New York Film Academy
|New York Film Academy|
Film School and Acting School
|Motto||The most hands-on intensive programs in the world|
|Provost||Michael J. Young|
|Academic staff||400 +|
|Students||6,000 per year|
|Location||100 East 17th Street Union Square, NY, U.S.|
|Colors||Red and Black|
New York Film Academy - School of Film and Acting (NYFA) is an international film school and acting school based in New York City. The NY Film Academy was founded in 1992 by Jerry Sherlock, a former film, television and theatre producer. It was originally located at the Tribeca Film Center. In 1994, NYFA moved to the former Tammany Hall building in Union Square.
As of 2012, the school has 400+ employees and over 6,000 students per year. NYFA offers master's, bachelor's, and associate's degrees, as well as 1 and 2-year conservatory programs and short-term workshops in filmmaking, acting for film, photography, 3D animation, game design, producing, screenwriting, digital filmmaking, cinematography, documentary, broadcast journalism, musical theatre, music video and digital editing programs at various locations throughout the world.
The New York Film Academy's philosophy is based on a "learning by doing" approach with intensive, hands-on training. NYFA founder Jerry Sherlock explained to the New York Times in 2005 that he opened the school after hearing interest from parents and older relatives of aspiring young filmmakers, and that he wanted to focus on practical experience.
Degree programs, workshops and locations
NYFA's programs include film directing, film producing, screenwriting, cinematography, film editing, documentary filmmaking and courses in acting. In 2007 NYFA partnered with NBC News to start a program in digital journalism. In 2010 the contract between NYFA and NBC expired, but the Broadcast Journalism programs at NYFA continue to be offered with many of the original faculty. The NYFA Degree Programs, Workshops and Short-term courses are held in the following locations:
- New York City*
- Universal Studios in Los Angeles, California*
- Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia - Based on the backlot of Village Roadshow Studios adjacent to Warner Bros. Movie World
- Abu Dhabi, UAE*
- Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts
- Disney Studios, Orlando, Florida
- South Beach, Florida
- Florence, Italy
- Paris, France
- Mumbai, India
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Beijing, China
- Shanghai, China
- Moscow, Russia
- Seoul, Korea
Since 2007, the New York Film Academy has been collaborating with museums and major art institutions to organize cultural and filmmaking education initiatives for teens and young adults. The New York Film Academy's partnership with the world renown Metropolitan Museum of Art is in its 3rd year. Working closely with each individual institution, the Film Academy contributes resources in curriculum development, teaching staff, and equipment to deliver programs that teach students the creative art of the moving image, as well as the importance and value of all forms of art and the institutions that preserve, protect and display them. Partnering institutions include:
- Sony Animation approached the New York Film Academy to create a special acting workshop to train Sony animators to better understand the actor's process and appropriate character behavior. The animators were taught acting techniques, scene analysis and beat breakdown from the actor's perspective, as well as character development to enhance their overall visual storytelling abilities.
- Time Warner Cable Connect A Million Minds partnered with the New York Film Academy at its Union Square headquarters. Students from East Side Community High School and Marte Valle Secondary School in the Lower East Side participated in a workshop to learn about the significance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills required in the film industry to bring movies to life.
- The New York Jets and the New York Film Academy have partnered together to start a brand new hands-on Sports Photography Program. The program will offer two 16-week hands-on immersion workshops in Sports Photography and Sports Broadcasting for sports fans and aspiring media professionals in a real-world sports environment.
Film or Acting School students who demonstrate financial need can qualify to receive up to $15,000 for NYFA's one year, two year, or MFA programs. Applicants are required to show a credible need for financial assistance through documentation, as well as submit a personal statement explaining why they would like to attend the New York Film Academy. To date the New York Film Academy has donated over a million dollars in the form of scholarships to the New York City Department of Education.
The New York Film Academy works with a number of universities to allow students to earn bachelor's degrees in conjunction with courses taken at NYFA. These include:
NYFA draws teachers from the Tisch School of the Arts, Columbia University, AFI Conservatory, University of Southern California, Stanford University, Harvard University, Yale University and University of California Los Angeles.
Notable guest lectures
Many film and television industry professionals have spoken at New York Film Academy. They include:
(This list includes alumni from both the Film and the Acting schools, as listed on the pages merged here.)
- Kalem, T.E.; Peter Ainslie (1981-03-30). "Lo and Hum as Ho and Hum". Time. Retrieved 2008-03-27. "...first-time Producer Jerry Sherlock, an ex-fabric broker from Seventh Avenue"
- "New York Film Academy studying abroad".
- Ward, Andre (2007-11-14). "The Digital Revolution Sweeps New York Film Academy". MovieMaker. Retrieved 2008-03-27.
- "New York Film Academy Australia".
- Chudy, Jolanta (2008-03-18). "Cameras rolling at Abu Dhabi film school". Reuters. Retrieved 2008-03-27.
- http://www.nyfa.edu/film-schools-location/south-beach.php. Missing or empty
- "New York Film Academy Brazil".
- "Summer Intensive—Art and Film: A Hands-on Digital Filmmaking Workshop".
- "Brooklyn Museum Gallery/Studio Program Announces Registration for Fall Semester 2007".
- "TEEN TAKES ON THE BIENNIAL".
- "Sony Partnership with New York Film Academy".
- "Time Warner Cable Partnership with New York Film Academy".
- "New York Film Academy Jets Partnership".
- "New York City DOE Middle School Film Festival". New York City Government.
- "Academic background NYFA teachers". New York Film Academy.
- "New York Film Academy Guest Lecturers".
- "Notable Alumni".
- Robinson, Sean. "5 Questions with Filmmaker Sean Robinson of Naked, Puritans". The Advocate. Matthew Breen. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
- "Financing Your Indie Film and Developing an Audience: Rohit Gupta". New York Film Academy. June 28, 2012.
- "New Moon Star Justine Wachsberger | Film School Blog | New York Film Academy". nyfa.edu. Retrieved 2010-01-20.
- "Brittany Andrews Linked In Profile".
- "Too Big to Sail?". Vanity Fair.
- "Nara Rohit Celebrates his Birthday Today". supergoodmovies.com. Retrieved December 7, 2012.