Activities at NYFA New York
During their time living in New York and attending NYFA, students participate in events and activities that will help them grow as visual storytellers and artists. From the energetic community on-campus to the plethora of entertainment, dining, nightlife, museums, green spaces, and educational resources available off-campus, students quickly feel at home in the creative melting pot that is New York City.
NYFA’s on-campus events are designed to help students connect and start building their creative networks. The events include exclusive guest speaker lectures from celebrated industry professionals, the “Broadway Comes to Battery” student singing and performance competitions, NYFA-hosted plays and musicals, student film screenings, film festivals at the NYFA theater, as well as alumni events. Students can stay up-to-date with on-campus events and activities through our event portal on the Student Hub.
New York is a major entertainment, culture, and sports hub, with a number of mainstream and art house cinemas, including the IFC Center, the Film Forum, and IMAX Theatre for film, and the historic Broadway and Off-Broadway districts for plays and musicals. During their time at NYFA, students attend shows at famous music venues such as Madison Square Garden, The Bowery Ballroom, Radio City Music Hall, and Apollo Theater, visit bookstores such as the legendary Strand Bookstore, and explore the some of the world’s largest art galleries and history museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of the Modern Art, and The American Museum of Natural History.
The city is also a major sports town with professional teams in all major men’s and women’s leagues. Whether it’s the NBA’s Knicks or Nets, the WNBA’s Liberty, the NFL’s Giants or Jets, Major League Baseball’s Yankees or Mets, Major League Soccer’s NYCFC, the National Women’s Soccer League’s Gotham FC, NHL’s Rangers or Islanders, or WNHL’s Metropolitan Riveters, any night is a good night to catch a game. New York is also home to the US Open, one of the four Grand Slam tournaments in professional tennis.
Students can also visit an array of New York’s historic, world-famous parks. The city has over 28,000 acres of green spaces, including Central Park, The High Line, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Washington Square Park, where students can sit and read, play sports, get lunch or simply go out for a walk. As NYFA New York is located in Battery Park, at the tip of Manhattan, many of these attractions are only a short subway ride away. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to explore New York with their peers for coursework and projects, shooting in virtually every neighborhood in the city.