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MASTER OF ARTS PROGRAM ADMISSIONS POLICY

To be admitted into the Master of Arts program at NYFA, students must possess a Bachelor’s degree from a post-secondary institution recognized by the United States Department of Education or a college or university outside of the U.S. that is recognized as a degree-granting institution by their respective governments. The ideal applicant must demonstrate a sincere passion and aptitude for visual storytelling and the ability and desire to pursue graduate-level work and scholarly research in his/her chosen discipline.

No particular major or minor is required as a prerequisite for admission, but applicants with a strong background in the visual arts are preferred. While an applicant’s GPA will be taken into consideration and is an important component of the admissions process, the strength of the candidate’s Narrative Statement and Creative Portfolio is a significant determining factor for admission.

REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS
Graduate (MA) applicants must submit the following materials for admission:

  • Completed Graduate Program Application
  • Application Fee
  • Undergraduate Degree 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 graduate program application. Applications are available online at: https://www.nyfa.edu/applications/ma1.php.

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

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE TRANSCRIPT
All students pursuing a graduate degree from the New York Film Academy must submit an official, final undergraduate transcript in order to complete their application.

Hard copies of official transcripts must be mailed to New York Film Academy directly from the undergraduate institution 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 undergraduate institution’s own digital delivery service.

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

Students earning an undergraduate degree 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
Applicants must submit a mature and self reflective essay (max. 5 typed pages) describing the applicant’s reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in their chosen discipline and their intended contribution to the field and the department. The essay should take into account the individual’s history, formative creative experiences, contemporary influences and inspirations and overall artistic goals.

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
MA applicants must submit a minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation verifying the applicant’s ability to successfully take on graduate 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.

CREATIVE PORTFOLIO/SUPPORTING MATERIALS
MA applicants must submit a portfolio, which may include one or more of the following:

  • 2-3 writing samples that include any original short stories, articles or essays (10-page maximum).
  • 2-3 critical studies essays examining a literary or cinematic work (play, screenplay, television series, film, etc.) (10-page maximum).
  • 5-8 minute reel, short film or excerpt from a film, web series or other video project.
Collaborative material is accepted if the candidate details the exact nature of their contribution to the piece.

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

PROOF OF ENGLISH PROFICIENCY
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 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.

PLEASE NOTE: All students will take English assessment tests during the registration period at the beginning the program. Students may be referred to additional English study in an ESL program or a blended program depending on their English level. This may add a semester or more to the time needed to complete the program of study at NYFA.

All courses at all NYFA locations are taught in English.

INTERVIEW
As part of the admissions process, MA applicants may be interviewed by phone, web or in person by a New York Film Academy representative. The purpose of the interview is to identify the applicant’s goals and prior experience. The interview is also an opportunity to review the program curriculum 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 MA 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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