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New York Film Academy Photography

Photography Degrees & Conservatory Programs

Photo by NYFA photography school grad Joseph Bornilla Photo by photography school grad Giovanna Lanna Photo by photography school grad Melisa Mizrakli

Overview of Our Hands-on Photography Degrees

Offered at the New York Film Academy’s Los Angeles and South Beach campuses, students can choose to enroll in the undergraduate BFA or graduate MFA photography degree programs. For students uncertain whether to make a three- to four-year commitment, they can enroll in our one- or two-year conservatory program in NYC or LA and apply their coursework toward credit in a degree program.

The BFA photography degree program can be completed in either three years without taking summer breaks or four years with summer breaks. In addition to receiving hands-on education in the many different technical and aesthetic demands of photography, BFA students also take a full course load in Liberal Arts and Sciences to help them develop the critical thinking skills that will help them well after they complete the program. The MFA photography degree program is a two-year commitment spread over four semesters for students with a background in photography to participate in an accelerated program dedicated to developing students’ photography skills.

All MFA, BFA, 1- and 2-Year Photography Program tuition includes a DSLR and lens, which is yours to keep, that allows you to shoot stills and video. Each year, Photography students have the option to join a special NYFA expedition.*

*The expedition is planned and supervised by NYFA faculty and staff. Please note: participants pay for the costs of their transportation, accommodation, and food. The trip is scheduled during a school vacation or semester break. It is offered as an optional experience, students and alumni are not required to participate.

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