Film Studies in New York

Ref: TEC-R2-010-2018


Final year undergraduate students studying BA Film Studies and Joint Honours programmes that include Film Studies are eligible to participate in this opportunity.The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 50 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is five. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.


Film Studies students will explore the rich cinematic heritage of New York, both as it has appeared on screen and in relation to filming that has taken place in the city. From filming locations dotted across the Manhattan cityscape to a tour of one of the most famous television studios currently in operation, the trip provides students with the chance to reflect on the place of New York in film history, and to engage with the ways in which the moving image is woven into the fabric of the city. Core activities will include two explorations of filming locations, one focusing on lower Manhattan via a podcast-led walking tour, with the second taking place within the world-famous Central Park and being led by DMU film historians. These two activities will encourage students to think through the ways in which key locations have been presented on screen and their role in making the city a site of film-inspired tourism.

We will visit the Museum of the Moving Image in Brooklyn, where original artefacts from the production of blockbusters and art-house films alike are on display. The group will also take in a film screening at the Paris Theatre, the oldest working cinema in New York, to see the architecture and experience a lost age of New York cinema-going. The scheduled activities have been chosen to offer students insights into the film history of New York without breaking the bank, while relevant activities that cost a little more are recommended below and can be undertaken outside of the core itinerary.

Planned academic activities for this opportunity may include:

Made in NY Walking Tour

These two podcasts guide listeners from Tribeca to Battery Park via City Hall, stopping at locations used in major film and television productions.

The Paris Theatre

Watch a film in the first post-war cinema to be built in New York which still offers something of the glamour of the classic cinema-going experience.

Museum of the Moving Image

This Brooklyn-based museum is extremely well regarded in the Film Studies community and holds materials dating back to the birth of cinema.

Walking tour of Central Park filming locations

A walking tour of key filming locations from major Hollywood productions that have been shot in Central Park. As well as unpicking the park’s rich cinematic history, this tour will give students the opportunity to explore this beautiful, iconic and sprawling place.

Recommended activities outside of the trips core itinerary include:

NBC studio tour

This activity, will take students behind the scenes of a major working television studio, giving a real sense of the mechanics of US television production.

Television tapings

With NBC’s studios still being based in the city, the studio relies on the public to make up its live audiences. Tickets need to be reserved in advance, and often quite some way in advance, to avoid waiting in long lines, but with a little forward planning this would be an excellent opportunity for students to watch some of the biggest programmes on US TV being made.

The Paley Centre for Media

The Paley Centre offers an exciting series of public talks and discussions on the social and cultural significance of television, radio and other media. Their programme for January has not yet been announced, but they usually have a very special offering that encourages audiences to think about media in its broadest cultural contexts.

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

MoMA has an astonishing collection of both films and film stills dating back to the dawn of cinema. While the Museum of the Moving Image’s collections focus more on objects and artefacts of film production, MoMA is instead orientated around the films themselves. This means that there are not usually exhibitions as such (their film stills archive is only available to researchers), but they do offer an exceptional film screening programme of rare or unfairly under-appreciated productions.


Take part in this unique cinema going experience.

Radio City Music Hall tour

Behind the scenes tour of this cultural landmark and entertainment venue, which has been the filming location for America’s Got Talent, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy

On Location Tour

Guided tours of filming locations in the city.

Travel and accommodation

Flights, accommodation and transfers for this opportunity will be booked by #DMUglobal. Students will stay in shared twin rooms at ROW NYC or Manhattan Hotel Times Square. The £600 #DMUglobal bursary will be deducted from the cost of the booking. Students will be required to pay the remainder via the DMU Online Store within 14 days of receiving an offer of acceptance from #DMUglobal.

Flights will be booked with Virgin Atlantic and Delta to depart and return to London Heathrow – dates and time of travel will be confirmed after you have formally accepted your place on the trip.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the US immigration requirements. Once accepted, should you require visa advice, please attend one of DSU Advice Centre’s Visa Advice Sessions.

All students will require an ESTA or some kind of visa to travel to the USA. Further information will be provided to all accepted students regarding the type of visa required and how to apply. If you have any specific questions about this please email for advice. Please note that you are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Thursday 4 and Friday 5  January 2018
  • Return date: Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10  January 2018
  • Cost of travel, accommodation and transfers: £899
  • Students will also be required to pay for: Food & drink, entry fees, and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £600
  • Student Cost: £299
  • Deadline for application: CLOSED