NYFA - New York Film Academy (Los Angeles Campus) Reviews & Admissions Statistics

3.50 star(s) 3.5 Stars (4 Reviews)
School Website
https://www.nyfa.edu/location/nyfa-los-angeles/
Degrees Offered
  1. 3 Year BFA
  2. 4 Year BFA
  3. 2 Year MFA
  4. 3 Year MFA
  5. Summer Programs
  6. Short Term Courses
Concentrations
  1. Acting
  2. Animation & Digital Arts
  3. Directing
  4. Documentary Filmmaking
  5. Editing
  6. Film & Television Production
  7. Producing
  8. Screenwriting
  9. Television
  10. Writing and Producing for Television
  11. Writing for Screen & Television
Tuition Range
$5k to $10k
Undergraduate Deadlines
Summer: February 28, 2024
Summer (Late Deadline): March 29, 2024
Fall: June 26, 2024
Graduate Deadlines
Fall: June 26, 2024

Film School details

Nonprofit/For-Profit?
For-Profit
Copyrights
  1. Unknown
Start of Production Classes
  1. Freshman
Camera Equipment
  1. RED
Software Used
  1. Unknown
  2. Final Cut
Filmmaking Facilities
  1. Sound Stage(s)
  2. Green Screen
Internships
  1. Unknown
Job Placement
  1. Unknown
Application Fee
$50
GRE Required?
  1. No
SAT or ACT Required?
  1. No
Portfolio Required?
  1. Yes
Letters of Rec Required
  1. 2 (Undergrad)
  2. 2 (Graduate)


New York Film Academy (NYFA) offers AFA, BFA, BA, MA, and MFA degrees in film, along with film certificate programs. New York Film Academy is based in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, and Australia. It is accredited at the national level by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.

New York Film Academy is well-known for offering a summer camp for young filmmakers and film certificate programs that cost less than its film degrees. The key drawback is restrictions on how you can apply your credits (more on this in a moment).

Undergraduate Application Requirements

  • Transcript
  • Narrative Statement
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Creative Portfolio / Audition

Graduate Application Requirements

  • Transcript
  • Narrative Statement
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Creative Portfolio / Audition

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Latest Film School Reviews

Quality Teaching However...
Reviewed by: Alumni
Degree: MA/MFA
Concentration: Filmmaking
Pros
  • Top Notch Teaching in THIS program
  • Same classmates and teachers throughout
Cons
  • Expensive
  • No Flexibility in Schedule whatsoever
  • Same classmates and teachers throughout
  • May attend school for more than 40 hrs a week
  • Not allowed to utilize school for productions due for homework
The best thing I can say is that for the filmmaking master's program I have truly learned. I am so grateful and gracious for the level of knowledge that has been provided here, however there are a few classes later on that feel like fillers, just to justify the cost.

The schedule, especially in the first semester is often over 40 hrs a week, sometimes weekends. If it's possible for them to make the schedule where you could have consistency or work, they simply won't meaning, you can see that there was room in the schedule to do 9-3 five days a week without change but they might have one day 9-7, the next day 12-3 and another day with a 5 hr gap between classes, for example. You have no say in your schedule. You have to take the one they give you and they don't tell you this until orientation so if you need to work, you pretty much can't with this program. If you have kids, you're going to need full time assistance with them. If you're moving prior to attending the school, I suggest doing it at least a week before or you'll have no time to catch up on jet lag and sleep.

Same classmates throughout, it's good because you get to know everyone's strengths and weaknesses when working on projects and it'll be like a family if you're a group who likes each other but you get tired of the same people and you don't meet many people outside of your class to network or from other programs.

Many mandatory productions you must do which is great but for the cost of the school, you would think they would provide something some sort of benefit. You can't use the school for anything regarding a project due for your homework, can't have a simple meeting with cast or crew, or auditions, use the school in anyway. Then they place requirements on the insurance you have to pay for and all these things quickly rack up your project costs. Part of going to school is supposed to be the benefits that you won't have once you leave it.

The environment is inflexible and fairly militant in how it operates, you feel it through the halls.

Also when they say you will shoot on a studio backlot, it's only for class assignments on the same western lot with a bunch of other classes making noises while you shoot.

Don't let the fact that it's 100% acceptance fool you into thinking you won't learn much though, the education warrants an A- at the least but there are things you may want to consider before you attend this school.

I still may recommend this school for this program because you will leave with knowledge to work in the industry but those other factors can truly be a deterrent to consider.
Affordability
2.00 star(s)
Alumni Network
2.00 star(s)
Campus
2.00 star(s)
Coursework
5.00 star(s)
Facilities & Equipment
5.00 star(s)
Professors
4.00 star(s)
Scholarships
4.00 star(s)
One-Year Acting Conservatory
Reviewed by: Alumni
Degree: MA/MFA
Concentration: Acting
Pros
  • Location
Cons
  • Price
Honestly, the best thing about NYFA when I was there in 2011 was the location. I attended the New York location and it was a dream for a small-town girl from North Carolina. It was also expensive, of course.

The courses were fun and we actually got the chance to take filmmaking courses along with our acting courses. So you get a little experience with everything (mainly editing, wardrobe and make-up, script supervising, boom operating, gaffer, etc.)

Acting courses included, Acting for Film, Improv, Meisner, Scene Study, and a few others I can't remember right now.

The campuses were spread out when I was there, but that was just good exercise. Classes were every other day and then for your second semester, we switched days(1st-semester m,w,f; 2nd-semester t,t,s ).

The faculty was great. Very supportive. I made life-long friends. Network connections, not so much, but if you know where to go in the city then maybe you can find something or someone.

A few agents and managers will come to the graduation to see your final films (I was asked to submit a headshot to an agency. Nothing came of it, but it was still nice to be noticed.)

Financial aid helps a lot if you can get it. I was lucky enough to be able to live with my cousin for free, so I didn't have to pay rent and could live a little with my extra fin aid money.
Affordability
2.00 star(s)
Alumni Network
2.00 star(s)
Campus
5.00 star(s)
Career Assistance
2.00 star(s)
Coursework
4.00 star(s)
Facilities & Equipment
4.00 star(s)
Professors
4.00 star(s)
Scholarships
2.00 star(s)
shalley is undecided about recommending this film school
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4 Weeks Filmmaking Application Review
Reviewed by: Alumni
Degree: Certificate
Pros
  • Great informative teachers
  • Helpful teaching assistants
  • Helpful editing dept
Cons
  • Administration is unhelpful
  • Acting dept is badly ran
  • Some equipments could be improved
Overall description:
Was in the filmmaking program for 4 Weeks and had to make 3 short films, and 2 practice films, in total. I would say this program is for someone who is just starting out, and it is very hands on so overall go if you want a taste of filmmaking. If you're intermediate maybe this isnt for you.

Faculty:
Directing, screenwriting, editing instructors were all great. Had 2 camera equipment instructors who taught different conflicting things so not sure who to listen to.
Editing dept guys were very helpful and offered us a lot of support.
One class said "casting" with no context and turns out it was the acting class that was supposed to do a monologue and we had to cast them for our films there and then, and the filmmakers did not know what or how to do it. Acting teacher was unbothered, just made the actors do their monologue and told filmmakers to "take down notes", and she leaves immediately after. She also abandons her acting students on some shoots for unexplained reasons so our directing instructor had to take over.

Administration:
Offered adequate amount of help online for visa process, but had a difficult time in person. I was given a student card for entry that had a printing error on the bar code and doesn't work. The card also did not have my preferred name on it. Had to pay $20 to have it replaced. Transport not provided to filming location (Griffith Park) so student had to fork out their own expenses, was made known to us.
Admissions did not allow my friend (non NYFA student) to enter the building for the screening of the film because they only have 2 shots of the vaccine, not 3. A negative PCR covid test sufficed, they said, but this was only made known less than 24 hours. Quite ridiculous as PCR tests take around 24 hours for results. In the end, my friend could not be present for my final screening.

Classmates:
Everyone was international (except one) and mostly trying out whether film is for them. Had a guy who went to film school in his home country and realised that this class was too elementary for him, and he left. Probably isn't going to help you with local connections.

Actors:
Was told by my directing instructors that its a gamble every program because every batch of students would vary in acting quality. Was lucky enough to work with a talented bunch of young actors. The actors are around 19-25 years old, some are local and some are international, but all of them seem to be professional, skillful and the collaboration was very smooth to say the least.

Cirriculum:
Monday to Friday. Most days are 9am to 6:40pm, which is about 3 classes. We had to use our weekends to shoot some of films at our own time and stayed back after class to edit. Usually I only have one Sunday free. It was actually a lot of content and worthwhile since the 3 films we do are same as the first 3 projects in the MFA program. I'm exhausted most of the time and have less leisure time than the acting students. We do everything from pitching, writing, filming, editing. It is a very hands on program.

Equipment:
Was given a box of equipment with lenses and a Sony FX6. Was all labeled and easy to use. Also was taught how to handle them. However tripods' quality could be better, a lot of them are loose and dont stay in place.

Location:
Does not have bus/train nearby so be expected to get here by car, or you can walk from the bus stop. Not much food choices around. There is a starbucks opposite the school. The building is like an enclosed office building. There's a small corner selling snacks and packaged food inside and vending machines around, but other than that not much. Actors have their lesson in another building quite far away from the main building.

Price:
Website says $3771 USD but be expected to spend more on transport, props etc. For international students expect to spend more on your visa and lodging.
Affordability
3.00 star(s)
Alumni Network
3.00 star(s)
Campus
3.00 star(s)
Career Assistance
3.00 star(s)
Coursework
4.00 star(s)
Facilities & Equipment
3.00 star(s)
Professors
5.00 star(s)
Scholarships
3.00 star(s)
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