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NYFA Rolling Stone Music Video school

Rolling Stone Music Video School


The New York Film Academy has joined forces with Rolling Stone, one of the most respected magazines covering the music and entertainment industries to train the next generation of music video creators.

The Four Week Rolling Stone Music Video Workshops give students the opportunity to make their own music videos in a hands-on, intensive program. Taught by professional music video makers and experts, students learn how to conceptualize, work with a record label, collaborate with a musical artist or band, produce, shoot, direct, and edit their own music videos.

Locations: New York and Los Angeles
Start Dates: Oct 4, 2016 - Oct 31, 2016
Jan 3, 2017 - Jan 28, 2017
Feb 6, 2017 - Mar 4, 2017
Mar 6, 2017 - Apr 1, 2017
Apr 3, 2017 - Apr 29, 2017
May 1, 2017 - May 26, 2017
Jul 10, 2017 - Aug 5, 2017
2016 Cost: Tuition: $3,300* (USD) plus
Equipment Fee: $500
2017 Cost: Tuition: $3,410* (USD) plus
Equipment Fee: $520

*Students will also incur additional expenses on their own productions. This varies depending on how much film they shoot and scale of the projects.
By its very nature, the music video is stylistic, expressive, evocative, and free of many of the constraints of standard narrative filmmaking. Making music videos can be a great proving ground for aspiring film and television directors helping theme develop a personal style. Accomplished filmmakers, like David Fincher (Se7en), Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich), Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), Michael Bay (Transformers), McG (Charlie's Angles), and Brett Ratner (Rush Hour) began their careers by making music videos. And established directors like Martin Scorsese, Michael Apted, and John Landis have chosen to direct music videos as a way to explore the possibilities of the medium.


The Rolling Stone/New York Film Academy Music Video workshops give students the all-around creative and technical experience and training necessary to make their own music videos. Students in the program receive hundreds of hours of hands-on instruction and actual production experience. The curriculum integrates intensive study in all the major filmmaking disciplines including cinematography, directing, screenwriting, producing, and editing. Students write, direct, and edit their own music videos and work on crew of their classmates’ productions.

Our program is for people who have the passion to plunge into full-time music video production, and to commit themselves to a focused and demanding curriculum.

No previous experience is required. However, participants must work with self-discipline, energy, and mutual respect.

As in all New York Film Academy programs, the music video course emphasizes hands-on learning. Music Video directing classes are not theoretical explorations; they are practical workshops designed to put students in the director's chair as quickly as possible. The New York Film Academy encourages students to take creative risks and find their own voices as visual artists.

Students complete the music video workshops with skills in all areas of making music videos, an enormous amount of production experience, examples of their own work, and a certificate of completion.

Music Video Craft
Production Workshop

Projects Each Student Will Complete:

Music Video One: Music and Image
Students will each choose a continuous selection of music from one to four minutes. Each will write, shoot, direct, and edit a non-performance based music video. The video may tell a story, follow an experimental structure, or explore a theme through montage.

Music Video Two: Group Project
Each student edits his or her own version of a music video produced by the class. The concept for the video will be created by the class under the supervision of the Music Video Craft teacher. Performance footage of the band or artist will be shot by the class as a group. Each student will have the opportunity to shoot “B-Roll” without the performer or band for his or her own version of the video.

Students will be trained on and make their music videos using professional HD cameras, lights, and playback gear.

Dates & Tuition

Fees For 4-Week Workshop

2017 Cost
Tuition: $3,410* (USD) +
Equipment Fee: $520

2016 Cost
Tuition: $3,300 (USD) +
Equipment Fee: $500 (USD)

4-Week Location & Available Dates

For New York City:
Oct 4, 2016 - Oct 31, 2016
Jan 3, 2017 - Jan 28, 2017
Feb 6, 2017 - Mar 4, 2017
Mar 6, 2017 - Apr 1, 2017
Apr 3, 2017 - Apr 29, 2017
May 1, 2017 - May 26, 2017
Jul 10, 2017 - Aug 5, 2017

For Los Angeles:
Jan 3, 2017 - Jan 28, 2017
Feb 6, 2017 - Mar 4, 2017
Feb 6, 2017 - Mar 4, 2017
Mar 6, 2017 - Apr 1, 2017
Apr 3, 2017 - Apr 29, 2017
May 1, 2017 - May 26, 2017
Jul 10, 2017 - Aug 5, 2017

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