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New York Film Academy Associate of Fine Arts

Associate of Fine Arts

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The Academy makes the accelerated two-year schedule possible by creating an extended academic year allowing students to complete three full-length semesters in each calendar year.

New York Film Academy AFA degree programs are offered only at our Los Angeles Campus.

The New York Film Academy is designed for a new generation of storytellers: visual artists who share a passion for motion pictures and want to learn by making their own projects in a hands-on, intensive program.

Our students come from across the United States and all over the world to learn and work together in short-term workshops or one and two-year degree programs. In the creation of our curricula, we worked with faculty and professionals from around the world. We adapted the best ideas and elements from the leading degree programs and designed intensive and accelerated alternatives that provide a thorough grounding in the craft.

The New York Film Academy Associate of Fine Art degree programs are stand-alone degree programs intended to prepare students for a career in the industry. They are designed to give students the opportunity to focus almost exclusively on the subject in a studio based curriculum without standard distribution requirements. These AFA programs are not intended to be components of longer bachelor's degree programs nor are they structured for transfer.

Bi-Coastal Experience

New York Film Academy degree programs are offered at our Los Angeles campus. Qualified students have the option of completing course work at the New York Film Academy in New York City in a one-year non-degree program and requesting that their course work be accepted for one-year of advanced standing in the AFA degree program at the Los Angeles campus. In order to do so, students must apply and be accepted to the degree program in Los Angeles. These students will join the AFA in the second year of the program. The progression of the studio and supporting classes in the second year will be adjusted slightly to accommodate this modified course of study. This gives students the unique opportunity to learn their craft in both New York City, the heart of the independent film industry and international proving ground for actors, and in Los Angeles, amidst the great film studios in the worldwide entertainment capital.


All students pursuing a Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) Degree from The New York Film Academy must be proficient in English and have earned a high school diploma (at a minimum) or an acceptable equivalent.

To be considered for admission, applicants must submit the following:
  • A completed New York Film Academy AFA Application Form (available in this brochure or online at
  • $65 non-refundable Application Fee
  • Proof of English proficiency (such as TOEFL or IELTS score), if native language is other than English (TOEFL Code: 6857)
  • Official Academic Transcripts (minimum of high school equivalency), sealed and sent by the issuing institution directly to NYFA’s Admissions Office, or GED
  • One Letters of Recommendation (see below)
  • Narrative Statement (see below)
  • Creative Portfolio (optional)
An ideal applicant for the New York Film Academy Associate of Fine Arts program must demonstrate a sincere passion for their field of studies, and the commitment necessary to complete a rigorous, total immersion undergraduate program. An interview may be required if the admissions department feels more information is needed to determine whether a student meets the qualifications of acceptance.

English Proficiency Requirement
Since all classes at the New York Film Academy are conducted in English, students must be able to communicate clearly in written and spoken English.

Applicants for whom English is not the first or native language should submit one of the following to verify English proficiency:
  • An official transcript verifying completion of secondary education in which English is the primary language of communication
  • 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.
In the case that the documentation is not available, a New York Film Academy representative will use a phone or in-person interview as an opportunity to determine whether or not the applicant has the necessary English language proficiency.

Transcript Requirements
All students pursuing a Associate’s Degree from the New York Film Academy must show proof of high school graduation at a minimum. To fulfill this requirement, applicants are required to submit official transcripts from their prior academic institutions. Transcripts must be sealed, official originals sent directly from the institution in question to the New York Film Academy’s Admissions Office. Transcripts that have been opened, photocopied, or augmented in any way will not be accepted as evidence of prior academic accomplishment. Prospective students who fail to provide the admissions committee with applicable sealed academic transcripts will not be eligible to receive a degree or certificate from the Academy.

Transcripts should be sent directly to:
New York Film Academy
Office of Admissions
3300 Lakeside Dr.
Burbank, CA 91505

NOTE: 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.

Letters of Recommendation
Applicants to the New York Film Academy AFA program must submit a minimum of one (1) letters of recommendation verifying the applicant’s ability to successfully take on undergraduate 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.

Narrative Statement
The narrative statement should be a mature and self-reflective essay (2-3 typed pages) detailing the applicant’s reasons for pursuing a Associate’s Degree in the motion picture arts. The essay should take into account the individual’s history, formative creative experiences, contemporary influences and inspirations, and personal artistic dreams.

creative portfolio
The creative portfolio is not mandatory for admission to the Associate of Fine Arts program and is instead used as another tool to evaluate an applicant’s creative potential. Submission of an optional creative portfolio will in no way negatively affect an applicant’s status. The New York Film Academy understands that many applicants have attained applicable skills from varying experiences and thus it is the narrative statement that reveals the most about an applicant’s qualifications and potential for success in the program.

Applicants may submit one or two examples of original work that best demonstrate their talent and ability as creative individuals. All film/video submissions must be submitted on DVD or hyperlink where the submission can be viewed, regardless of image capture format (20 minutes maximum). Applicants may also submit supporting materials such as slides or photographs (10 maximum).

Creative samples are accepted in various stages of development, or as completed work. Examples of work can range from drawings, conceptual illustrations, storyboards, designs, photographs, three dimensional models, or digitally generated images. Students may choose to submit a typed screenplay or short story (10 page maximum).

Acting program applicants may choose to make an appointment for an on campus audition, or submit a DVD or hyperlink with your introduction and two one-minute contrasting monologues from either a published play or screenplay. When choosing audition materials, it is important to choose roles that are age and type appropriate. It is also important to read the entire play or screenplay prior to your audition.

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