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Visual and Performing Arts Camps in Los Angeles

Gain film, acting, screenwriting, and photography experience on the backlot of Universal Studios

All Camp Programs are solely owned and operated by the New York Film Academy and are not affiliated with Universal Studios.

Offering camps in Filmmaking, Acting for Film, Photography, Screenwriting, Documentary Filmmaking, 3D Animation, and Game Design, teens eager to get an introduction or continue their studies in their chosen craft do so against the rich surroundings of Los Angeles.

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LOS ANGELES

Los Angeles has perfect weather, a vibrant and culturally diverse population, and inseparable ties to the film industry. From Hollywood, Malibu, and Westwood to Chinatown and the Sunset Strip, Los Angeles lives up to its billing. In past summers, group excursions have included trips to Six Flags, Santa Monica Beach, Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, and Universal Studios, among others.

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS BACKLOT

The New York Film Academy opens the studio’s doors to the filmmakers-to-be of the world. Rather than being on the outside of the gates, peering in like tourists, students live and breathe filmmaking within the very heart of the action.

Students get hands-on experience at NYFA Summer CampUniversal Studios sprawls over 415 acres of offices, alleys, interior sound stages, and outside movie sets. Arrangements have been made with Universal Studios to shoot our film, acting, photography, and screenwriting camps’ in-class production exercises on their prestigious and widely used backlot, a landscape literally made up of the neighborhoods of the world. Driving around the lot, one alternately happens across a dusty Mexican villa, an imposing Roman square, a New York alley straight from the 1930s, and a street whose saloons and wooden sidewalks harken back to the Wild West. Nearby one passes multiple lakes, an old New England street, and a Renaissance courtyard, making for a truly one-of-a-kind summer camp experience.

SUPERVISION

Students residing with the New York Film Academy are matched with their roommates based on age, program, and from the results of a questionnaire sent to families prior to arrival. Students attending with a friend or family member may indicate their rooming preference on the questionnaire. Counselors live at the residence, supervise the students, plan activities and do nightly curfew checks at 10:00 p.m. Counselors have previous camp experience and/or residential education experience from college. Many of the counselors also have filmmaking and/or acting experience and enjoy sharing their training with students.

We do extensive background checks on all counselors, including driving and criminal searches using the nation’s largest employee screening service.

Students shoot their films in a variety of locations—primarily on the Universal backlot in locales such as New York Street, Europe, the Old West, Jurassic Lab, and others. All interior shooting takes place at Toluca Hills. Small crews of 3-4 are always supervised by Teaching Assistants.

Weekend activities are mandatory for housed students and include daylong trips. Some of these include Universal Studios, Six Flags, Santa Monica Pier, Hollywood, and sometimes Disneyland. Counselors attend and supervise these outings. Activities take place nearly every weeknight as well, and these are optional. In previous years these have included: going to the movies, museums, theatre, shopping, bowling, laser tag, among others. An average of 14 counselors live at the residence who plan and supervise these outings.

NEW YORK FILM ACADEMYS’S HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER CAMPS IN LOS ANGELES

 

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Although the camp’s daily schedule is demanding, non-commuting students have time to take advantage of the swimming, tennis, and gym facilities. Students take part in organized evening and weekend activities including screenings, visits to amusement parks, and of course, the beach.

HOUSING

Arrangements can be made with the New York Film Academy to include housing during their program with rates detailed in Housing Options. Students are not required to reside on campus in order to attend the workshop. Families of commuting students must make daily transportation arrangements and/or provide a letter granting permission for the student to travel to and from campus unaccompanied by an adult.

TRANSPORTATION

By request, NYFA staff will meet students at the Los Angeles International Airport. Students are also free to make their way to the campus by car.

FOOD/MEALS

A catering service provides lunches and dinners. For breakfast, counselors stock each apartment with breakfast foods, like cereal, milk, OJ, bread, bagels, fruit, breakfast bars, and frozen waffles.

If you have dietary restrictions or food allergies, simply alert our caterer on the first night at Orientation and accommodations will be made.

Commuting students can bring their own lunch, go off campus with parental permission or they can purchase a lunch and/or dinner plan using our caterer. This can be done the night of Orientation.

Please note students who drive on and off campus, are not permitted to transport other students in their vehicles.

Want to learn more about living in Los Angeles or apply online? Click here to apply or request information.

DATES & TUITION FOR THIS LOCATION
PROGRAM START DATE END DATE TUITION*
Tuition includes all cost for instruction and use of equipment and software. Tuition does not include transportation, room and board, and personal expenses. Please note that curriculum, dates, and prices are subject to change. Click here for housing cost.
TEENS – FILMMAKING
6 Week 16mm & HD Filmmaking Jun 23, 2019 Aug 3, 2019 $ 7,755
6 Week Filmmaking II * Jun 23, 2019 Aug 3, 2019 $ 7,240
4 Week Filmmaking Jun 23, 2019 Jul 20, 2019 $ 5,580
4 Week Filmmaking II * Jun 23, 2019 Jul 20, 2019 $ 5,580
3 Week Filmmaking Jan 6, 2019
Jul 21, 2019
Aug 4, 2019
Jan 26, 2019
Aug 10, 2019
Aug 24, 2019
$ 4,445
3 Week Filmmaking II * Jul 21, 2019 Aug 10, 2019 $ 4,445
1 Week Filmmaking ** Jan 6, 2019
Jun 16, 2019
Jul 7, 2019
Jul 14, 2019
Jul 28, 2019
Aug 4, 2019
Aug 11, 2019
Jan 12, 2019
Jun 22, 2019
Jul 13, 2019
Jul 20, 2019
Aug 3, 2019
Aug 10, 2019
Aug 17, 2019
$ 1,630
1 Week Music Video ** Jul 28, 2019 Aug 3, 2019 $ 1,630
2 Day Filmmaking Holiday Camp Dec 27, 2018 Dec 28, 2018 $ 365
12 Weekend Filmmaking Jan 19, 2019 Apr 13, 2019 $ 1,710
12 Weekend Filmmaking II * Jan 19, 2019 Apr 13, 2019 $ 1,710
* These courses are designed for students who have completed a prior prerequisite program of similar length and same subject at the New York Film Academy.
**Students may take 1 Week Filmmaking Camp, 1 Week Acting Camp, and 1 Week Music Video in three consecutive weeks.
TEENS – ACTING
6 Week Acting for Film Jun 23, 2019 Aug 3, 2019 $ 6,150
4 Week Acting for Film Jun 23, 2019 Jul 20, 2019 $ 4,550
4 Week Acting for Film II * Jun 23, 2019 Jul 20, 2019 $ 4,550
3 Week Acting for Film Jan 6, 2019
Jul 21, 2019
Aug 4, 2019
Jan 26, 2019
Aug 10, 2019
Aug 24, 2019
$ 3,410
3 Week Acting for Film II * Jul 21, 2019 Aug 10, 2019 $ 3,410
1 Week Acting for Film ** Jan 6, 2019
Jul 7, 2019
Jul 14, 2019
Jul 28, 2019
Aug 4, 2019
Aug 11, 2019
Jan 12, 2019
Jul 13, 2019
Jul 20, 2019
Aug 3, 2019
Aug 10, 2019
Aug 17, 2019
$ 1,140
2 Day Acting Holiday Camp Dec 27, 2018 Dec 28, 2018 $ 365
12 Weekend Acting for Film Jan 19, 2019 Apr 13, 2019 $ 1,525
12 Weekend Acting for Film II * Jan 19, 2019 Apr 13, 2019 $ 1,525
* These courses are designed for students who have completed a prior prerequisite program of similar length and same subject at the New York Film Academy.
**Students may take 1 Week Filmmaking Camp, 1 Week Acting Camp, and 1 Week Music Video in three consecutive weeks.
TEENS – 3D ANIMATION
4 Week 3D Animation Jun 23, 2019 Jul 20, 2019 $ 5,325
TEENS – PHOTOGRAPHY
3 Week Photography Jun 23, 2019 Jul 13, 2019 $ 3,880
2 Week Photography Jul 21, 2019 Aug 3, 2019 $ 2,740
1 Week Photography Aug 4, 2019 Aug 10, 2019 $ 1,630
TEENS – SCREENWRITING
4 Week Screenwriting Jun 23, 2019 Jul 20, 2019 $ 4,450
TEENS – GAME DESIGN
1 Week Game Design Jul 21, 2019 Jul 27, 2019 $ 1,630
TEENS – DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING
3 Week Documentary Filmmaking Jul 21, 2019 Aug 10, 2019 $ 4,445