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BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS (BFA) ADMISSIONS POLICY

All students pursuing an undergraduate Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) 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 that illustrates the applicant's ability to take on undergraduate level study, and shows a potential for success.

Upon submitting an initial application, applicants will be contacted by a NYFA admissions representative. The admissions representative will provide instructions on how to submit application materials.

REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS
Undergraduate (BFA) applicants must submit the following materials for admission:

  • Completed Undergraduate (BFA) Program Application
  • Application Fee
  • High School Transcript
  • Narrative Statement
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Creative Portfolio
  • Proof of English Proficiency
The following sections provide detailed information regarding each required application material.

APPLICATION
Students must submit a completed undergraduate program application. Applications are available online at https://www.nyfa.edu/applications/bfa1.php.

APPLICATION FEE
Students must submit a non-refundable $75 application fee, payable online as part of the online application.

HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT
  • 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 an original transcript, must have it translated into English by an education evaluation service that offers translation services.

NARRATIVE STATEMENT
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 Fine Arts degree in the visual arts. The essay should take into account the individual’s history, formative creative experiences, contemporary influences and inspirations, and personal artistic dreams.

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
BFA 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. Recommenders should be in a position to evaluate the applicant’s readiness, such as teachers, supervisors, counselors, or coaches. Letters must be submitted directly to the Admissions Office by the individual writing on the applicant’s behalf. Hard copy letters must be sealed and stamped. Alternatively, letters may be sent via email by the individual writing on the applicant’s behalf.

BFA CREATIVE PORTFOLIO
BFA applicants must submit a creative portfolio, according to the below requirements. All creative portfolio materials must be submitted digitally. Applicants should consult with their admissions representative for guidance on acceptable formats (such as pdf, text files, web links, etc.). All video submissions must be uploaded by the applicant to a streaming video site (such as Vimeo or YouTube), and a link to the site must be provided in the application materials.

All portfolio materials must be submitted with an accompanying description contextualizing the nature and purpose of the project.

Collaborative work may be submitted, but applicants must detail what role they had in the creation of the work. Portfolio materials will not be returned.

Click here for "Guidelines and Tips for a Successful Creative Portfolio".

    3-D ANIMATION AND VFX BFA
    Portfolios may consist of 3-5 works, including drawings, paintings, cartoons, comics, conceptual illustrations, graphic renderings, digital images, slides of 3-D models, sculptures, or other visual designs which display the applicant’s creative abilities.
    ACTING FOR FILM BFA
    The creative portfolio for Acting programs should be a selection of filmed monologues that show the breadth and depth of the actor’s abilities. Applicants should submit two contrasting audition pieces in their portfolio: ideally, one dramatic monologue and one comedic monologue.

    Monologue requirements:
    • 2 contemporary (published after 1960) monologues.
    • Monologues should be contrasting: one dramatic, one comedic.
    • Monologues should be approximately 60-90 seconds in length each.
    ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA BFA
    Portfolios may consist of:

    Writing Sample (select below):
    • Excerpt from an original screenplay or prose fiction piece (5-10 pgs.)
    • Original short story, article or critical studies essay examining a literary or cinematic work (play, screenplay, television series, film, etc.) (3-7 pgs.)
    • Treatment or outline of a film, webisode or television series concept (3-7 pgs.)
    OR Visual Sample (select from below):
    • Any visual or studio art, including, but not limited to: paintings, drawings, sculptures, set designs, mixed media arts, photographs (3-10 pieces), with an accompanying description contextualizing the submission.
    • ive-action or animated fiction or non-fiction film/video (3-10 minutes in length). Applicants must describe what part they had in creating the project.
    *Choose a Concentration

    A student graduating from the New York Film Academy with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Entertainment Media will have a concentration in one of the following disciplines: Animation, Acting for Film, Broadcast Journalism, Cinematography, Documentary Filmmaking, Filmmaking, Musical Theatre, Producing, Photography, or Screenwriting.

    The student may choose their concentration when applying or during their sixth semester. The semester three (3), four (4), and five (5) Practical Application courses are designed to introduce students into the variety of different artistic disciplines. During the sixth semester each student will meet with their assigned Academic Advisor to choose a concentration and complete any additional audition requirements.

    Additional Audition Requirements
    If a student chooses a concentration in Acting for Film or Musical Theater said student will be required to complete an Audition Requirement.

    Acting for Film:
    • Prepare two (2) contrasting contemporary monologues of approximately 60-90 seconds per monologue.
    • Monologues must be age appropriate and from a legitimate source material, published play or screenplay.
    We suggest reading as many plays as possible. This will help you recognize the structure of a good monologue and character arc. We want you to find pieces that excite you, that showcase your unique talent, and that you connect with personally. The more connected you are to the character's circumstances, the more we get to see your talent and personality shine.

    Musical Theatre:
    • Two Contrasting Musical Theatre Songs:
      • Each song should be approximately 60-90 seconds.
      • Students must sing to live or recorded accompaniment. No “a cappella” singing.
      • Accompanist will be provided if auditioning live at NY Campus (only).
      • Songs should be filmed in a 3/4 shot which means approximately from the knees to the top of the head.
    • One Contemporary Monologue from a published American play.
      • Monologues cannot be from a musical, television show, or film.
      • The monologue should be approximately 60-90 seconds in length.
      • Monologue should be filmed in a 3/4 shot which means approximately from the knees to the top of the head.
    For video submissions, prospective students should include their name, the titles of their pieces and shows they are performing from, and the program that they are applying to.
    FILMMAKING BFA
    Portfolios may consist of:
    • Writing Sample (select from a, b, or c):
      • a. Excerpt from an original screenplay or prose fiction piece (5-10 pgs.)
      • b. Original short story, article or critical studies essay examining a literary or cinematic work (play, screenplay, television series, film, etc.) (3-7 pgs.)
      • c. Treatment or outline of a film, webisode or television series concept (3-7 pgs.)
    Or a visual sample from the below:
    • Visual Sample (select from a or b):
      • a. Any visual or studio art, including, but not limited to: paintings, drawings, sculptures, set designs, mixed media arts, photographs (3-10 pieces), with an accompanying description contextualizing the submission.
      • b. Live-action or animated fiction or non-fiction film/video (3-10 minutes in length). Applicants must describe what part they had in creating the project.
    MUSICAL THEATRE BFA
    Portfolios must consist of:
    • Two (2) contrasting musical theatre songs; and
    • One (1) contemporary monologue from a Published American Play; and
    • At least one (1) dance video; and
    • Wild Card (optional)
    Musical Theatre Songs
    • Two Contrasting Musical Theatre Songs:
      • Each song should be approximately 60-90 seconds
      • Students must sing to live or recorded accompaniment. No “a cappella” singing.
      • Accompanist will be provided if auditioning live at NY Campus (only).
      • Songs should be filmed in a 3/4 shot which means approximately from the knees to the top of the head.
    Monologue
    • One Contemporary Monologue from a published American play.
      • Monologues cannot be from a musical, television show, or film.
      • The monologue should be approximately 60-90 seconds in length.
      • Monologue should filmed in a 3/4 shot which means approximately from the knees to the top of the head.
    Dance Video Submission
    All Students must submit one or both of the following options as a sharable link video submission. Dance Audition will not be performed live for an adjudicator, unless specified.

    All media should be filmed with the student’s entire body in the frame and should be a solo video of students. All choreography must be performed to music; no “a cappella” dance media. Please consider including a few technical skills (turns, balances, leg extensions, etc.). Advancement is not based on technical level alone. We are interested in how you connect to the music, point of view, storytelling ability, how you communicate through movement, and performance quality.
    • Dance Option A
      • Tutorial Theatre Dance (beginner level) Video provided by NYFA for the applicant to execute and record as their video submission.
      • All media should be filmed with the student’s entire body in the frame and should be a solo video of students.
    • Dance Option B
      • 30-60 seconds of the dance discipline you are most comfortable with: jazz, theatre dance, modern, lyrical or contemporary, or ballet (solo only/no barre).
      • No tap or hip hop.
      • Additional dance skills may be requested after your initial media has been viewed.
    Wild Card (Optional)
    • This Video can be anything of your choice: a pop/rock song, another style of dance, a special skill, an instrument that you play, etc. “What do you want us to know about you?” and “What makes you unique?”.
    • A Video Submission is required and should be no more than 60-90 seconds.
    • Wild Card will not be performed live for an adjudicator, unless specified or approved.
    GAME DESIGN BFA
    Portfolios may consist of (select from a, b, or c):
    • a. 3-5 drawings, paintings, cartoons, comics, conceptual illustrations, graphic renderings, storyboards, digital images, slides of 3-D models, sculptures, character designs, storyboards, 2D art and animation, 3D art and animation or other visual designs which display the applicant’s creative abilities.
    • b. 3-5 Unity prototypes, game modifications, Github profiles, code samples, paper game prototypes, level maps, design documents, skill trees, or system diagrams.
    • c. 1-3 Game business plans and marketing one-sheets.
    PHOTOGRAPHY BFA
    Portfolios of 10 - 15 photographs are preferred, but may also consist of drawings, paintings, cartoons, comics, conceptual illustrations, graphic renderings, storyboards, digital images, slides of 3-D models, sculptures, character designs, storyboards, 2D art and animation, 3D art and animation or other visual designs which display the applicant’s creative abilities.
    PRODUCING BFA
    Portfolios may consist of (select from a, b, or c):
    • a. Excerpt from an original screenplay or prose fiction piece (5-10 pgs.)
    • b. Original short story, article or critical studies essay examining a literary or cinematic work (play, screenplay, television series, film, etc.) (3-7 pgs.).
    • c. Treatment or outline of a film, webisode or television series concept (3-7 pgs.)
    SCREENWRITING BFA
    Portfolios may consist of (select from a, b, or c):
    • a. Excerpt from an original screenplay or prose fiction piece (5-10 pgs.)
    • b. Original short story, article or critical studies essay examining a literary or cinematic work (play, screenplay, television series, film, etc.) (3-7 pgs.).
    • c. Treatment or outline of a film, webisode or television series concept (3-7 pgs)
PROOF OF ENGLISH PROFICIENCY
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:
  • 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 6.0 or the equivalent.
  • A report from a valid English Language School verifying completion of course level equivalent to a 520 Paper-based TOEFL Score.
Students might be eligible to receive an English proficiency waiver under the following conditions:
  • Verification that the applicant has been studying in a college or university where the sole language of instruction is English for at least 1 full year at the time of his or her application; or
  • Verification that the applicant has been studying in a high school where the sole language of instruction is English for at least 3 full years at the time of his or her application.
FOR CHANGES DUE TO COVID-19, PLEASE SEE BELOW:
For international students whose first language is not English, or are not eligible for an English language test waiver based on the below*, New York Film Academy has temporarily approved the use of the Duolingo English test in place of the in-person **TOEFL or IELTS English proficiency exams. Duolingo English tests taken between December 31, 2021 and December 31, 2022, will be accepted.

The exam costs $49 (USD) and may be taken from any computer that has a camera, audio and reliable internet. The exam portion of the Duolingo English test contains a series of speaking, reading, writing and listening exercises. Following the exam, there will be an interview portion that will ask you to respond to various prompts in 30 to 90 seconds. The exam will take about 45 minutes to complete and you will need either a passport, driver license, or other national or state identification to show the camera. The score results are generally received within a few days of exam completion.

If you choose to take the Duolingo English test, the access information is below.

Information on preparing for the exam | Take the exam or practice exam

A verification email will be sent to you a few days after completing the exam containing a link to send your score to NYFA.

For additional information, please review the frequently asked questions.

Please note that in order to gain admission to a NYFA degree program, students will need to score the following on the Duolingo test:

Bachelor’s Degrees: 90
Master’s Degrees: 101

Please be aware that all students attending NYFA bachelor degree programs will complete an English composition placement exam when they arrive on campus. This exam is diagnostic and intended to determine the appropriate foundation-level college English course the student will take in their first semester. Students who score below the prescribed threshold may be required to take additional college English coursework. This placement testing is independent of any English proficiency testing required for admission to NYFA.

*Verification that the applicant has been studying in a college or university where the sole language of instruction is English for at least 1 full year at the time of his or her application; or
Verification that the applicant has been studying in a high school where the sole language of instruction is English for at least 3 full years at the time of his or her application.

** NYFA prefers students to submit TOEFL or IELTS English Proficiency Scores – please note that TOEFL is now offering ‘at home’ testing.

OPTIONAL SAT/ACT
For US Citizens, Permanent Residents or applicants from English speaking countries: New York Film Academy asks all applicants to submit SAT or ACT test scores. This allows us to gain a better understanding of our applicants throughout the admissions process in an effort to serve them better when they become students.

New York Film Academy does not have required minimum test 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 applicant’s academic abilities. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the use of SAT and ACT test scores with their admissions representative.

Please use the following institution DI codes when submitting test scores:
  • Los Angeles Campus: 6513
  • New York Campus: 7863
  • South Beach Campus: 7862
INTERVIEW
As part of the admissions process, BFA 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.

TUITION DEPOSIT
Once admitted to NYFA, students must pay a required deposit to secure their place in the BFA program.

The deposit for all long-term programs (one year or longer) is $500, which is applied toward the first term’s tuition payment. Most of the deposit is refundable, except a $100 administrative processing fee.

ADMISSION STIPULATION
Please note that admission to any New York Film Academy program is based upon applicant information received during the admissions process. If, however, a student, after having been admitted but before starting classes, demonstrates that he/she is not fully prepared to commence studies at the Academy, NYFA will meet with the student to determine a proper course of action. This may include additional testing or instruction, deferring enrollment to a later semester, or enrollment in a different program of study better suited to the student.

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