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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 where they write, direct shoot and edit a short narrative film in a group.

The first week is online. You will continue to work in a group of four and work on finalizing a draft of a short screenplay. Prior to leaving for New York, there are a series of script read-throughs and a required technical workshop.

The first week onsite in New York you will be guided through the production layout for your short film. This includes a sound workshop, a demo on the Canon C-100, lighting workshop and the Fisher-11 dolly. In addition, you will cast your short film under the guidance of a casting director and myself. You will work with professional actors.

The second week you will work with a professional cinematographer Joe Foley and the shoots will be scheduled during this week. You will have a teacher's assistant from SVA accompany the group during the shoots. There will also be a JMU TA for the duration of the program.

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 short narrative film and also experience New York City.

Location Description

The program will be housed in New York City at the dorms for School for Visual Arts. The dorms are located next door to the school.


Imelda O'Reilly | | School of Media Arts and Design

Joe Foley | | School of Media Arts and Design


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

There are individual apartments with sometimes two or three rooms and a bathroom. There is a a washer and dryer and community room in the basement. It is a DRY dorm so absolutely no alcohol in the dorm. SVA reserves the right to evict you from the dorm if you break this rule. The dorm has 24 hour security guard.

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 2.8

Sophomore standing

Application Process

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

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($40 fee)
  • Short Essay 
  • Resume
  • 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. 

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


SMAD 305: Fundamentals of Film Production (3 credits)

SMAD 253: The Process of Script to Screen – The Shooting Script (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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