Film and New Media integrates filmmaking and new media with study of their histories, conventions, and practices. Students who have a love for moving images, regardless of their background in
film or the arts, are encouraged to enroll. The only requirement is that they bring their passion, curiosity, and hard work to their pursuits. In return, Film and New Media students explore different forms of screen media, including live-action narrative, documentary, experimental, animation, work with archival footage, and experiment in nonlinear and interactive formats. Students take studies and practice courses, and finish their degree with a Capstone project that reflects their interests and prepares them for a lifetime of understanding our image-saturated world.

Although films, television, web series, videogames, and other screen media are sometimes understood only in terms of entertainment, media artists have applied critical understandings of media’s possibilities to make us laugh and cry, remember and dream, think and take action. They have combined centuries-old conventions from dance, music, theater, and visual arts, as well as cutting-edge methods of scientific inquiry and political analysis, to invite us to see the world with fresh eyes and reflect on our place in it. Film and New Media helps students to look at a big picture of media history ranging from pre-cinematic visual devices to virtual and augmented reality, and to learn how people across the globe have adapted technologies to convey their stories and questions—to move us
emotionally or make us think critically.

Abu Dhabi is situated to provide a global, comparative perspective on film production and film cultures, embracing the study of both established and emerging film industries and practices. Students engage with local and regional landscapes, people, and their histories to discover the vibrancy of the world around them. From fundamental Film and New Media classes through the culmination of their degree, the Capstone Project, this dialogue plays a critical role in students work and is part of what makes Film and New Media at NYU Abu Dhabi truly unique.

To bring imagination and ideas to reality, the program provides state-of-the-art equipment and facilities within the NYUAD Arts Center, supporting workflows on the latest digital platforms.  Students gain access to the University’s sound stages, postproduction, and screening facilities—providing the cutting-edge technologies in an ever-changing medium to create meaningful works that have both emotional and intellectual impact. The NYUAD Library offers special collections of short and feature films
from the adjacent regions and beyond.

Major in Film and New Media

The major in Film and New Media emphasizes interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to film and new media. Students develop critical and interpretive skills for making and understanding documentary, experimental, narrative, and interactive modes of film and new media and learn critical, historiographic, and theoretical methods for analyzing film, new media and their histories. The
electives courses can be taken from any area in the curriculum, but students should work with a mentor in the Film and New Media Program to plan a sequence to support a particular interest. They
will also work with a Capstone advisor on an individual project.

Students must choose one of the following tracks within the major: Film & New Media Practice or Film & New Media Studies.


12.5  courses, distributed as follows:

  • 6.5    Required Courses: Sound, Image, and Story; Concepts of Film and New Media;Understanding MENASA Film and New Media; Forms of Writing for Film and New Media; Techniques for Safety and Production (half course); Intermediate Filmmaking; and Advanced Filmmaking.
  • 3    Electives: from within the Film and New Media major
  • 1    Elective: introductory-level Arts Practice course in another Arts major, such as Making Music, Foundations of 2D, 3D, or 4D Art, or Making Theater
  • 2    Capstone Courses:
          Capstone Seminar (taken in Junior spring)
          Capstone Project (taken in Senior spring)

12 courses, distributed as follows:

  • 5     Required Courses: Sound, Image, and Story;  Concepts of Film and New Media; Understanding MENASA Film and New Media; Forms of Writing for Film and New Media; Theories and Methodologies of Film and New Media
  • 4     Electives: from within the Film and New Media major
  • 1     Elective: from another Art major (e.g. MDMED, MUSIC, THEAT, VISAR)
  • 2     Capstone Courses:
           Capstone Seminar (taken in Senior fall)
           Capstone Project (taken in Senior spring)

4 courses, distributed as follows:

  • 2     Required courses: Sound, Image and Story;  Concepts of Film and New Media
  • 2     Electives: from within the Film and New Media major