New York Film Academy - Los Angeles

3300 Riverside Drive, Burbank, California, USA | Private University | Established 1992

About us

The New York Film Academy was founded by veteran producer Jerry Sherlock in 1992. 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 crew members on their fellow classmates’ films to gain extensive on-set experience.

This commitment to learning by doing applies to all of the programs the Academy now offers, with students working with industry standard equipment in world-class facilities. 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, Illustration, Musical Theatre, Photography, Producing, and Screenwriting.

Why New York Film Academy

Located in the heart of Hollywood, New York Film Academy Los Angeles offers film and media 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.

  • Learning By Doing: Students must make movies to learn how to make them, which guides each program at the Academy.

  • Full Immersion: Students fully commit themselves to their chosen craft, working on their own projects and assisting their classmates.

  • Hands-On Experience: From day one students are behind the camera, working with equipment, and gaining first-hand expertise in their craft.

  • Entertainment Capitals: Whether studying at the Academy’s NYC, LA, or additional campuses, students are exposed to rich artistic environments outside of NYFA.

  • Professional Education: Each department’s faculty is comprised of professional experts who are accomplished and active in their field.

  • Always Evolving: The Academy is continuously expanding its course offerings to keep up with the ever-evolving entertainment industry.


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Courses Duration 1st Year Tuition Fees
Associate of Fine Arts - Acting for Film 1.3 Year USD 52,821
Associate of Fine Arts - Filmmaking 2 Year USD 42,479
Associate of Fine Arts - Game Design 1.4 Year USD 50,309
Associate of Fine Arts - Producing 1.4 Year USD 63,723
Associate of Fine Arts - Screenwriting 1.4 Year USD 46,954
Bachelor of Arts - Media Studies 4 Year USD 24,982
Bachelor of Fine Arts - Acting for Film 4 Year USD 27,360
Bachelor of Fine Arts - 3D Animation and Visual Effects 4 Year USD 25,872
Bachelor of Fine Arts - Filmmaking 4 Year USD 28,896
Bachelor of Fine Arts - Game Design 4 Year USD 26,196
Bachelor of Fine Arts - Photography 4 Year USD 0
Bachelor of Fine Arts - Producing 4 Year USD 29,404
Bachelor of Fine Arts - Screenwriting 4 Year USD 23,252
Master of Arts - Producing 0.8 Year USD 42,006
Master of Fine Arts - Cinematography 2 Year USD 36,786
Master of Fine Arts - Documentary Filmmaking 2 Year USD 42,479
Master of Fine Arts - Filmmaking 2 Year USD 42,479
Master of Fine Arts - Game Design 1.4 Year USD 33,164
Master of Fine Arts - Photography 1.4 Year USD 60,294
Master of Fine Arts - Producing 2 Year USD 55,179
Master of Fine Arts - Screenwriting 2 Year USD 55,179
Bachelor of Fine Arts - Graphic Design 4 Year USD 26,530
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Admission Requirements

Courses Exams
Associate's Degree
  • Min TOEFL iBT: 68
  • Min IELTS overall: 5.5
Bachelors courses
  • Min TOEFL iBT: 68
  • Min IELTS overall: 5.5
Master courses
  • Min TOEFL iBT: 79
  • Min IELTS overall: 6.5

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