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New York Film Academy Associate of Fine Arts

Associate of Fine Arts

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All students pursuing an 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. Applicants must also submit a Creative Portfolio.

Undergraduate (AFA) applicants must submit the following materials for admission:
  • Completed Undergraduate (AFA) Program Application
  • Application Fee
  • High School Transcript
  • Narrative Statement
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Creative Portfolio
  • Proof of English Proficiency
The following sections provide detailed information regarding each required application material.

Students must submit a completed graduate program application. Applications are available online at:

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

All students pursuing an undergraduate degree from the New York Film Academy must submit an official, final high school transcript in order to complete their application.

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

Home-schooled students must submit an official, original transcript accredited by their home state.

GED earners must submit an official, original state-issued high school equivalency certificate.

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.

The narrative statement should be a mature and self-reflective essay (max. 3 typed pages) detailing the applicant’s reasons for pursuing an Associate of Arts degree in the visual arts. The essay should take into account the individual’s history, formative creative experiences, contemporary influences and inspirations, and personal artistic dreams.

AFA applicants must submit one letter 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.

AFA applicants must submit a creative portfolio, which may include:
  • Writing Sample For Filmmaking, Producing & Screenwriting applicants:
    • Excerpt from an original screenplay, spec or short story (5-page maximum.)
    • 2-3 samples that include any original short stories, articles or persuasive essays relevant to their chosen discipline (5-page maximum.)
    • Treatment or outline of a film, webisode or television series concept (2-page maximum.)
  • Visual Sample for Filmmaking applicants:
    • 1-2 live-action, fiction or non-fiction film/video submissions 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 their contribution to the piece.
    • 3-5 sample storyboards or visual designs with a 1-2 page accompanying description.
  • For Photography applicants:
    • Photographs (10 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.
  • For Acting for Film applicants:
    • A DVD or hyperlink with an introduction and two one-minute contrasting monologues from either a published play or screenplay.
    • Applicants may also choose to make an appointment for an on-campus audition.
    • * Acting for Film applicants should select roles that are age and type appropriate.
  • For 3-D Animation & Game Design applicants:
    • 3-5 drawings, paintings, cartoons, comics, conceptual illustrations, graphic renderings, digital images, slides of 3-D 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.
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:
  • 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.
Students completing high school in a foreign country, where a language other than English is the official language, and who are able to produce a copy of their transcript and/or diploma need to have it translated into English by either an education evaluation service, which offers translation services, or by an individual who is college-educated and fluent in both English and the language of the transcript and/or diploma. The individual providing the translation must sign a notarized affidavit that: 1) attests to their not being an employee or otherwise affiliated with the licensed private career school that the student seeks to attend; 2) provides the name, address, email and phone numbers of the translator and the student; 3) the translator is knowledgeable of the English language and the language of the student’s transcript and/or diploma language was learned and where their college degree was obtained; and 4) affirms that the translation is a true and complete translation of the original.

As part of the admissions process, AFA applicants may be required to have an interview by phone or in person with a New York Film Academy representative. The purpose of the interview is to identify the applicant’s goals and prior experience. The ideal applicant has a passion for storytelling, creative expression, and artistic collaboration. The interview is also an opportunity to review the curriculum of the program with the applicant and to ensure that s/he fully understands the level of commitment required to successfully complete the degree.

Once admitted to NYFA, students must pay a required deposit to secure their place in the AFA 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.

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