Master of Fine Arts in Acting for Film

Develop Advanced Audition and Acting Techniques

During the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Acting for Film Degree program, students build mastery and expertise in the craft of acting through technical, emotional, and physical coursework and projects. Throughout their studies, students master advanced techniques and challenge their range through the rigorous curriculum, moving beyond their comfort zone and developing advanced skills in audition and performance.

In addition to a number of projects they may add to their reel, students also write, produce, act in their own thesis capstone film. The MFA in the Acting for Film program is a great fit for actors with previous training and experience looking to advance their skills in front of the camera, and gain more knowledge in the craft.

Faculty Highlights

Interview with Creative Director, Lynda Goodfriend

Interview with South Beach Chair, Mark Mocahbee

Acting for Film

Anthony R. Mottola  

Anthony R. Mottola


Vicente Alumna Morales  

Vicente Alumna Morales

Actor | Writer | Director

Rita Casman  

Rita Casman

Actor | Producer



The MFA Acting for Film curriculum includes:

  • Advanced study in the principles of acting techniques through scene work and instruction in a variety of techniques including Meisner, Hagen and Adler
  • Instruction and critique by award-winning faculty and staff who actively work in the film and television industry
  • Ample opportunities to act in short films or scenes on peer films for additional contribution to reels
  • Access to professional-grade video, sound, and light equipment from our extensive collection
  • The opportunity to work, collborate, and network with student Filmmakers, Screenwriters, and Producers

To learn more about the MFA program, refer to NYFA’s Course Catalog or request more information.

If you are a non-native English-speaking student who meets all admissions requirements for a NYFA degree program, except for English proficiency, apply to our International Pathway Program!



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Please note: Equipment, curriculum, and projects are subject to change and may vary depending on location. Students should consult the most recently published campus catalog for the most up-to-date curriculum.