At the New York Film Academy’s film school, faculty members and curriculum are focused on providing students with the real world know-how to help them achieve their goals. These achievements are the result of their hard work, perseverance, talent and circumstances. Below are some of the positions and networks in which our alumni have worked:
Hands-On Degrees, Programs, and Workshops
In film, television, and new media, the Screenwriter establishes the basic building blocks of the visual story. At NYFA’s Screenwriting School, students can learn these fundamental skills, working on multiple projects at a time and balancing an intensive workload.
Students learn to transform their ideas into structured scripts throughout the programs, exploring different media, genres, and styles. Through this hands-on approach, students gain extensive experience in screenwriting while building an impressive body of work. Students can choose from a variety of in-person and online programs at our campuses in New York and Los Angeles, as well as at NYFA Australia, that range from short-term workshops to full-fledged degree programs.
As the original disruptors of the Hollywood gate-keeping system, NYFA strives to make education in screenwriting and film accessible to the most diverse, international, and broadest spectrum of students. At our Screenwriting School, we foster an environment that is creatively challenging, respectful, and actively supportive of each unique student and a collectively diverse student body.
Our screenwriting degree programs are designed for students who wish to make a long-term commitment to the craft of writing while receiving a well-rounded education in the arts. The AFA, BFA, and MFA degree students hone their natural writing talent and create a portfolio of scripts in a range of mediums, including television, web series, feature films, short films, comic books, games, and playwriting.
Students also complete an internship, helping them learn the business side of screenwriting and gain the experience necessary to pursue creative goals in film, television, media, and entertainment. A majority of our Screenwriting degree programs are offered at NYFA Los Angeles, and our BFA in Entertainment Media is available at NYFA New York.
1-Year Screenwriting Certificate Program
In our conservatory-based certificate program, aspiring screenwriters are given the opportunity to learn how to write for the film and television industries. Through coursework and hands-on projects, students develop their own scripts, working collaboratively in a fast-paced creative environment.
Due to the rigorous nature of this program, our one-year certificate is a great fit for students looking to build practical skills as soon as possible. The 1-Year Screenwriting Certificate is available at our NYFA New York and Los Angeles campuses, as well as a one-year diploma program at NYFA Australia.
For students looking for a full-immersion screenwriting experience in a shorter period of time, NYFA offers a wide array of online and in-person workshops. These programs are designed to help students strengthen creative and technical screenwriting skills. Students focus on one script or writing project during the short-term workshops, gradually developing their script’s structure, theme, and characters.
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At NYFA’s Screenwriting School, students study under our prestigious faculty of professional screenwriters and filmmakers. Each faculty member comes from a distinct and distinguished screenwriting background and currently works in the industry, with experience at networks and media companies such as the Disney Channel, HBO, Sony, Oxygen, Imagine Entertainment/Universal Pictures, and Fox Searchlight Pictures, as well as work that has been screened at The South By Southwest Film Festival (SXSW). With their mentorship and guidance, students learn the realities and challenges of working as a professional screenwriter.
Chair of Screenwriting
Nunzio DeFilippis Chair of Screenwriting
Nunzio DeFilippis has worked, with his wife & writing partner Christina Weir, in Television, Film, Comic Books, and Games. They were on the staff of HBO’s ARLISS, wrote for Disney’s KIM POSSIBLE, and had features optioned at Hollywood Pictures, Process Media, and Humble Journey Films. They developed a video game at Sony and a TV movie (TWO STEP) at Oxygen. In comics, they write for Marvel (NEW X-MEN, HELLIONS, and NEW MUTANTS), DC (ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL, CHECKMATE, and WONDER WOMAN), and Dark Horse (DRAGON AGE). They have created the comic franchises BAD MEDICINE, THE AMY DEVLIN MYSTERIES, and FRENEMY OF THE STATE for Oni Press, and AMAZING AGENT LUNA for Seven Seas Entertainment, and are the authors of many other creator-owned comic stories. They are currently at work on a novel and continuing their series of DRAGON AGE books.
Chair of Screenwriting
Randall Dottin Chair of Screenwriting
Randall Dottin is a writer/director who works both in documentary and narrative fiction. His Columbia University MFA thesis film, A-ALIKE, was licensed for a two-year broadcast run by HBO and has won numerous awards, including the DGA Award for Best African American Student Filmmaker and the 2004 Student Academy Award for Best Narrative Film. In 2009, Randall was named by IndieWire Magazine as one of the Top Ten New Voices in Black Cinema. From 2012 to 2015, Randall wrote and directed branded content for AOL.COM, Toyota, and Essence Magazine. Randall’s short film Lifted, was sponsored by Fox Searchlight’s program for emerging directors, the Fox Searchlab. Lifted premiered on CBS in 2015. His documentary series The House I Never Knew is currently in production and explores how six families in Chicago, Houston, and Boston fight against becoming casualties of a housing segregation policy. The House I Never Knew (nee The Chicago Franchise) was chosen to participate in IFP’s Spotlight on Documentaries Program in 2018. Last year, the series received a grant from the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund.
MFA in Screenwriting, New York Film Academy.
Jenny has developed a manga for Seven Seas Entertainment. She is the creator of the web series Searching for Eden. She served as Coordinator of the Screenwriting Department for five years before taking over as Associate Chair.
The Screenwriting School at NYFA strives to offer an intensive and focused education that provides hands-on experience and practical training. The achievements of our NYFA alumni are the result of their hard work, perseverance, talent and circumstances, and we’re proud of our alumni who have gone to find great success as Screenwriters, Showrunners, Story Producers, and more. Many NYFA alumni have gone to win and receive recognition from prestigious writing organizations, film festivals, and awards, including the Writer’s Guild Award, The Emmys, the Broadcast Press Guild Award, and the BAFTAs.
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.