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NYFA Conservatory: Why a 1-Year Program Is Your Next Life-Hack

We’ve all heard inspiring rags-to-riches tales of celebrities who found their big break by being discovered in malls or whisked away from their ordinary job by a chance encounter with a talent scout, director or agent. While we can’t deny this fairy tale does sometimes come true in real life, for most professional visual and performing artists the road to success is paved with hard work — and excellent training. If you’re considering the arts, you may want to consider updating your training.

Whether your dream is to make magic behind the camera, on the screen, or in post-production, don’t wait for a chance encounter with fate: you can take matters into your own hands by pursuing hands-on training in the skills you’ll need to change your own life and learn to be an artist.

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Daydreams Come True

It’s never too late to pursue your dream, but it’s important to understand what tools you’ll need along the way. It can seem like there’s a huge gap between daydreaming at your day job and actually living your dream. The good news is that there is one secret weapon that can help you find your footing as you develop professional skills while saving time: a conservatory program.

Why a Conservatory?

Picture spending all day every day doing only what you love, all while working closely with and learning from people who are experts in what you want to do. That’s a conservatory: intensive artistic training in a creative environment designed to push aspiring artists to develop their skills to the highest level.

A conservatory program is a little bit different than traditional college. Rather than requiring classes in a core curriculum of all subjects, a conservatory allows students to focus exclusively on their subject. The intensive focus allows conservatory students to develop a unique depth of understanding for their craft and receive specific training relevant to their specialty in the arts.

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At the New York Film Academy, our conservatory programs offer students from all backgrounds the training and experience they need to rise to a professional level and build a body of original work. The New York Film Academy’s conservatory is unique because we believe in “learning by doing.” That defines everything we do, and our hands-on instruction helps our students learn to handle the real-world challenges of their chosen industry, whether that’s a working film set, an animation studio, a photography studio, or a Broadway stage. In one or two years at NYFA, students complete more training in less time through an intensive, project-based curriculum crafted to prepare professionals for the real world.

Hands-On Learning

Starting on day one, we put our conservatory students in real-world situations, whether that’s behind the camera, in front of the camera, or working with software to create their own digital works of art. Learning hands-on challenges our students to learn to think on their feet, adapt and problem solve — all skills that are essential for work in the arts. Collaborative projects allow our students to work together, build a strong network, and learn to see their chosen craft from every angle.

Industry Teachers

Our students learn from a faculty of working professionals who are still active in their fields. This means that our instructors offer a direct line to the heartbeat of current industry trends and provide vital insight to the business side of the professional arts.

Incredible Locations

If you’re excited about the idea of spending a year or two changing your life through one of NYFA’s conservatory programs, check out our campus locations:

NYFA New York

If you are looking for a sense of adventure, choose a conservatory program at NYFA New York City. Our campuses at 17 Battery Place and 26 Broadway place students in the heart of one of the world’s most diverse cities, the home of independent film, the proving ground for actors, and the theatre capital of the world. For the artistic soul, New York City is alive with unimaginable hope and inspiration, and students will recognize the setting of many beloved films and television series shot in the city, from “The Godfather,” “Ghostbusters,” “Taxi Driver” and “Do the Right Thing” to “Madmen,” “Broad City,” and “30 Rock.”

NYFA Los Angeles

NYFA Los Angeles is in the heart of Hollywood, the birthplace of American cinema and the heart of the film industry. From the sunny and inspiring city to the nearby beaches and mountains, students are in the perfect place to create their own original projects in the same city that served as the location for countless classic and contemporary films and television shows, from “Sunset Boulevard,” “The Graduate,” “Tangerine,” and “Nightcrawler” to “Star Trek,” “Game of Thrones,” and “Broke Girls.” And NYFA students have unique entertainment industry opportunities, such as working on the prestigious Universal Studios backlot and in Warner Brothers facilities. 

NYFA South Beach

“The Gateway of the Americas,” Miami is a city of diverse culture, sun, and energy, with gleaming white beaches, turquoise ocean waters, a beautiful Art Deco district, and a famed nightlife and restaurant scene that draws visitors, artists, and industry leaders from around the world. Located in the heart of the gorgeous South Beach neighborhood of Miami, NYFA South Beach offers conservatory students the opportunity to make art while exploring one of the most vibrant cities in the U.S. Miami has served as the location for many major films and television shows, including “Scarface,” “The Birdcage,” “Jane the Virgin,” and 2016’s Academy Award-winning film for Best Picture, “Moonlight.”

NYFA Australia

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The New York Film Academy Australia has two campuses, in Sydney and Gold Coast, where conservatory students can can attain their CUA60615 – Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media or CUA51015 – Diploma of Screen and Media.

NYFA Australia: Gold Coast

Our Gold Coast (Queensland) campus is located in a state-of-the-art facility in Southport, directly across from the Gold Coast Broadwater with a popular waterfront promenade, large estuary and attractive parklands. We also have our own production studios on-site at the renowned Village Roadshow Studios, where our students have the opportunity to do their production work in the backlot, the filming location of international blockbusters including “San Andreas,” “Unbroken,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” “The Shallows,” “Kong: Skull Island,” and “Thor: Ragnarok,” among many others.

NYFA Australia: Sydney

Australia’s largest and most famous city, Sydney is considered the jewel of the Southern Hemisphere, with one of the most beautiful harbors, great surf beaches, a magnificent opera house, and an eclectic film and music scene that adds to rich cultural environment. NYFA students have access to premier facilities and equipment and can create their own work throughout Sydney’s beautiful beaches, iconic buildings, historic landmarks, award-winning restaurants, and a uniquely vibrant culture. Sydney has served as the location for numerous blockbusters such as “The Great Gatsby,” “The Matrix,” “Stealth,” “Babe,” “Crocodile Dundee,” “Wolverine,” “Mad Max The Road Warrior,” and “Mission Impossible II.” 

Have you enrolled or completed one our conservatory programs? Let us know about your experience below! Learn more about our conservatory programs and continuing education at the New York Film Academy.

Must-Visit Cities for Film Students Studying Abroad

Traveling is a great way to learn about the world and yourself. If you are pursuing a career in the film or arts and entertainment industries, nothing beats being in one of the world’s great cities to give you a new perspective or help you deepen your understanding of the rich history of the world — and the human stories within it. Traveling to new places gives you the chance to exchange ideas and spot new trends. Luckily, the New York Film Academy offers workshops and study opportunities all over the world.

Florence, Italy

The birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence is both ancient and modern. Whether your tastes run to the classics like Michelangelo or to more modern masters like Ottone Rosai, Florence has it all. If taste is your muse, explore the cafes and bistros. Director Franco Zeffirelli paid homage to his hometown in his 1999 film Tea with Mussolini.

Sydney and the Gold Coast, Australia


From the rugged harbor and the Opera House in Sydney to the surfer’s paradise of the Gold Coast, Australia has something for both your cultivated and wild sides. Australia’s film industry has given the world “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” the Mad Max series, “Babe,” and “Shine.” Errol Flynn, Naomi Watts, Heath Ledger, Hugh Jackman, Peter Weir, and Baz Luhrmann are just a few of the actors and directors who hail from the Land Down Under.

Paris, France


Fashion, food, film, and fine art — Paris has it all. There is so much to do and see in Paris, you’ll want to return again and again. Directors François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard and many of the other people associated with French New Wave cinema called Paris home. So many films have been set in Paris, you’re sure to recognize dozens of landmarks everywhere you go.

Beijing, China


From the spectacular Great Wall and Forbidden City to the more humble hútòng side streets, China’s capital city has something for every sort of traveler. Ancient buildings and modern skyscrapers share space in this sprawling city. China’s film industry has long and rich history and is one of the fastest-growing film industries in the world.

Athens, Greece


Western dramatic traditions started with the ancient Greek playwrights and poets. Hundreds of films from “Zorba the Greek” to “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” have been set in Greece. Spend some time in Athens and visit ancient sites like the Acropolis and the Parthenon or brand new monuments like the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, which houses the National Library and National Opera; wherever you go in Athens, you’ll be surrounded by art and culture.


Berlin, Germany


One of the major centers of the German film industry, filmmakers have been flocking to Berlin nearly 100 years. Berlin’s film, fashion, and art industries have always been edgy and inventive. If you want to be ahead of the pack, start exploring in Berlin. The Berlin International Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in the world and takes place every February.

Doha, Qatar


Home of the Doha Film Institute and the Al Jazeera Media Network, Doha is also a city that celebrates its status as a “world city” because it is a financial center of the Middle East. Doha is an architecture and engineering fan’s kind of place–many parts of the city of new, planned communities where designers are working to create building materials that can handle the rising temperatures.


Studying filmmaking and acting for film in a country other than your own gives you the opportunity to explore and experience the world in a one-of-a-kind way. Check out all New York FIlm Academy’s study abroad options to find where your NYFA journey can take you!

Hollywood Blockbusters You Didn’t Know Were Filmed in Gold Coast, Australia

Location can be the most important part of a movie. Production designers will painstakingly search for the perfect location to fit with the vision of a film. While cities like New York or Los Angeles are considered ideal sites, many Hollywood blockbusters were filmed in an Australian coastal city called Gold Coast.

Within the last decade, Australia has become a popular place to shoot big budget films. And the city of Gold Coast, along the eastern seaboard, has the most diverse locations in a small area. From white sandy beaches to lush jungles to grassy fields to a sprawling urban city, Gold Coast is able to cater to films set in any location. The bustling film industry in the Gold Coast makes it an ideal location for students to study the visual and performing arts. And, it’s just been announced through the Queensland Premier and Minister for the Arts The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk that Netflix has just begun production on its first original series set in Australia. According to the media release, the Premier stated, “‘Tidelands will be the very first Netflix Original Series to be commissioned and made completely in Australia, with all filming to take place in south-east Queensland.”

With Netflix paving the way to new media production and Hollywood blockbusters underway, Australia’s Gold Coast screen industry is booming.

In the midst of all this industry activity, NYFA Australia’s campus in Gold Coast recently expanded into a 22,000 sq. ft. (approx. 2,000sqm) state-of-the-art facility at Southport Central, encompassing a 90 seat theatre, automated dialogue replacement (ADR) room, editing rooms, post production rooms, production workshop studio, acting rooms with sprung floors for voice and movement classes and a sizeable equipment room. Students also have exclusive access to NYFA Australia’s own production studios on the backlot of Village Roadshow Studios, a working international film studio and the set of many a Hollywood blockbuster.

If you’re surprised to hear that Gold Coast is Hollywood’s second home and want to understand how strategic NYFA Gold Coast’s location is, here are 5 Hollywood blockbusters you didn’t know were filmed in Gold Coast, Australia:

“Aquaman” (2018)

It is widely known that superhero movies are on the rise in the film industry. And one of the most anticipated superhero movies is currently being filmed at Village Roadshow Studios. Starring Jason Mamoa (“Game of Thrones”), Amber Heard (“The Danish Girl”) and Patrick Wilson (“Watchman”), this action-packed film tells the long-awaited story of the superhero of the seas. The filming location might have something to do with the fact that Village Roadshow Studios has the largest purpose-built film water tank in Australia.

“San Andreas” (2015)

With improvements in CGI and other technologies, disaster films have become a huge part of the entertainment industry. This blockbuster starring Dwayne Johnson (“Fast and the Furious” series) shows major earthquakes along the unstable San Andreas Fault in California. You might wonder why a movie located in California would film in Gold Coast, Australia. Maybe it is because Village Roadshow House boasts state-of-the-art studio facilities that bring this disaster movie to life.

“Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader” (2010)

The studio’s massive water tank also came in handy while creating the third film in the Chronicles of Narnia series. The film follows Lucy, Edmund, and their cousin Eustace as they travel across the sea with Prince Caspian aboard the Dawn Treader. The cast includes stars Tilda Swinton (“Constantine”), Liam Neeson (“Taken”), and Simon Pegg (“Star Trek”). The state-of-the-art construction workshops at Village Roadshow House were a perfect space to build the Dawn Treader. Though the film was destined to be the last of the 20th Century Fox series, it was in the top 30 highest grossing films of 2010.

“Fool’s Gold” (2008)

Starring Matthew McConaughey (“Interstellar”) and Kate Hudson (“Deep Water HorizonI), “Fool’s Gold” follows a couple trying to rekindle their failed marriage while hunting for treasure in the Bahamas. This adventure/romantic comedy was originally supposed to be filmed in the Caribbean. However, potential hurricanes forced the crew to move their location to Gold Coast. But with Gold Coast’s blue waters and white, sandy beaches, audiences couldn’t tell the difference!

“Thor: Ragnorak” (2017)


“Aquaman” is not the only superhero movie Village Roadshow Studios is filming. The third part in Marvel’s Thor series is set for release this year and boasts an all-star cast with Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins. The crew exclusively used all nine of the studio’s sound stages, one of which is the largest sound stage in the southern hemisphere.

Luckily, New York Film Academy Australia students have access to all of these facilities and technologies at Village Roadshow House through its NYFA AU Gold Coast.

Interested in learning filmmaking in the heart of Gold Coast’s film industry? Check out NYFA Australia’s Gold Coast campus.

Why Is the Australian Gold Coast the Perfect Spot to Shoot a Film?

Australia isn’t always the first thing people think of when they think of major Hollywood blockbusters, but Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, should definitely be included as part of that conversation. A few productions that have taken advantage of the Gold Coast’s support, accessibility to crews, nature, and convenient locations include “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” and “Peter Pan.” If you want to see some footage from the Gold Coast in action, you could look at the trailer for 2015 disaster film “San Andreas.


However if that didn’t convince you, here are a few more reasons you should consider the Gold Coast.


A lot of work has been done to establish The Gold Coast as a great place to film, and the end result is the City of Gold Coast Film Assistance Program. As long as your film spends at least Au$1.5 million in the Gold Coast, your production has calculated a duration of how much takes place there and the percentage that will be conducted on the Gold Coast, along with an approximate number of jobs, your production may qualify for up to $100,000 in assistance. And if that’s not enough to consider filming there, you also have access to a film and television industry office at the Robina Community Centre. And that’s free.


Because The Gold Coast local government has worked on making supporting Australia’s film industry a priority, it also has a large crew base. No matter the size of your production, the number of technicians means there’s a wide variety of formats to choose from. Whether you’re shooting a TV series, your big break, or a big budget blockbuster, The Gold Coast has something for you.


The Village Roadshow studios, where New York Film Academy students can access space for projects, is one of the largest studio lots in the Southern hemisphere. It includes eight sound stages, editing bays, production offices, and all the shops you’ll need to make your production look great. A big attraction is also the largest water tank in Australian film.  With a surface area of over 10,000 feet, the possibilities are endless.


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But not every production is going to stick exclusively to a studio lot. Sometimes your production is going to be shooting outside. And if it does, the opportunities are great. The Gold Coast boasts a sub-tropical climate, sandy beaches, waterways, and rainforests that are easily accessible to production companies. And, when you’re not filming, you could pick less attractive places to be spending time.



Finally, the Gold Coast is one of the most accessible filming locations in Australia. Having two international airports nearby (Gold Coast and Brisbane) means you can get anybody flown in, any time. Both airports are a convenient 45-minute drive from Brisbane. And don’t feel limited just to The Gold Coast’s crews and amenities: you’re also one hour north of Sydney, the capital of Australia.

With all that in mind, it’s easy to see why Gold Coast is so attractive to the entertainment industry. Convinced it’s the right place for you? Consider studying with New York Film Academy Gold Coast today.