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ONE AND TWO YEAR CONSERVATORY ADMISSIONS POLICY

All students pursuing a certificate program at The New York Film Academy must be proficient in English and have earned a high school diploma (at a minimum) or an acceptable equivalent. Though no prior experience is required, applicants are required to submit a Creative Portfolio, to demonstrate their artistic sensibilities and passion and commitment towards pursuing their chosen discipline.

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
Applicants must submit the following materials for admission:

  • Completed Program Application
  • Application Fee
  • Proof of High School Completion
  • Creative Portfolio
  • Proof of English proficiency
The following sections provide detailed information regarding each required application material.

APPLICATION
Students must submit a completed certificate program application. Applications are available online at http://www.nyfa.edu/applications/1year1.php

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

PROOF OF HIGH SCHOOL COMPLETION
All students pursuing a degree from the New York Film Academy must show proof of high school graduation. To fulfill this requirement, applicants must submit ONE of the following documents:

  • Copy of a high school academic transcript
  • Copy of high school diploma.
  • Copy of state-issued high school equivalency certificate
  • Copy of Associate’s degree or college transcript from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university (for students who have completed partial undergraduate coursework.)
  • Copy of a fully-completed Department of Defense form DD-214 indicating that the applicant completed high school prior to or during his/her armed forces service
  • Home school transcript accredited by the state
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.

CREATIVE PORTFOLIO
All certificate program 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 & VFX
    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
    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.
    CINEMATOGRAPHY
    Applicants should submit ONE Writing Sample OR Visual Sample of the following:
    • 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.
    DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING
    Applicants should submit ONE Writing Sample OR Visual Sample of the following:
    • 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.
    FILMMAKING
    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.
    GAME DESIGN
    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.
    GRAPHIC DESIGN
    Portfolios may consist of 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.
    MUSICAL THEATRE
    The creative portfolio for the Musical Theatre programs should be done as a live-audition or filmed video submission that shows the breadth and depth of the performer’s abilities as an actor and singer.

    Song and Monologue requirements:
    • 2 contrasting musical theatre songs
    • 1 contemporary (published after 1960) monologue from a published American play
    • Each piece should be approximately 60-90 seconds in length
    Optional:
    • A Dance Audition is not required however you may choose to submit a dance video
    PHOTOGRAPHY
    Portfolios may consist of 5-10 photographs with an accompanying description contextualizing the submission.
    PRODUCING
    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
    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 5.5 or the equivalent.
  • A report from a valid English Language School verifying completion of course level equivalent to a 520 Paper-based TOEFL Score.
  • 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.
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 Feb. 3 and September 1, 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.

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