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New York Film Academy Directing

Directing School at the New York Film Academy Los Angeles

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Gain Hands-on Directing Experience

Becoming a director requires an understanding of the entire filmmaking process. Much like a master of ceremonies, a film director must manage a wide variety of departments and individuals to ultimately create a satisfying production. But a director is not simply someone who sits on high, overseeing a production to ensure her or his vision is fully realized. Rather, the director is someone with an intimate understanding of what each department does and needs to accomplish who is able to lead each towards functioning as a whole.

It can take years to become a director and gain a full understanding of the many skillsets that go into building a film. The New York Film Academy’s film directing program in Los Angeles uses a hand-on directing curriculum to immerse students in the wide-range of skills and knowledge that a director can draw on to tell a visual story. The film directing program in Los Angeles is designed to immerse aspiring directors in the realities of their craft, placing them in every role imaginable with a focus on developing their directorial voice. In a single year at the Academy’s film programs, directing students will write, shoot, direct, and edit eight of their own original films while serving in a variety of crew positions on twenty-eight other productions.

At our LA film directing program students can expect to find themselves behind the camera from the first day of class, studying with the Academy’s renowned faculty of professional filmmakers and movie directors. With each faculty member coming from a distinct background and possessing a unique set of expertise, students receive an extremely well-rounded and varied education. Whether a student takes a short-term workshop or a long-term program, he or she receives a intensive and practical education in film direction.

Directing Courses LA

After enrolling in a filmmaking program at the Academy in Los Angeles, students can expect to take a variety of directing courses, including some of the following.

Director’s Craft Cinematography Digital Editing
Screenwriting Digital Production Workshop Acting for Directors
Producing Sync Sound Production Sound Design
Thesis Film: Production


The Academy offers directing programs year-round, enabling students to apply at any point during the year to enroll in a directing class of their choice. Click here to learn more.

Directing Degrees LA

Students who wish to concentrate on studying filmmaking while earning a degree are recommended to learn more about the following filmmaking degree programs. Students are able to complete the degree programs at either our LA or Miami campuses.

Directing Programs LA

The Academy’s Los Angeles directing program offers a conservatory filmmaking program that help a student to hone his or her directorial skills. In addition, students have the option of applying the credit earning from a filmmaking program towards advanced standing in a filmmaking program. Click on the following links to learn more.

Directing Workshops LA

Designed for students who wish to learn a great deal in a short period of time, a directing workshop at the Academy in Los Angeles is an ideal option. Learn more about the workshops below.

Directing Faculty LA

In addition to working with state-of-the-art equipment, students are guided through the craft of directing by our faculty of experienced and professional directors and filmmakers. With credits that stretch across the spectrum of different mediums—from feature films to television to music videos and much more—the faculty at the directing program in Los Angeles impart their considerable experience to students while providing insightful and hands-on instruction in the best practices of directing.
Ed Timpe Ed Timpe: MFA in Production with a concentration in Cinematography, Chapman University; BS in Kinesiology, Indiana University. Timpe has had his graduate thesis film screened in festivals around the world.

NYFA film school LA associate chair Rick Curnutt Rick Curnutt, Associate Chair: Curnutt obtained his BA in Cultural Anthropology from Boston University and his MFA in Film Directing from Chapman University. His past experience includes working with the Trench Film Group in Beijing where he worked as a director, editor, and cinematographer on a number of award-winning documentaries, films, and music videos. His film Run China was listed as one of the “Top 10 Documentaries of the Year” at the Chine National Documentary Society Film Festival Guanghzhou in 2005. He has also directed the short films Potty Talk, Alarm, and Free Lunch.

Contact Us

If you wish to learn more about the directing programs and workshops offered at the Academy’s film school, please call us at +1 (818) 333-3558 or contact us by email at In addition, please follow the below links for more information and to apply online.

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