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Each student writes, shoots, directs, and edits his/her own film

Film School NYC

In this day and age, there are seemingly countless film schools for aspiring filmmakers to choose from, but it is the best film schools that not only immerse student in the fundamentals of filmmaking, but also provide hands-on training to best prepare students to achieve a successful career in film. Unlike other top film schools, the New York Film Academy is focused not just on submerging students in the theoretical necessities of film, but also on providing students with actual experience behind the camera working on both their own films and their classmates’ films, where students gain invaluable experience servicing in a variety of film crew position. In addition, each student receives extensive experience as a practicing filmmaker through writing, directing, shooting, and editing their own films.

Based in the independent film hub of New York City, the film academy offers innumerable opportunities for students to take full advantage of the many unique and singular locations offered by the city. From day one of class, students will find themselves behind the camera and out in the city, gaining invaluable lessons on framing shots and using natural and direct lighting, amongst many others. Furthermore, students study under the film college’s faculty of working professional filmmakers who provide invaluable insight into how to find success as a filmmaker in New York City and beyond while also working with state-of-the-art equipment.

Film Courses NYC

Upon enrolling in one of the New York Film Academy’s film making courses, students have the option to take a film course in one of the following topics depending on the workshop or program they take.

Writing Director’s Craft Hands-on Camera and Lighting
Editing Production Workshop Budgeting and Scheduling
Sound Design The Lighting Package Sound Editing and Design
Crews The Camera Package Hands-on Camera and Lighting - Digital Video
Assignments Special Lectures Documentary Filmmaking
Casting Advanced Directing Advanced Hands-on Camera
Producing Sync-Sound Filmmaking Location Sound Recording
Cinematography Feature Screenwriting Advanced Production Workshop
35mm Filmmaking Feature Film Directing Pre-Production, Production & Post-Production
Final Screenings Sound Stage Scene Workshop Life After the New York Film Academy
New Media Advanced Post Production Advanced Line Producing Workshop
Screenwriting I Applied Film Studies The Business of Filmmaking
Screenwriting II Production Design

Film Classes NYC

Students interested in enrolling in a film class at the New York Film Academy can do so year-round as we offer year-round enrollment. To learn more about the start dates and tuition rates for our film classes, please click here.

Film Degrees

Film school students enrolled at the New York Film Academy’s NYC campus have the option of transferring their credits to our Los Angeles campus for advanced standing in one of our film degree programs.

Film Workshops

The New York Film Academy offers a film workshop designed for every schedule and learning goal, from shooting with film to shooting in Hi-Def. Students can choose to enroll in one of the following short-term filmmaking workshops.

Film Programs

The New York Film Academy’s film school in NYC offers two immersive and comprehensive programs that provides students with an immersive education in filmmaking. Depending on the film program a student chooses, he or she can choose from the following film prgrams.

Film Faculty

Upon enrolling in the film school at the New York Film Academy, one of the exceptional aspects of the Academy is its faculty of accomplished and working filmmakers who each come from unique backgrounds and experiences to help provide each student with as well-rounded of an education as possible. Students enrolling at the film school in New York City will likely study under some, if not all, of the following faculty members.
NYFA film school chair Claude Kerven Claude Kerven: A director and screenwriter with over thirty years of experience, Kerven is best known for his work as the director of over twenty-five film and video segments for Saturday Night Live. He is an Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Children’s Special for his directing work on High School Narc, a DGA Award nominee for Birthday Boy, and is the winner of an Academy Award for Best Dramatic Student Film. He is also the co-writer of the feature length films Mortal Thoughts, The Shadow War, and Darkman and the Circus of Fear.

NYFA film school co-chair Michael Sandoval Michael Sandoval: A film director, cinematographer, and writer, Sandoval has directed a trio of short films - Papi, Ariana, and The Good Son - which have appeared in such reputable film festivals as the Berlin Film Festival, Palm Springs, Slamdance, Toronto Short Film Festival, and Margaret Meade Doc Festival. He also served as the cinematographer for a number of film and television productions that include the full-length documentary Horizontes sin Dueño and the short film The Encounter.

NYFA film school LA chair Mike Civille Mike Civille: The Chair of Filmmaking at the New York Film Academy’s Los Angeles campus, Civille is a producer and director whose short film After June was featured at the Tribeca Film Festival. His other films include the feature length and short movies Little Erin Merryweather, No One Sings Forever, and Carapace.

Film Alumni

Since its inception in 1992, the film school at the New York Film Academy has graduated countless filmmakers who have gone on to secure enviable positions in the film industry and direct their own films. Some of the notable films that our alumni have worked on include the following films.

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Career Opportunities

At the New York Film Academy’s film school, our faculty members and curriculum are focused on preparing students with the real world know-how to help them succeed in the film industry. Here are some example of the job opportunities available to graduates from the Academy’s film school.

Film Producer Film Director Screenwriter
Film Editor Art Director Construction Manager
Director of Photography Multimedia Artists Accountant
Assistant Director Gaffer Boom Operator
Audio Recordist Camera Assistant Camera Operator

Contact Us

To obtain more information about the New York Film Academy’s film school, you can contact us via telephone at +1 (212) 674-4300 as well as click on the below links to learn more.



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