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About New York Film Academy

New York Film Academy


New York Film Academy - School of Film and Acting (NYFA) was founded in 1992 by Jerry Sherlock, a former film, television and theater producer. 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.

Why New York Film Academy?


  • Accreditation: In 2019 NYFA received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), making NYFA a U.S. regionally accredited college. For U.S. Institutions of Higher Learning (universities and colleges) this is the gold standard of accreditation and is the most approved and fully recognized qualification by the Department of Education, and as well meets the highest globally recognized standards. NYFA is extremely proud to have gained this unparalleled status as a Higher Education Institute.

    WASC accreditation covers NYFA’s overall institutional governance, program qualifications, and all its permanent locations, NYFA’s Board of Directors no longer believes that there is a need for having the oversight of dual accrediting bodies.

  • Mission: The mission of the New York Film Academy is to educate students interested in the field of visual storytelling. New York Film Academy courses have been designed to increase students’ creativity and technical expertise through an intense regimen of hands-on and classroom instruction.

  • Partnerships: 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.


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