Film & Video – Application Information


I have always been interested in making films, but have never had the opportunity to receive formal training. This program gave me access to both peers who share this love and extremely qualified teachers.”

The Film & Video Division of the NHSI is a competitive program. Application decisions, made by the Admissions Committee, are based on ability and merit. Enrollment is limited.



If you would like to apply to the NHSI Film & Video Division, you should:

  • Be currently enrolled in your sophomore or junior year of high school
  • Rank academically in or near the top 30% of your high school class
  • Meet a high standard of character, dependability, and intelligence
  • Give evidence of special ability or substantial interest in the media arts


The five weeks I spent in the program were some of the best five weeks of my life. They were formative and transformative, and I’ve learned so much more than I ever thought I would.”

How to Apply

  1. Fill out and submit the National High School Institute Application including $50 application fee.
  2. You will receive an email from NHSI confirming your application has been received along with next step instructions on how to complete your application. You should receive this confirmation email within 2-3 business days of submission.
  3. Submit the supplemental materials required to complete your application which include a resume, two essay responses, a letter of recommendation, current high school transcript, and if available standardized test scores. Further details will be included in your confirmation email.


2020 Application Deadlines



Regular Admission Deadline

Initial online applications are due March 13th, 2020

All supplemental materials will be due March 20th, 2020

Students will be notified of their admittance status by April 10th, 2020

Late Admission Deadline (Film Only)

ALL materials must be submitted by April 17th, 2020

Students will be notified of their admittance status by May 8th, 2020

**Limited space available by Late Admission. For the best chance of admission, we highly suggest applying by the Regular Admission Deadline. Additionally, Late Admission applicants will not be eligible to apply for Financial Aid.



Film & Video Division  –  Application Information and Deadlines  –  Tuition and Fees  –  Scholarships and Financial Aid  –  FAQ’s
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