New York Film Academy

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New York Film Academy
New York Film Academy
Film School and Acting School
Motto The most hands-on intensive programs in the world
Type Private
Established 1992
President Michael J. Young
Academic staff
Students 7,000 per year
Location 17 Battery Place, New York, U.S.
Campus Urban
Colors Black, White, and Red               
Sports Intramural
Nickname NYFA

New York Film Academy – School of Film and Acting (NYFA) is a for-profit 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.[1] It was originally located at the Tribeca Film Center. In 1994, NYFA moved to the former Tammany Hall building in Union Square. After 23 years of occupancy, the Academy relocated from Tammany Hall to Battery Park in October 2015.[2]

As of 2012, the school has 400+ employees and over 7,000 students per year.[3] NYFA offers master, bachelor, and associate degrees, as well as one- and two-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, digital editing, graphic design, and illustration programs at various locations throughout the world.[4]

The New York Film Academy's philosophy is based on a "learning by doing" approach. NYFA founder Jerry Sherlock explained to the New York Times in 2005[5] 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[edit]

The New York Film Academy branch located in Downtown Manhattan near Battery Park.
The New York Film Academy: College of Visual and Performing Arts located in Burbank, CA., next to Warner Brothers.

NYFA's programs include film directing, film producing, screenwriting, cinematography, film editing, documentary filmmaking, acting, animation, photography, game design, musical theatre, graphic design, and illustration. In 2007 NYFA partnered with NBC News to start a program in digital journalism.[6] 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:[7]


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 Metropolitan Museum of Art is in its fourth 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:

Corporate partnerships[edit]

  • Rolling Stone Magazine and the New York Film Academy partnered together to offer a series of Rolling Stone Music Video Workshops throughout the year. The workshops immerse students in cinematography, directing, screenwriting, producing, and editing with students creating their own original music videos.[15]
  • In 2014, NASA and the New York Film Academy announced a new initiative that would enlist students to create original audiovisual materials to raise awareness about the development of the James Webb Space Telescope as part of the Academy’s STEAM initiative.[16]
  • The New York Film Academy offers a series of ongoing REDucation Workshops to our students that take place around the world. The workshops—overseen by RED Digital Cinema Camera Company’s certified instructors—are aimed at working professionals as well as those just starting out in their film careers to help them master the RED EPIC or DRAGON cameras.[17]
  • Sony Animation[18] and the New York Film Academy established a relationship 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's Connect A Million Minds and the New York Film Academy partnered together 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.[19]
  • The New York Jets and the New York Film Academy partnered together in 2012 to start a brand new hands-on Sports Photography Program.[20] The program offered 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.


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.[21] Notable faculty members include director Adam Nimoy, game designer Chris Swain, director Claude Kerven, screenwriter Jim Jennewein, and actress Lynda Goodfriend.

Notable guest lectures[edit]

Many film and television industry professionals have spoken at New York Film Academy. They include:[22] Steven Spielberg, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Al Pacino, Doug Liman, Ben Stiller, Kevin Spacey, Ben Kingsley, Mira Nair and many renowned people from the film industry.

Notable alumni[edit]

(This list includes alumni from both the Film and the Acting schools, as listed on the pages merged here.)[23]



  1. ^ 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 
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  4. ^ Shand, Laura (2012-10-01). "New York Film Academy studying abroad". The Independent (London). 
  5. ^ Smith, Jack (2005-02-22). "Once for the Money, and Once for the Fun". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ Ward, Andre (2007-11-14). "The Digital Revolution Sweeps New York Film Academy". MovieMaker. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
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  8. ^ "New York Film Academy Australia". 
  9. ^ Chudy, Jolanta (2008-03-18). "Cameras rolling at Abu Dhabi film school". Reuters. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  10. ^ "New York Film Academy Locations". 
  11. ^ "New York Film Academy Brazil". 
  12. ^ "Summer Intensive—Art and Film: A Hands-on Digital Filmmaking Workshop". 
  13. ^ "Brooklyn Museum Gallery/Studio Program Announces Registration for Fall Semester 2007" (PDF). 
  15. ^ "Rolling Stone Music Video School". 
  16. ^ "NYFA Hosts Joint Talk With NASA Scientist". 
  17. ^ "New York Film Academy and RED Digital Camera Present REDucation Workshops with RED DRAGON 6K". 
  18. ^ "Sony Partnership with New York Film Academy". 
  19. ^ "Time Warner Cable Partnership with New York Film Academy". 
  20. ^ "New York Film Academy Sports Photography". 
  21. ^ "Academic background NYFA teachers". New York Film Academy. 
  22. ^ "New York Film Academy Guest Lecturers". 
  23. ^ "Notable Alumni". 
  24. ^ "Brittany Andrews Linked In Profile". 
  25. ^ Chang, Kee (November 7, 2015). "Screen Test: Lana Condor". Anthem Magazine. 
  26. ^ "Financing Your Indie Film and Developing an Audience: Rohit Gupta". New York Film Academy. June 28, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Too Big to Sail?". Vanity Fair. 
  28. ^ "Shaquille O'Neal Graduating From New York Film Academy; Wants To be A Director". Indiewire. 
  29. ^ Robinson, Sean. "5 Questions with Filmmaker Sean Robinson of Naked, Puritans". The Advocate. Retrieved January 12, 2014. 
  30. ^ "Nara Rohit Celebrates his Birthday Today". Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  31. ^ Mushtaq, Mariam. "Shahzad Sheikh's Interview". Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  32. ^ "New Moon Star Justine Wachsberger – Film School Blog – New York Film Academy". Retrieved January 20, 2010. 

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