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New York Film Academy

New York City, United States

Private -1992

Acting, 3D Animation & Visual Effects, Cinematography, Digital Editing, Directing, and Game Design

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International Students

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Acceptance Rate

9 : 1

Student: Teacher Ratio

History, Affiliations and Rankings

The New York Film Academy (NYFA) was created in 1992 by Jerry Sherlock, a former film, television, and theatre producer. It soon rose to prominence as one of the country's top film schools. It was originally located at the Tribeca Film Center and then shifted to 17 Battery Place.  It was founded on the principle of learning by doing. New York Film Academy is connected with and has been honored by a number of notable organizations as a worldwide institution for the study and practice of the performing and visual arts like the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) has institutionally recognized the New York Film Academy and it is listed for accreditation status on the Council for Higher Education Authority's database (CHEA). The Australian Skills Quality Authority has approved and recognized the school (ASQA). According to, #4 among the Most Popular Schools for Playwriting and Screenwriting majors and degree programs and in the year 2022, the Best Colleges for Film and Photography in America ranked #44

Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses

The New York Film Academy is really a worldwide film school, with campuses across the world where students may study filmmaking, acting, and more. Each site provides a range of workshops led by experienced experts, all of which are geared to provide students with the finest hands-on experience possible. NYFA has 10 places (to give experience learning to new performing art aspirants, including five permanent campuses and several travel programs across the world. The school includes the necessary infrastructure to educate students in acting and other technical parts of filmmaking, including dubbing facilities, performance areas, and makeup rooms. Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees, Conservatory programs lasting a year or two years, and short-term seminars are all available on the urban campus in New York City. Acting for Film and Filmmaking Bachelor's degrees are also available. Some of the popular courses are Filmmaking, Producing, Cinematography, 3D Animation & Visual Effects, Digital Editing, Musical Theatre, ESL, Acting for Film, Screenwriting, Documentary Filmmaking, Photography, Broadcast Journalism, Game Design, and Virtual Reality.

Accomplishments and Alumni

The Secretary of Education of the United States of America has recognised it and the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) has granted permission for the university to operate as a degree-granting institution in the state of California. It has ranked #67 in Best Colleges for Performing Art in America by Niche, 2022. It is a member of the New England Association of College Admissions Counselors (NEACAC) and has been recognized for excellence in film education by The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. The programs of the New York Film Academy are designed to develop celebrities from all around the world. Alumni of the New York Film Academy earn an average base income of $55,000 USD. Some of the notable alumni are Lana Condor (Actor), Chord Overstreet (Actor), Todd Leatherman (Documentary-Maker), Louis Mole (Documentary-Maker), Issa Rae (Film Maker), Paul Dano, (Film Maker), etc.

Student Diversity and Visiting Companies

The New York Film Academy is dedicated to cultivating a diverse and multinational community for students, teachers, and staff in an increasingly linked, global society. Individuals from over 120 nations and a wide range of backgrounds have come together to create a better life and a stronger world via the artistic and performing arts. The international students are 50% of the total enrolled students. There are 54% male and 46% female students in the school. Under the challenges of real-world settings, students learn to collaborate in hands-on projects that need rigorous teamwork with people from many cultures and backgrounds. Some of the top visiting organizations are Netflix Globo, Amazon, Apple, YouTube, NBC Universal, The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros, Entertainment, TikTok, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Al Jazeera Media Network, etc.

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