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NYFA Filmmaking, Acting, and Animation Workshops at Harvard University

Overview of New York Film Academy Harvard

NYFA programs will not be offered at Harvard University in Summer 2022, but we look forward to returning to Harvard in 2023.

All workshops are solely owned and operated by the New York Film Academy and are not affiliated with Harvard University.

Each summer, the New York Film Academy holds its programs at Harvard University, perhaps the most famous learning institution in the world.

Located in the charming, dynamic city of Cambridge, just minutes away from Boston, the “capital” of New England, Harvard charges the city with a unique and intellectually invigorating atmosphere. This of academic and creative activity challenges our students to achieve at the highest level.

Harvard University, founded 16 years after the arrival of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock, celebrated its 350th anniversary in 1986. Six presidents of the United States—including John Quincy Adams, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and John Fitzgerald Kennedy—graduated from Harvard. Its faculty have produced more than 30 Pulitzer Prize winners and 30 Nobel Laureates.

Cambridge Queen's Head at Harvard University Our workshops are held in Harvard’s historic Memorial and Lowell Halls. The learning environment is underscored by its remarkable architecture. Historic and modern landmarks fill the environs of the Old Yard, and trees and sculptures dot the courtyards. The campus provides hundreds of unique spaces for students to work on their scripts, rehearse or simply to relax. The setting, the beautiful New England summer weather, and the abundance of museums, lectures, concerts, and readings all contribute to the students’ experience.

Cambridge and Boston

Cambridge and Boston offer aspiring filmmakers an enormous variety of locations for making their films. They may want to capture the romantic image of the Harvard Crew rowing down the Charles River, or the site of Paul Revere’s historic ride, or the bustling market of Fanueil Hall. Nearby Walden Pond will inspire visiting filmmakers, actors, and animators, as it inspired Thoreau more than 150 years ago.

A hi-tech, cultured city, Cambridge is also a town in love with movies. Students can view classics, as well as the most recent independent films, at such cinemas as the trend-setting Brattle Theater in Harvard Square.


The New York Film Academy has an open enrollment. Serious students from all backgrounds are welcome to apply. No previous experience is required. However, all New York Film Academy Workshops are extremely intensive. Students who enroll should be prepared to live and breathe their work during these workshops. Given the nature of filmmaking and the necessity of working in crews, film students must be willing to devote themselves not only to their own projects, but also to their classmates’ projects. We recommend early application to guarantee a place in the workshop of your choice.

Daily Schedule

Every workshop is full-time, with classes or shooting organized nearly every day of the week. The schedules are rigorous; however, students will have the opportunity to explore the area.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Students in the New York Film Academy at Harvard will enjoy the activities and events being held in and around Harvard Yard during the summer. There are also an enormous variety of museums in the area, from Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum to the Ware Collection of Glass Flowers at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.

Cambridge itself is a vibrant college town: dozens of restaurants, cafés, bookstores, ice cream shops, and pizza parlors encircle the university. Theatrical productions are held in Cambridge throughout the summer. Students should visit the American Repertory Theatre (ART).

Finally, students can enjoy excursions to Boston, which is located a short twenty-minute train ride away.


Students in the Filmmaking Workshops shoot 16mm film on Arriflex-S cameras and portable Lowel lighting packages for every shoot. Students in the Digital Filmmaking Workshops shoot on digital cameras. Six-week students may shoot on film and digital video. All students edit digitally using digital editing software. 3-D students will animate on Maya, the industry standard. The equipment our Film Academy students use is comparable to that of the leading degree programs in the United States.


1 Week Shared Suite $870
3 Week Shared Suite $2,610
4 Week Shared Suite $3,480
 • Rooms are shared suites with shared bathrooms. No meals are included.
 • Expect to spend $250 and up per week for food - may vary depending on eating habits.
 • Students who need help may contact us at 212-674-4300.

Final Screening & Portfolio

At the conclusion of all filmmaking workshops, a screening of the students’ final films is held. This provides a unique opportunity for family, friends, and cast to see the work students have produced. Students retain digital copies of their work to include in their portfolios. Each student, upon successful completion of the program, receives a diploma.

To enroll and guarantee your place in this workshop, you may apply online or by mail and submit a $500 deposit that will be applied towards tuition. Full payment is due at least one month prior to the start of the workshop.

If you cancel your enrollment in the workshop, the following applies:
$500 is not refundable under any circumstances other than cancellation of the program; Program fees (minus the $500 deposit) are refundable until April 1st prior to the summer of enrollment. No refunds are available after April 1st prior to the summer of enrollment.

In order to cancel once you have enrolled, please contact our admissions office. Failure to cancel prior to the April 1st deadline will result in a bill for the full program fee.

In the event that we must cancel a program, all enrolled students will be notified immediately and given a full refund of program fees (including the $500 deposit).

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