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New York Film Academy About Us

About the New York Film Academy

NYFA administrators Michael Young and David Klein with Martin Scorcese The lobby at NYFA's Battery Park campus The New York Film Academy's LA campus

About Us

Our History

Jerry Sherlock, Founder The New York Film Academy was founded by veteran producer Jerry Sherlock in 1992, who produced such classics as "The Hunt for the Red October". Encouraged by friends of his who wanted to send their children to film school, but found the prices too costly, Sherlock designed a school that was not only affordable, but more importantly, was founded on the principle of learning by doing.

Inspired by the idea that to learn how to make movies, one must actually make movies, Sherlock and his colleagues designed a truly unique curriculum. Blending a mixture of traditional film school instruction with a new approach, the Academy emphasizes coursework based around students actually going out and shooting films as part of their coursework. Students write, produce, direct, and edit their own original films while also serving as crewmembers on their fellow classmates' films to gain extensive on-set experience.

This commitment to learning by doing applies to all of the programs the Academy now offers, with students working with industry standard equipment in world-class facilities. At the Academy, students can choose from a wide range of visual and performing arts programs that includes Filmmaking, Acting for Film, 3D Animation & Visual Effects, Broadcast Journalism, Cinematography, Digital Editing, Documentary Filmmaking, Game Design, Musical Theatre, Photography, Producing, and Screenwriting.

The New York Film Academy is expanding its curriculum as well as its global presence, with five established campuses and many destination programs worldwide. At NYFA campuses in New York City, Los Angeles and South Beach, Miami, campuses students can earn their degree, while at NYFA Gold Coast, Australia, students can immerse themselves in long- and short-term conservatory programs and workshops.

Here is a full list of the New York Film Academy’s locations:

New York, NY Los Angeles, CA South Beach, FL
Harvard University Gold Coast, Australia Florence, Italy
Paris, France Moscow, Russia
Shanghai, China Beijing, China

NYFA provides students with the tools and know-how, and they actually apply what they learn in class in the real world, making for an educational experience unlike any other.

What Makes Us Unique

Students work hands-on with the Red Epic camera at NYFA
Learning By Doing
Students must make movies to learn how to make them, which guides each program at the Academy.

NYFA students filming at a museum as part of their class
Full Immersion
Students fully commit themselves to their chosen craft, working on their own projects and assisting their classmates.

Students receive hands-on camera experience at NYFA
Hands-On Experience
From day one students are behind the camera, working with equipment, and gaining first-hand expertise in their craft.

Students get on-set experience at New York Film Academy
Entertainment Capitals
Whether studying at the Academy’s NYC, LA, or additional campuses, students are exposed to rich artistic environments outside of NYFA.

Photographer Peter Hurley is a guest lecturer at NYFA
Professional Education
Each department’s faculty is comprised of professional experts who are accomplished and active in their field.

Students practice dancing at the New York Film Academy
Always Evolving
The Academy is continuously expanding its course offerings to keep up with the ever-evolving entertainment industry.

Academy Philosophy

It is the Academy’s belief that the most significant art form of our time is the moving image. Through the medium of film, individuals, communities, and nations express their most profound visions of humanity to the world. The ever-growing and evolving mediums of animation and video games are creating new platforms for creative professionals to express themselves and the Academy’s programs have grown to reflect these advancements in the visual arts.

Intensity is a hallmark of the Academy's workshops, which range from screenwriting to documentary filmmaking to producing for film and television. Students who partake in these workshops eat, drink and breathe filmmaking, acting, or photography from day one. Their classes emphasize hands-on learning and inspire creativity. They also provide hard facts students need to begin the process of developing creative, thought provoking, and entertaining work. This is not a course for passive participants. Students must take an active role in every aspect of the workshop.

Students write, direct, shoot, and edit their own short films, create their own video games, or design their own animated characters in the Academy’s hands-on workshops. Students in the workshops develop skills that apply to all their future pursuits. The organizational, leadership, writing, and critical thinking skills learned through producing complex productions will be of enormous value to students at the Academy and in all their future endeavors.

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