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.
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.
The MFA in Acting for Film at NYFA is an accredited, accelerated full-time, five-semester program. NYFA makes the accelerated 20-month schedule possible by creating an extended academic year, allowing students to complete all five semesters in under two years.
To audition for the degree or one and two year programs at NYFA, prospective students must submit an application, as well as two recorded contrasting contemporary monologues. To learn more, visit our Audition Requirements page.
Students enrolled in the Acting for Film MFA program complete an array of additional projects, such as a voiceover demo reel and an original final thesis film. In the thesis, students write, produce, and act in their own unique film. Students also participate in the Industry Showcase. To learn more about the projects that Acting for Film MFA candidates complete, visit our projects page.
This hands-on MFA curriculum is supported by History and Theory Courses such as Film History, Critical Writing, and examination of the great screenplays.
To learn more, visit NYFA’s History and Theory Courses page.
The Acting for Film MFA is available in Los Angeles and South Beach. MFA Acting for Film students may also have the opportunity to complete their degree at more than one domestic NYFA campus – Los Angeles and South Beach, Miami. This option allows students to continue their MFA degree program in another prominent city for film, media, and entertainment. Please note that limitations apply (i.e. transfers will only be allowed at certain points within the program) and all campus transfers must be approved by the department chair and between US-based campuses. For more information, please visit our cross campus study page.
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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.