The NYFA Film Programs Vary Greatly in Duration and Quality


NYFA Film Programs are offered in MANY different locations throughout the world. No two locations or Campuses offer the same Film or Art Programs.

Some locations only offer summer film camps.

You either make the location of the New York Film Academy your priority and accept whatever Programs they offer or you demand the Film/Art Program that you want and go wherever they offer it.

You can't take an Associates of Fine Arts (AFA) Program at the New York City Campus but you can at the Los Angeles Campus of the New York Film Academy.

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The NY Film Academy sells the virtues of 'studying by doing' and the value of practical knowledge. The problem is that these terms are sometimes used to conceal an inferior product.

The value is less obvious in the structure of a Film Program that does not follow a traditional academic based system. The Programs at the NYFA fall under that definition. The School banters its motto of 'Learn by Doing' but will you really learn anything?

They Promise you this much ... "In the first year of any of our (NYFA) filmmaking programs each student will write, shoot, direct and edit 8 projects and work as crew of 28 more!"

Sounds great but is anyone going to teach me how to turn out 8 quality scripts as well as how to hold the camera?

"No."

If you are looking for a film program that will have you contrasting the writing styles of the best scripts ever written then the New York Film Academy is not for you.

We'll first look at every Program offered by the NY Film Academy. Everything from a Master Degree in Fine Arts to the Summer Film Camps. Then, we'll show you which locations offer what Programs.

One-Year (Non-Degree) Programs

  • Filmmaking
  • Acting
  • Producing
  • Screenwriting
  • 3D Animation
  • Cinematography
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Photography
  • Musical Theater
  • Documentary
  • Game Design

Two-Year (Non-Degree) Programs

NYFA Programs of Film Study
Choosing Classes

  • Filmmaking
  • Acting for Film
  • Screenwriting
  • Producing
  • Cinematography
  • Documentary
  • Photography
  • Musical Theatre and Film Conservatory

Two-Year Associate Of Fine Arts (AFA) Degrees

  • Filmmaking
  • Acting for Film
  • Producing
  • Screenwriting
  • Game Design

Three Year Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degrees

  • Filmmaking
  • Acting for Film
  • Producing
  • Screenwriting
  • Animation
  • Game Design

Two-Year Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degrees in...

  • Filmmaking
  • Cinematography
  • Photography
  • Acting for Film
  • Producing
  • Screenwriting
  • Documentary
  • Game Design

Each Location of the NY Film Academy and What Programs They Offer

Any way you want to learn it, the New York Film Academy can supply it. They offer everything from 4-Week Hi-Def Filmmaking Workshops in Rio De Janeiro to 4-Week Summer Film Camps in Paris, France.

They even offer workshops that run during the evening hours. Tailor-made for people who want to shed their work-clothes and learn filmmaking after they have completed their day jobs.

  • New York City

  • Every Program or Workshop listed on this page is available at the New York City Campus. The only exceptions are the Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) Program, the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Program, and the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Program.
  • Universal Film Studio Campus in Los Angeles

  • The Degree Programs offered by the NY Film Academy are only available at the Universal Film Studio Campus in Los Angeles.
  • Queensland, Australia

  • One Year Filmmaking and Acting for Film Programs as well as Short-Term and Evening Workshops.
  • Florence, Italy
  • One Year Filmmaking, Photography, and Acting Programs. One, Four, Six, and Eight Week Workshops as well as Summer Film Courses.
  • New Delhi, India

  • One Year Filmmaking, Photography, and Acting Programs as well as 4 Week and 8 Week Film, Photography, Filmmaking, and Acting workshops.
  • Harvard University

  • One Week, Three Week, Four Week and Six Week Acting, Film, and Animation Workshops.
  • Disney Studios, Florida

  • One Week, Three Week and Six Week Acting and NYFA Film Workshops.
  • Paris, France

  • One Week, Four Week, and Six Week Acting and Filmmaking Workshops.
  • Beijing, China

  • Four Week and Eight Week Acting and Filmmaking Workshops.
  • Shanghai, China

  • A single Four Week Summer Film Course.
  • Kyoto, Japan

  • One Week, Three Week, and Four Week Summer Film Courses.
  • Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

  • 4-Week Filmmaking Workshop and 4-Week Musical Theatre Workshop.
  • Seoul, Korea

  • Four Week Digital Filmmaking Workshop.
  • Moscow, Russia

  • One Week Producing for Film and Television Program and a One Week, 1.5 Week, Two Week and Four Week Screenwriting Program.
  • Mumbai, India

Four Week Film making and Acting for Film Workshop.

A Conclusion on The NYFA Film Programs and Workshops

The programs are standard fare and the quality is nothing special. If the school spent just half the money it does on 'Guest Lecturers' and advertising, the school might get a better score than Below Average.

You can't really compare the quality of the NYFA Film Programs to the likes of the School of Visual Arts or The New York University Film School (Tisch School of Fine Arts).

Those are Four Year Academically-Driven and Regionally Accredited Programs that carry a lot of influence within the film industry. They are also extremely expensive institutions to attend and even more difficult to win acceptance to.

The core structure of the Curriculum / Programs at the New York Film Academy looks very similar to most other Nationally Accredited Universities. The course curriculum is planned and scheduled with focus on the most important skills needed to write, shoot, direct and edit a project to a final Reel.

The NYFA Film Programs also resemble the film programs offered by the New York University Film School (The Tisch School of Fine Arts). Just take the core structure of topic, remove all of the academic focus and adjust the schedule to fit your needs.

That doesn't make the NYFA Film Programs bad. It actually makes for a pretty solid course outline. It's the teachers, facilities and support that define whether the Film Programs at the New York Film Academy are any good.

We rate the Film Programs at the NY Film Academy at just below average. That is based on a comparison of the school's Facilities, Faculty, and Graduate Success Rates.

One aspect of the NYFA Film Programs stands out for special mention. Few schools offer such a wide range of Workshops and Summer Film Camps that run on such a diverse schedule. This enables students to get a taste of what work in the film industry involves before taking the plunge on a 4 year Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree that will cost a small fortune and years of financial debt.

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