Facilities at NYFA Los Angeles
The NYFA Los Angeles campus is located in the historic media district of Burbank, amongst Warner Brothers Studios, Walt Disney Studios, and Nickelodeon Studios. NYFA Los Angeles is composed of three main building, and the campus offers a number of on-campus and off-campus resources for students. In addition to an expansive equipment holding, students may work on our ready-to-use film and television sets and multiple theatres. Many students also get the opportunity to participate in production workshops on the famous Universal Studios Backlot, located adjacent to the Barham building. As the Los Angeles campus is in the heart of Burbank, students may also explore a variety of local restaurants, cafes, and attractions in the surrounding area.
3300 W Riverside Drive
Burbank, CA 91505
As the central hub of NYFA Los Angeles, The Riverside Building is home to the filmmaking, screenwriting, producing, documentary, 3D animation and visual effects, game design, photography, and cinematography departments. Riverside includes resources such as a student cafe, our library, an equipment room, two sound stages, photography studios and post-production labs, as well as a high-def digital theater, where students can attend exclusive on-campus events, such as guest lectures with top industry experts.
The administrative and student support staff are also located here, including our health and veteran services, as well as financial aid departments. Students, faculty, and staff often enjoy getting meals at the nearby commissary at Warner Brothers Studios, a large, buffet-style dining hall with a range of dietary options. Additionally, students can visit George’s Cafe, a small cafe that offers light meals and snacks, which is located on the third floor of the Riverside Building. The Riverside Building is located on Riverside Drive, adjacent to Gate Six at Universal Studios.
3800 Barham Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505
Many of our acting for film students will rehearse and study at The Barham Building, which includes on-campus resources such as a student cafe, a black box theater, as well as professional sets for filming, including a jury room, jail, cafe, and hospital room. Barham also has five purpose-built dance studios, where students will practice dance, movement, and stunts, as well as two screening rooms, two additional equipment rooms, a voiceover booth, wardrobe, and prop room. During their breaks, students may also explore a selection of food trucks frequently parked outside of the Barham building, which rotate various types of enticing cuisines.
The Barham Building is located on Barham Boulevard, within walking distance from The Riverside Building. Barham is also only a block away from Gate Four at Universal Studios, where many students will take production workshops.
3000 W Alameda Ave
Burbank, CA 91505
Burbank Studios is a historic space for film, television, and entertainment, where shows such as the long-running soap opera Days of Our Lives and Extra television shows are still filmed. At Burbank, students will take editing and production classes, and will have access to recording, sound mixing, photography and folly studios, as well post-production editing labs and classrooms, working in the facility that was built for NBC’s post production team.
NYFA students will work on Stage Five at Burbank Studios, the largest sound stage available to NYFA, which is adjacent to the stages where The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) and The Johnny Carson Show (1962) were filmed. On Stage Five, a 5,000 square foot soundstage, filmmaking and cinematography students will learn the ins and outs of stage shooting. NYFA students also have the privilege to access the Burbank Studios Commissary, a full-service restaurant with an expansive menu.
Burbank Studios is located at 3000 W Alameda Avenue and is only a five-minute walk from The Riverside Building.
Lakeside Plaza Drive
North Hollywood, CA 91602
During their time at NYFA, many students will participate in production workshops on The Universal Studios backlot. The legendary backlot is where hit films like Psycho (1960), Gremlins (1984), Back to the Future (1985), Jurassic Park (1993), Apollo 13 (1995), War of the Worlds (2005), and Transformers (2007), were filmed, as well as popular television shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997), Desperate Housewives (2004), and The Good Place (2016).
By visiting and working on the actual backlot with faculty, students can advance their skills in a professional environment, learning to use advanced equipment in a real studio setting. At Universal Studios, NYFA students may also rent costumes from the renowned Edith Head Costume Department for a discounted rate. The Universal Studios backlot is located across from The Barham Building.
Throughout their studies, students are permitted to use equipment packages that match their level of learning, making use of more advanced equipment as they strengthen their technical skills. At our conveniently located 11,000 sq. ft. production facility, students have access to professional-grade equipment for advanced productions and final films such as a three-ton grip and lighting packages.
As NYFA owns a large allotment of camera, lighting, sound, and photography gear from leading industry manufacturers, students will always have access to the resources they need for their coursework and projects.
As Los Angeles is a city of visual storytellers, filmmakers, actors, and artists, aspiring creators have an extensive support system in place. Aside from what is offered on campus, there are numerous supply houses, equipment rentals, shooting locations, and local talent for students to pursue.
Students that choose to study at NYFA Los Angeles can also take advantage of the city’s extensive history in entertainment with local resources such as The Writers Guild Foundation, where they can access scripts. Additionally, NYFA students will benefit from exclusive partnerships and relationships that our faculty have within the industry. NYFA LA has held graduations at Harmony Gold, Warner Brothers, and NOVO, home to LA Live.
Students will also be close to vibrant shooting locations such as Los Angeles beaches, parks, and downtown areas, as well as neighborhoods such as the Hollywood Hills, Echo Park, Silver Lake, and Venice Beach.