|Motto||The most hands-on intensive programs in the world|
|President||Michael J. Young|
|Students||5,000 per year|
|Campus||New York City, New York; Los Angeles, California; South Beach, Florida; Gold Coast, Australia; Florence, Italy|
|Other campuses||Harvard University; Paris, France; Moscow, Russia; Beijing, China; Shanghai, China|
|Colors||Black, White, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow|
The college was founded in 1992 by Jerry Sherlock, a former film, television, and theatre producer. Originally located at the Tribeca Film Center, NYFA moved to 100 East 17th Street, the former Tammany Hall building in Union Square in 1994. After 23 years of occupancy, the college relocated from Tammany Hall to 17 Battery Place in 2015, where the school currently resides.
NYFA offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs, certificates, and workshops. It is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.
NYFA's disciplines of study include filmmaking, Producing, Screenwriting, Cinematography, Digital editing, Documentary Filmmaking, Acting for Film, 3D Animation and Visual Effects, Entertainment Media, Photography, Game Design, Musical Theater and Virtual Reality, as well as an English as a second language program that aims to combine traditional language learning with activities related to the arts. In 2007, NYFA partnered with NBC News to start a program in Broadcast Journalism. In 2010 the contract between NYFA and NBC expired, but the broadcast journalism programs at NYFA continue to be offered by many of the original faculty. NYFA degree programs, workshops, and short-term courses are held around the world. Summer workshops are offered at Harvard University. International locations include Australia, Florence, Paris, Beijing, and Shanghai. Other international locations are offered at various times of the year.
Since 2007, NYFA has collaborated with museums and major art institutions to organize cultural and filmmaking education initiatives for teens and young adults. Since 2010, the New York Film Academy has partnered with the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 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:
NYFA founded 10 ARTS Foundation, a nonprofit organization that offers scholarship and funding opportunities for storytellers. The public can volunteer with the organization, donate to a program or educational project. The 10 ARTS Foundation organization’s mission on their website is this: “We are committed to fostering global creativity that empowes a new generation of aspiring storytellers to connect the world throguh the gift of opportunity.”
10 ARTS has NYFA Alliances with National Geographic, TheMET, BAFTA, NASA, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, The Writers Guild Foundation, Warner Brothers, USAID, National Coalition Against Censorshop, The Hilaria & Alec Baldwin Foundation, USO, TEDx, MultiChoice, Alexandra Skiba Memorial Scholarship, Tribeca Film Festival, AT&T, New York Public Library, Inter-American Development Bank, Fulbright, and more.
The Board of Trustees includes Emmy Award-winning journalist and filmmaker Tony Harris, and pioneering film/TV producer Shkh. Al-Zain S. Al-Sabah, Jack McColgan, and Heidi Wissmiller.
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. Notable faculty members have included SAG Award-winning actor Matthew Modine, BAFTA Award-winning cinematographer Anthony B. Richmond BSC, ASC, film critic Peter Rainer, actor Bill Duke, writer Heather Hach, director Nag Ashwin, filmmaker Mark Lester, actress Brenda Vaccaro, actor Louis Gossett Jr., actor Mark Olsen, actress and musical theater performer Kristy Cates, director Adam Nimoy, game designer Chris Swain, director Claude Kerven, screenwriter Jim Jennewein, actress Lynda Goodfriend, and actor/director Michael Zelniker.
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