A for-profit film school and acting school based in New York City, the NY Film Academy, founded in 1992 was originally located at the Tribeca Film Center. In 1994, NYFA moved to the former Tammany Hall building in Union Square.

As of 2012, the school has 400+ employees and over 7,000 students per year and offers master, bachelor, and associate degrees, as well as 1 and 2-year conservatory programs and short-term workshops in filmmaking, acting for film, photography, 3D animation, game design, producing, screenwriting, digital filmmaking, cinematography, documentary, broadcast journalism, musical theatre, music video, digital editing, graphic design, and illustration programs at various locations throughout the world. 

The New York Film Academy's philosophy is based on a "learning by doing" approach. NYFA founder Jerry Sherlock explained to the New York Times in 2005 that he opened the school after hearing interest from parents and older relatives of aspiring young filmmakers, and that he wanted to focus on practical experience.

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