About New York Film Academy


The New York Film Academy was founded by veteran producer Jerry Sherlock in 1992, who produced such classics as “The Hunt for the Red October”. Encouraged by friends of his who wanted to send their children to film school, but found the prices too costly, Sherlock designed a school that was not only affordable, but more importantly, was founded on the principle of learning by doing.

Inspired by the idea that to learn how to make movies, one must actually make movies, Sherlock and his colleagues designed a truly unique curriculum. Blending a mixture of traditional film school instruction with a new approach, the Academy emphasizes coursework based around students actually going out and shooting films as part of their coursework. Students write, produce, direct, and edit their own original films while also serving as crewmembers on their fellow classmates’ films to gain extensive on-set experience.

At the Academy, students can choose from a wide range of visual and performing arts programs that includes Filmmaking, Acting for Film, 3D Animation & Visual Effects, Broadcast Journalism, Cinematography, Digital Editing, Documentary Filmmaking, Game Design, Graphic Design, Musical Theatre, Photography, Producing, and Screenwriting.

The New York Film Academy is truly a global film school with locations throughout the world where students are offered to study filmmaking, acting, and much more. Each location offers a variety of workshops taught by established professionals that are designed to give students the best possible hands-on education.


NEW YORK CITY is the home of independent film and the international proving ground for actors. Its 24/7 energy and culture will inspire you to create and achieve at the highest level. New York Film Academy students are immersed in the heart of this great city which becomes part of their films and their lives.

Located in historic Battery Park overseeing the Statue of Liberty, New York City campus offers numerous short-term workshops and one- and two- year programs in filmmaking, acting, photography, musical theatre, and much more.

New York is the iconic location for thousands of great films from The Godfather, Raging Bull, Manhattan, and Do the Right Thing to acclaimed television series like Law & Order to Madmen, Girls, and 30 Rock.

First location shoot in NYC

The first movie footage ever shot on location in New York was filmed at 02.00 pm on May 11th, 1896 by William Heise, a cameraman with the Edison Company, showing 51 seconds of activity at the corner of Herald Square and 34th Street.


Located in the heart of Hollywood, New York Film Academy Los Angeles offers acting, film and media degrees, programs and workshops in a variety of visual storytelling disciplines, providing students with endless opportunities to master the basics of the film and entertainment industries. Surrounded by the best film studios in Los Angeles – Universal and Warner Bros. — students participate in hands-on production workshops, shooting their projects on the prestigious Universal Studios backlot.

Studying In Los Angeles

In addition to receiving a world-class education at the NYFA Los Angeles film school, students also get the added benefits of studying and working in Los Angeles. Located in the Burbank area of Los Angeles – known as the “Media Capital of the World” and home to such institutions as NBC, Warner Bros. Entertainment, and The Walt Disney Company — students are immersed in the heart of the entertainment industry and are encouraged to take advantage of Los Angeles’s film opportunities. During their time at the NYFA Los Angeles film school, students can form innumerable and advantageous ties to the entertainment industry. Students can also expect excellent weather, a rich and multicultural populous.

With facilities adjacent to the Universal Studios backlot, students have the unique opportunity to earn an AFA, BA, BFA, MA, and MFA degree or attend a short-term workshop in a variety of visual storytelling disciplines that include filmmaking, acting, game design, and much more.


New York Film Academy South Beach, Florida offers an education in film and acting unlike any other film schools in Florida. Through our philosophy of “learning by doing,” students do not simply study the theory of their craft, but receive hands-on instruction in creating films and acting on screen throughout Miami. By focusing on the best industry practices, students are immersed in the practical realities of their discipline and are challenged through real-world situations in order to best prepare them for a career in the entertainment industry.

New York Film Academy Miami Campus

Located in the heart of gorgeous South Beach, New York Film Academy in Miami offers a wide range of degree, conservatory, and workshop programs designed for students to achieve their learning goals in the amount of time that is right for them. Unlike other film schools in Florida and acting schools, students at New York Film Academy South Beach, Florida, achieve more in less time through our intensive, project-based curriculum. In just a single year at our Miami location, a filmmaking student will write, film, direct, and edit 8 films and serve as a crewmember on 28 other films.

The Academy offers students interested in obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Miami our accelerated three-year BFA Film and BFA Acting degree programs. For students wishing to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree, we provide two-year MFA Film and MFA Acting degree programs

Students can earn BFA or MFA Degree in Filmmaking or Acting for Film in the sunny environs of South Beach.


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