About New York Film Academy
New York Film Academy – School of Film and Acting (NYFA) is a for-profit
film school and
acting school based in
New York City,
Miami, and across the world. The New York Film Academy was founded in 1992 by
Jerry Sherlock, a former film, television and theatre producer. 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.
As of 2012, the school has 400+ employees and over 7,000 students per year. 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,
fashion photography, documentary filmmaking, 3D animation and visual effects,
virtual reality, and
English as a Second Language (ESL), at various locations throughout the world.
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 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.
Please Note: NYFA
is not regionally accredited. Please see a counselor for details.
NYFA Campuses and Locations