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COVID-19 NYFA Update

Covid-19 has had an indelible impact on all of us, pushing us to rethink our personal and community wellbeing, and inspiring us to find creative solutions towards education in the visual and performing arts. We are forever in debt to the healthcare workers and those who put themselves in harm’s way to keep our communities safe and healthy. We have been amazed at the resilience that our students have shown as they continue to learn and create during this time of worldwide disruption. Our faculty and staff have worked tirelessly to support our students learning in this environment.

As the New York Film Academy successfully completes its Spring semester, we congratulate our 2020 graduates, and look forward to our Summer and Fall terms. All our plans are guided by the principle that the health of NYFA's students, faculty, staff, and our community come first.

Summer Semester:
All NYFA campuses will start the Summer semester online. Our faculty have designed their courses for the Summer to take advantage of the Zoom platform and ensure that we achieve our educational goals. Any return to campus during the Summer will be made based on the safety conditions of each location, and we will only return when we are confident that necessary safety measures have been met. In the event we do return to campus during the Summer we will be following special safety protocols described below.

Fall Semester:
We are planning to start all Fall programs on time and on campus. NYFA will be prepared for alternate possibilities, so that we are able to adapt, as required, to the evolving public health situation. This may include offering portions of our curricula through remote instruction if necessary. We will have a better idea of how the Fall term will be impacted by public health concerns later this summer and we will provide an updated plan on or before August 3rd. In any event, NYFA will be adopting the best practices in health and safety protocols for its campus.

Safety and Health Practices for On Campus programs
When we return to campus we will be prepared to implement practices in accordance with evolving public health guidance and best practices for institutions of higher education that may include:
  • Lower the density in our facilities through staggered classes and expanded hours
  • Continue to keep NYFA class sizes small
  • Maintain social distancing on campus and in production
  • Wear masks as recommended in all NYFA facilities and productions
  • Disinfect all equipment between uses
  • Maintain fresh ventilation of all classrooms
  • Increase individual mentoring and small group meetings
  • Utilize our largest classrooms to allow for social distancing
  • Disinfect classrooms and all shared spaces with recommended frequency
  • Hold theory or lecture based classes online when possible or necessary
  • Host campus events remotely when possible
  • Monitor and track the health of all students, faculty and staff through measures including daily symptom checks
  • Work remotely and in rotating schedules

NYFA will make adjustments or additions to practices according to the current conditions of each campus and as necessary for the well-being of the community.

NYFA's COVID-19 Task Force continues to meet daily to analyze the latest recommendations and information from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) as well as national, state and local public health and education authorities to ensure that we are coordinating our efforts to implement guidelines and best practices in accordance to these agencies, for each campus as appropriate to that city.

Student Wellness

To promote and sustain student wellness, our student support services are providing online counseling services (individual therapy and coping skills groups), creative virtual student life activities, and focused online assistance to veterans, international students, and students with disabilities needing help acclimating to the altered learning platform. Other important NYFA student support services and offices - Title IX, student conduct, financial aid, academic advising, library, writing center, and housing - are also accessible online and remain active in addressing students' needs.


NYFA has temporarily moved its in person Open Houses, Auditions and Portfolio Review activities online. Our team is available to work with prospective students on the application processes - including reviewing portfolios and holding virtual auditions.

Video Submissions - Applicants can submit their audition or creative portfolio digitally. Please see our requirements here and contact us at if you have any questions about submitting your requirements digitally.

Virtual Meetings - NYFA's Admissions Specialists would be delighted to meet with prospective students virtually to discuss our programs, locations and answer all questions related to the NYFA experience, as well as to conduct auditions and portfolio reviews. Please contact us at with any questions and to set up a virtual information meeting. We look forward to hearing from you.

Virtual Open House - NYFA will continue to conduct our Open Houses on a regular basis - please see the schedule of upcoming virtual events here.

Online Workshops - NYFA is currently offering an array of "Hands-Online" workshops in all disciplines, to learn more visit:

Until the time comes that we can once again be together, please know that the global NYFA community has grown stronger than ever before and is here to support you. Stay safe, and reach out to us with any questions or assistance you may need to

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