provided, as well as welcome and closing group dinners.

Additional Items to Consider

Priority will be given to SMAD students.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Junior standing

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short Essay 
  • Resume
  • Faculty Letter of Recommendation
  • Interview with Program Director may be required
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

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Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


SMAD 305: Fundamentals of Film Production (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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