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New York Film Academy Acting for Film

1-Year Hands-on Acting Conservatory Program

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Overview of our 1-Year Acting Conservatory Program

The One-Year Acting Conservatory runs on an eight-month calendar, divided into two sixteen-week semesters. Each of the sixteen-week semesters requires intensive time demands and a complete commitment on the part of the student.

A standard week of study involves additional time in the evenings and on weekends for classes, rehearsals, and shoots.

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The best way to learn how to act in films is to actually act in films. Our students begin acting in front of the camera from the first week of the program. Every week, students get the opportunity to practice the techniques and skills they have gained in class with exercises that are shot and reviewed.

Our instructors are working veterans of Hollywood and independent film, Broadway and Off-Broadway.

Many of our programs feature the production of short films or scenes that are created by and star our acting students. These are shot and edited together and may be used for students' own reels.

Our Acting for Film and Filmmaking programs work hand-in-hand, providing all of our students with resources such as film equipment, live film shoots, and a network of filmmakers, screenwriters, producers, and editors that is developed before entering the real world.

We provide all of our students with shot and edited materials that are suitable to put on an actor's reel.

Please note that the learning and performance goals are subject to change and vary by location. Below is only an example of one of the campus’ semester overviews. You can view specifics for the campus you’re interested in attending through the corresponding campus Course Catalog:


First term courses build towards a fully realized role in a public solo live performance. Students are armed with techniques they will need to create believable performances for the camera, in the second term and beyond.

  • Understand the fundamental principles of acting for film.
  • Grounding in classical scene study and acting techniques.
  • Fundamentals of script and text analysis.
  • Survey and examination of film studies from a film actor’s perspective.
  • Exposure and practice in a variety of variety of vocal and movement techniques.
  • Perform in a live monologue presentation.
  • Shoot in-class on camera scenes for critique.
  • Participate in a Film Craft shoot.


In the second semester, the core classes continue as the students' focus intensifies on applying the techniques they have learned to more elaborate scene work, on-camera exercises, and film shoots—all designed to develop and hone their screen-acting ability. All students perform in film or video shoots, oftentimes, original work that was created and developed by the students in collaboration with their instructors. In addition, a variety of classes are given to broaden students' knowledge of acting techniques, the film business, and the many different aspects of filmmaking that impact the actor's ability to perform on set.

The second semester culminates in multiple public presentations of student work and one honors presentation. These may include a live Improvisation performance, a Meisner technique open demonstration, a Scene Study showcase performance, and/or a screening of student film productions.

  • Intermediate training in acting principles.
  • Grounding in intermediate scene study and acting for film.
  • Intermediate training in Vocal, Movement and Improvisation work or additional training in acting for television and combat techniques
  • Perform in a short film.
  • Perform in a taped Improvisation presentation.
  • Perform in a taped, year-end, scene study presentation.

Course Description

Please note that the courses listed below are subject to change and vary by location. Students should consult their respective campus catalog for a full list of courses and credits offered in the One Year Acting for Film Program. EXAMPLES OF COURSES:

Technique & Scene Study I provides students with the preparatory building blocks, which lay a solid foundation from which to go deeper into the craft. They will learn of the rich Acting Technique traditions that have shaped the craft today. Students will learn about their responsibility to the writer, script and fellow students as they analyze their emotional and physical instrument and begin to practice technique exercises which will give them insight into the primary function of the Actor; that of making clear, readable choices for a character in a given imaginary circumstance. Students will practice relaxation, concentration and specificity exercises as well as learn how to prepare emotionally for a performance. Students learn to analyze scripts and break them down into units or ‘beats’. They develop a solid grounding in establishing a character based on their own experiences and imagination. In the course, they will begin to understand the differences between techniques and personal process. The focus of Technique & Scene Study I is process not product. Students will work on exercises, monologues and short scenes from plays applying the techniques they have studied.

This course introduces the beginning Acting for Film student to the skills necessary for creating a fully realized performance on camera. The primary emphasis of the class is two-fold: a study of film terminology and set etiquette and an introduction to the acting challenges unique to the art of cinema, such as shot size and how it relates to performance, continuity, hitting a mark, eye line, and the importance of subtlety and nuance. The differences and similarities between acting for film and acting for the stage are also explored.

This introductory course gives students the tools to explore basic elements of clear and understandable speech. Using various methods, students will learn anatomical awareness, the value of operative words to increase clarity, and how to become more flexible with their vocal instrument. In this course, students will hone a vocal technique that is open, free, flexible, lively, and possessing an extensive and colorful range, while also identifying habits that may impact the connection between the body and the voice. A daily warm-up routine will be developed to increase stamina and habituate technical skills in the areas of relaxation, alignment, breath, resonation, and articulation. A clear vocal progression will act as the foundation of this course and will help students connect body, voice, and image to text including but not limited to self-written pieces, and classical and contemporary poetry.

Building upon the foundations established in Voice & Speech I students explore the application of learned vocal techniques to text in order to expand vocal variety and organic connection to the character and story. There will be a focused refinement of vocal production and a deeper connection to images and text. Through various techniques, students will explore text work by focusing on the enhancement of the variety of vocal choices, along with intelligibility and breathe support that is connected to image and character.

Technique & Scene Study II continues the exploration of relaxation, sensory awareness, creative choice-making, and individual performance elements in exercises designed to enhance the students’ ability to synthesize their own practical techniques for performance on screen or stage. This course will increase the Actor’s awareness of their instrument. They will also develop their ability to focus their attention and create detailed and vibrant imaginative worlds. The student will learn the value of observation and replication in character work and have an increased awareness of real and imagined stimuli to create points of concentration to ground their performances in the given circumstances of their acting work. Students will learn to extract given circumstances from the text, to create strong objectives, and to use active verbs to create vibrant performances. Emotional preparation will be more deeply explored and students will further understand the concept of a personal process. Exercises may be taped for in-class critique and evaluation. They will perform in a taped live presentation for an audience at the end of the semester.

In this introductory class, students work with basic elements of speech, such as anatomical awareness, use of the articulators, and operative words in text according to the principles of Skinner and Knight-Thompson speech work. Students will be introduced to the history and context of the General American Dialect as well as the International Phonetic Alphabet.Learning the role of each key player on a film set dramatically increases the actor’s ability to collaborate with filmmakers in developing dynamic performances. In this course, students explore filmmaking through classes on directing, cinematography, producing, screenwriting, and editing. Students participate in an in-class shoot, utilizing skills gained in the course.

In order to truly be effective actors, students must learn how to skillfully nurture their instincts and freely release their creative impulses. Through a variety of exercises designed to help cast off inhibitions, actors experiment with the group dynamics and individual expression vital to vibrant and truthful performances.

Students learn about the etiquette, practice, and procedure of audition structures along with techniques to effectively deliver successful audition performances. Students work with a variety of sides from commercial to TV series regularly, and participate in an open call for the school’s filmmaking students.

Students apply training learned in term one to more advanced on-camera exercises focused on finding the arc of the character and learning to maintain the integrity of the script while shooting out of sequence. Students prepare scripts and digitally tape scenes to be screened for critique in class by their instructor. Emphasis is placed on the actor’s work in pre-production and preparation of a role in a professional setting. The course culminates in a four-day shoot on location with a five-member production team and professional post-production.

Instructors assist students in understanding best practices and current trends in headshots, resumes, representation, reels, and casting. Students are introduced to performance unions and their respective histories as well as contemporary marketing skills and tools. Students are also introduced to the processes for contact with casting directors and agents, and the proper etiquette for dealing with industry professionals during the audition and interview process.

Film Art is an introduction to the history of film and its evolution as a medium of expression. This course will focus on both the history of American and international filmmaking from 1895 to 1960, with specific emphasis placed on the Hollywood studio system.

Students will view and participate in discussion of pivotal film performances and develop an appreciation and technical understanding of the methods, choices and effects of various styles of acting. This course seeks to give the student a reference point for key film performances and a working vocabulary of historically important films. Each film viewed becomes a common reference point and teaching example of significant and quality work.

Dates & Tuition

Fees Per Year

Tuition: $18,001 (USD) Per Semes +
Equipment Fee: $

Number of Seme(USD)

Number of Semesters: 2

Location & Available Dates

For New York City:
May 2023 - Dec 2023
Aug 2023 - Apr 2024
Jan 2024 - Aug 2024
May 2024 - Dec 2024
Aug 2024 - Apr 2025

For Los Angeles:
May 2023 - Dec 2023
Aug 2023 - Apr 2024
Jan 2024 - Aug 2024
May 2024 - Dec 2024
Aug 2024 - Apr 2025

For South Beach Florida:
Aug 2023 - Apr 2024
Jan 2024 - Aug 2024
Aug 2024 - Apr 2025

For Gold Coast Australia:

Please note: Dates and Tuition are subject to change
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