Mission & Philosophy
The New York Film Academy originally opened in Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Film Center in 1992. Today, over twenty years later, we have campuses in New York City, Los Angeles, and South Beach, Miami while offering our one-of-a-kind and renowned camps at these locations plus other such diverse locations as Florence, Italy; Paris, France; Harvard University; and Walt Disney World® Resort, FL.
It is our belief that the most significant art form of our time is the moving image. However, over the years this art form has exploded into a variety of different mediums, ranging from video games to a diversity of streaming content to the ever-evolving nature of photography. But regardless of the medium, individuals, communities, and nations present their most profound visions of humanity to the world through images, both moving and still. Every camp at NYFA is designed to equip students—whether they are aspiring actors, filmmakers, photographers, gamers, documentarians, or animators—with the practical skills to create images, films, and original and challenging content that pushes both themselves as individuals as well as their audiences to embrace new modes of expression.
Intensity is a hallmark of the Film Academy Camps. Students who partake in these camps eat, drink and breathe their chosen discipline from day one. Their classes emphasize hands-on learning and inspire creativity. They also provide the hard facts students need to begin the process of developing creative, thought-provoking, and entertaining work. This is not a camp for passive participants. Students must take an active role in every aspect of the program,and by the end of it, they will be proud of the original work they’ve created.
The New York Film Academy Camps demand hard work, discipline, and maturity. Students must be self-motivated and able to work with others. The programs are not for everyone; but for those up to the challenge, they are extremely rewarding and prepare you for further study of your chosen field.
Summer and Year-Round Camps
Our teen and kids summer camps and weekend programs are designed for students with little or no previous experience. Teen areas of study include filmmaking, acting, photography, 3D animation, musical theatre, game design, broadcast journalism, documentary filmmaking, and screenwriting. In addition, the Film Academy also provides kids aged ten to thirteen with the chance to gain direct experience in filmmaking, acting, game design, and 3D animation, providing them with an experience they will never forget in the process. All camps are intensive, short-term programs that fully immerse students in the different crafts of the visual and performing arts.
In addition to our summer camps, the Film Academy also offers Twelve-Weekend Filmmaking and Acting for Film Camps for teens and kids and Two-Day Filmmaking and Acting for Film Camps for teens during the school year and holidays. Furthermore, for students in the Southern Hemisphere who experience school breaks in January, we offer Filmmaking and Acting for Film Camps at our Gold Coast location.
Each year thousands of teens and kids from around the world travel to one of our exciting locations to benefit from the extraordinary education offered at the New York Film Academy. The Film Academy is a learning center for individuals who want to be exposed to and learn the many different facets of the visual and performing arts. For teens aged fourteen to seventeen, New York Film Academy offers a pre-college enrichment experience that is simply unparalleled in its hands-on and intensive nature.
Learning Through the Visual and Performing Arts
Teens in our Filmmaking Camps will study and practice the four major film crafts: writing, directing, cinematography, and editing as well as learning to structure a story and write a script. Each student learns to plan, organize, and execute a series of film productions—this develops excellent work habits. They also obtain practical management skills while directing their crew and actors. Through analyzing and critiquing their finished films, students learn how to use feedback effectively, skills they can apply to many facets of life.
Acting students will study various techniques for creating believable performances and the requirements of acting for the camera. Students will explore Stanislavski’s “Method,” voice and movement, scene study, and improvisation, among other topics. The Acting for Film Camps are a tremendous opportunity to study human behavior and storytelling, and to develop the discipline required of an actor.
Meanwhile, in our Musical Theatre Summer Camp students study under Broadway-experienced faculty in a four-week camp that will equip them with the fundamental skills they will need to one day end up on Broadway themselves.
Students involved with their school newspaper and find themselves regularly reading and watching the news nonstop might want to consider our Broadcast Journalism Summer Camp in which they work with extremely experienced veterans of broadcast and digital journalism to cultivate the skills they will need to give them a leg-up in their journalism ambitions.
For those who are more comfortable telling the stories rather than acting them out, the Screenwriting Summer Camp offers an intensive and enriching environment for aspiring screenwriters to learn the fundamentals of how to write a screenplay while developing their own unique voice as a writer.
If creating your own world sounds more like your speed, both our Game Design Camp and 3D Animation Camps immerse students in the industry standard tools they need to design and develop characters and landscapes, resulting in either their own original animated movie or digital game prototype.
Finally, for those who gravitate to the documenting the world around themselves, our Photography Summer Camps and Documentary Filmmaking Summer Camp challenge each student to gain control over their camera so that they feel confident in shooting both images and footage at a professional caliber.
The organizational, communication, writing, and critical thinking skills developed through creating original creative work will be of enormous value to our students if they decide to pursue further education in these arts or pursue careers in these different industries in the future. The experiences in the various Performing and Visual Arts Camps will benefit anyone preparing for the challenges of college and beyond.
High school students who choose to enroll in our summer camps are typically some of the most motivated and talented among their peers at home while their younger counterparts are also remarkably driven and focused. Some students travel across the country or the globe to attend these camps. The students are typically comprised of an eclectic blend of people from diverse cultures, points of view, and lifestyles. This mix adds immeasurably to the learning experience of each participant.
We invite you to visit any of our locations when in session, and sit in on one of our classes at any time to see if a camp is right for you.
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