Summer camps for 2021 are currently being planned for both in-person and online options. However, due to safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, NYFA will be unable to offer housing for in-person teen camps. Families will need to secure their own housing for campers and provide any necessary off-campus supervision, if traveling to a NYFA teen summer camp from another city, state or country. All after-school and weekend camps will be conducted online, until further notice. To view all camps and workshops offered, please click here.

Online Documentary for Teens


The Online Documentary for Teen camps consist of 6 hour modules (three modules offered in this discipline) which can be completed on Saturdays, each module runs for four consecutive Saturdays.  Students may enroll in all three modules or select and complete individual modules (students are not required to complete one module to attend the next).

Schedule Options


• Four consecutive Saturdays for each module
• Saturday at 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m EST 

Tuition: $300 USD for each module

Module One: Smartphone Cinematography
This module introduces the students to the principles of photography as applied to the moving image. The fundamental elements of cinematography can be applied to any camera. Those fundamentals include; exposure, lenses, focus, and movement. Together they will apply specifically to the smartphone camera.

In addition, this course will also explore the fundamentals of documentary camera work, strategies specific to shooting with a smartphone and of shooting an interview on a computer screen.

Using their phones, loaded with Filmic Pro, and a selfie stick, students are able to learn all that is necessary to begin to shoot documentaries even if they socially distanced and functionally alone in their home.

Module Two: The Interview
In this module, students will learn how to conduct interviews in person and via Zoom.  We will explore aesthetic concerns including eye-lines and composition, ways to build rapport with your subjects and how to ask interesting and productive questions.

Module Three: Nonfiction Storytelling
With this module students will explore the possibilities of nonfiction storytelling. They will delve into the basic elements of dramatic narrative and learn to apply them to real life stories by constructing and telling a story from their own lives.




Programs will recommence in September 2021. New dates will be published soon.