Film Adaptation (Fall 2022)

Craft your story from a global perspective

Immerse yourself in the various theories of film adaptation. Learn to identify fertile source material (news stories, novels, short fiction, plays, myths and fairytales) and to critically analyze its adaptability. Walk away with a completed outline for a feature-length adaptation and the first draft of Act One.


Academic Program

Students enroll in IFMTV-UT 1152​ | Adaptation | 4 units | Instructor: Katherine Lindberg and choose additional courses offered through NYU Shanghai to complete 12 to 18 units. All students are required to enroll in a Chinese language course at the appropriate skill level. Complement your studies by enrolling in Interactive Media Arts (IMA) classes or other general studies courses at NYU Shanghai.

The Adaptation course is a vigorous workshop devoted to the craft of adaptation and the development of feature-length screenplays from works of fiction and non-fiction. We will examine issues of rights acquisitions. Classic and contemporary theories of adaptation will also be considered.

Please note: As the class will be conducted on NYU’s Shanghai campus, case studies will draw heavily from Chinese adaptations, however, the lessons learned and skills acquired will be global and universal in nature, benefitting all writers engaging in the process of adaptation. For their own adapted work, students may source material from any region and are encouraged to think broadly about what material is suitable for adaptation.

How to Apply

Submit the online application by the recommended deadline. 


Tisch Film & Television majors: Storytelling Strategies (FMTV-UT 20)

NYU and visiting students: College level introductory experience in screenwriting


Priority Deadline: February 15
Regular Deadline: March 15 (as space is available)