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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.