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.
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.
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, 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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