New York Film Academy (NYFA)

General Information

The New York Film Academy is considered to be the largest acting and film school in the world and the best hands-on school by many of today's entertainment and film professionals. Their philosophy of "learning by doing" combined allows students to learn the fundamentals in less time then at most schools. Their proven teaching philosophy and quality of students that complete their intensive programs has earned them a strong reputation among Hollywood and independent filmmakers. NYFA's accelerated two year fine arts degree programs are structured for students who want intensive training from award winning faculty using professional facilities and equipment starting their first day of classes; better preparing them for a career in motion picture and entertainment industries. In addition to their degree programs, they offer one-year college accredit programs, evening workshops, hands-on classes and hosts to summer camps.

Programs

Filmmaking
Digital Filmmaking
Documentary Filmmaking
Editing
Producing
Screenwriting
3D Animation
Journalism
Online Courses

Degrees

AS
MFA

Film School Rating

New York Film Academy (NYFA) EXPOSED

Intense, hands-on and located in New York City and Hollywood. Go if you want to start making films from day two.

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Was it worth it? (Overall)
2.4

From the moment that you walk into the New ...

Equipment & Facilities
2.4

Equipment is above average while the school ...

Instruction & Professors
2.4

Instructors are working film industry ...

Film Industry Connections
2.4

Alumni of NYFA are hard to contact because ...

Hands-on Experience
4

Without a doubt you will receive some of ...

Quick Review This School

Quick Reviews & Comments

I did The 1 Yr Film Making and the 1 Yr Producing - My 2 cents

I went to NYFA for two years. I did the film making and the producing course. It was very valuable the education I got. I will move forward with a better understanding of how to make and produce films. I also think its good to take both courses. Easier to come out of the Producing course and get jobs then it is with the film making. I always say to wanna be directors learn a crew position because you wont be directing straight out of school. So try to pick one vrew position and be good at it. However I will agree big time with what Evan said. There is NO heat in the winter in the classrooms at least in the Union Square building. It is ridiculous. I spent like 40k to go to that fricken school and its below zero out and everyone has to wear a jacket and gloves including the teachers and try to write notes. Its ridiculous!!! Miserable. I walked out a few times cause I was like this is inhumane. They are very good at advertising especially in foreign countries. They put a lot into their advertising. I agree and think they should put some of that money back into the building. The one in SoHo seems nice as well as LA but the Union Square one is for shit!!! The electricity, the heat and the internet suck!! And yes the scheduling is ridiculous. As a woman that was also running a business it was awful as they have no respect for peoples lives and how they schedule shit. For someone taking a Producing Program where you are taught about scheduling it behooved me at how they scheduled. They need to find a better way to do what they do in that regard. Big Time. It was very hard running a buisness and having a life with how they scheduled stuff. Many times you didnt get your schedule for the semester until a few days after it started. So scheduling anything as far as seeing family, holidays setting up business meetings etc was extremely difficult. It may not matter to a 22 yr old but as a 36 yr old with a lot of responsibilities it was very frustrating. They do have some great teachers though and I agree some not as well. The Producing Course I believe is supposed to be one of the best in the world. Overall I liked 90% of my teachers.Felt they were good at what they did. However it was annoying that they only focus on indie film. If you want to do TV this is not the school to go to. They dont teach you barely anything about TV and none of the teachers have any TV experience. They also dont teach you anything about studio films and studio work either. Which is frustrating for a Producer that may want to take their career in that direction.I hope the LA school does but the NY one doesnt at all. Also yes it is a ton of lazy rich kids that go there that are completely clueless and lazy as hell. Most of my projects I did alone with getting outside pros to help. As a lot of students are useless and lazy. Which is weird as my friend in LA that goes to LACC said the exact opposite of the students there, that they were all really driven and motivated. I think its the rich kid thing. A lot of these kids have never had to work in their life and the program is intense and you have to work your ass off. Its not all the students that are this way but Id say 40% of them are. Which if your not smart enough to get peeps outside of school to help you and you are stuck having to use just the students they can really mess up your projects. Thats why I always crewed up all my stuff with free non students. Overall though through all the pain of dealing with the school it was as I said very valuable to me. I had been in the adult biz producing and directing for 13 years. However going to this school I did still learn a lot. It really is a program of you get what you put into it. I even got a 5k grant for one of my semesters. They also were great with me having to go through a lot as my Mom passed away while going to school there and they were compassionate and dealt with me in an admirable way. So after 2 years of course I have a lot to bitch about but I also have a lot of good things to say about the education I received. It was worth I felt my time and money. I do wish they would let producers have more access to equipment. As producers you are very limited in equipment which sucks. However there course and what they teach is good. My friend however also is going to LACC for film. He has GREAT teachers and has learned alot at 1/4th of what I paid. So if you can afford it, it is way worth it. However if you cant you can get the same education for cheaper. Also God I spent a shitload on my projects. They say the budget for everything is zero which is bullshit. Over my 2 years, I must have spent at least another 20k on my projects alone. However I have a fabulous and great reel which is what I wanted from the school which is what I got. You should be very serious about each project and make each project good enough to be able to get a job from it after school cause after school its hard getting equipment and Ins etc. Most students didnt seem to take the projects as serious as they should have and now have no reel or really crap looking amateur stuff for a reel when they leave which is such a waste. So Im not unhappy about the $ spent on projects at all, just letting everyone out there know to be prepared to spend money on your projects otherwise you may end up with a shit reel as most of my peers did as they were not willing to spend much. But they still did spend, you have too. For most thesis projects you can expect to spend at least 5 to 10k. I just graduated a week ago I am happy to be done. I learned a shit load in those two years. Good Luck with everyone on there film ventures:) Hopefully my view helped somehow.... If you want more info feel free to send me a message.

Very well done

Congrats on doing what you set out to do.
I am checking out this school in Los Angeles as well as LA FILM and I noticed that most people do not ask a lot of questions especially about the after effect and I know that LA FILM did not mention about paying for your own film and to be honest I did think about that after I left the tour of the school and you just reminded me to ask. There are a lot of schools out there and like every other field the odds at one making it to that ultimate goal (whatever your goal) is a great one if you want that big stage. The mind is a powerful tool and like they say if you want it bad enough you can achieve it. To all students out there: Hollywood is still Hollywood and sometimes you have to make your own. When you graduate, what about equipment? How much does it cost, how much are the permits, film, etc, etc. These and more are things to think about. One school I am checking offer laptops with the programs but some of those programs are Academic which means that you can not upgrade them, this I was told by Apple and then someone said you can but it is more expensive. This falls under the "What the....? I feel if the students are paying for it then give the students what the actually should have instead of putting them deeper into the hole especially with the size of the laptops. 15.4 is cool but I feel that in order to do it right 17 is much better. Now some will say that 15 is easier to carry around but if you check out the new Apples the 17 is not heavy and is a good size. That is just my opinion. The students are paying for it, give them the option 15.4 or 17. I do not need to hear about Apple sells it in bulk, to me that is bull. They can do it if they want too.

Miss Discipline, you seems to

Miss Discipline, you seems to be one of the few objective person reviewing nyfa, maybe you can help me. I've working as a focus puller several years so far as well as cinematographer on ads and shortfilms, and recently did my first short film in 35mm.wich I directed and photographed. I just want to change my direction as I now pursuing directing, so I thought it would be a good idea take the one year adv. evening filmaking, as is cheaper, allows me to get a job while attending for living costs, but also helps me to expertise in directing and creating a reel to go back to my country. I also like the idea of indie filmaking focus. But I`m really concern about a bunch of negative reviews about this filmschool, I don´t know what kind of people do that, is people who seeks maistream filmstyle here and didn´t find it?, they are against the people who can afford that?, is a matter of taste?, or the school is really a farse?, as I think I agree with their hands-on philosophy as I did filmschool yet and dont need more theory. Average people attending nyfa are just lazy rich ones on which you can´t count to help you on your projects???this is very important for me because I can write, direct, shoot and even produce by myself but I can´t do the whole thing alone!, and I don´t know anyone else in nyc who can help me if my classmates fails me. I've been trying looking arround for a course like this in all the world, but this is practically the only one. Ok, and last but no least, when you shoot your practices or final projects, how can you really expect to expend?, they say 2.000 but is that certain???
Thank you very much in advanced

Thank you!

This review has been invaluable to me, thank you so much.

I had several concerns about the school after visiting NYFA to check it out and meet with the teachers/admin staff. This review has confirmed my concerns about younger students and the general approach of the school to mature students needs.

I may still go to NYFA as I believe it's the cheapest way to put together a first class show reel and learn marketable crew skills, however should I choose to enroll I will go in fully prepared.

Many thanks for taking the time to write this honest appraisal.

Best wishes,

B in London

Question regarding NYC campuses

Hey, thanks so much for your review - it's really quite helpful. Could you tell me on what basis students get the Soho campus or the Union Square one? I had assumed that all students must attend various classes in both buildings.

Also, did you and the other students suggest the installation of heating and air-conditioning to the school? If yes, what was their response? And if no, then please do so now - maybe they'll listen and do something to correct the situation!

Hope to hear from you soon! :)

You are an idiot. Maybe you

You are an idiot. Maybe you should learn how to spell and write a coherent sentence before you start to study filmmaking (notice that "filmmaking is one word). Using profanity in a public forum is not a way to convince me to hire you. Complaining about the other students is not going to get you through any college curriculum. I suggest you take up another trade. I feel safe in saying that my colleagues and I don't want any additional morons, complainers, and backstabbers in this already crowded industry.

I apologize to anyone

I apologize to anyone ofended. I admit I wrote my review in a foolishly passionate way. The website wont allow me to remove it. I beleve that the teachers are quite good. But it it felt like many of them gave up on my group.

nyfa is the joke of the movie biz

NYFA exists to make money for NYFA. No graduates end up working in movies. honestly there should be a law againt them

The REAL schools are :
1) AFI It is only for graduate students but this school has more graduates than any other in the movie biz
2) USC very close to AFI

3) CAL ARTS mostly find work in post production but usuall snatched up right after graduation

4) FULL SAIL on the east coast but seems to get some people into the film biz

5) LOYOLA MARYMOUNT small catholic school somehow seems to have good ties in the industry

College?

4

DO you attend a film school like NYFA before college or after?

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before college

1 year 3D animation program

Hey everyone!

Did any one of you take the 1 year 3D animation program? I am thinking of taking it after I graduate and get my Bachelor in Graphic Design next Spring. I learned the basics of 3D animation at university but I want to learn more.. I want to do a Masters in 3D Animation, but in order to do so i'm thinking of doing that 1 year program at NYFA to learn and master the MAYA software before going into masters so that I get there ready with all the tools and skills that I would need.
All I need from you is for you to tell me about your experience at NYFA. I need to know its reputation and how you felt while being there and taking the courses, and how you felt after you completed the training. Do you think it was worth it and worth the tuition money? because it is 17 000$ per semester without the living expenses. That's 34 000$ for the year without living expenses and it's not a Master's degree so I need to be convinced please!

Thank you so much for your help,
Steph

Film Production

Can anybody please tell me how is the 2 year MFA in Film Production at NYFA ?

2 Year Film Program Is Great

Very intensive! Everyday is something different and you are constantly working on your own films or fellow student films. The second year you write, direct, edit, and produce your own feature film which is an awesome learning experience. This school is the real deal. Instructors are pretty good - making films in New York City is a dream and the film equipment is top notch and accessable.

I think it's $17,000 per

I think it's $17,000 per semester right now. They have it on their website.

Buyer be ware

2

I went for the acting two year program but left after one. This school has some of the best instructors in the world, some. However they are held back by the administration. As an actor here you are a number, and bag of money. They make stupid decisions regarding schedualing with no consideration for the students or teachers. Everyone can get into this place so its packed with lazy rich kids who dont want to put in the work it takes to make a good film. And they are alowed to act however they want and not get expelled. I was in a class with Miss Teen USA, an important sponcer of the school. She was my partner in several scenes, but because of her status and the numerous "special events" she had to attend she was allowed to miss nearly every class and hold back my education. Also the "creddits" advertised dont transfer to any schools with a film program or an acting program, so if I want to continue to work in film, these creddits are useless. Also all the money given seems to be blown on stupid NYFA chairs, NYFA tee shirts, TONS of advertising and making sure everything looks "pritty" for the open house. I would have prefferd they buy things they could use like sound proofing, air conditioning, props/costumes, Film and mini DV tapes for the students. Filmakers have to buy thier own film, so be prepaered to spend an extra $12,000 befor the year is over. Allso after a year in the Acting for film program, and after staring in 8+ student films, I didnt get a single clip I can use for my reel, not one. It was up to the students to get coppies of their films from the Tech Office, but it is run by a bunch of alumni who lost every single tape I requested. Even most of teachers at this place seem to think its B.S. even though they cant say it blatently, they make it pritty clear that they dont care about you, the school, or anything but thier paycheck and thier ego. Save yourelf the time and money, just go on thier website, look at thier classes, then find similer classes outside of the school, thier way cheaper and much more educational. It is unfortunet because with thier massive funds, knowlagable staff ther could be some amazing stuff coming from this place.

Thank you.

A very critical review, thank you so much for the information.

First of all spell check?

First of all spell check? What are you nine years old? Also, you're on a film site complaining about an acting school, the best part is that you're complaining about being in not one, but multiple scenes with an unspecified Miss Teen USA... Really? Oh, she had to leave to go do The Today Show or support an AIDS event, what an asshole she must be and she still came to class the next day and had the humility to do a scene with you? You mentioned spoiled kids, I'll just leave it at that.

How can the instructors be the best in the world and you still not like the school? Did you have a problem with the location or something?

As for where your money goes, what location were you at? Prince and Broadway I'm guessing, the poshest location in New York City. Look around that corner you've got Prada, Armani Exchange and the flagship Dean and Deluca. You mentioned doing the one-year, was your final film written, directed, produced, shot and edited by a crew of professionals? Using HD? Or did they use the Red 1 cameras? That may be where a little of the rest of your tuition money went. What about class size? Did you have 60 people in your class or was it limited to 12 and below, like every other class at NYFA?

Did staff really lose every tape that you worked on, if they did you may want to bring that up with the administration or are you just naive enough to think that an agent is going to want to see a copy of the monologue presentation that you did? If anything, they may just want to actually see you present a monologue, you know, in real life.

By the way, I did the film program, I understand why we had to buy our own film- we also have options, we can shoot on HD or use the Red1 which is a $2,000 deposit that we get back when we return the hard drive. Your estimate of $12,000 extra on film costs is a little exaggerated, I shot on 16 mm for me thesis and only spent an extra $3,000 over the whole two years on film and processing costs. If someone told you that they spent that much, then they could afford to spend that much, not because they had to.

Credits are transferable by the way, I'm not sure where you're trying to go with them and if a school's unwilling to accept them it may be because the school doesn't accept credits from anyone. I know that I had options like New School and St. John's University if I wanted in the city if I wanted to transfer towards anything.

I apologize to anyone

I apologize to anyone ofended. I admit I wrote my review in a foolishly passionate way. The website wont allow me to remove it. I beleve that the teachers are quite good. But it it felt like many of them gave up on my group.

Reminiscent of a recent Cat Power album

The Greatest... I've went to undergrad at two schools, one year at Full Sail before transferring to NYU... Two years of film theory is enough to kill anyone and their creativity. After graduating, I got a job working with a television station where I grew up in Connecticut, but I really felt like I missed out on a lot and decided to look into grad schools.

I'm going into my fourth semester at NYFA and I've worked on probably like 70 films. I've directed twelve films, the kicker is, in my first year, I directed 7 and I found out that had I just taken the one year program the curriculum is the same pretty much (both programs do 7 films in their first year) and you don't need a degree to do the one year or two year program... I could have saved a lot of time and money had I just taken a program here initially.

The Best Time of My Life

I took the 1 year film directing course in 2007 and I can not tell you how much of an impact it has made on my career. It gave me all the tools and experience I needed to land a job on the set of Saturday Night Live right after graduation. Studying at NYFA in NYC was by far the best time of my life.

My suggestion to anyone looking to learn filmmaking - move to NYC or LA, buy a camera and start making films with the guidance of a professional or take a few filmmaking workshops to see if it is really for you. Best of luck!

Union Square is great!

This school is in the best area of NYC!

reply

This is a reply to every post on the New York Film Academy. I cant understand how someone can go through any NYFA program and have nothing but rave reviews. All of you are completely delusional. For starters the owner is the cheapest guy I've ever met and good luck getting equipment there that works. Second, any retard can go to this school, and by retard I am NOT exaggerating as I have literally seen with my own eyes mentally handicapped students. This is because all you need to enroll in NYFA is a paycheck, because the owner is a greedy, money grubbing old fart who has no idea how HIS OWN school even runs. They do not enforce any of their own policies and I have witnessed first hand, students who have not completed ANY projects and still graduated. The teachers, although meaning well, have seen this school as a lost cause and no longer even try to teach as much as they are only there to collect a paycheck. Your point of view is understandable to think this school is great if you haven't EVER seen another facility and how professionals actually work on a film set. I actually feel sorry for most of the attending class and more so for the people who actually know what they are doing and have fallen for NYFA's jazzy, whorish, false hopes, broken promises and overall joke of a film school. How many times have you seen an advertisement for NYFA, whether on a bus, billboard or anywhere in the tri state area???? Alot right? Now how many times have you seen ANY other schools advertise at all? Besides Gibbs College I can't think of many. I bid you warning, it is a waste of money and time even if your talented in any way, The laziness and disillusionment of 99% of your classmates will prevent you from making any sort of film worth actually watching [ friends and family don't count as critics retard]!

Also don't believe any tour guides or orientations when they tell you that your teachers are working in the industry now. NYFA is a graveyard for failed filmmakers.

reply

This is a reply to every post on the New York Film Academy. I cant understand how someone can go through any NYFA program and have nothing but rave reviews. All of you are completely delusional. For starters the owner is the cheapest guy I've ever met and good luck getting equipment there that works. Second, any retard can go to this school, and by retard I am NOT exaggerating as I have literally seen with my own eyes mentally handicapped students. This is because all you need to enroll in NYFA is a paycheck, because the owner is a greedy, money grubbing old fart who has no idea how HIS OWN school even runs. They do not enforce any of their own policies and I have witnessed first hand, students who have not completed ANY projects and still graduated. The teachers, although meaning well, have seen this school as a lost cause and no longer even try to teach as much as they are only there to collect a paycheck. Your point of view is understandable to think this school is great if you haven't EVER seen another facility and how professionals actually work on a film set. I actually feel sorry for most of the attending class and more so for the people who actually know what they are doing and have fallen for NYFA's jazzy, whorish, false hopes, broken promises and overall joke of a film school. How many times have you seen an advertisement for NYFA, whether on a bus, billboard or anywhere in the tri state area???? Alot right? Now how many times have you seen ANY other schools advertise at all? Besides Gibbs College I can't think of many. I bid you warning, it is a waste of money and time even if your talented in any way, The laziness and disillusionment of 99% of your classmates will prevent you from making any sort of film worth actually watching [ friends and family don't count as critics retard]!

Also don't believe any tour guides or orientations when they tell you that your teachers are working in the industry now. NYFA is a graveyard for failed filmmakers.

FUCK NYFA

Hi, a reply to...your post

I have nothing against what you have to say about NYFA, although I cant agree with you either. I must ask, do you know someone, or have YOU attended this Academy? I am very instrested in why and what you have to say about it. I was interested in attending NYFA for about 3 years and I am graduating this year.... I'd appreciate your reply. Please fill me in, I would hate to have any regrets in the future. Thank You.

~C

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