As a result of ongoing restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, campers may not be permitted access to the Universal Studios backlot to execute their projects. In such a circumstance, NYFA will secure alternate appropriate outdoor locations for film productions.
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, Music Video 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.
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 storytellers-to-be of the world. Rather than being on the outside of the gates, campers live and breathe filmmaking within the very heart of the action.
Universal 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, music video 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.
Campers residing with the New York Film Academy are matched with their roommates based on age, program, and from the results of a short questionnaire sent to families prior to arrival. Campers attending with a friend or family member may indicate their rooming preference on the questionnaire. Counselors live at the residence, supervise the campers, 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 visual or performing arts 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.
Campers shoot their films in a variety of locations—primarily on the Universal backlot in locales such as New York Street, Europe, the Old West, Colonial St. and others. Interior filming takes place at our other facilities. 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
Although the camp’s daily schedule is demanding, residential campers have time to take advantage of the amenities the housing residence offers. All campers may take part in organized evening and weekend activities including screenings, visits to amusement parks, and of course, the beach. Commuting students are welcome to join all activities, however, extra cost may apply.
Arrangements can be made with the New York Film Academy to include housing during their program with rates detailed in Housing Options. Campers are not required to reside with the New York Film Academy in order to attend the workshop. Campers who require housing but choose not to participate in our residential program under the care and supervision of the New York Film Academy residential staff must find alternate housing facilities. Campers who choose not to participate in our residential program are welcome to reside independently at any facility, other than the designated facility that will be housing our residential campers. Students living independently will be considered commuting students who are not under NYFA care outside of class time. Families of commuting campers 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.
By request, NYFA staff will meet students at the Los Angeles International Airport. Campers are also free to make their way to the campus by car.
Breakfast will be provided to residential students at the housing residence lobby each morning. Breakfast food includes cereal, milk, OJ, toast, bagels, yogurt, fruit, eggs, and waffles, among other hot and cold items. A catering service will provide lunches for residential students with the option for commuting students to purchase a lunch plan. Dinner will range for residential students. Whether the counselors take the group to an area near the housing residence, or the group goes on an evening excursion off site, campers will have the opportunity to purchase dinner each night.
Commuting students may bring their own lunch, go off campus with parental permission, or purchase the lunch plan for meals with our caterer. This can be done the night of orientation.
If you have dietary restrictions or food allergies, simply alert our caterer on the first night at Orientation and accommodations will be made.
Please note students who drive on and off campus, are not permitted to transport other students in their vehicles.
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