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MASTER OF ARTS (MA) 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.

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.

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
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 http://www.nyfa.edu/applications/ma1.php.

APPLICATION FEE
Students must submit a non-refundable $75 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 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
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
Students must submit 2 Letters of Recommendation verifying the applicant’s ability to successfully take on graduate study in their chosen 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.

CREATIVE PORTFOLIO
MA applicants must submit a 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".

    MA IN FILM & MEDIA PRODUCTION
    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.
    MA IN 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.)
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:
  • A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 or higher (213 for computer-based test or 79 for internet-based test); IELTS 6.5 or the equivalent.
  • A report from a valid English Language School verifying completion of course level equivalent to a 550 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 February 3 and December 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, graduate 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 must pay a required 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 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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