New York Film Academy - [NYFA], California, Burbank

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    New York Film Academy: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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    Study Abroad Expert | Updated on - Jun 1, 2021

    New York Film Academy is a private university offering UG, PG, as well as several short-term seminars and conservatory-style programs in the areas of various visual and performing arts. With an acceptance rate of 10%, admission to the NYFA is quite uncomplicated. Encompassing five established campuses and many destination programs worldwide, NYFA has ten locations to provide experiential learning to the new performing art aspirants.

    New York film academy offers programs that produce famous personalities all over the glamour world. If you are planning to study performing or visual arts from NY Film Academy you must be prepared to spend around $24,867yearly on tuition fees. The academy has an application fee of 75 USD. The spring 2021 registration normally ends in the first half of January Month.

    A Need-Based Financial Assistance program is available to students in financial need in order to help them reduce the cost of their education at the New York Film Academy. The Academy also offers a Merit-Based Tuition Award to selected individuals in order to give financial aid.

    New York Film Academy Rankings

    • #4 in Most Popular Schools for Playwriting and Screenwriting Major & Degree Program by
    • Ranked 57th out of 247 best universities for performing arts in America by Niche
    • The academy ranks #7 among the Colleges with Biggest International Student Populations by Forbes.

    Find out student ratings for New York Film Academy, here!


    University Type Private
    Year of Establishment 1992
    Student Retention Rate 81%
    Work-study program Not Available
    Mode of Program Full time; Part-time; online
    Percentage of International Students 50%
    Graduation rate 70.7%
    Application Fee 75 USD
    Acceptance rate 100%
    Minimum ELP scores TOEFL- 520 IELTS - 5.5
    Financial Aid Available as grants, awards, and scholarships.

    New York Film Academy Campus

    The New York Film Academy has its presence all over the world. The academy has 5 campuses and operates from almost 10 locations.

    1. The New York city’s urban campus offers Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees, Conservatory programs running for a year or two years, and short-term workshops.Bachelor degrees are also offered in Acting for Film and Filmmaking.

    The campus has infrastructure to teach acting and other technical aspects of filmmaking to the students and is equipped with dubbing rooms, performance areas, makeup rooms etc. required for the learning.

    1. The LA Campus provides working opportunities while studying. On this campus the admissions are taken on a rolling basis and the glamour world of the city adds to the teachings.
    2. The South Beach Florida campus also has bachelors and masters programs to offer. The Gold Coast Australia campus also has short and long term programs on offer.

    NYFA Residence

    Overall, 20% of the students reside in a student residence facility owned and managed by Educational Housing Services. Accommodations in the USA are generally expensive in New York city.

    The New York Film Academy provides double room accommodations and a very limited number of single rooms for students who choose to live in a dormitory setting. Student resident housing expenses are determined by the length of the program and average around $1800 per month per individual.

    Apartment living is also an alternative. In the New York City region, the typical cost of a furnished shared apartment is from $1000 to $2500 per month per person. Furnished studio apartments may start as little as $2200 per month. Students can rent apartments on a sharing basis for both long-term and short-term stays.

    Residence Price Range
    Dorms (Double room accommodation) $1800 per month
    Apartments (shared) $1000 - $2500 per month.
    Furnished studio apartment $2200 per month.
    Rental apartments $1,300 (1 week shared suite)

    NYFA Courses

    Following is the tabulated representation of courses offered in NYFA along with tuition fees and other important details.

    Programs Fee per Annum in USD Course commencement Dates Location
    Bachelors of Fine arts- Filmmaking Tuition: 14,939 Equipment fee: 1,546 Aug 2021 Jan 2022 New York City
    Master of Fine Arts in Acting Tuition: 17,206 Aug 2021 Jan 2022 Aug 2022 Aug 2022 Los Angeles
    Two year Musical Theatre Program Tuition- 18,288 Aug 2021 Aug 2022 Los Angeles
    Bachelor for fine arts in Graphic Design Tution- 13,716 Lab Fee: 570 per semester Jan 2022 Aug 2022 Los Angeles
    Master of Fine Arts in 3D Animation Tution- 17,247 Lab Fee- 1142 per semester Aug 2021 Jan 2022 Aug 2022 Los Angeles
    One Year Acting for Films program Tuition - 18,001 Aug 2021 May 2022 Aug 2022 South Beach Florida

    The programs offered by the academy are all based on learning by doing and provide hands-on experience in the taught areas.

    New York Film Academy Admissions

    Known for its experiential education , the academy is a popular choice for international students to learn acting, photography, film making and other related subject areas. The academy tries to make things easy for the prospective students and lists all the requirements to help the students prepare their application complete in all respects in the initial attempt itself .

    The admission procedure to be followed by the international students is as follows:

    • Application Portal : Online
    • Application Fee: 75 USD.

    Requirements for Undergraduate Admissions:

    • Completed Undergraduate (BFA) Program Application
    • Application Fee
    • High School Transcript
    • Narrative Statement
    • Letters of Recommendation
    • Creative Portfolio
    • Proof of English Proficiency (TOEFL PBT: 520; IELTS: 5.5)

    Requirements for Certificate Programs:

    • Completed Program Application
    • Application Fee
    • Proof of High School Completion
    • Creative Portfolio
    • Proof of English Proficiency

    NYFA Cost of Attendance

    For aspirants looking to enroll at the NYFA in the upcoming year, an estimated budget has been tabulated below:

    LA or South Beach Campus

    Expense Type Costs (Annual)
    Tuition and Fees $13,000-$18,000
    Room and Board Off Campus $19,800.00
    Transportation $918.00
    Personal and Misc. $3,843.00
    Loan Fees $306.00
    Total $24,867.00

    New York On-Campus

    Expense Type Annual Costs
    Tuition and Fees Varies by Program
    Housing 17,721.00
    Transportation 1,143.00
    Personal and Misc. 3,843.00
    Loan Fees 306.00
    Food 4,500.00
    Total 27,513.00

    New York Film Academy Scholarships

    Students with excellent academic records have merit based awards and those who can successfully demonstrate the financial need can get need based financial help.

    • Matthew Modine Masters Scholarship- Acceptance in MFA and a nomination by Enrollment Advisor or Relevant Faculty/Staff are required to receive award amounts ranging from 5,000-10,000 USD annually.
    • Need-based Tuition Assistance is offered on presenting financial documents like bank statements. Though very few international students receive this aid, it is still open for application.

    New York Film Academy Alumni

    NYFA has some of the most popular personalities in filmmaking, direction, production, and acting. Some of the names are:

    • Acting: Lana Condor, Chord Overstreet, Matthew Ivy, etc.
    • Film Making: Issa Rae, Paul Dano, Tendo Nagenda, etc.
    • Documentary: Todd Leatherman, Louis Mole, Laura Snow, etc.

    NYFA, with its 5 campuses, is one of the colleges with the biggest international population. The academy conducts various workshops as per various timelines throughout the year at different locations.


    Ques. What GPA is required to get into NYFA?

    Ans: By the start date of the course, all applicants to New York Film Academy programs and seminars must have a high school certificate or an accepted equivalent. There is no requirement for a minimum GPA.

    Ques. What is the admissions policy at the NYFA?

    Ans. The certificate programs or seminars have an open rolling admissions policy. You can apply online, download an application, or have one mailed to you. Applications are accepted all year long until the programs or seminars are full.

    Ques. Is there any application fee?

    Ans. There is an application fee of 75 USD.

    Ques. When will the 15-Week Online Workshops begin in NYFA?

    Ans. The 15-Week Online Workshops will start on:

    June 14, 2021
    September 20, 2021

    Ques. What is the tuition fee for an 8-week online filmmaking (part-time) workshop?

    Ans. The online 8-week online course for filmmaking will cost 1800 USD.

    Ques. Is there a program or workshop for a candidate with no film experience?

    Ans. Yes, the Academy's workshops and courses are intended to introduce applicants with little or no filmmaking experience to the discipline, as well as to reaffirm the aspects of successful filmmaking for those with prior experience or instruction.

    Ques. What is the policy for international students?

    Ans. Students from all around the world are accepted at the Academy. All adult international students applying to NYFA must pay a $150 International Student Fee.

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    New York Film Academy Overview

    Insitution type
    Student Population
    FAFSA Code
    Application Cost
    Average Cost of Attendance
    $57,054 / Year
    Student : Faculty Ratio
    1 : 1

    Admission & dates

    Early Action Deadlines

    November 1

    Application deadline

    April 1

    Application results

    Regular Decision Deadlines

    January 15

    Application deadline

    April 1

    Application results

    Attendance Cost


    attendance cost

    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $30,750 / Year
    Post Graduate Program
    $57,054 / Year
    On Campus
    Books & Supplies
    $3,000 / Year
    On campus, Room & Board
    $18,900 / Year
    On Campus, Other Expenses
    $4,392 / Year
    Off Campus
    Off campus (not with family), Room & Board
    $19,800 / Year
    Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses
    $4,392 / Year
    Off campus (with family), Room & Board
    $4,590 / Year
    Off campus (with family), Other Expenses
    $5,247 / Year


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    College Rating

    Based on 3 Students Rating

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    8.2 /10

    My relative who lives in the USA had recommended me to take admission in this college. University has also asked me to show my 12 scores of 9.2 GPA while taking admissions. I had filled a common application form and $65 was also charged form me as an application fee.

    Course Curriculum :

    The course of graphic design was connected to many areas of visual art, design, communication and culture. It helped me to become fluent with visual language and gain the skills to create meaningful visual messages. The curriculum targeted all three knowledge areas like practice, theory and context.

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    7.7 /10

    I had filled admission form of 2-3 colleges but my education counselor had suggested me this college. My scores in 12th helped me a lot in the admission process. A common application form was submitted on the college website by me with the application fee of $65.

    Course Curriculum :

    The program had full complement of courses in the liberal arts and sciences. Course was designed to broaden the education, feed the inquisitiveness, plus it provided me the critical, analytical, and communication tools needed to be great writer.

    8 /10 academic/food
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    9.5 /10

    Some of the famous Indian alumni like Imran Khan, Athiya Shetty, and Akkineni Nagarjuna have studied in the university. That means it has a lot of value and is reliable as well. Thus, when I decided to go for the film studies, New York Film Academy was my only aim. Its reputation in the industry and value will surely help me to excel.

    Course Curriculum :

    Beyond the theory and history of cinema, the New York Film Academy places an emphasis on hands-on experience. I will be gaining invaluable experience in directing and shooting my own films. In numerous projects, roles such as director, cinematographer, writer, and editor are also played. This hands-on experience in writing, directing, shooting, and editing is a large part of what makes the New York Film Academy the best film school for so many of us.

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    9 /10 infrastructure
    10 /10 accomodation
    10 /10 placement
    9 /10 extracurricular
    3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505

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