Art Institutes Transfer to NYFA

Dear Art Institutes Students,

The faculty and staff at New York Film Academy (NYFA) are saddened to hear about the recent closure of The Art Institutes. In response to these circumstances, NYFA has created an agreement with AI to offer AI students the ability to transfer to NYFA, a regionally accredited freestanding visual and performing arts college with campuses in Miami, New York, and Los Angeles.

We at NYFA have worked to create a smooth transition for AI students to transfer credits from AI into NYFA degree and certificate programs, with the following considerations to help you as you pursue your educational and professional goals.


NYFA will waive its normal course/credit transfer policies for students transferring from The Art Institutes. 

Specifically, NYFA will: 

  • Apply eminently flexible transfer criteria in order to accept the greatest number of credits possible and allow students to graduate with the least possible interruption to their original educational plans. 
  • Waive its maximum limit of transferable credits, as well as waive the types of courses that can be accepted for transfer.
  • Waive its residency requirements for all previous courses taken at Art Institutes or other prior institutions on the students’ transcripts. 
  • Waive the requirement for all credits to be associated with course grades of “C” or above and instead accept all applicable passing grades.


NYFA will waive its application fee for students applying for transfer from The Art Institutes. 

NYFA will honor The Art Institute’s per-credit tuition rates and fees for transfer students’ coursework completed at NYFA. Students will also be eligible for additional institutional aid.


NYFA will waive its supplemental admissions materials requirements for transfer students; specifically, it will waive its requirements for letters of recommendation, creative portfolios, and English language proficiency scores. 

NYFA has very helpful offices for financial aid students, students using Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, and international students. 

The following is a list of some of the more easily transferable programs between The Art Institutes and NYFA, but NYFA’s admissions office will work closely with every AI student to create the smoothest possible pathway to a degree or certificate, regardless of which program the student has already attended at The Art Institutes.


Graduate Programs

Art Institutes Program(s) NYFA Program(s)
MA Design & Media Management


MA Film and Media Production

Online MA Entrepreneurial Producing and Innovation

MFA Filmmaking

MFA Producing

MFA Visual Arts MA Film and Media Production

MFA Filmmaking

Undergraduate Programs

Art Institutes Program(s) NYFA Program(s)
BFA Computer Animation BFA 3D Animation and Visual Effects
BFA Digital Filmmaking & Video Production BFA Filmmaking
BFA/Diploma in Digital Photography
Diploma in Digital Image Management
BFA in Photography / Certificate in Photography
BFA Game Art & Design BFA Game Design
BFA Media Arts & Animation BFA 3D Animation and Visual Effects

Getting Started at NYFA

Prospective students can take the next step to attending NYFA by:

Attending Virtual Info Session for Art Institute Transfers

We look forward to welcoming you and providing you with valuable insights about our programs and how to transfer your AI credits. To attend our upcoming virtual information session, please click here and complete the form.

Attending Live Online Information Events

Students can also register for any of our several upcoming Live Online Information Events. Event descriptions and registration can be found at: NYFA Live Events

Taking a Campus Tour

Prospective students are invited to visit NYFA New York, Los Angeles or Miami in-person to learn more about our programs and campuses. There is an in-person Miami Open House on 10/21.

Speak to Admissions 

In the meantime, if you’d like to speak with an admissions representative, please call 305-534-6009 or email