Program Details

New York Film Academy (NYFA) Florence offers Filmmaking & Acting for Film courses as semester, 8-week, 6-week, 4-week, and 1-week programs. Students will immerse themselves in Florentine culture by acting and filming within the city itself.
Florence, Italy
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer, Year Round

Program Overview

Program Description:

Florence, and indeed all of Tuscany, provides the perfect setting for shooting movies and learning the craft of filmmaking. Florence’s architecture is breathtaking: monuments, churches, bridges and ancient statues decorate the city in an incredibly stunning way. Magnificent art galleries and the Uffizi Museum contain some of the most famous works of the most important artists in the world.

Since 2003, New York Film Academy (NYFA) Florence has offered hands-on and intensive programs. NYFA Florence currently offers courses in Filmmaking and Acting for Film. In 1-week, 4-weeks, and 6-weeks, 8-weeks, and semester programs, students will be able to learn from, study with, and create with students from many different countries and cultures. This allows all students to grow personally and professionally.

All New York Film Academy programs worldwide include hands-on, intensive courses taught in English. Our teachers are award-winning and internationally recognized instructors and professional filmmakers who have earned their terminal graduate degrees from the most prestigious film programs in the United States. NYFA Florence doesn't just benefit acting and filmmaking students, but students from any discipline who wish to expand their narrative, creative, and presentation experience.

A semester in Filmmaking includes an intensive sequence of classes in Film Directing, Screenwriting, Digital Camera Technique, Lighting, Digital Editing, Directing Actors and Production Workshops. Students extend and deepen their in-class learning by producing films. Working in crews of three or four, each student writes, produces, directs and edits four films of increasing complexity. In addition, each student fulfills the essential roles of Director of Photography, Assistant Camera Operator, and Gaffer (Lighting Technician) on the films of her/his crewmembers. Thus, everyone has the extensive hands-on experience of working on several more short films in the first two months.

From the very first day of class, the focus of the Filmmaking workshops is to learn through making films. Each student writes, produces, directs, and edits his or her own films, and rotates among crew positions when his or her classmates shoot.

The semester program in Acting for Film concentrates on building a foundation in the craft of acting. NYFA uses training techniques rooted in the theater but applicable to screen acting. Students participate in a broad array of core classes that introduce them to finding the actor within while simultaneously training their instrument to do the kind of technical, emotional, and physical work necessary for film acting. Since we believe that film actors also benefit immeasurably from working in front of a live audience, training in the first semester also builds towards a live performance.

The Acting for Film workshops provide students with a foundation of acting skills with a specific focus on acting for film. Classes emphasize the basic elements of the craft of acting using the techniques of Stanislavski, scene study, and monologue work as starting points. In conjunction with these classes, students participate in courses aimed specifically at training the actor for the technical requirements of acting on a film set. The participants audition for the filmmaking student film projects. No significant prior experience or knowledge is assumed. The program brings everyone to the same level very quickly, beginning with the fundamentals while also filling in the inevitable gaps in the understanding of those with some prior experience.

**New York Film Academy is proudly affiliated with Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts, which is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and is the school of record for NYFA’s international programs. Students studying at NYFA’s locations at Gold Coast, Florence, Paris, and Beijing have the opportunity to receive transcripts issued by Endicott College offering transferability of credits to other regionally accredited institutions of higher education*. 

Endicott College transcription fees are in addition to tuition and housing costs.

*Please note: The New York Film Academy makes no representation that credits awarded by the New York Film Academy or Endicott College will be accepted or applied toward the completion of any degree or certificate by any other postsecondary institution. The acceptance of transfer credits is always governed by the receiving school. 

Setting Description:
For centuries, Florence has inspired and nurtured artists, writers, musicians, and actors. The city is one of the most important destinations for American students studying abroad, particularly those in the arts. The Government of Tuscany and the Tuscan Film Commission hosts NYFA’s world-renowned programs in a recently renovated Renaissance-era building in the heart of the historic center of Florence. Our facilities overlook the Piazza San Lorenzo and are located across from the Basilica di San Lorenzo, one of the largest churches in Florence which houses the Medici Chapels, the burial place of the principal members of the Medici family. NYFA Florence is also steps away from the famous Piazza del Duomo, Santa Maria Novella, Ponte Vecchio, and the Galleria, which houses Michelangelo’s David, and just a block away from the celebrated main food shopping market. No other U.S. program in Florence has such a prominent and convenient location.
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