Filmmaking or Acting for Film

New York Film Academy
Florence, Italy

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Popular Subject Areas

    Filmmaking or Acting for Film

  • Location


  • Host University

    New York Film Academy

    The New York Film Academy (NYFA) Florence's campus is built on the remnants of an ancient amphitheater that was built 2,000 years ago and is located steps away from the Piazza Santa Croce. NYFA has been successfully providing unique summer study programs in Florence for 16 years and has welcomed more than 1,000 students from nearly 35 countries. Whether you are already a budding filmmaker or an actor, if you want to learn how films are made or learn what it takes to create a performance you will benefit from taking part in NYFA's hands-on and intensive training programs.

    NYFA is nationally accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

  • Term

    Summer 6 2024

  • Program Dates

    Jun 22, 2024 - Jul 20, 2024

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Mar 25, 2024

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Apr 10, 2024

  • Credit

    3 US Credits

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


  • This session is closed and is no longer accepting applications.

Study Abroad Program Description

The New York Film Academy (NYFA) Florence campus offers two excellent paths in their semester and summer programs: Filmmaking and Acting for Film. 

The Filmmaking path provides you with a thorough introduction to the foundations of film. The program is structured around the production of few films of increasing complexity. You will be introduced to the traditional concepts of shooting motion picture film and will apply this foundation of knowledge to contemporary practices of shooting with digital technology. Classes and hands-on workshops are held throughout the week and some weekends are reserved for additional classes or shooting. Time will be required outside of class for writing, location scouting, casting, and editing.

The Acting for Film path allows you to participate in a short training workshop, which fully immerses you into the craft of acting. Classes emphasize the basic elements of acting using scene study, and monologue work as starting points. You will also participate in courses aimed specifically at training you on the technical requirements of acting for film.

All courses are taught in English and no Italian language experience is required.  

Enjoy Flexibility with ISA Flex

We’ve partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to help you overcome common study abroad challenges by adding an ASU Online course to your ISA program. With more than 2,100 courses to choose from, ISA Flex minimizes academic challenges, like major requirements and limited course options, so you can make the most of your experience abroad. Once you’ve applied, access the Flex form in your ISA Student Portal for more information on how to add this to your program and enroll in the course you need.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.


There is no language prerequisite for this program.

  • If you have a cumulative GPA below 2.50, you may still be considered for acceptance. You will have to submit one letter of recommendation and a statement of purpose.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Tuition at the Host University


Bridging Cultures Orientation

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model

Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities



US Credits


Recommended U.S. Semester Credits


Recommended U.S. Quarter Units


Academic Information


  • Students will take one course during this session. The 4-week intensive course option is 3 U.S. credits/4 quarter units, and the 6-week intensive course option is 4 U.S. credits/6 quarter units. Classes are commonly held Monday to Friday but may also include Saturday classes. Film projects and production workshops take place on weekends.

  • A standard day on this summer program with NYFA typically consists of two 3-hour intensive classes, with the first class from 10:00am to 1:00pm, and the second from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Class topics can be found in the program page of ISA's website under "Academics." 

  • Some class days or weekends may be reserved as filming or editing days. Scheduling may be subject to change and may vary slightly day to day. A full detailed class schedule will be provided to students upon arrival to Florence. Students will receive a more detailed sample schedule in their Arrival Packet, which will be sent prior to departure.

  • Students are not only responsible for their own work but are also expected to contribute to the work of their peers as crew members. You may be in class with ISA, international, European, and Italian students. Language of instruction is English. 


  • You will choose one of two courses: Filmmaking or Acting for Film.


  • Credits earned vary according to the policies of your home institution.
  • According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, you must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by your home and host institutions, for the duration of the program.
  • Credit transfer is ultimately determined by your home university.


  • Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Italy Program Manager.


  • Upon program completion, you will receive a transcript issued directly by the New York Film Academy. New York Film Academy is accredited nationally by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and regionally by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).


New York Film Academy Florence
Screen and Media
Acting for Film
Acting for Film
4 US Credits
4 US Credits
Course Disclaimer
  • <p>Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers.</p>

Support & Funding

ISA is here to support you when it comes to navigating identity questions related to traveling abroad, providing resources and information for your accessibility needs, and identifying funding for your program abroad.


Our U.S. staff is available to support you though every stage of your study abroad journey. Please reach out with any questions about ISA programs or life on-site to your country-specific Program Manager.

Our on-site staff are there for you as soon as you arrive in country and will support you throughout your time abroad.

U.S. Team

Victoria Grist

Program Manager, Italy

Dana Guthrie

Program Manager, Italy


Alessia Foianesi

Resident Director, Italy

Ola (Aleksandra) Smolen

Senior Academic Coordinator, Italy

Perla Signori

Italy Custom Program Director, Italy

Matilde Bussotti

Student Services Coordinator, Italy

Sabrina Landini

Senior Cultural Activities Coordinator & Custom Programs, Italy

Sara Ruffino

Cultural Activities Coordinator, Italy

Lorenzo Pozzolini

Housing Coordinator, Italy

Identity Resources

Accessibility & Accommodations

With our wide portfolio of program types and locations, we’re confident there is a suitable, accessible program for each student.

Securing accommodations abroad can take time, so we ask that those with requests inform ISA early in the advising process. We recommend reaching out to your Program Manager or our Accessibility Team ( to discuss your accessibility needs or accommodations abroad.

Destination Information

Our diversity pages for each ISA destination include information on Indigenous communities, languages, race and ethnicity, religion, LGBTQIA+, and disability access. We hope it will help when reflecting upon and contextualizing intersectionality in your host community.

Identity Blog

ISA offers students the opportunity to blog about their experiences abroad from their own diverse perspectives. These posts can be found on the ISA Student Blog, and interested students should email for more information.


All students should have the opportunity to study abroad. To help make this a reality, ISA offers a variety of scholarships to help cover your study abroad costs. To learn more about our scholarship opportunities, check out our scholarships & grants page!

If you receive financial aid from your home university, you can likely use those funds for study abroad, as well. Speak with your home university’s financial aid office to learn about your options. Check out steps for using financial aid.

Questions about scholarships and funding? Email us at


ISA housing offers the opportunity for you to immerse yourself in Florence during your study abroad experience. With Florence being a small city, no matter your housing preference, you’ll be able to walk or take public transportation to your classes! With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations. However, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.


Apartments are a great housing option if you are seeking complete independence during your time abroad. Rent and utilities are included in the program price and each apartment is fully furnished. The apartments are located throughout the city of Florence rather than all in one building. Apartments typically house two to six ISA students, with shared room occupancy. Meals and laundry service are not included. You will pay a $300 refundable security deposit if living in this ISA housing option. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event of damage to property or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.


Host families are best for if you're seeking a fully-immersive experience during your time abroad. Each host family has been carefully selected by ISA's resident staff in order to best accommodate your needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. Homestays provide breakfast seven days a week, dinner five days a week and laundry service once a week. You will typically share a room with another ISA student (roommates are of the same gender). There is an extra cost for the homestay housing option; please contact your ISA Florence Program Manager for more information.

Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.



Excursions are not included in this session, however, while you are abroad, you will have the opportunity to take part in cultural activities offered by the ISA resident staff.

Cultural Activities in Florence

The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Florence. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Florence special.

These activities vary each term, but previous offerings have included a tour of the leather district (Florence is famous for its leather), a pizza making class, and a tour of a gelato factory!


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