FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why should I send my child to a visual or performing arts camp?
Q: What is the average day like?
Q: How does this camp compare to others like it?
Q: What are the qualifications of your instructors?
Q: How much access will I have to the equipment?
Q: How do I get into a NYFA camp?
Q: What is the minimum age requirement for the New York Film Academy summer camps?
Q: Do you accept international students?
Q: Where do students live during the program?
Q: Will my child be safe during the program?
Q: What is the drug and alcohol policy?
Q: I have no prior experience. Is this camp for me?
Q: How hands-on are the camps?
Q: In a filmmaking camp, do I get to direct my own films?
Q: What is the difference between NYFA’s Acting for Film camp and a regular acting course?
Q: Do I have an opportunity to work with students in other programs?
Q: What happens after NYFA summer camp?
Q: Can I attend a camp at NYFA and then use my portfolio for college applications?
Q: Do I get a certificate at the end of the course?
Q: Can I speak with someone who has attended an NYFA camp?

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why should I send my child to a visual or performing arts camp?
A: Whether or not your child chooses to pursue a visual or performing arts major in their academic career, the New York Film Academy camps are an unparalleled creative experience which will broaden their horizons and enhance future endeavors. Students gain confidence and creative problem solving skills while practicing leadership, collaboration, and public speaking.

Q: What is the average day like?
A: Our programs include intensive, full time study in the discipline of your choice. All summer programs include class and production time from Monday through Friday. Each day will consist of classes and/or dedicated studio/on-location time to learn and work on their craft.
Teen summer camp students staying in New York Film Academy housing will also have planned evening and/or weekend activities. Non-residential teens are welcome to join in activities (may include additional fee), which may include film screenings, bowling, mini-golf, museum visits, and/or other cultural enrichment activities.

Q: How does this camp compare to others like it?
A: There are no other camps that combine the high level of industry experienced instruction, inventory of professional equipment, and intensive project-based study in some of the most inspiring locations around the globe like the New York Film Academy camps. Our student body is comprised of youth from over 80 countries who are passionate about the visual and performing arts. Students leave with a better sense of self, awareness of the world around them, understanding of their craft, and an impressive project to add to their portfolio.

Q: What are the qualifications of your instructors?
A: New York Film Academy faculty members are active performing and visual arts professionals who have their MFA degrees from elite schools including NYU, Columbia University, AFI, USC, and UCLA. They bring relevant professional experience into the classroom with a passion for their craft and teaching.

Q: How much access will I have to the equipment?
A: The New York Film Academy maintains the best ratio of equipment to students of any film school in the world. In each program, we utilize industry standard equipment and software and students will be instructed on and have access to it during their daily classes. Students in the film camps will have access to the Arriflex 16mm motion camera in LA, high quality HD cameras, professional lighting packages, Final Draft screenwriting software, and Adobe Premiere editing system. Software and equipment may change as the industry changes. Please contact summerprograms@nyfa.edu for any specific equipment or software questions.

Q: How do I get into a NYFA camp?
A: Our admission policy allows for open rolling admission. Our camps are designed for all levels of experience and a portfolio is not required. If a student meets our age requirements and has a passion and dedication for their craft, they will be admitted. We suggest early application to reserve a spot in your camp of choice.

Q: What is the minimum age requirement?
A: NYFA camps are available to youth between 10 and 17 years old. We have two age categories: kids, for 10-13 year olds, and teens, for 14-17 year olds who should be rising freshmen through seniors in high school. Students must fulfil the age requirement before the last day of their camp. Please keep in mind that the courses are very intensive and demand maturity, commitment, and dedication. Students must be able to work in a collaborative environment.

Q: Do you accept international students?
A: We are proud to have students attend our camps from over 80 countries. We are happy to continue accepting a culturally diverse student body each year. International students do not require student visas in order to attend.

Q: Where do students live during the program?
A: Student housing is either hotel or dormitory style and available at an additional cost for teens at our New York City, Los Angeles, Harvard University, Paris, and Florence locations. Housing is not required but will include full supervision and evening and/or weekend activities and excursions. Meal plans are included at select locations.
Students in the kids program in New York City, Los Angeles, or South Beach must either live in the area or have access to housing with a parent or guardian. A plethora of hotel or apartment options are available at all of our locations, which are wonderful vacation destinations. Meal plans are available at select locations.

Q: Will my child be safe during the program?
A: The safety of our students is our number one priority. Each location offers supervision and services to ensure safety. Our kids programs for 10 to 13 year olds include constant supervision both in the classroom and on set. Teens ages 14 to 17 are supervised in class and on set with some short breaks. For teens staying in housing we also provide airport transportation, supervision in the residence and on activities by our experienced staff, as well as escorts for emergency medical help.

Q: What is the drug and alcohol policy?
A: The New York Film Academy has zero tolerance for the use of illegal drugs or alcohol. Any student who breaks this rule is subject to immediate dismissal and will be sent home at the parents’ expense.

Q: I have no prior experience. Is this camp for me?
A: Our teens and kids camps are designed to meet the needs of the inexperienced and the experienced alike. All programs teach the discipline from the ground up, allowing someone to join us without prior experience. Most of our disciplines include individual projects that showcase each student’s talent. For many of our experienced students, NYFA programs are their first opportunity to intensively study their discipline for full days from Monday through Friday on professional equipment/software learning from industry professionals.

Q: How hands-on are the camps?
A: All classes in the camps are designed to be of immediate and practical use. Each camp is built around a challenging and intensive curriculum combining in-class instruction with supervised workshops, where students put their lessons to use.

Q: In a filmmaking camp, do I get to direct my own films?
A: Yes. Every student in the filmmaking camp writes, directs, and edits their own films. In addition, students work as crew members on their classmates’ films.

Q: What is the difference between NYFA’s Acting for Film camp and a regular acting course?
A: Our Acting for Film courses give students immediate experience acting on camera. All classes in the camp are designed to help the aspiring actors give dynamic and believable performances for the screen. The expectations, performance, set structure, and schedule vary drastically between stage and screen performances and a well-rounded actor will be trained in both.

Q: Do I have an opportunity to work with students in other programs?
A: Depending on the program and schedule, yes. The collaboration is typically between our Acting for Film programs and Filmmaking or Screenwriting programs. Some of our acting programs allow the actors to be cast in the filmmakers’ films and/or screenwriters’ staged readings. If you’re a filmmaker interested in acting but unable to take a separate Acting for Film program with us, there may be an opportunity to fulfil an acting role in your classmates’ films.

Q: What happens after NYFA summer camp?
A: After their first year of camp at NYFA, many students choose to return for another thrilling summer. Students who complete a prerequisite NYFA program may return for a level II program. Our camps also provide an unique opportunity to experience, first hand, what it may be like to be a college student at NYFA. Rising seniors will have the opportunity to apply and audition, if applicable, for a conservatory or degree program while at camp.
Our alumni also go on to study film, acting, or the discipline of their program at other top colleges across the country. While some students may not pursue their discipline in college or in their future career, the portfolio and life skills gained from the program provide personal enrichment that contribute to their future experiences.

Q: Can I attend a camp at NYFA and then use my portfolio for college applications?
A: Yes. The work you create while at the New York Film Academy is owned by you. We do ask that any films include that it was Produced at the New York Film Academy. Many students use their portfolio in their applications to undergraduate or graduate degree programs. It is always important to consult the portfolio requirements for the particular degree program where you are seeking acceptance. We highly recommend that film students bring a hard drive to save raw footage for any future edits necessary to meet specific college’s portfolio requirements. We also highly encourage application to the New York Film Academy’s Bachelor of Fine Arts programs.

Q: Do I get a certificate at the end of the course?
A: NYFA grants a certificate upon successful completion of our camps.

Q: Can I speak with someone who has attended a NYFA camp?
A: Yes, please contact us at summerprograms@nyfa.edu and we will put you in touch with New York Film Academy alumni and their parents.