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New York Film Academy Filmmaking

Filmmaking School at New York Film Academy

A female NYFA student director works with a RED camera on a sound stage. A 6-person NYFA student crew in a warehouse films a tall actor in a black fedora. Two male NYFA students in black hats lean over their camera to inspect an indoor shot angle.

Filmmaking School at New York Film Academy

NYFA students write, shoot, direct, and edit their own films

Review Of The Filmmaking Program



What makes our filmmaking programs and workshops unique?

Become a filmmaker by making films. At the New York Film Academy, you will learn by doing from day one through hands-on experience. Students learn through trial and error, receive feedback and correction from our award-winning faculty, and are able to ask their questions and receive individualized attention in supervised workshops. Your teachers will demystify the craft of film production and challenge you to master the art of visual storytelling. Become a filmmaker through immersion in the process and by learning the "why's" that inspire the "how's."

A NYFA student with a bob haircut concentrates as she adjusts the settings on her RED camera during a project shoot. In the creation of our film school and curriculum, we worked with students and faculty from around the world. We adapted the best ideas and elements from the top university film schools and designed an alternative which provides a thorough grounding in filmmaking, and is also flexible in meeting the diverse needs of our students.

We teach the art and craft of filmmaking through a dynamic blend of classroom instruction, hands-on film workshops, and immediate directing experience. Students are behind the camera from the first day of class and will learn about and explore the numerous visual, dramatic, and technical challenges that face directors. In addition to writing, producing, directing, and editing their own films, students assist other members of their crews in the roles of director of photography, assistant cameraperson, and gaffer/grip, providing everyone with extensive set experience. Ultimately, through intensive hands-on instruction, our goal is to empower students to tell stories artfully, cinematically, and originally.

A blonde student cinematographer in a NYFA shirt wears a steadicam while his classmate in sunglasses helps him make a camera adjustment. Another wonderful aspect of our film school is the student body. The Film Academy draws an incredibly diverse, international group of film students who share a passion for telling stories with moving images. One recent film school class included students from the United States, Canada, France, Italy, England, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, Australia, Singapore, Mexico, Brazil, India, Israel, Japan, and China. Working on student projects alongside peers from different countries and cultures is excellent training for the realities of cooperation on a professional film set, and also offers our students personal opportunities to learn more about new stories and cultures.

The combination of non-stop collaborative work, diverse cultures and experiences, and a shared passion for film make our filmmaking workshops and programs intensely enriching experiences. Students forge professional and personal bonds that often extend beyond school. Students often say that the New York Film Academy's program, workshop, or one of our filmmaking camps was the most exciting, difficult, and rewarding creative experience they have ever had.

At the end of each of the Film Academy filmmaking courses, the students’ final films are celebrated in a school screening open to cast, crew, friends and family. All students who successfully complete their long-term program or short-term workshop will receive a New York Film Academy certificate, and will leave the film school with a digital master tape of all their projects.

Filmmaking Equipment

Our Film Academy students learn to work with industry-standard equipment and software, comparable to what is used in the entertainment industry.

Students in the four, six and eight-week filmmaking workshops shoot with industry-standard digital cameras and portable lighting packages for every shoot. Students in the short-term filmmaking workshops shoot on digital video cameras.

Students in the 1-Year Filmmaking Program will use Arri-SR II 16mm cameras, the 35mm Panavision camera, and HD digital video cameras.

In all filmmaking programs and digital editing school workshops, students are trained in using digital editing software.

Universal Studios' exclusive prop and costume collection -- which regularly supplies Hollywood blockbusters -- will be made available at a special rate for New York Film Academy students attending at the NYFA Los Angeles location.

A NYFA student in a bowler hat adjusts her RED camera while her classmate watches the scene they are framing.

Final Screening / Portfolio

At the conclusion of all filmmaking workshops, a screening of the students' final films is held in each of our film and acting schools, providing a unique opportunity for family and friends to see the work students have produced. Students retain the digital master tapes of their work to include in their portfolios. Each student, upon successful completion of the program, receives a NYFA certificate.

Degrees Offered:

MFA Filmmaking
MA Filmmaking
BFA Filmmaking
AFA Filmmaking


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