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New York Film Academy Admissions


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. Applicants must submit a Creative Portfolio.

Applicants must submit the following materials for admission:

  • Completed Program Application
  • Application Fee
  • Proof of high school completion
  • Creative Portfolio
  • Proof of English proficiency
Students must submit a completed program application. Applications are available online at:

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

All students pursuing a non-degree program 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:

  • Official high school academic transcript.
  • Copy of high school diploma.
  • Copy of state-issued high school equivalency certificate
  • Official Associate’s degree or college transcript from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university that indicates high school graduation as a requirement for enrollment (for students who have completed partial undergraduate coursework).
  • Home school transcript accredited by the state.
The New York Film Academy generally does not consider prior experiential learning as a substitute for the transcript requirements described above. Applicants who do not have the required credentials may choose to audit a program at NYFA, but will not be eligible to receive a degree or certificate of completion without submitting the necessary transcripts.

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.

One and Two-Year Certificate program applicants must submit a sample of creative work, as indicated below according to the program choice.

Filmmaking, Cinematography, Screenwriting, Documentary, Photography and Journalism applicants should submit one (or more) writing sample OR visual sample. Producing applicants must submit at least one writing sample, and may supplement their creative portfolio with a 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 (10 photos maximum, either printed-no larger than 8x10-or JPEGs on a CD/DVD-1200 pixels longest side, SRGB, 72dpi-with an accompanying description contextualizing the submission).
    • Live-action or animated fiction or non-fiction film/video on DVD or 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.
Acting for Film and Musical Theatre applicants, please see audition requirements.

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.
All portfolio materials must be submitted with an accompanying description contextualizing the submission and purpose of the project. Portfolio materials will not be returned.

If you are applying for programs at our Los Angeles Campus please 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 mail all documents to 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 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.

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 550 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.

Once admitted to NYFA, students may pay a deposit to secure their place in the 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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