Film and New Media at NYUAD integrates the making of film and new media with the study of their histories, conventions, and practices. Students take both practice and studies courses, and finish their degree with a capstone project that reflects the historical and cultural contexts of their interests and studies.

The intermingling of studies and practice and the relatively easy traffic between majors and concentrations at NYUAD enables Film and New Media majors to connect their study to a broad range of other fields and disciplines, such as Interactive Media, Arab Crossroads, Art and Art History, Literature and Creative Writing, Computer Science, Social Research and Public Policy, and Theater.

Abu Dhabi links students to some of the largest and oldest film industries in the world, including India, Egypt, and the vibrant film and new media cultures throughout the Maghreb and the Mashriq, Iran, Turkey, South and East Asia, Africa, and the Gulf, as well as Europe, East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Americas. This is a vibrant training ground for makers, curators and students of film and new media.

The program encourages students to explore other areas of arts by requiring them to take one or more classes in another arts programs in order to deepen and broaden their understanding of their fields. Students also benefit from the Global Network University’s unique resources and are encouraged to study at our worldwide sites, such as Accra and London, and NYU’s other portal campuses in New York and Shanghai.

The program prepares students for a lifetime of creative and critical thinking and rigorous analysis of media, as well as a solid foundation for graduate and professional programs in a wide variety of disciplines and fields, as well as careers as filmmakers, scholars, curators, critics, educators, innovators and leaders in film and new media organizations and industries.

Major in Film and New Media

The major in Film and New Media emphasizes interdisciplinary and global approaches to film and new media. Students develop critical and interpretive skills for making and understanding documentary, experimental, narrative, and interactive styles of film and new media and learn the methods and theoretical models for analyzing film, new media and their histories. The Film and New Media elective classes can be taken from any area in the curriculum, but students should work with an advisor in the Film and New Media program to plan a sequence to support a particular interest.

Requirements

Film and New Media Practice

  • 6 required courses: Sound, Image and Story, Concepts in Film and New Media, Forms of Writing for   Film and New Media, Understanding MENASA Film and New Media, Intermediate Filmmaking, Advanced Filmmaking
  • 3 Film and New Media electives
  • 1 Elective: from another Art major *
  • 2 Capstone: Seminar and Project **

Film and New Media Studies

  • 5 Required courses: Sound, Image, and Story; Concepts in 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 Film and New Media electives
  • 1 Elective from another art major *
  • 2 Capstone: Seminar and Project **

* For students doing a Capstone in FNM Studies, one introductory-level Studies course in another Arts major, such as Interpreting Music, Introduction to Visual Culture, or Thinking Theater; for students doing a Capstone in FNM Practice, one introductory-level Studies course in another Arts major, such as Making Music, Foundations of 2D, 3D, or 4D Art, or Making Theater.

** Students that are doing a Capstone in FNM Practice are required to take Capstone Seminar in the spring of their junior year. All major have to take Capstone Project in the spring of their junior year. Prerequisite courses for Capstone Project: Theories and Methodologies of Film and New Media for FNM Studies, Intermediate Filmmaking, and Advanced Filmmaking for FNM Practice.