Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions

Summer Programs

IMPACT 2015: Home

Starting January 15, 2016, the MPAP Summer Programs Application will be open for all 2016 applicants. Please note, that although we accept applications on a rolling basis, each program has specific individual deadlines.  Make sure to refer to the deadlines posted below. The 2016 IMPACT Workshop will take place on July 25 - August 18, 2016.  


Program Overview

Intended for: All levels

See IMPACT at a glance: 

  • Program Dates: July 27 - August 14, 2015
  • Priority Application Deadline: May 1, 2015
  • Final Application Deadline: June 8, 2015
  • Required Student Orientation: July 26, 2015 at 3pm
  • Housing Dates: July 26 - August 15, 2015
  • Tuition: $1,989
  • IMPACT Conference (July 29 - August 1)

Program Description

IMPACT 2015 is a summer multimedia workshop at NYU Steinhardt. College level students from around the US have contributed importantly to the collaborative process in working with international participants. Their collaboration produces original work performed in the Loewe Theatre on the final day of the workshop. Participants receive a certificate of achievement in the expressive use of technology in the arts. No previous experience in technology is required. The workshop accommodates very experienced people as well as those who have no background in technology. Students who have participated in the past have described IMPACT as a transformative experience.
Course Description:
IMPACT (Interactive Multimedia Performing Arts Collaborative Technology), is a collaborative summer workshop that develops individual awareness and skills in using technology to enhance and extend artistic expression. This is a unique interdisciplinary learning experience that encourages international and local participants to work with their disciplines in collaboration with others to develop their artistic growth and learn new arts technologies. This is three week summer program for both graduate and undergraduate students and can be taken for 3 credits as described below. Students completing the workshop receive a Certificate of Achievement.
Meeting schedule for intensive workshop: M-F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. One day a week becomes a free day of exploration.
Course Info
For Graduate students:
MPAIA-GE.2031.001 Collaborative Projects in the Performing Arts
Course number #2964
For Undergraduate students:
MPAME-UE.1031.001 Creative Performance Opportunities in Music Ed
Course number #8282
Non-NYU Students who are interested in taking IMPACT summer workshop for credit should fill out the IMPACT questionnaire which will start a process to generate an NYU ID.
CLICK ON: "APPLY NOW" and then create an ID. Then answer the questionnaire.
Then send an email to John Gilbert ( answering the following questions:
First name:
Last name:
School Now Attending: (high school, college, none)
NYU Student N number: 
Today’s date:
Status: Grad/Undergrad:
Address in full:
We will process your request and you will be automatically enrolled in the course and receive a notice from the NYU Bursar for payment. 

Interactive Multimedia Performing Arts Collaborative Technology (IMPACT)
is comprised of experienced faculty and technical assistants in dance, music, theatre, visual arts, multimedia, and arts technology. IMPACT consists of a three-week intensive multimedia creative and performance experience culminating in a staged production. This workshop provides an opportunity for students to create new interactive works, as well as to learn digital and multimedia technology. International students have the opportunity to continue to develop their spoken English skills. Download 2013 Booklet (pdf)

  • Unique artistic and collaborative learning experiences for musicians, dancers, and multimedia artists that culminate in a final multimedia performance of the new works
  • IMPACT is open to all high school, college and graduate students
  • Unique emphasis on cultural awareness provides special opportunities for international students and others outside New York City
  • Certificate of Achievement earned by completing all phases of the workshop
  • Participate in the cultural life of New York City through galleries, concerts, productions, museums, and other cultural venues
  • Prior experience or background in technology is not required

IMPACT was founded by Dr. John V Gilbert in collaboration with Tom Beyer, Dr. Youngmi Ha, Dr. Chianan Yen, and Deborah Damast

Faculty and Staff are drawn from NYU Music & Performing Arts Professions and visiting artists and professors from around the world.

Experiencing IMPACT

A great benefit of IMPACT is the chance for students to experience life in New York City and Greenwich Village. The cost of living in the city is high. The activities fee students pay for the workshop covers only the primary cost of participating in the evening and weekend events and does not cover personal expenses. Students should budget for enough money to last the entire time they will be participating in the workshop. Students are encouraged to discuss expenses and decide upon a budget with their families prior to arriving in New York City. 

Participants take part in workshops throughout the day in their own areas of interests and also across disciplines, many with emphasis in understanding  technology involved in enhancing the range of artistic expression.

Workshops for Multimedia & Arts Technology 
These workshops systematically explore web developing media for use in performance.  Students will learn: image processing, animated images, sound file management, digital audio recording and editing, video and movie processing, and DVD production. Elements of live performance multimedia production will be introduced for application in the afternoon workshop.

Workshops for Dance and Movement
Concepts of modern dance incorporate floorwork, traveling combinations, improvisation, and composition studies. Participants will understand the importance of proper alignment, breath support, flow and will increase their ability to move with passion. Participants will be challenged to find new ways of moving, to expand their movement potential, and to develop their unique style within the framework of the workshops and final production.

Workshops for Music and Sound
Participants focus on integrative and collaborative techniques.

Workshops for Visual Elements
Activities include experiences for technological, visual and video developers who will explore image and video applications, live and processed, including technological applications suitable for mixed media, intermedia, and multimedia.

Workshops for Sound Elements
Activities pursue sound design in relationship to multimedia environments, including microphones, speaker placement, spatial considerations and site specific setup procedures, suitable for mixed media, intermedia, and multimedia.

Workshops for Collaborative Process
Applications of techniques from the above workshops. Collaborative teams are formed and students collaborate to develop multimedia works to be presented in the final performance.


Below are all costs associated with IMPACT: 

  • Tuition: $1,989
  • Application Fee: $50; nonrefundable and paid at the end of the 2015 Summer Application 
  • Housing & Meal Plan (optional): $1,143 shared room with 10 meals and 30 Dining Dollars - see the Housing & Meal Plan page for more information

Please note: there are additional fees for all International Students. For information about financial aid and scholarships, see the Finances page. 

For More Information

Program Administration                     

MPAP Summer Programs
35 West 4th Street, Suite 1077
New York, NY 10012
(p) 212 998 5438

Program Director                        

Dr. John Gilbert
35 West 4th Street, Suite 777
New York, NY 10012