Learn How To Make Films and Video Content
As with all Filmmaking programs at NYFA, the 1-Year Filmmaking Certificate distinguishes itself with a relentless focus on hands-on experience. Throughout the program, students create a number of their own original films, and learn how to direct, write, shoot, produce, and edit. In addition to the hands-on production training, students also complete rigorous coursework, rounding out their skills in cinematic storytelling. The program culimates in a final film, where students can fully demonstrate their skills and talent.
Throughout the program, students can evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, helping them choose an educational or creative pathway that fits their ambition and interest. Individuals interested in pursuing goals in filmmaking can also use our program to bolster their skills in video content, learn the industry standard software and technology, and learn the entire production process from start-to-finish.
The curriculum for the 1-Year Filmmaking program includes:
- A balance of technical and creative coursework, with classes focused on Directing, Camera, Lighting, and Sound, Digital Editing, Directing Actors, Screenwriting, and more
- Directing experience on a film sets, with additional experience working in various roles on classmates’ films
- Guidance and mentorship from award-winning faculty who actively work in the film industry
- Consistent access to the latest camera, sound, and lighting equipment
- The ability to attend guest lectures with film industry leaders such as directors, actors, producers, cinematographers, and more
To learn more, see NYFA’s Course Catalog. There is also a Filmmaking Diploma program available at NYFA Australia.
This certificate program is an accelerated, three semester program that provides students with over 1,000 hours of hands-on production experience. Qualified students who complete the 1-Year Certificate may apply to have their coursework be accepted for advanced standing in the AFA, BFA or MFA in Filmmaking.
During this hands-on program, students direct, write, shoot, and edit eight of their own original films, including a final film. Students also work in various roles as cinematographer, gaffer, sound recordist, assistant director, and assistant camera on their classmates’ films, providing them with a variety of content for their reel. To see the types of projects that film students will complete, visit our film projects page.
Students interested in attending NYFA’s 1-Year Filmmaking program can choose from NYFA’s New York, Los Angeles or South Beach campuses. For students who wish to continue their studies after the program is complete, credits may be transferrable to a NYFA filmmaking degree program through advanced standing. There is also a comparable Filmmaking Diploma program available at NYFA Australia. For more information, please visit the NYFA Australia site.
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.