NYFA at Harvard University

Why Choose NYFA’s Programs at Harvard University

For aspiring storytellers, NYFA offers exclusive summer workshops at the Harvard University campus in filmmaking, acting for film, musical theatre, and animation. Located in the charming city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and just minutes away from Boston, Harvard has a unique and intellectually invigorating atmosphere that challenges students to achieve at the highest level.

Information about NYFA’s Youth Programs at Harvard’s campus can be found here.


Students that attend NYFA’s summer workshop will attend classes in the historic Memorial and Lowell Halls of Harvard University. During their time at Harvard, filmmaking students will have access to professional-grade equipment such as digital cameras and portable lighting packages, as well as digital editing software. The campus itself provides hundreds of unique spaces for students to work on their scripts, rehearse, and collaborate with their peers.

Off-campus, students can explore Cambridge and Boston, which offer aspiring filmmakers an enormous variety of locations for shooting 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.


During the programs at Harvard, students work alongside our experienced faculty who actively work in the industry. NYFA’s award-winning faculty use their unique professional experiences to equip students with modern tools and techniques, preparing them for the unique challenges of the filmmaking, television, media, and entertainment. It’s no coincidence that triple Oscar winners Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (Everything Everywhere All At Once) made their first film together while they were teaching assistants in NYFA’s summer program at Harvard.