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New York Film Academy Admissions


All students pursuing an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from the New York Film Academy must be proficient in English and have earned a high school diploma (at a minimum) or an acceptable equivalent. In addition to the Supporting Materials required, each applicant must submit a Creative Portfolio to demonstrate the applicant’s ability to take on undergraduate level study and show a potential for success within the profession.

Undergraduate (BA) applicants must submit the following materials for admission:

  • Completed Undergraduate (BA) Program Application
  • Application Fee
  • High School Transcript
  • SAT or ACT Scores (for Domestic students only)
  • Narrative Statement
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Creative Portfolio
  • Proof of English Proficiency
The following sections provide detailed information regarding each required application material.

Students must submit a completed graduate program application. Applications are available online at:

Students must submit a non-refundable $65 application fee, payable online as part of the online application.

All students pursuing an undergraduate degree from the New York Film Academy must submit an official, final high school transcript in order to complete their application.

Hard copies of official transcripts must be mailed to New York Film Academy directly from the high school in a sealed envelope.

Students wishing to submit transcripts digitally can do so by contacting their NYFA admissions representative for instructions. Digital transcripts may be submitted using a digital submission service (such as Parchment) or your high school’s own digital delivery service.

Home-schooled students must submit an official, original transcript accredited by their home state.

GED earners must submit an official, original state-issued high school equivalency certificate.

The New York Film Academy generally does not consider prior experiential learning as a substitute for the transcript requirements described above.

Students completing high school in a foreign country, where a language other than English is the official language, and who are able to produce a copy of their transcript and/or diploma need to have it translated into English by either an education evaluation service, which offers translation services, or by an individual who is college-educated and fluent in both English and the language of the transcript and/or diploma.

The individual providing the translation must sign a notarized affidavit that: 1) attests to their not being an employee or otherwise affiliated with the licensed private career school that the student seeks to attend; 2) provides the name, address, email and phone numbers of the translator and the student; 3) the translator is knowledgeable of the English language and the language of the student’s transcript and/or diploma language was learned and where their college degree was obtained; and 4) affirms that the translation is a true and complete translation of the original.

The New York Film Academy does not have clearly defined, required minimum scores. Above all, our undergraduate programs are intensive, rigorous and specialized, where standardized test scores are not always the most useful factor in predicting success. However, when considered thoughtfully among many other factors, test scores can help give the admissions committee a useful indication of the BFA applicant’s academic strengths and weaknesses.

The narrative statement should be a mature and self-reflective essay (max. 3 typed pages) detailing the applicant’s reasons for pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in their chosen discipline. The essay should take into account the individual’s history, formative creative experiences, contemporary influences and inspirations, and personal artistic dreams.

BA applicants must submit a minimum of two (2) letters of recommendation verifying the applicant’s ability to successfully take on undergraduate study in the relevant field. Letters must be sealed and stamped, and should be submitted directly to the Admissions Office from the individual writing on the applicant’s behalf.

BA applicants must submit one of the following:

  • 2-3 writing samples that include any short stories, articles or essays (8-page maximum).
  • 2-3 essays about the entertainment industry, media and the evolving media landscape.
  • Excerpts from 2 screenplays students have written (5-10 pages in length). Excerpts must be accompanied with a note explaining the context of the scene.
  • 2-3 photo essays.
  • 2-3 short video projects that can include short movies, web series or on-camera news reporting.
All portfolio materials must be submitted with an accompanying description contextualizing the submission and purpose of the project. Portfolio materials will not be returned.

Non-U.S. residents or international applicants, for whom English is not the first or native language), are required to submit proof of English proficiency, in the form of:

  • An official transcript verifying completion of secondary education in which English is the primary language of communication.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 520 or higher (190 for computer-based test or 68 for internet-based test); IELTS 5.5 or the equivalent.
  • A report from a valid English Language School verifying completion of course level equivalent to a 550 Paper-based TOEFL Score.
Please note that The ESL School at NYFA offers English language classes to prepare non-native speakers for their program.

As part of the admissions process, BA applicants may be required to have an interview by phone or in person with a New York Film Academy representative. The purpose of the interview is to identify the applicant’s goals and prior experience. The ideal applicant has a passion for storytelling, creative expression, and artistic collaboration. The interview is also an opportunity to review the curriculum of the program with the applicant and to ensure that s/he fully understands the level of commitment required to successfully complete the degree.

Once admitted to NYFA, students may pay a deposit to secure their place in the BA program. The deposit for all long-term programs (one year or longer) is $500, which is applied towards the first term tuition payment. Most of the deposit is refundable except a $100 administrative processing fee.

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