There are no other camps that combine the high level of industry experienced instruction, and intensive project-based study like those of the New York Film Academy. Summer Camps are in-person and online in 2021.
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Our student body is comprised of youth, from ages 10-17 years, from over 80 countries who are passionate about the visual and performing arts. Students leave with a better sense of self, awareness of the world around them, understanding of their craft, and an impressive project to add to their portfolio. Students will receive hands-on instruction from award-winning faculty and will continually on projects specific to their area of study to enhance their learning experience.
New York Film Academy camps offer an unparalleled creative experience which will broaden their horizons and enhance future endeavors. Students gain confidence and creative problem solving skills while practicing leadership, collaboration, and public speaking.
New York Film Academy’s (NYFA) reputable hands-on Film Camps teach the next generation of filmmakers the fundamental elements of visual storytelling. Whether you see yourself pursuing a career in filmmaking or want to learn these practical and applicable skills for yourself, New York Film Academy’s film camps are perfect for everyone with an interest in making films.
In all NYFA summer film camps for teens & kids, each student writes, shoots, directs and edits his or her own films. Our film camps are designed for people with little or no experience in making films. The programs focus on the fundamental elements of visual storytelling that enable the students to direct their own projects.
Acting for Film
Across all of New York Film Academy’s Acting Camps, students are immersed in a hands-on educational experience that is fast-paced, entertaining and interactive. Glee, The Middle, Parks and Recreation, The Feature Film, and This Must Be the Place are just a few of the countless film and television productions that have casted our talented acting camp graduates.
The programs are a perfect introduction to Acting for Film. Acting camp students will learn: how to adjust performance in accordance with the type of shot the director chooses, apply Acting for Film fundamentals to scenes, learn how to think on their feet in Improv, and practice the basics of auditioning with the Business of Acting. The comprehensive curriculum designed by our faculty of professional actors to immerse students in the specific craft of acting for film.
Students in the New York Film Academy’s hands-on 3D Animation Camps will learn the principles of animation i.e. movement, timing, weight, character development, etc. Students progress through basic modeling, motion and rendering exercises. In some cases, for the longer programs they’ll create their own short clips. All animation camps are designed for students with little or no experience in animation, however, studio art or computer experience is helpful.
Game designers are the boundary-pushing storytellers of our time. Possessing a wide array of skills and talents—ranging from the technical to the purely creative—a game designer is someone who knows how to synthesize gameplay and narrative to create an engaging and challenging experience for the player. The New York Film Academy’s hands-on accelerated Video Game Design Camp immerses students into the extremely popular world of Game Design. Students in our Game Design Camps get the opportunity to surround themselves with fellow students and instructors who all share a deep passion for video games in order to learn how to design an original game.
Photography Camps are an intensive exploration of still photography in the digital age. Summer campers receive instruction and experience with the tools necessary to research, compose, capture, and refine digital photographic projects. We encourage our students to be creative and to think of each project as a concise statement of artistic, documentary, journalistic, or commercial intent. Campers will learn professional techniques, are guided to photograph a variety of subjects, and learn to use industry-standard digital imaging software.
Classes include lectures and demonstrations from professional photographers to enrich campers’ experience Students will present their work in class, creating a body of photographs of which they can be proud. Prior experience in photography is not needed to enroll in this camp.
The New York Film Academy offers teens the life changing opportunity to learn from top Broadway professionals with carefully curated programming. From day one of our camps, students are immersed in the world of musical theatre – learning from those who do! NYFA’s philosophy of learning by doing means that from the very first day, campers are actively developing and practicing skills in all elements of musical theatre: song interpretation, dance, voice and acting, by working one on one with our incredible faculty. Students will be guided in handling themselves in a professional setting and will leave the program having unlocked new levels of confidence and potential, allowing them to shine both onstage and off.
Documentary has become the field where, as the New York Times recently put it, “all the cool kids are.” Documentary filmmakers have more opportunities than ever before, from independent docs, viral videos, and doc-style TV series, to VICE on HBO and other documentary programming on cable TV networks.
The 3-Week Documentary Camp for teens is an intensive program that combines in-class instruction and hands-on production where students put into practice what they learn in the classroom. During the three weeks, students learn the basic tools of documentary filmmaking. They take classes in Producing and Directing, Camera and Lighting, Production Sound, and Editing, then apply what they learned by creating a two-minute individual observational film, a three-minute interview project, and a short group project under the guidance of their instructors.
If the purpose of film is to tell stories, then the screenwriter is the one who breathes first life into the characters, worlds, and drama unfolding on screen. In NYFA’s 4-Week Screenwriting Camp for teens, students learn how to write their own screenplays with our faculty of award-winning professionals, whose credits include work with HBO, The Disney Channel, 20th Century Fox, Marvel, Syfy, CBS, A&E, Universal Pictures, Dreamworks, BET, IFC, Showtime, ESPN, The History Channel, Discovery Channel, and more!
This hands-on camp is structured to benefit students of any experience level. The course introduces students to the craft and tools of dramatic film writing. Students spend an average of 24 hours per week in class, and eight to 16 hours per week in supervised writing labs. In some locations, students have the opportunity to write and shoot a group project. The final project can take the shape of a rough draft of a feature film, a draft of a shootable short, or an outline and treatment of a feature or TV project.
Students are required to do a significant amount of writing in the evenings and weekends to complete the ambitious goals of this camp. All students learn an enormous amount in a short time. Teens students who complete the program are provided with ample knowledge and experience to decide whether to continue their creative studies in college and beyond.
Through study and hands-on practice, camp students are trained in the fundamental principles, techniques, and craft of broadcast journalism. This is accomplished through a combination of lecture, demonstration, hands-on production, and the students’ own work. Students study under our world-class faculty, whose work has been seen on local and national television as well as cable and digital platforms.
Each student produces two projects, shot with single-camera setups and edited on industry-standard editing software. This intensive workshop provides a strong introduction to necessary digital and journalism skills. Many of our camp graduates have gone on to further study or internships, which were greatly helped by the foundational skills they learned at the Academy.
Programs are offered in the following locations:
- New York
- Los Angeles
- Gold Coast, Australia
- Paris, France
- Florence, Italy
- From 10
- To 17
- Broadcast Journalism
- Performing Arts
- Visual Arts
- 3D Design
- Digital Photography
- Digital Video
- Flash Animation
- Game Design Networking