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New York Film Academy Admissions


All applicants to New York Film Academy’s Community Education programs must have a high school diploma or acceptable equivalent by the time of the program start date. There is no minimum GPA required; however, students must speak English and express a serious desire to explore the art and craft of visual storytelling. An Admissions Committee member may interview students applying for Community Education programs by phone or in person.

All students must possess the drive and commitment necessary to complete a rigorous, total immersion program. They must be able to communicate well and work collaboratively with others in an artistic environment.

In addition to completing the application, students must submit an academic transcript or high school diploma, verifying proof of high school completion.

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.

Applicants must submit the following materials for admission:
  • Completed Program Application
  • Application Fee
  • Proof of High School Completion
  • Proof of English Proficiency
The following sections provide detailed information regarding each required application material.

Students must submit a completed certificate program application. Applications are available online at and online workshop applications are available at

Students must submit a non-refundable $50 application fee, payable online as part of the online application.

All students pursuing a certificate 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.

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:

  • NYFA will accept a positive language evaluation via phone or Skype in lieu of the other requirements.
  • A report from a valid English Language School verifying completion of course level equivalent to a 520 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 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 December 31, 2021 and August 31, 2023, 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: 90
Master’s Degrees: 101

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.

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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