1 & 2-Year Certificate Programs

Conservatory-Based Programs at NYFA

During NYFA’s 1 & 2-Year Certificate programs, aspiring visual storytellers can get practical training and experience in their chosen field. Our programs are designed for students to learn-by-doing, giving them the best opportunity to develop technical skills and build lasting knowledge in their discipline.

To help them create a portfolio or reel of their best work, students receive extensive mentorship from industry professionals and create a series of their own projects. Upon graduation, students will earn a college-credit bearing Certificate. Program offerings vary by campus.

NYFA Certificate Programs

Filmmaking Certificate Programs

Acting for Film Certificate Programs

Producing Certificate Program

Musical Theatre Certificate Programs

Screenwriting Certificate Program

Photography Certificate Programs

Cinematography Certificate Program

3D Animation & Visual Effects Certificate Program

Documentary Filmmaking Certificate Program

Game Design Certificate Program

Broadcast Journalism Certificate Program


The 1 & 2-Year Certificate programs are designed to provide hands-on, practical training in the creative process through practice and repetition. NYFA’s real-world approach allows students to spend the majority of their time creating content, helping them develop essential creative and technical skills in visual storytelling. For more information, please visit our course catalog. To see the 1 & 2-Year diploma and advanced program curricula at NYFA Australia, please visit the NYFA Australia site.

Certificate Program Applications

To apply for one of NYFA’s certificate programs, please visit the application links below.

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.