The New York Film Academy was founded on the philosophy that "learning by doing" combined with best industry practices is more valuable than years of theoretical study for filmmakers and actors. This educational model allows students to achieve more in less time than at all other film or acting schools in the world.
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. At NYFA, it is our belief that the most significant art form of our time is the moving image. Through the mediums of film, video games, and animation, individuals, communities, and nations express their most profound visions of humanity to the world. Intensity is a hallmark of the Academy's workshops, which range from screenwriting to documentary filmmaking to producing for film and television. Students who partake in these workshops eat, drink and breathe filmmaking, acting, or photography from day one. Their classes emphasize hands-on learning and inspire creativity. Students must take an active role in every aspect of the workshop. Each of our students writes, directs, shoots, and edits his or her own short films, creates his or her own video game, or designs his or her own animated characters in our hands-on workshops. Students in our workshops develop skills that apply to all their future pursuits. The organizational, leadership, writing, and critical thinking skills developed through producing complex productions will be of enormous value to our students in college and in all their future endeavors.