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School Media Studies Trip to New York

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A media studies school trip to New York offers your students to explore a city that’s so recognisable thanks to its starring role in numerous movie blockbusters and TV shows!

Explore the sets and visit many well-known locations, from the ‘Friends’ apartment block to the Empire State Building – home to many a famous movie moment.

And take the opportunity to visit studios such as NBC or take part in a New York Film Academy workshop. Whatever you choose to do, a truly inspiring, unforgettable experience awaits your media studies students in New York. 

You could also choose to make this trip cross-curricular - New York offers some exciting possibilities for a number of subjects, including art, performing arts and fashion

Suggested Itinerary (Based on 5 days/3 nights)

NBC Studios, New York

Tour the NBC Studios!

Take a tour of one of the world’s most famous studios, where Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers are all filmed.

Your tour will start in the new 4K theatre where you’ll watch a short film documenting the history of NBC, before departing on the tour.

Your students will learn all about the TV production process, including scriptwriting and producing. You’ll then have the opportunity to produce your own show in the Tour Studio, which you’ll be able to download and keep as a souvenir!

Did you know?

The NBC Studios are located in one of the most iconic skyscrapers in Manhattan – 30 Rockefeller Plaza, also known as 30 Rock. NBC were one of the first tenants when the building opened in 1933.

Paley Center for Media, New York

Visit the Paley Center for Media!

With a focus on the connections between media and society, the Paley Center is the perfect place to explore the creativity, innovations and people shaping the media today.

Originally founded as the Museum of Broadcasting in 1975, the museum was renamed The Museum of Television & Radio in 1991, before finally settling on The Paley Center for Media in 2007.

The museum’s collection mostly consists of recordings of TV and radio shows, with the centre made up of screening rooms for visitors to enjoy shows dating as far back as the 1940s!

Did you know?

The museum’s founder, William S. Paley was the chief executive responsible for building the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) up to one of the foremost radio and TV networks in the US.

International Centre of Photography, New York

Visit the International Centre of Photography!

The International Centre of Photography charts the history of photography, from daguerrotypes to digital, and has a collection of over 100,000 photographs.

The centre was founded in 1974 to preserve photography that had the ‘potential to educate and change the world’. This is the perfect place to discuss with your students the role of photography within art and culture.

The centre’s founder, Cornell Capa was a renowned photographer who worked for both Life magazine and Magnum Photos. His own work is known for being so eclectic, portraying subjects as significant as the Six-Day War to those as seemingly insignificant as children playing in the street.

Did you know?

Cornell Capa was the brother of famous photo-journalist and war photographer Robert Capa who was killed when covering the First Indochina War. 

Day 1

Morning

Flight from UK to New York

Afternoon

Transfer to accommodation on arrival

Evening

Optional evening meal at local restaurant

Day 2

Morning

Enjoy a media or film workshop with the New York Film Academy

Afternoon

Visit the Paley Center for Media

Evening

Visit the Empire State Building for evening views across the city

Optional evening meal at local restaurant

Day 3

Morning

Visit the NBC Studios

Optional visit to the Top of the Rock or tour of the Rockefeller Center

Afternoon

Take the TV and Movie locations tour

If time permits, take the free Staten Island ferry

Evening

Optional evening meal at a Times Square restaurant

Chance to enjoy a Broadway show

Day 4

Morning

Visit the International Centre for Photography

Afternoon

Transfer to the airport

Evening

Overnight flight back to the UK

Day 5

Morning

Arrive back in the UK

Afternoon

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Evening

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Educational activities and visits

Broadway

Broadway

A visit to New York would not be complete without a visit to a Broadway show. The selectio… Read more

Film Workshop

Film Workshop

You've seen the locations - now make the movie! Take the New York TV and Movie Tour a… Read more

International Centre of Photography

International Centre of Photography

Since its opening in 1974, ICP has acquired important historical and contemporary images … Read more

Museum of the Moving Image

Museum of the Moving Image

The Museum of the Moving Image advances the public understanding and appreciation of the… Read more

NBC Studios

NBC Studios

Ever wondered what happens behind the scenes? This hour-long tour takes in some of … Read more

New York TV & Movie Sites Tour – On Location Tours

New York TV & Movie Sites Tour – On Location Tours

Tour many locations of TV and Movies in New York and straddle fiction and reality as… Read more

Radio City Music Hall Tours

Radio City Music Hall Tours

Reopened after an extensive restoration in 1999, the Music Hall now reflects its original… Read more

The Paley Center for Media- New York

The Paley Center for Media- New York

The Paley Center for Media leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social… Read more

Cultural activities and visits

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Reaching more than a quarter of a mile into the Manhattan sky, the Empire State Building… Read more

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

No trip to New York would be complete without a visit to the Statue of Liberty; the ci… Read more

Accommodation

Hostelling International NY
Hostelling International NY

HI New York is Manhattan’s premier hostel, and is located in a landmark building on the Upper West Side. The building was built in 1883 to help widows of both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 and re-opened as HI New York in 1990.

The hostel offers clean, modern, mixed and separate male/female dormitory-style accommodation (4 - 12 bedded rooms) with shared bathrooms in the hallways. Linen, towels and a housekeeping service are provided. Private rooms with and without baths are also available (subject to availability).

The hostel is situated just one block from Broadway Avenue and a main subway line, and only minutes from Central Park.

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