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  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Students Visit the Getty Villa

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    New York Film Academy (NYFA) students visited the Getty Villa recently, and came away with some very positive experiences. As part of their studies in filmmaking, acting, and other visual and performing arts, NYFA students must take liberal arts courses in order to complete their Bachelor of Fine Arts studies.

    The students taking Art History this semester were able to take advantage of the unique cultural opportunities available to the Los Angeles region, including the Getty Villa on the Malibu coast.
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    The Getty Villa is a one-of-a-kind museum experience that launches students deep into the world of ancient Greece and Rome. After spending class time looking at the artwork and discussing the culture and history of ancient societies, the students were able to absorb the art they’ve been analyzing as closely as possible to its original context.

    Here are some of the reactions NYFA’s Art History students had after their trip to the Getty Villa:

    “It was really amazing that I can see in the Getty what I learned in the class about Greek & Roman art—it made me understand the lectures that we had in the class more.”

    “I learned a lot of things, like about how the ancient people brought tributes to their gods and how they portrayed them on almost anything. The coins were something that shocked me—to see how they where handmade and it was so elaborate despite being so small. Also that art was something expensive and considered for upper classes and how you can even see that on the thumbs of the people.”

    “It has changed and has showed me some things I would love to have in my house one day.”

    “Seeing these works in person is really valuable for students—it made me understand and remember what we learned in the class.”

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    April 13, 2019 • Liberal Arts and Sciences • Views: 5

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Students Tour the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

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    Vampire bats, West African flying squirrels, pangolins and tigers — oh my! 

    During their field trip to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, New York Film Academy (NYFA) students from this summer’s environmental biology course saw a myriad of species firsthand that most people will never be lucky enough to encounter. 

    Mammal Collections Manager Dr. Jim Dines gave a behind-the-scenes tour for the students and generously introduced them to the world of natural history collections and explained the importance of museum specimens to scientific endeavors.

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    The specimens presented have been collected and preserved over the past century for use in ongoing and future biodiversity research. Students also learned about specimen preparation and the usage of specimens for animation and filmmaking

    The environmental biology course is part of NYFA’s Liberal Arts and Sciences department, where the creative artists pursuing their degrees at NYFA can build a foundation in courses ranging from Arts & Humanities to History of Art, Theatre & Media to the Social and Natural Sciences.

    The New York Film Academy thanks Dr. Jim Dines and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County for giving NYFA students an invaluable insight into this amazing resource and the chance to see and feel such remarkable animals!

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    February 20, 2019 • Liberal Arts and Sciences • Views: 733

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Teaches Science and the Movies

    Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailThis semester, the Liberal Arts and Sciences department of the New York Film Academy (NYFA) has opened three new Science elective courses for our BFA students: Principles of the Physical Sciences, General Biology, and (everyone’s favorite) Science and the Movies.

    These new courses add to existing science electives Anatomy and Physiology, Geology, and Geography. Furthermore, this semester NYFA is introducing more amazing tools and resources to aid in the student’s learning process, including microscopes and other lab materials.NYFA Liberal Arts & Sciences

    This new additional hands-on-equipment stays true to NYFA’s “learn by doing” pedagogical approach that is applied to its degree and conservatory programs, including filmmaking, acting for film, cinematography, screenwriting, documentary, photography, animation, and musical theatre.

    For BFA students at the New York Film Academy, the liberal arts and sciences is an invaluable part of their curriculum, crucial to the the development of a creative artist. The department, chaired by NYFA’s Dean of General Education, Dr. Mary Samuelson, offers a broad array of classes in the Arts & Humanities, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences, and History of Art, Theatre & Media.

    In science instructor Camille Boag’s General Biology class, students recently explored common backyard critters under the microscope, squealing at the intricate hairs on a spider’s leg and marveling at the delicate pattern of a butterfly’s wing. These students will never look at a flower the same way again after dissecting them in class, identifying their reproductive organs and reflecting on exactly why these small creatures look they way they do.

    Science instructor Fred Siegel had his students explore the laws of physics in his Physical Sciences course, investigating the principles of reflection and refraction, the relationships between lens shape, focal length and aperture, and measuring the variables which influence the motion of a pendulum. Students clearly had a blast, and were in agreement that learning via hands-on laboratory exercises is an invaluable experience.

    What better way to learn Science?!

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    October 24, 2018 • Liberal Arts and Sciences • Views: 408