Hands-on Programs for Teens and Kids
At our summer camps and workshops at NYFA Los Angeles, teens and kids can pursue interests in visual storytelling through a variety of creative mediums. In our programs, students complete exciting exercises and projects under the guidance of working industry professionals, giving them the tools and techniques required to build confidence in their chosen craft. As NYFA Los Angeles is neighbor to major production studios and entertainment institutions, students who attend our in-person programs are in proximity to production studios and companies such as Warner Brothers, The Walt Disney Company, and NBC, and Nickelodeon Studios.
NYFA’s camps and workshops offer students the opportunity to explore their interest in the film, media, and performing arts. For teens aged 14-17, we offer a range of hands-on programs in filmmaking, acting for film, photography, 3D animation, game design, screenwriting, as well as documentary filmmaking. Kids programs, designed for students aged 10-13, include camps and workshops in filmmaking, acting for film, photography, and 3D animation. As some of our programs are available in level-one and level-two tiers, students who complete a prerequisite level-one camp or workshop may return to further their skills. To learn more, visit our teens camp page or kids camp page.
The NYFA LA campus has a variety of resources our students may use throughout their studies, such as equipment that matches their level of learning, multiple theatres where teachers may screen projects, as well as ready-to-use film and television sets. Many students who attend NYFA Los Angeles may also get the opportunity to participate in production workshops on the famous Universal Studios Backlot, located adjacent to our Barham building, as well as sound stages located next to space used by legendary late-night shows such as Johnny Carson and Jay Leno.
Students work under the guidance of our experienced faculty and staff who actively work in their respective industries. Our faculty uses their knowledge and expertise in modern techniques and inner workings of the film, television, and entertainment industries to provide direction and insight to our students.
As one of the leading entertainment hubs in the world, Los Angeles is the perfect training ground for aspiring storytellers and visual artists. In our summer and weekend programs, students aged 14-17 can pursue their interests and get hands-on training in their chosen discipline. To learn more about our teen programs, please visit our teen camps page.
While campers are not required to reside at NYFA, our teen summer camps are designed to be overnight sleepaway programs. The housing offered is fully-furnished rooms, which include a refrigerator, microwave, internet, air conditioning, and a private bathroom. The accommodations include 24-hour security and laundry facilities on the premises.
Teens staying in the camp residence will be under the supervision of live-in counselors, who plan activities and do nightly curfew checks. Counselors have previous camp experience and/or residential education experience from college. Weekend activities are mandatory for housed students and include daylong trips. Please note that students who drive on and off campus are not permitted to transport other students in their vehicles.
During their time on-campus, some campers may also shoot films in a variety of on-campus and off-campus locations, such as the Universal backlot in locales such as New York Street, Europe, the Old West, Colonial St. and others. During filming, students will work in small crews of 3-4 and are supervised by Teaching Assistants.
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 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. Commuting students are welcome to join all activities, however, an extra cost may apply.
For residential campers, breakfast will be provided in the residence lobby each morning. Breakfast food may include cereal, milk, OJ, toast, bagels, yogurt, fruit, eggs, and waffles, among other hot and cold items. A catering service will provide lunches for residential campers with the option for commuting campers to purchase a lunch plan. Campers will purchase dinner in supervised outings at various local eateries.
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.
In the NYFA Los Angeles campus day camps, students aged 10-13 build confidence and experience in their chosen craft. During their time in our programs, students will learn-by-doing, completing fun projects and participating in local field trips, engaging games, and group exercises. To learn more about our kids programs, please visit our kids camps page.
Teen campers aged 14-17 may choose to stay in residential student housing. We do not offer housing for kids, and all students aged 10-13 must commute or secure their own local housing.
Students will be directly supervised by our faculty and staff while on-campus and off-campus for any project work or class activities.
Students in our day camp will need to provide their own bag lunch. All students will remain on-campus during their lunch break.