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New York Film Academy

New York Film Academy – School of Film and Acting (NYFA) is a for-profit film school and acting school based in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, and across the world. The New York 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]

New York Film Academy
New York Film Academy
MottoThe most hands-on intensive programs in the world
PresidentMichael J. Young
Academic staff
Students5,000 per year
17 Battery Place, New York City
New York
ColorsBlack, White, and Red               

As of 2012, the school has 400+ employees[3] and over 5,000 students per year (many of them from outside the United States).[4] NYFA offers master, bachelor, and associate degrees, as well as one- and two-year conservatory programs, short-term workshops, and youth programs and summer camps in filmmaking, acting for film, photography, fashion photography, documentary filmmaking, 3D animation and visual effects, game design, producing, screenwriting, digital filmmaking, cinematography, broadcast journalism, musical theatre, music video, digital editing, graphic design, virtual reality, and English as a Second Language (ESL), at various locations throughout the world.[5]

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[6] 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 locationsEdit

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

NYFA's programs include filmmaking, producing, screenwriting, cinematography, digital editing, documentary film, acting for film, 3D animation and visual effects, photography, game design, musical theatre, graphic design, and virtual reality, as well as an English as a Second Language (ESL) program that aims to combine traditional language learning with activities related to the arts.[7] In 2007 NYFA partnered with NBC News to start a program in broadcast journalism.[8] 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. NYFA degree programs, workshops and short-term courses are held around the world.[9] Summer workshops are offered at Walt Disney World Resort[10] and Harvard University.[11] International locations include Australia, Florence, Paris, Moscow, Amsterdam, Berlin, Mumbai, Rio de Janeiro, Beijing, Shanghai, Doha, Mumbai, Kyoto, Seoul, and Istanbul.


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. The partnering institutions include:

• 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.[15]

• The New York Film Academy offered a series of ongoing REDucation Workshops in partnership with RED Digital Cinema Camera Company.[16]


NYFA draws faculty who are active, working professionals in their fields, many of whom are award winners or have formerly taught at such prestigious institutions as 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.[17] Notable faculty members have included SAG Award-winning actor Matthew Modine, BAFTA Award-winning cinematography Anthony B. Richmond BSC, ASC, film critic Peter Rainer, actor Bill Duke, writer Heather Hach, filmmaker Mark Lester, actress Brenda Vaccaro, actor Louis Gossett Jr., writer/producer Paul Brown, actor Mark Olsen, actress Kristy Cates, director Adam Nimoy, game designer Chris Swain, director Claude Kerven, screenwriter Jim Jennewein, actress Lynda Goodfriend, and actor/director Michael Zelniker.

Notable alumniEdit

(This list includes alumni from both the Film and the Acting schools, as listed on the pages merged here.)[18]


  • NYFA is accredited by the NASAD National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
  • In February 2018, NYFA achieved candidacy by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, a regional accrediting agency serving a diverse membership of public and private higher education institutions throughout California, Hawaii, and the Pacific as well as a limited number of institutions outside the U.S.[30]
    • The WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as certifying institutional eligibility for federal funding in a number of programs, including student access to federal financial aid.


  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
  2. ^ "Film School and Theater Clear Out of Tammany Hall Ahead of Retail Makeover".
  3. ^ "New York Film Academy".
  4. ^ Rice, Andrew. "How the New York Film Academy discovered gold in the developing world," Politico (April 16, 2012).
  5. ^ Shand, Laura (2012-10-01). "New York Film Academy studying abroad". The Independent. London.
  6. ^ Smith, Jack (2005-02-22). "Once for the Money, and Once for the Fun". The New York Times.
  7. ^ "Intensive English Program". The ESL School at NYFA. Retrieved 2017-10-13.
  8. ^ Ward, Andre (2007-11-14). "The Digital Revolution Sweeps New York Film Academy". MovieMaker. Archived from the original on 2008-02-08. Retrieved 2008-03-27.
  9. ^ "New York Film Academy – Locations".
  10. ^ "New York Film Academy - Disney Studios, Florida". Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  11. ^ "New York Film Academy - Harvard University". Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  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).
  14. ^ "TEEN TAKES ON THE BIENNIAL". Archived from the original on 2013-07-31.
  15. ^ "NYFA Collaborates with NASA on Telescope | New York Film Academy". Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  16. ^ "New York Film Academy - REDucation - Red Camera Training". Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  17. ^ "Academic background NYFA teachers". New York Film Academy. Archived from the original on 2008-08-21.
  18. ^ "Notable Alumni".
  19. ^ "MFA Filmmaking Grad Produces Feature 'El Freeman'". New York Film Academy Blog. 2015-05-26. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  20. ^ "Financing Your Indie Film and Developing an Audience: Rohit Gupta". New York Film Academy. June 28, 2012.
  21. ^ ""Sharia" film screening and Q & A with alumnus Film Director Anouar H. Smaine". Eastern Michigan University International Week. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  22. ^ "Rejected by Sundance, Arab Immigrant's life turned upside down in Anouar H. Smaine's "Sharia"". Indiewire. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  23. ^ Chang, Kee (November 7, 2015). "Screen Test: Lana Condor". Anthem Magazine.
  24. ^ "Too Big to Sail?". Vanity Fair.
  25. ^ "Shaquille O'Neal Graduating From New York Film Academy; Wants To be A Director". Indiewire.
  26. ^ Robinson, Sean. "5 Questions with Filmmaker Sean Robinson of Naked, Puritans". The Advocate. Retrieved January 12, 2014.
  27. ^ "Nara Rohit Celebrates his Birthday Today". Retrieved December 7, 2012.
  28. ^ Mushtaq, Mariam. "Shahzad Sheikh's Interview". Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  29. ^ "New Moon Star Justine Wachsberger – Film School Blog – New York Film Academy". Retrieved January 20, 2010.
  30. ^ "Accreditation: NASAD | NYFA". Retrieved 2018-03-20.

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