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New York Film Academy Film School

Film School at New York Film Academy

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Film School

Each student writes, shoots, directs, and edits his/her own film

Review Of The NYFA Film School

Learn Filmmaking at one of the Best Film Schools in the U.S.A.

Beyond the theory and history of cinema, the New York Film Academy places an emphasis on hands-on experience. Students gain invaluable experience directing and shooting their own films and serving as integral crewmembers on other students' films. In their numerous projects, students take on roles such as director, cinematographer, writer and editor and experience first-hand what it's like to be a part of a film production. This hands-on experience in writing, directing, shooting, and editing is a large part of what makes the New York Film Academy the best film school for so many students.

Based in the major U.S. film hubs of New York City, Los Angeles, and South Beach (Miami), the Academy’s film school offers innumerable opportunities for students to take full advantage of the many unique and singular locations offered by the city. From the first day of class, students take their cameras out in the city to begin gathering crucial knowledge, such as framing shots, working with light, and other essential techniques.

Filmmaking Courses

When taking one of the New York Film Academy’s filmmaking programs, students can expect to take the following courses depending on the particular curriculum of the workshop or program in which they enrolled.

Director’s Craft Production Workshop Hands-on Camera and Lighting
Editing Budgeting and Scheduling Sound Editing and Design
Sound Design The Lighting Package Hands-on Camera and Lighting - Digital Video
Special Lectures The Camera Package Documentary Filmmaking
Casting Advanced Directing Advanced Hands-on Camera
Producing Feature Screenwriting Location Sound Recording
Cinematography Sync-Sound Filmmaking Advanced Production Workshop
35mm Filmmaking Feature Film Directing Pre-Production, Production & Post-Production
New Media Advanced Post Production Sound Stage Scene Workshop
Screenwriting I Screenwriting II Advanced Line Producing Workshop
Production Design Applied Film Studies The Business of Filmmaking


Students interested in enrolling in a film program or workshop at the New York Film Academy can do so year-round, as NYFA offers rolling admissions. To learn more about the start dates and tuition rates for the Academy’s film classes, please click here.


As a college, NYFA offers the following film degree programs:

Not all degrees are offered at all locations.

There are options for students to transfer their credits from conservatory programs for advanced standing in their film degree. There are also options available to transfer credits between campuses. For example, you may choose to study your first one or two years of your BFA in New York then transfer to Los Angeles for the remainder of the program. Details can be discussed with your admissions counselor.


Part of what makes NYFA one of the best film schools in the world is the vast variety of film workshops designed for every schedule and learning goal. Students can choose to enroll in one of the following short-term filmmaking workshops.


The New York Film Academy’s film school in NYC and LA, offers two immersive conservatory programs that provide students with a comprehensive education in filmmaking.

South Beach (Miami) offers the 1-Year Conservatory Film Program only.


The New York Film Academy is one of the top film schools due in large part to its faculty of accomplished and working filmmakers. Faculty members come from unique backgrounds and experiences to help provide each student with as well-rounded an education as possible. Students enrolling at the film school in New York City will likely study under some, if not all, of the following faculty members.

  • Learn more about photography faculty from the New York campus here.
  • Learn more about photography faculty from the Los Angeles campus here.
  • Learn more about photography faculty from the South Beach campus here.

Student Body

Considered one of the best film schools both domestically and abroad, the New York Film Academy boasts a diverse mix of students from countries all across the globe including Brazil, Mexico, India, Hong Kong, France, Japan, China, United Kingdom, Russia, Germany, and many more. Our student body consists of approximately 50% American students and 50% international. This diverse mix of nationalities and cultures allows students to collaborate not only on an industry level but also on a cultural one.


Since its inception in 1992, the film school at the New York Film Academy has been honored to teach filmmaking to students with a passion for visual storytelling. Many of them have gone on to work on notable film and tv projects or for companies and organizations including those listed below. NYFA does not represent that these are typical or guaranteed career outcomes. The success of our graduates in any chosen professional pathway depends on multiple factors, and the achievements of NYFA alumni are the result of their hard work, perseverance, talent and circumstances.

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To obtain more information about the New York Film Academy’s film school, you can contact us via telephone at +1 (212) 674-4300 as well as click on the below links to learn more.

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