BFA ADMISSIONS POLICY
REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS
Undergraduate (BFA) applicants must submit the following materials for admission:
- Completed Undergraduate (BFA) Program Application
- Application Fee
- High School Transcript
- SAT or ACT Scores (for Domestic students only)
- Narrative Statement
- Letters of Recommendation
- Creative Portfolio
- Proof of English proficiency
Students must submit a completed graduate program application. Applications are available online at: https://www.nyfa.edu/applications/bfa1.php.
Students must submit a non-refundable $65 application fee, payable online as part of the online application.
HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT
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.
SAT OR ACT SCORES
The New York Film Academy does not have clearly defined, required minimum scores. Above all, our undergraduate programs are intensive, rigorous and specialized, where standardized test scores are not always the most useful factor in predicting success. However, when considered a thoughtfully among many other factors, test scores can help give the admissions committee a useful indication of the BFA applicant’s academic strengths and weaknesses.
The narrative statement should be a mature and self-reflective essay (max. 3 typed pages) detailing the applicant’s reasons for pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in their chosen discipline. The essay should take into account the individual’s history, formative creative experiences, contemporary influences and inspirations, and personal artistic dreams.
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
BFA applicants must submit a minimum of two (2) 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.
BFA CREATIVE PORTFOLIO
BFA 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).
- 1-2 live-action, fiction or nonfiction film/video submissions on DVD or hyperlink, where the submission can be viewed, regardless of image capture format (8-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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
PROOF OF ENGLISH PROFICIENCY
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 550 Paper-based TOEFL Score.
As part of the admissions process, BFA 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 may pay a deposit to secure their place in the BFA program. The deposit for all long-term programs (one year or longer) is $500, which is applied towards the first term tuition payment. Most of the deposit is refundable except a $100 administrative processing fee.