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 accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

  • Term

    Fall 3 2019

  • Program Dates

    Sep 26, 2019 - Dec 21, 2019

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Jul 01, 2019

  • Credit

    12 - 13 Credits

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


  • This session is in progress and is no longer accepting applications.

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. 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.

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


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Course Disclaimer
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Ben Chinisci

Program Manager, Italy


Alessia Foianesi

Resident Director, Italy

Ola (Aleksandra) Smolen

Senior Academic Coordinator, Italy

Luca Innocenti

Housing Coordinator, 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, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page. 

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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.

Student Residence

The Student Hotel is offered at an additional price and is the best choice if you would like to live in a more student-centered environment similar to US university dorms. The Student Hotel is a renovated 19th-Century palazzo, combining traditional architecture with modern amenities and interiors. Rooms are double-occupancy and availability is limited. The dorms have private bathrooms, coin-operated laundry facilities, monthly cleaning service, and a common kitchen area on the bottom floor. There are also common spaces like a study room and a game room. You will also have the option to add amenities such as weekly cleaning service and a meal plan for an additional cost payable directly to The Student Hotel. You will pay an extra cost in addition to the $250 refundable security deposit if you choose this housing option.

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.



ISA excursions allow you to explore the classic, rustic, and gorgeous landscape of Italy that you may not have the chance to visit on your own. While abroad, you will have the chance to go on one weekend trip and one day trip to the following destinations.


Located between Florence and Rome in the region of Umbria, Assisi is an ancient, central Italian town with medieval towers and castles. Here, you’ll see a more relaxed pace of life and a reverence for St. Francis, who was born and died there. You’ll also be able to tour the Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi, one of the most iconic sites for the Catholic religion. This Basilica is split into an upper level and a lower level and is full of ancient frescos, ornate architecture, and even a crypt.

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre, “The 5 Lands”, is a picturesque view of the Italian Riviera with colorful houses carefully hugging the cliff sides. Part of its charm is the lack of visible modern development, as it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A walking trail connects the five villages. The road from Riomaggiore to Manarola is called the Via Dell'Amore ("Lovers Lane") and is the easiest walk. The rest of the trails vary in difficulty from an easy stroll to a rough and physically challenging hike. Enjoy a ferry ride along the coastline and explore Italy’s Liguria region on this excellent excursion!

Hilltowns of Central Italy

Spend the day soaking up the classic rolling hills of Lazio, Umbria, and Tuscany. While exploring the well-preserved medieval towns and surrounding vineyards that dot the hillsides, you’ll experience the essence of Italy and gain a glimpse into local life and culture. Here the landscape is defined by giant sunflowers and hay bales, and the towns produce some of the world’s best wine. Possible destinations include Vinci, Val'Dorcia, Ninfa, Sermoneta, Arezzo, Lucca, and Montepulciano.


Get an introduction to Italy via the Eternal City, a vibrant metropolis that seamlessly blends historical landmarks with modern Italian style. During this trip, you’ll visit iconic sites like the Coliseum, the ruins of the Roman Forum, the Spanish Steps, and finish the excursion by tossing a coin into the Trevi Fountain to ensure your return to this truly enchanting city. Rome can be overwhelming because of its size, but with ISA as a guide, you’ll be set!

Siena & Tuscan Towns

Another incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site, Siena has a laid-back lifestyle that allows you to leisurely stroll the winding cobblestone streets, explore the Renaissance cathedral, and relax in the beautiful town square, Piazza del Campo. Each neighborhood (contrada) is represented by an animal or mascot. Ward rivalries are most rampant during the traditional medieval horse race (Palio) held on July 2 and August 16 in Piazza del Campo each year. Then, you’ll tour neighboring Tuscan towns that produce some of the world’s greatest wines, cheeses, and other iconic Italian products. Possible locations include San Gimignano or Monteriggioni.