TV High


DCTV’s After-school Program in NYC Schools

“Before this, I didn’t feel like I had any power to change my environment. Before, I didn’t feel like I had a voice. Now, I know I have a voice.” -Daniel Howard

DCTV’s youth program is the most successful youth media arts training program in the nation. Offering training to the youth of New York City since 1978, DCTV provides positive creative outlets for young people to address the issues affecting their lives and their communities.

TV High partners with NYC high schools and youth organizations to offer an after-school program in media literacy and documentary filmmaking. Meeting at the partner school, a professional filmmaker/teaching artist guides students through a rich curriculum of media arts training. Students are exposed to various forms of media and practice their critical thinking skills to analyze the context/message of the work. Students also work collaboratively to produce original projects such as Public Service Announcements and documentaries about social issues that are relevant to them and their community.

Students get hands-on experience with all aspects of the filmmaking process, from story development, research and writing to production, editing and community engagement. Students also develop as critical viewers, skilled collaborators, and engaged active members of their community.

Generally, TV High classes takes place twice per week, after-school, for a 14-week semester, and culminates with a student organized community screening of the student film at either the partner school or at Downtown Community Television Center.

Our Goals

TV High provides a unique opportunity for students to develop a wide range of skills vital to success in education and beyond, including:

  • Media Arts & Technical Capabilities
  • Analytical, Creative Thinking & Problem Solving Skills
  • A Commitment to Civic & Social Engagement
  • Media Literacy Skills
  • Leadership, Communication & Collaboration Skills

Our Partners

TV High is provided free of charge to partnering NYC Schools and organizations. In exchange, we ask our school partners to provide DCTV with the the support necessary to make TV High a successful learning experience, as outlined below:

TV High provides:

  • A professionally trained filmmaker/teaching artist
  • Our high quality, standards-aligned 14-week media arts curriculum
  • Professional camera and editing gear
  • Distribution opportunities for student work

Partner School/Organization provides:

  • A liaison (usually a teacher, guidance counselor or after-school staff member) to spearhead student recruitment, enrollment & retention
  • Communicate with other key school stakeholders; coordinate regular classroom space, access to necessary equipment (internet access, video monitors, computers, etc.) and end-of-semester screening; and help to align our curriculum with in-school learning projects and objectives.

If you are interested in applying to our program, please fill out the application form here.

For further information, please contact Jesse Perez Antigua at or 646-484-4642.