Filmmaking or Acting for Film

New York Film Academy Australia
Gold Coast, Australia

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Filmmaking or Acting for Film

  • Location

    Gold Coast

  • Host University

    New York Film Academy Australia

    The New York Film Academy (NYFA) was established in 1992 with the vision of teaching film in a "learning by doing" mindset. Founder and veteran producer, Jerry Sherlock, integrated this philosophy into each aspect of the Academy's curriculum, blending traditional film school education with hands-on experiences including writing, producing and editing of original films. The New York Film Academy's Gold Coast campus is a state of the art facility in the Southport suburb; a perfect location for filmmaking with the beautiful Broadwater waterfront promenade and numerous parkland areas nearby. As a NYFA Gold Coast student, you will have access to the renowned Village Roadshow Studios for production work during your program. This unique opportunity allows for you to study on the backlot of a working international film studio which has been the location for many Hollywood films including, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, The Shallows, and several more.

    The New York Film Academy is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

    Cricos Code: 03366A

    Upon program completion, students will receive a transcript issued directly by the New York Film Academy. Students requiring a U.S. transcript will have the option to request a supplemental transcript from Endicott College who serves as the School of Record for the New York Film Academy. For more information on this option, please contact ISA.

  • Term

    Summer 2 2020

  • Program Dates

    Jun 18, 2020 - Jul 18, 2020

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    May 01, 2020

  • Credit

    3 US Credits

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


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

Program Description

This 4-week, intensive program is designed to give you hands-on, industry specific experience on the New York Film Academy's state of the art Gold Coast campus. As a participant, you will select one of the following two courses:

Filmmaking: NYFA Australia's Filmmaking course centers around the production of two short films of increasing complexity. Classes in writing, directing, editing, cinematography, and production are held throughout the week in the form of traditional class and hands-on workshops. Time outside of class is required for writing, location scouting, casting, and editing. Each week, participant's films are screened and critiqued in class with the instructor. The fourth week of the program involves the shooting and editing of your final film.

Acting for Film: The Acting for Film workshop introduces the basics of acting skills but provides a specific emphasis on acting for film. Classes focus on the basics of scene study and monologue work and expand into classes designed to train the actor for the technical requirements of acting on a film set.

Previous experience is not required for either course. Classes are held Monday-Friday with film projects and production workshops taking place on weekends. The nature of filmmaking and acting requires that you not only dedicate time to your projects, but also to your peers' projects as crew members.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.


What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University


Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


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

  • Course Selection & Credit
    You will select one of two courses: Filmmaking or Acting for Film. Each course is worth 3 U.S. credits/4 quarter units. Credit transfer is ultimately determined by your home university.
  • Course Structure
    Classes are commonly held Monday to Friday, but may also include Saturday classes. Film projects and production workshops take place on weekends. Your will not only be responsible for your work, but will also expected to contribute to the work of your peers as crew members. 
  • Syllabi
    Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Gold Coast Program Manager
  • Transcripts
    Upon program completion, you will receive a transcript issued directly by the New York Film Academy. If you require a U.S. transcript, you will have the option to request a supplemental transcript from Endicott College who serves as the School of Record for the New York Film Academy. Please speak with your Program Manager for information regarding this option.


New York Film Academy Australia
Screen and Media
Acting for Film
Acting for Film
3 US Credits
3 US Credits
Course Disclaimer
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Emily Cooper

Program Manager, Australia


Cole McLean

Resident Director, Australia

Maggie Hung

Assistant Resident Director, Australia

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, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page. 

View all Funding Options


Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Gold Coast lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor. There are many differences in culture and lifestyle between Australia and the U.S. Remember: the key to a positive experience is an open and adaptable mind. With a variety of accommodations available to you, you're sure to find one that will help you feel right at home.

Housing is included in the program price; however, you will pay a $300 refundable security deposit. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in case of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

Apartment without Meals

As an NYFA Gold Coast student you will be placed in off-campus, apartment-style accommodations with other ISA students.