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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 to demonstrate the applicant’s ability to take on undergraduate level study and show a potential for success within the profession.

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
*Please note: If you have applied to do your first year of study in New York City and the remaining years in Los Angeles or South Beach in the Degree Program you've applied for, only one application is necessary, and the application requirements will be the same as those above. You will receive two separate acceptance letters for both programs from NYFA - one for the Conservatory Program, and the second for the Degree Program.

The following sections provide detailed information regarding each required application material.

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

APPLICATION FEE
Students must submit a non-refundable $65 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.

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

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 their chosen discipline. 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. Letters can be sent digitally or as hard copies and should be submitted directly to the Admissions Department from the individual writing on the applicant’s behalf.

BFA CREATIVE PORTFOLIO
BFA applicants must submit a creative portfolio, which may include:

Filmmaking, Cinematography, Producing, Screenwriting, Documentary, Photography and Journalism applicants should submit one (or more) writing sample OR visual sample. Please note: if submitting photography samples, you may include up to 10 photographs maximum.

  • Writing Sample may include any ONE of the following:
    • Original short story, article, or persuasive essay (1-5 pages).
    • Excerpt from an original screenplay, spec script or short story (1-5 pages).
    • Treatment or outline of a film, webisode, or television series concept (1-2 pages).
  • Visual Sample may include any ONE of the following:
    • Any visual or studio art, including, but not limited to, paintings, drawings, sculptures, set designs, mixed media arts, photographs. Please submit your material digitally to your admissions representative.
    • Live-action or animated fiction or non-fiction film/video via hyperlink, where the submission can be viewed, regardless of image capture format (5-minute maximum.) Collaborative material is accepted if the candidate details the exact nature of his or her contribution to the piece.
    • Storyboards or visual designs with accompanying description.
3D Animation, Game Design & Graphic Design applicants should submit any ONE of the following:

  • Drawings, paintings, cartoons, comics, conceptual illustrations, graphic renderings, digital images, slides of 3D models, sculptures, or other visual designs, which display the applicant’s creative abilities. Please submit your material digitally to your admissions representative.
Acting for Film and Musical Theatre applicants, see audition requirements.

If you are applying for programs at our Los Angeles Campus, please email your admissions materials to your admissions representative or mail all documents to New York Film Academy, Office of Admissions, 3300 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91505. These documents will not be returned.

If you are applying for programs at our New York Campus, please email your admissions materials to your admissions representative or mail all documents to New York Film Academy, Office of Admissions, 17 Battery Place, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10004 These documents will not be returned.

If you are applying for programs at our South Beach Campus, please email your admissions materials to your admissions representative or mail all documents to New York Film Academy South Beach, Office of Admissions, 420 Lincoln Road, Suite 200, Miami Beach, FL 33139. These documents will not be returned.

PROOF OF ENGLISH PROFICIENCY
**CHANGES HAVE BEEN ADDED DUE TO COVID-19
New York Film Academy believes that to be successful in our degree programs an applicant must have a strong command of the English language. Non-U.S. residents or international applicants, for whom English is not their first or native language, who apply to NYFA’s MFA, MA, BFA, BA, AFA, or long-term certificate programs, are asked to provide one of the following as proof of English language proficiency:
  • A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score iBT of 68 or an IELTS score of 5.5 for AFA, BFA, BA, and Conservatory programs. For the MFA and MA programs, the required score for TOEFL iBT is 79 and IELTS of 6.5.
  • A report from a valid English Language School verifying completion of course level equivalent to a 520 Paper-based TOEFL Score.
Applicants 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.
Applicants who wish to confirm eligibility for a TOEFL/IELTS waiver can contact an admissions representative for assistance.

For short-term and long-term non-degree certificate programs, NYFA will accept a positive language evaluation via phone or Skype in lieu of the other requirements.

All courses at all NYFA locations are taught in English.

The New York Film Academy at its sole discretion may evaluate English proficiency in the form of oral and/or written tests in lieu of TOEFL or IELTS scores.

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 Feb. 3 and July 31, 2020 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: 95
Master’s Degrees: 105

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.

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 may pay a 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 towards the first term tuition payment. Most of the deposit is refundable except a $100 administrative processing fee.

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