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

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

In this day and age, there are seemingly countless film schools for aspiring filmmakers to choose from, but it is the best film schools that not only immerse students in the fundamentals of filmmaking, but also provide hands-on training to best prepare them to achieve a successful career in film.

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 independent film hub of New York City, 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, gaining crucial knowledge in framing shots, using natural and direct lighting, and other essential techniques. Furthermore, students study under the film college’s faculty of working professional filmmakers who provide invaluable insight into everything from how to operate state-of-the-art equipment to finding success as a filmmaker in New York City.

Film 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

Film Classes

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.

Film Degrees

Film school students enrolled at the New York Film Academy’s NYC campus have the option of transferring their credits to NYFA’s Los Angeles campus for advanced standing in one of the following film degree programs.

Film Workshops

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.

Film Programs

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

Film Faculty

The New York Film Academy is one of the top film schools due in large part to its faculty of accomplished and working filmmakers who each come from unique backgrounds and experiences to help provide each student with as well-rounded of 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.
NYFA film school chair Claude Kerven Claude Kerven: A director and screenwriter with over thirty years of experience, Kerven is best known for his work as the director of over twenty-five film and video segments for Saturday Night Live. He is an Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Children’s Special for his directing work on High School Narc, a DGA Award nominee for Birthday Boy, and is the winner of an Academy Award for Best Dramatic Student Film. He is also the co-writer of the feature length films Mortal Thoughts, The Shadow War, and Darkman and the Circus of Fear.

NYFA film school co-chair Michael Sandoval Michael Sandoval: A film director, cinematographer, and writer, Sandoval has directed a trio of short films - Papi, Ariana, and The Good Son - which have appeared in such reputable film festivals as the Berlin Film Festival, Palm Springs, Slamdance, Toronto Short Film Festival, and Margaret Meade Doc Festival. He also served as the cinematographer for a number of film and television productions that include the full-length documentary Horizontes sin Dueño and the short film The Encounter.

NYFA film school chair of short-term programs Jonathan Whittaker Jonathan Whittaker: Having receiving his MA in Media Studies from The New School, Whittaker is a partner and founding member of the New York-based production company ManInHat. He has over fifteen years of film industry experience in which he has produced, directed, and shot a variety of productions that include short films, live concerts, music videos, TV shows, feature documentaries, and more. Notable clients of his include Nissan, Sony Pictures, DirecTV, Gillette, and Sports Illustrated.

Film Student Body

Considered one of the best film schools both locally 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 is comprised 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.

Film Alumni

Since its inception in 1992, the film school at the New York Film Academy has graduated countless filmmakers who have gone on to secure enviable positions in the film industry and direct their own films. Some of the notable films that alumni have worked on include the following movies.

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Tower Heist movie poster Wrath of the Titans movie poster Bully movie poster

Career Opportunities

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. Here are some examples of the job opportunities available to graduates from the Academy’s film school.

Film Director Television Director Director of Photography
Assistant Director Set Manager Artistic Director
Production Supervisor Film Editor Assistant Film Editor
Camera Operator Audio Recordist Camera Assistant

Contact Us

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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