New York Film Academy

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

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, Los Angeles, and across the world. 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, short-term workshops, and youth programs and summer camps in filmmaking, acting for film, photography, fashion photography, 3D animation, game design, producing, screenwriting, digital filmmaking, cinematography, documentary, broadcast journalism, musical theatre, music video, digital editing, graphic design, virtual reality, ESL, 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

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 film making, acting, animation, photography, game design, musical theatre, graphic design, virtual reality, ESL, 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


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

Notable guest lectures

Many film and television industry professionals have appeared as guest speakers at the New York Film Academy. They include:[19] Steven Spielberg, Glenn Close, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Al Pacino, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ron Howard, Doug Liman, Molly Shannon, Ben Stiller, Kevin Spacey, Ben Kingsley, Mira Nair, Seth Rogen and other people from the entertainment industry.

Notable alumni

(This list includes alumni from both the Film and the Acting schools, as listed on the pages merged here.)[20]



  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. 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.
  7. "New York Film Academy - Locations".
  8. "New York Film Academy Australia".
  9. "Summer Intensive—Art and Film: A Hands-on Digital Filmmaking Workshop".
  10. "Brooklyn Museum Gallery/Studio Program Announces Registration for Fall Semester 2007" (PDF).
  12. "Rolling Stone Music Video School".
  13. "NYFA Hosts Joint Talk With NASA Scientist".
  14. "New York Film Academy and RED Digital Camera Present REDucation Workshops with RED DRAGON 6K".
  15. "Sony Partnership with New York Film Academy".
  16. "Time Warner Cable Partnership with New York Film Academy".
  17. "New York Film Academy Sports Photography".
  18. "Academic background NYFA teachers". New York Film Academy.
  19. "New York Film Academy Guest Lecturers".
  20. "Notable Alumni".
  21. Chang, Kee (November 7, 2015). "Screen Test: Lana Condor". Anthem Magazine.
  22. "Financing Your Indie Film and Developing an Audience: Rohit Gupta". New York Film Academy. June 28, 2012.
  23. "MFA Filmmaking Grad to Judge Washington West Film Festival". NYFA. September 2016.
  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.

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