Activities at NYFA Los Angeles
At NYFA Los Angeles, students can participate in engaging on and off-campus activities that will help them develop and grow as visual and performing artists. On-campus, students can join a number of clubs and organizations, participate in athletics, and attend exclusive student events such as guest speaker lectures with influential members of the entertainment industry. Off-campus, students can explore a wealth of local attractions, as Los Angeles offers a wide selection of nightlife, theaters, museums, beaches, parks, restaurants, and shopping.
NYFA Los Angeles coordinates campus activities to help students connect and collaborate with their peers, including guest speaker lectures, student networking nights, movie screenings, holiday events, career fairs, clubs and organizations, as well as trips to popular Los Angeles tourist destinations. As a part of student life, The NYFA Los Angeles Athletic Department provides opportunities for students to compete in athletic programs, such as men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, and volleyball, in addition to kendo, hiking, and fencing clubs. These activities are held at off-site facilities. Students can find on-campus activities and events via the event portal on the Student Hub.
In addition to on-campus resources, students can also visit a variety of attractions and activities off-campus, as Los Angeles has some of the best options for entertainment, dining, nightlife, history, and the outdoors. Los Angeles also offers a significant amount of resources for aspiring visual artists. Screenwriting students may check into The Writers Guild of America library to read original scripts for film and television, while acting for film students can attend live studio recordings or performances at historic local theaters. Filmmaking students can visit well-known locations that acted as a backdrop to their favorite Los Angeles-based films, such as The Frolic Room, used for LA Confidential (1997), Mulholland Drive, featured in Twin Peaks (1990), Planet of the Apes (1960), as well as Union Station from The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Blade Runner (1982), and Catch Me If You Can (2002).
Students will also have ample opportunities to explore the city’s incredibly varied landscape. From seaside to desert to mountain slope and fruit grove, students will have their pick of shooting locations for film and photography. Students can also participate in many of the outdoor activities that Los Angeles has to offer at Echo Park Lake, Palisades Park, Greystone Mansion and Garden, Griffith Park, and more.
From newcomers to seasoned industry veterans, LA has a strong community of filmmakers, actors, screenwriters, photographers, and visual artists. During their time at NYFA Los Angeles and beyond their education, there are many ways to get involved in the numerous industry events, such as local meet-up groups, clubs, and organizations. Los Angeles also holds many annual and seasonal industry events, such as The Academy Awards, The Grammy Awards, Film Independent Spirit Awards, and The Emmys. Los Angeles is also known for film festivals such as the L.A. Film Festival and L.A. Shorts Fest.