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A NYFA Florence student crew of three women and two men slates for a sunny outdoor shot overlooking the city. Three NYFA student crew members prepare to film an acting student with long blonde hair as she walks along a flowered path in Florence.  A NYFA Florence student crew pauses to pose with their teacher for an outdoor group photo, with the Duomo and Florence visible in the background. NYFA provides U.S. regionally accredited transcripts for study abroad students New York Film Academy in Florence, Italy

Overview of New York Film Academy Florence

Florence is the hub of the New York Film Academy in Europe. In 2008, the Government of Tuscany and the Tuscan Film Commission invited NYFA to offer our world-renowned programs in a newly renovated Renaissance-era building overlooking the Piazza San Lorenzo, in the heart of the historic center of Florence. This facility is across from the Basilica di San Lorenzo, one of the most famous churches in Florence, which houses the Medici Chapels, the burial place of the principal members of the Medici family. It is also steps away from the famous Piazza del Duomo, Santa Maria Novella, Ponte Vecchio, and the Galleria, which houses Michelangelo’s David. NYFA is also just one block away from the celebrated central market.

When studying in Florence, students can deepen their understanding and connection to the Italian culture through the creative process of filmmaking and acting for film. Florence becomes more than a historic locale; it is a place for inspiration, innovation, and immersion.

NYFA Florence’s programs challenge students to interact with their surroundings while developing professional-level skills. Filmmaking students find themselves directly intermingling with the Italian people and culture, putting their knowledge to work as they make a series of short films. Acting for Film students perform in films shot on location, bringing stories and characters to life that reflects the culture and history of Florence. As students write, direct, shoot, edit and act in their own films, they acquire a deep understanding of Italian culture. Italy’s inhabitants become the characters in their stories. Italy’s traditions and customs shape their scripts, and Italy’s unique locations provide striking environments for original student films.


Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, is a city that has inspired and nurtured artists for centuries. The first republic in Europe and the home of the Medici dynasty, Florence at its zenith was the cultural capital of the world — the magnet that drew artists, minorities, progressives, traders, the wealthy, and leaders from around the world. Florence today still buzzes with this vibrant history and inspires the next generation of creative minds. Florence is considered one of the world’s most outstanding cities to learn and practice the visual and creative arts, as the landscape bursts with beauty and stories abound in every palazzo and building.

Florence and all of Tuscany provide perfect open-air sets for shooting movies and learning the craft of filmmaking. Florence’s architecture is breathtaking: monuments, churches, bridges and ancient statues decorate the city in an incredibly unique way. Magnificent art galleries, including the Uffizi Museum contain some of the most famous works of the most important artists in the world.

Florence and Tuscany have been the set for many famous movies, such as “Room with a View,” “Hannibal,” “Under the Tuscan Sun,” “The English Patient,” “Inferno,” and many others.

Students are encouraged to scout locations and shoot their films using these amazing venues as backdrops for their movies. Students are also encouraged to explore and utilize other picturesque towns, such as Fiesole, Pisa, Lucca, Siena, and Chianti and to utilize these small towns and the natural environment of Tuscany as their sets — all a short bus or train ride away.


The New York Film Academy has an open enrollment; serious students from all backgrounds are welcome to apply. No previous experience is required. New York Film Academy Workshops are extremely intensive and students should be prepared to live and breathe their work during these workshops. Given the nature of filmmaking and the necessity of working in crews, students must be willing to devote themselves not only to their own projects, but to their classmates’ projects as well. As space is limited, we recommend early application to guarantee a place in the program.


Through a partnership with Endicott College, all students who study abroad through programs at Florence, Paris, Beijing, Shanghai, and Gold Coast have the opportunity to receive U.S. regionally accredited transcripts.**

Get more information on studying abroad for transferable credit and see a full list of eligible international locations and programs here.

**This partnership excludes NYFA’s U.S. locations.
Please note: The New York Film Academy makes no representation that credits awarded by NYFA or Endicott College will be accepted or applied toward the completion of any degree or certificate by any other postsecondary institution. The acceptance of transfer credits is always governed by the receiving school.


NYFA Florence is more than a traditional program of study. Our curriculum is focused, intensive, and extremely hands-on, requiring participants to work with self-discipline, energy, and commitment. English is the language of instruction at all NYFA locations. Currently, NYFA Florence offers courses of various lengths in filmmaking and acting for film.

Our diverse international faculty is comprised of experienced instructors and professional filmmakers who have earned their terminal degrees from the most prestigious film programs in the United States. The instructors at NYFA Florence are faculty from the College’s U.S. campuses in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, and are among the institution’s longest standing and most respected teachers. As well, NYFA Florence often welcomes guest lecturers from the Italian and European filmmaking communities.


Diana Santi
Phone: +39 055 238 2295
U.S. Phone: +1 212-674-4300
Address: Piazza San Lorenzo, 2
               50123 Florence

For those interested in study abroad for Endicott credit, please email us at or call us at +1 212-674-4300.

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