STEM Education: Introduction to NYFA STEAM

The New York Film Academy’s STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics) Education Initiatives Program bridges the gap between STEM and the Arts by giving visual and performing arts students the opportunity to experience cutting-edge STEM education and live research with collaborating institutions and apply the artistic discipline of storytelling to the hands-on application of their experiences.

By providing STEM education in engineering design and the scientific method outside of traditional contexts, STEAM engages aspiring artists in science and project-based learning as they collaborate on genuine scientific research, problem-solving, and public outreach. The artist is then able to synthesize the learning into a story and further enrich the broader understanding of the knowledge gained through research. The result is stunning visual art products (PSA’s, short documentaries, and animations) that display the value of the collaboration between the Arts and STEM.


The New York Film Academy’s STEAM Education Initiatives serve to: 

  • Teach fundamental concepts in STEM to visual and performing arts students outside of traditional classroom contexts.
  • Emphasize engineering design and the scientific method through project-based learning and immersion of students in genuine scientific research involving real-time problem-solving skills.
  • Increase STEM outreach across members of the general populace through exciting visual products regularly featured on websites and social media platforms from the Academy and partnering institutions.
James Webb Space Telescope

The New York Film Academy is proud to officially collaborate with NASA and Northrop Grumman Corporation in documenting the development of the James Webb Space Telescope.

NYFA’s STEAM Education Programs Initiative visual arts students launched a film project into the stratosphere in a science collaboration with California State University, Northridge (CSUN).

Students in NYFA’s Optics for Lens Research, partner with Radiant Zemax to utilize OpticStudio 114 software to investigate the technology and construction of complex lens systems.