Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Film

Learn How To Become a Filmmaker at NYFA

In the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Filmmaking at NYFA’s Film School, aspiring directors and filmmakers create films and multiplatform content, while building their confidence as directors and visual storytellers. As the goal for every BFA film student is to graduate with a tremendous amount of filmmaking experience and a reel, our students learn-by-doing, getting intensive on-set production training while creating their own films.

Our signature hands-on approach helps students gain advanced skills and knowledge in directing, screenwriting, cinematography, editing, and producing. The program aims to provide students with the framework to bring capitvating stories to life through film and content creation, and to emerge from our BFA program with strengthened communication, leadership, problem-solving, collaboration, and time management skills.

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Faculty Highlights

Interview with New York Chair, Andrea Swift

Interview with Los Angeles Chair, Ed Timpe

Interview with South Beach Chair, Herschel Faber

Film School Alumni

Bill Hader  

Bill Hader

Actor | Comedian | Writer

Ilya Rozhkov  

Ilya Rozhkov

Director | Writer | Producer

Qianying Zhou  

Qianying Zhou

Writer | Director | Camera & Electrical



The curriculum of NYFA’s BFA in film degree includes:

  • Technical and creative classes that train film students on how to be directors and strong visual storytellers, such as Directing, Cinematography, Screenwriting, Editing, as well as foundational courses in other major filmmaking disciplines
  • Training in a series of formats including high resolution cinema, 35 mm, and 16 mm
  • Additional coursework in liberal arts, cinema studies, arts and humanities, and science that strongly relates to filmmaking
  • Award-winning filmmaking faculty who actively work in the film industry and have up-to-date knowledge on filmmaking techniques
  • Consistent access to filmmaking equipment, including industry-standard cameras, lighting, grip, and sound gear
  • Opportunities to attend exclusive guest lectures from leading film industry directors, actors, producers, cinematographers, including distinguished NYFA alumni and more

To get more information about the BFA program’s coursework, refer NYFA’s course catalogs or request more info.

If you are a non-native English-speaking student who meets all admissions requirements for a NYFA degree program, except for English proficiency, apply to our International Pathway Program.



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Please note: Equipment, curriculum, and projects are subject to change and may vary depending on location. Students should consult the most recently published campus catalog for the most up-to-date curriculum.