While there is no shortage of film schools available to aspiring filmmakers, discovering the best film schools that will truly prepare you for the challenges of the film industry can be quite difficult. After all, many of the top film schools do not so much teach the practice of film as the theory of it. At the Academy’s film school in Los Angeles, students receive an education in film unlike any other film college. Located in the heart of the movie industry with access available to students to shoot on the iconic Universal Studios backlot, students at the Academy’s film school in LA learn about how to make movies by actually making them. It is the Academy’s commitment to learning by doing, through having students study in professional film locations, that makes NYFA stand out as a top film school.
From the first day of class, students are behind the camera gaining hands-on experience in numerous exercises that expose students to the many different types of filmmaking, something that most film schools simply do not emphasize as strongly. Over the course of their program, film school students get extensive experience writing, directing, producing, and editing their own original films while also crewing on fellow students’ films in a variety of different roles, providing them with a solid foundation in how a film set works. In addition, students at the Academy’s film school in LA have access to cutting-edge equipment, including a wide range of digital and film cameras, lighting equipment, dollies, and much more. Furthermore, students study under the Academy’s renowned faculty of award-winning, professional filmmakers who remain active players in the film industry, providing students with unique insights into the realities of making films for a living.
Through the combination of the school’s learning by doing philosophy, the access students have to the city of Los Angeles and the Universal Studios backlot, and the Academy’s unparalleled facilities and faculty, it is no doubt that many consider NYFA to be the best film school available to students from around the world.
Film Courses LA
The Academy boasts a wide variety of film courses, and students enrolling in a film course at the Academy’s film school can expect to take many of the following courses.
The Director’s Craft
Digital Production Workshop
Acting for Directors
Synchronous Sound Production
Critical Film Studies
Film Crew Participation, Production, and Post-Production
Approaches to Directing
Entertainment Industry Seminar
Sound Stage Scene
Line Producing Workshop
Short Film Directing
Hands-On Camera & Lighting
Applied Film Studies
Script Supervision: Efficient Shooting
Acting for Directors
Hands-On 16mm Camera & Lighting
Film Classes LA
Students that are interested in a film class at the Academy’s film school have the opportunity to enroll year-round. The start dates and tuition information for each film class can be viewed here.
Film Degrees LA
Offered at the Academy’s LA campus, students who wish to earn a film degree can enroll in one of the Academy’s following degree programs. Please note that students can choose to study in a one- or two-year conservatory program at the Academy’s NYC campus and apply for advanced standing in a film degree program.
The film school at the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles offers a wide number of short-term workshops designed to immerse students in the fundamentals of film and digital cameras, with students able to focus on either format or both. Each film workshop is offered throughout the year, with the exception of the Special Holiday Film Workshop.
For students looking to make a full-time commitment in a non-degree film program offered at the New York Film Academy’s Los Angeles Campus, our conservatory film program is an immersive one-year commitment that provides an excellent foundation in filmmaking.
The faculty at the Academy in Los Angeles is one of the main reasons that many consider NYFA to be one of the best film schools in the world, as the roster of instructors is comprised of working professionals who come from a variety of film backgrounds, including screenwriting, producing, and acting. This diversity of backgrounds and experience is a boon to students who wish to study certain areas of filmmaking in greater detail. In addition, as active members of both the independent and Hollywood film industries, our faculty members can help each students to uncover the career path that is best for them, something that distinguishes the Academy from other film schools in Los Angeles. Some of the distinguished faculty members students will study under include the following.
Mike Civille: PhD American Studies (Boston University); MFA Film Studies (Boston University) As a film scholar, Mike has presented papers on Hollywood cinema and popular culture at the Society of Cinema and Media Studies, the Popular/American Culture Association, the California American Studies Association, the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), and the Baseball Hall of Fame. As a film director, his short After June (2006) played at several nationwide film festivals including the Tribeca Film Festival and the Palm Spring International Festival of Short Films.
Scott Marshall: A director and actor with over thirty years of experience, Marshall was exposed to the industry at a young age as an actor on such classic television shows as Laverne & Shirley, Happy Days, and Mork & Mindy. Marshall transitioned into directing with such features under his belt as Keeping Up with the Steins, Blonde Ambition, and All’s Faire in Love and War.
Upon graduating from the Academy's film school in Los Angeles, our driven film school alumni have realized their professional goals working on feature films and directing their own original films that have been shown around the world. Some of the films that our alumni have worked on include the following.
As the Academy’s Los Angeles film school is focused on preparing students to be proficient across the many different areas of film, students have numerous career opportunities available to them after graduation that include the following positions and companies.
First Assistant Director
Second Assistant Director
To learn more about the film school at the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, please call us at +1 (818) 333-3558 or click on the following links to get information and apply to the film school.