Filmmaking or Acting for Film

New York Film Academy
Florence, Italy

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Filmmaking or Acting for Film

  • Location


  • Host University

    New York Film Academy

    The New York Film Academy (NYFA) is located in a newly renovated Renaissance-era building overlooking the Piazza San Lorenzo, in the heart of the historic center of Florence. 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

    Spring 3 2021

  • Program Dates

    Mid Feb, 2021 - Early May, 2021

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Oct 01, 2020

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Oct 15, 2020

  • Credit

    12 - 13 Credits

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


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Study Abroad Program Description

The New York Film Academy (NYFA) Florence campus offers two excellent paths in their program: Filmmaking and Acting For Film.

The Filmmaking path provides you with a thorough introduction to the foundations of film. This four-week program is structured around the production of three short 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 fourth week is devoted to shooting and editing the final film culminating in the final screening.

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 Stanislavski's System, 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.

The Filmmaking or Acting for Film summer program allows you the opportunity to gain hands-on, industry specific experience on the New York Film Academy (NYFA) Florence campus. All courses are taught in English, and no Italian language experience is required.



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 Program

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




12 - 13

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

12 - 13

Academic Information


  • You will take 6 preselected courses (13 U.S. credits) for the Filmmaker's track, or 4 preselected courses (12 credits) for the Acting for Film track. Courses are commonly held Monday - Friday, but may also include Saturday classes. Film projects and production workshops take place on weekends. You are not only responsible for your own work, but you are also expected to contribute to the work of your peers as crew members. 


  • You will choose one of two tracks: 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.



  • 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).

Please Note: Filmmaking students only will have an additional $1000 equipment fee.


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Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Anthony Viltro

Region & Account Manager, Italy


Alessia Foianesi

Resident Director, Italy

Ola (Aleksandra) Smolen

Senior Academic Coordinator, Italy

Lorenzo Pozzolini

Housing Services, Italy

Perla Signori

Italy Custom Program Director, Italy

Stefano Casati

Cultural Activities & Custom Program Coordinator, Italy

Sabrina Landini

Senior Cultural Activities Coordinator & Custom Programs, Italy

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, you may visit the Scholarships and Grants page. Please note that some programs, including remote learning opportunities, are not eligible for scholarships.

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ISA housing offers several ways for you to immerse yourself in Florence during your study abroad experience. Since Florence is a small city, you’ll likely walk from all of these housing options to class, though some options are more centrally located than others. Whether you want an immersive Italian experience in a homestay or a more independent international student apartment, you’ll be within walking distance to your courses!

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


For a fully-immersive experience during your time abroad, we recommend you choose to live with an Italian family. 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).


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 $250 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.

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.

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.



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!