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New York Film Academy Degrees

Degree Programs at the New York Film Academy

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About Our Degree Programs

Whether one is just out of high school or considering pursuing a graduate degree, attending a degree program provides students with the opportunity to commit themselves to an intensive regimen of classes, coursework, and projects. The New York Film Academy offers a wide range of degree programs that allow students to focus on the development of their chosen craft, whether it be Filmmaking, Acting for Film, Photography, Game Design, or another one of our many Visual and Performing Arts programs.

The Academy offers all of our degree programs at our Los Angeles campus while students can also earn an MFA or BFA Degree in Filmmaking, Acting, or Photography at the Academy’s South Beach campus. In addition, students also have the opportunity to attend a one- or two-year conservatory program at our campus in New York City and apply their credits for advanced standing in a degree program.

Master of Fine Arts Overview

In the arts, a Master of Fine Arts or MFA is the highest degree a student can achieve as students generally spend two years intensely studying and mastering their chosen area of art. To enroll in an MFA program at the Academy, a student must have a Bachelor’s degree from a post-secondary institution that is recognized by the United States Department of Education. While students do not need to have a bachelor’s degree in the same area of study for which they are applying, they should have a strong background in the arts and also submit a Creative Portfolio that demonstrates that they are able to study at the graduate level.

Students that have received their bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a foreign institution and want to apply to an MFA program at the Academy are required to supply a credentials comparison evaluation of the work completed as an undergraduate. To learn more about the requirements and materials needed to apply to the Academy’s MFA degree programs, please click here.

The New York Film Academy offers MFA degrees in the following areas of study.

Master of Arts Overview

The New York Film Academy also offers two Master of Arts or MA programs for students who wish to complete their graduate study in a single year at our Los Angeles campus. Our Master of Arts in Film & Media Production is comprised of three semesters in which students will study and create film media projects across different formats and genres. Students can also enroll in our MA Producing degree program and spend two semesters immersed in the study and practice of their craft. The requirements for applying to the MA programs are the same as those used for MFA applicants. Click the following links to learn more about the MA programs.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Overview

Designed for students who wish to earn a bachelor’s degree while concentrating heavily on a particular craft, the BFA programs combine intensive hands-on education in a student’s chosen craft with foundational courses in the Liberal Arts and Sciences that provide students with the critical thinking skills that will help students to achieve their professional goals after graduation. The curriculum is thus divided with two-thirds of a student’s course load focused on immersing students in the many facets of their chosen discipline with the remainder focused on the Humanities and Sciences.

Unlike many other BFA programs, students have the option to complete the Academy’s BFA programs in only three years if they choose not to take summer breaks. If a student does opt to take summer breaks, the program takes four years to complete.

All students pursuing an undergraduate Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the New York Film Academy must be proficient in English and have earned a high school diploma or an acceptable equivalent. In addition to the Supporting Materials required—which consist of a completed application form, proof of English proficiency, SAT or ACT scores, two letters of recommendation, and a narrative statement—each applicant must submit a Creative Portfolio that illustrates the applicant’s ability to take on undergraduate level study, and shows a potential for success within his or her chosen profession. To learn more about the BFA application process, please click here.

Students have the option to either apply online or download the application for the BFA degree program by clicking here. You can learn more about each specific BFA program by following the links below.

Bachelor of Arts Overview

Similar in structure and length as our BFA programs, our Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies is an eight-semester program offered at out Los Angeles campus designed for students to take a wide-ranging investigation into established and emerging media arts. Students focus on three areas of concentrated study, including Critical Studies, Communication and Marketing, and Interactive Narratives. In addition to their studies into the media arts, students also complete a full regimen in the Liberal Arts & Sciences for a well-rounded education.

Like our BFA programs, the BA degree program can either be completed in three or four years, depending on if the student chooses to take summer breaks. In addition, students must possess a high school diploma or its equivalent and be proficient in English. To fulfill the application process, students must submit a finished application, proof of English proficiency, SAT or ACT scores, two letters of recommendation, a narrative statement, and a Creative Portfolio that demonstrates that an applicant is able to successfully complete his or her course of study.

To learn more about our BA in Media Studies, please click on the following link.

Associate of Fine Arts Overview

The Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degree programs at the New York Film Academy’s campus in Los Angeles is a two-year undergraduate program that allow students to concentrate exclusively on their chosen craft while earning an Associate’s degree. Students enrolling in an AFA program can expect an intensive and hands-on education in which they will learn the fundamentals of their craft and creating original projects.

To apply to one of the Academy’s AFA programs, students must demonstrate they have graduated from high school or have earned a high school equivalency certificate. In addition, students must also submit a completed New York Film Academy AFA application, a $65 non-refundable application fee, proof of English proficiency if their native language is not English, one letter of recommendation, a narrative statement, and an optional Creative portfolio. To learn more about the AFA admissions policy, please click here.

More information about our individual AFA degree programs can be found below.

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