We begin at the heart of the Matter.
The Cost of Tuition
We placed the (New York Film Academy) NYFA Tuition fees head-to-head with the top 5 Film Schools in the world.
If the New York Film Academy is going to ask me to pay more than $126,000 (USD) for a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree then I want to have a look at what else I can buy for that kind of money.
It turns out that you can get quite a lot. You also have the right to know what else costs as much or less than the tuition fees at the New York Film Academy.
A Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (BFA) at the New York Film Academy takes 3 years to complete. That's 9 Semesters of study at a fee of $12,666(USD) per Semester. Add an Equipment Fee of $1,334(USD) and your total cost per Semester is $14,000(USD).
$14,000(USD) over 9 Semesters reaches a total of $126,000. That is the cost of covering the NYFA Tuition Fees on a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree.
That's not cheap.
The School of Theater, Film and Television at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) was ranked the #4 Best Film School on the planet by The Hollywood Reporter's Second Annual List of the Top 25 Film Schools.
To complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (BFA) at The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) takes 4 years and the same 9 Semesters.
At $14,010(USD) per Semester and an Equipment Fee of $0, that's a total cost of $14,010(USD) per Semester.
$14,010(USD) over 9 Semesters reaches a total of $126.090(USD). That is the cost of covering tuition fees for a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (BFA) from The School of Theater, Film and Television at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).
It costs just $90(USD) more to study 4 years at a Regionally Accredited Film School that is ranked amongst the best in the world than it does to study at the New York Film Academy.
I will add that Alexander Payne and Gore Verbinski took home Oscar Awards at the 2012 Oscar Awards Ceremony. They are both graduates of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).
My point is that The New York Film Academy is charging as much in tuition fees as the very Elite Film Schools in the entire world. I realize that getting acceptance to or even qualifying for consideration of acceptance to the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) is challenging.
Those same hurdles don't exist at the NY Film Academy. All you need is a completion of High School or a GED and the money, of course.
The NYFA Tuition costs say nothing other than they think that their product is as good as the very best in the world. They could be right. We are here to discuss only the NYFA Tuition fees.
It's up to you to decide if the NYFA Programs are worth it.
Have a look at the Film Programs over at the Pasadena City College (PCC).
They're not that far away from the New York Film Academy, Los Angeles. That is the only NYFA location that offers Degree Programs.
The Pasadena City College Logo
Do well enough here and you'll get accepted into the best film schools that exist. And the 2 years you've already completed here will go towards the 4 years needed for a bachelor of fine arts.
That may not be a concern but it leaves doors open and I like the idea of doors being open.
Back to Money.
The Associate of Arts degree at Pasadena City College (PCC) is awarded after 2 years and the completion of 60 units.
$46.00(USD) per unit by 60 required units is a total cost of $2,760(USD).
International students and Non-California Residents pay $207(USD) a unit or $12,420(USD) for the complete Degree Program but there are colleges like this in every State. We just wanted to do the comparison in the State where the NY Film Academy offers their Degree Programs.
I hope those numbers give a perspective into what the NYFA tuition looks like when compared to other, well-respected film colleges that issue documents that will open more doors in both the Employment AND Academic Front.
Did I already mention that the Film Program at UCLA costs $90 (USD) more than the NYFA Tuition fees for the Bachelor of Fine Arts program.
Something entirely different. You might not be interested in what a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree costs at the NY Film Academy.
There may be no better way to throw yourself (Or Son/Daughter) into the world of Filmmaking than by seeing how they do in one of the great workshops conducted by The New York Film Academy.
Here are a few examples of 1, 4, 6, and 8 week Film Workshops along with the Program fees as of Jan / 2013.
Total Fee is $1,625(USD).
Total Fee is $3,800(USD).
Total Fee is $4,950(USD).
Total Fee is $5,300(USD).
If you don't get in because of poor GRE/SAT/SAT2/ACT and some piddly GPA then there are alternative ways to get yourself qualified.
Is the New York Film Academy good enough to be charging those kinds of tuition fees? They market to students who want to learn film but don't qualify at a Top film School and/or feel that they will learn more practical knowledge from the 'Learn by Doing' Mantra of the NY Film Academy.
Yet, I can't think of many better schools with workshops to test the waters and see if this is something you really want bad enough.
This is not about the quality of the Education at the NY Film Academy. It's just that they are as expensive as the very best Film Schools in the world.