At the New York Film Academy’s film school, faculty members and curriculum are focused on providing students with the real world know-how to help them succeed in the film industry. Below are some of the positions and networks in which our alumni have worked:
Cinematography Degrees, Programs, and Workshops
Cinematographers set the mood of a film or television show, using moving images, sound, and lighting to tell a compelling story. In the degree and certificate programs at our Cinematography School, aspiring visual storytellers learn this complex craft through a tremendous amount of on-set and production experience. As NYFA follows a hands-on approach of learning by doing, cinematography students go through an intensive progression of real world projects, as well as academic learning and production workshops.
As a result of their technical training, students learn how images convey meaning, equipping them with a unique, transferable skill set. Students shoot, light, direct, and edit their own projects, building vital creative discipline while learning to apply control and polish over their work.
NYFA strives to make education in the visual arts accessible to the most diverse, international, and broadest spectrum of students, and our Cinematography School is a welcoming community where students can collaborate and begin to build their creative network.
In NYFA’s accelerated Master of Fine Arts in Cinematography graduate program at NYFA Los Angeles, students master the unique visual language of a film, television or a web series. Throughout the program, students will study stylistic and narrative approaches and complete self-directed projects using film and digital cinema cameras, lighting, and grip packages provided by NYFA, as well as advanced equipment, such as a crane. By applying theory and hands-on experience, NYFA students gain a wealth of knowledge and expertise in visual storytelling while building out their cinematography reel.
For students who want to explore film, media, and entertainment while maintaining a focus in cinematography, NYFA also offers a comprehensive Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Entertainment Media. In this program, students start with courses that give them a better understanding of narrative and cinematic storytelling, as well as liberal arts classes designed to support their development as a visual artist. Students may then choose the cinematography concentration, where they learn techniques in lighting, composition, color theory, film, digital techniques, and camera movement. Through hands-on training, students build practical experience in their chosen field, completing a range of projects for a final reel that demonstrates their technical and creative abilities. This program is available at NYFA New York.
NYFA’s 1-Year Cinematography Certificate Program is conservatory-based and full-time, and is held over the course of two semesters.
In this program, available at our NYFA Los Angeles and New York campuses, students will learn fundamental techniques in lighting, composition, color theory, film, digital techniques, and camera movement, increasing their confidence in fast-paced, creative environments as they start to develop their Cinematography reel.
In addition to our certificate program, NYFA’s Cinematography School also offers online workshops.
These workshops are designed to give students an introduction to the craft, and throughout the workshop, students will learn techniques and build introductory knowledge from industry professionals.
NYFA’s Cinematography School was founded by professional Cinematographers to provide an intensive intellectual exploration through hands-on training. A critical element of our creative community is guidance and direction from our faculty of professional cinematographers, who prepare students for the industry using their unique, real world experience. The award-winning faculty use their enthusiasm and expertise to demystify the art of cinematography for their students, making the craft accessible through training and mentorship.
Piero Basso, AIC
Chair of Cinematography
Piero Basso, AIC Chair of Cinematography
Born in northern Italy, Piero Basso graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, Cinema, from the University of Turin. During his career, exceeding two decades, Basso has photographed 17 feature films, and TV series, along with numerous documentaries, short films, music videos and commercials.
His work has been honored at some of the most prestigious film festivals around the globe, including Venice (Una Famiglia, Competition), Locarno (Seven Acts of Mercy, Competition), Cannes (Darker than Midnight, Semaine de la Critique), Berlin (Dafne, Panorama – Fipresci Award as Best Feature Film), Turin (Santina, Competition), Oberhausen (Zakaria, Competition), Clermont-Ferrant, Busan, Huesca, Marrakech, Santa Barbara, and several others. He recently received a Best Cinematography Award at the 23rd Beverly Hills Film Festival. In 2009, he was invited to join the AIC, the exclusive Italian Association of Cinematographers.
Anthony Richmond ASC, BSC
Anthony Richmond ASC, BSC
An accomplished Cinematographer whose career spans well over six decades, Tony Richmond worked as Assistant Cameraman on such films as From Russia with Love, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Truffaut’s Fahrenheit 451, and David Leans’s Dr. Zhivago. The award-winning Cinematographer has had numerous collaborations with Director Nicolas Roeg, lensing five of his films: Don’t Look Now – for which Richmond won the prestigious BAFTA award; The Man Who Fell To Earth; Bad Timing; Heart Of Darkness; and Full Body Massage for Showtime. Some of Richmond’s other credits include: The Sandlot; Candyman; Stardust for Michael Apted; Playing God; Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights; Rough Riders for John Milius; and That’s Life and Sunset for Blake Edwards;
Richmond was also responsible for the photography of the seminal British music scene of the late 60s. He shot the Rolling Stones classic, Sympathy For The Devil for Jean-Luc Godard, and then collaborated with Michael Lindsey Hogg on The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus and the Beatles’ Let It Be. His other rock and roll credits include The Who’s The Kids Are Alright, and the documentary Glastonbury Fayre.
Richmond’s most recent credits include Good Luck Chuck; The Comebacks; Legally Blond; Ravenous; Men Of Honor; The Sweetest Thing; Someone Like You; Just Friends; John Tucker Must Die; Autopsy; Sex and Lies in Sin City; The Rocker; Alvin the Squeakquel; and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules.
MFA in Cinematography, AFI. Award-winning cinematographer living in Los Angeles. Shot four independent feature films, including “Bilal’s Stand”, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival. Photographed TV & web series including “30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust” for Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures. Additional credits as gaffer on independent features, shorts and commercials.
NYFA’s Cinematography School strives to offer an intensive and focused education that provides practical training and hands-on experience. The achievements of any NYFA alumni are the result of their hard work, perseverance, talent and circumstances, and we’re proud of our alumni who now serve as Cinematographers, Directors of Photography, as well as roles in the camera, electric, grip, and art departments.
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.