Hands-on Programs for Teens and Kids
In the summer camps and workshops at NYFA New York, students draw inspiration from the creative energy of New York City. Throughout our classes for kids and teens, students learn the art of visual storytelling and performing from working industry professionals, choosing from a variety of disciplines that include filmmaking, documentary filmmaking, photography, broadcast journalism, musical theatre, game design, 3D animation, and acting for film. Students that enroll in an in-person program will attend NYFA New York, located in Battery Park, located at the tip of Manhattan.
During NYFA’s teen and kids summer camps and workshops in New York, students explore their talents and abilities in the visual and performing arts. Throughout the camps, students create unique projects as they learn the fundamentals of storytelling. Teens aged 14-17 can choose from programs in filmmaking, acting for film, photography, 3D animation, musical theatre, screenwriting, documentary filmmaking, and broadcast journalism. For kids aged 10-13, there are programs available in filmmaking, acting for film, photography, 3D animation, and musical theatre.
A selection of our programs in New York are available in level-one and level-two programs, allowing students to return and learn more advanced skills. We currently offer programs during the summer and the academic year. To learn more, visit our teen programs page or kids programs page.
The community at NYFA New York is a welcoming, supportive environment for aspiring young filmmakers, actors, journalists, and storytellers. Located at the southern tip of Manhattan in Battery Park, our downtown campus is equipped with purpose-built classrooms specifically designed for filmmaking, performance, dance, voice, and with editing labs, a screening room, as well as a fully operational theater.
Throughout their time at NYFA New York, students use industry-standard equipment, as well as the latest technology and software, helping them become comfortable and confident in standard storytelling tools and techniques.
To learn more about our campus, visit our NYC campus page.
During the camps and workshops, students study under the supervision of NYFA’s award-winning faculty and staff. Our New York faculty are local, active industry professionals with a wealth of experience in their respective fields. Well-versed and experienced in some of the most competitive industries in New York City, our faculty provide essential insights and unique perspectives to our students, preparing them to pursue their goals in the visual and performing arts.
New York is a diverse and vibrant city, making it the perfect training ground for aspiring storytellers. Students aged 14-17 build confidence in their abilities and develop fundamental skills in collaboration, critique, presentation, and creative process that prepare them for their college years and beyond. To learn more about our teen programs at NYFA New York, please visit our teens page.
While campers are not required to reside at NYFA, our teen summer camps are designed to be overnight sleepaway programs. Our student housing is only a short commute from our campus in a newly renovated residential building. At the residence, students will live in 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.
NYFA makes every attempt to keep all of our students on the same floors. To provide supervision, NYFA residential advisors live on each floor with our students and enforce strict curfews. Students that stay in our student housing will require a high level of maturity and responsibility, as they will be accountable for obeying all the rules set forth. To learn more, visit our camps housing page.
At NYFA, the safety and comfort of our students is our top priority. When students are off-campus in New York, they are escorted on foot or via public transportation to and from the student residential building, our NYFA classroom facilities for class, and/or shooting and extracurricular activities. Students that shoot on location in New York City will work in crews of 3-4 students and are always supervised by Teaching Assistants during these productions. In the rare event of a medical emergency, students are taken to the nearest hospital.
While no student is permitted to roam alone, teens are given the opportunity to patronize establishments in accordance with our buddy system. Students must visit areas that are local to student housing and the campus, informing their counsellors of their destination and adhering to all safety rules.
While attending NYFA, residential students will take part in the many exciting activities available in the Big Apple. We visit some of New York’s fantastic museums and see some quintessential New York sights. Nightly activities can include movies, bowling, and walking through iconic NYC neighborhoods, such as the West and East Village, Tribeca, Chelsea, and SoHo, all under staff supervision. The cost of entry tickets and transportation are often covered under the housing cost, but students will be responsible for additional costs such as souvenirs and snacks.
Our Saturday activities are considered to be a part of the residential experience, and include daylong trips within the five boroughs that can include, but are not limited to, visiting Coney Island, attending an IMAX screening, and exploring Central Park. New York Film Academy counselors living at the student residential building plan and supervise these outings.
During our New York camps, students need to supply their own meals. For teens that stay in our residential housing, we will provide snack foods like bagels and cream cheese, granola bars, fruit, and juice for breakfast. For lunch and dinner, students may visit local eateries with their classmates as long as they check in and out with a counselor. Students who are commuting from home to camps will need to bring their own packed lunch or funds to purchase food near campus.
In our day camps at NYFA New York, students aged 10-13 find their creative footing and learn how to express themselves in a variety of disciplines. Through engaging projects, field trips, games, and exercises, kids learn new artistic skills and explore the visual arts. NYFA currently offers summer and weekend camps for kids. To learn more about our kids programs, please visit our kids camps page.
As NYFA does not offer residential housing for kids summer camps, students aged 10-13 need to commute to campus. Parents will be given a specific location for our drop off and pick up procedures closer to the start of their program, as well as forms that ask for approved guardian names. Please note that residential housing is available for teen campers aged 14-17.
When on campus, kids are not allowed to walk around the city on their own and will not be outside of the direct supervision of our faculty. During activities that take place off-campus, students will also be closely monitored by our team.
During our day camps, kids will need to provide their own bag lunch. Students will remain on the New York campus during their lunch break.