New York Film Academy - Australia

About us

Location Southport, Australia Funding Type Private
No of Students 300 Establishment HE Institution / College
Founded In 2011 Estimated Cost of Living 20000 AUD
Address Southport Central 2E, 5 Lawson Street

New York Film Academy (NYFA) Australia is a Registered Training Organisation, delivering nationally accredited training and hands-on education in the area of the visual and performing arts, with a focus on Filmmaking, Acting for Film, Screenwriting and 3D Animation & VFX.

Our innovative "learning-by-doing" approach to teaching in Gold Coast, Australia is aligned with the philosophy of our renowned New York Film Academy headquarters in New York City, with campuses also located in Los Angeles, and South Beach, Miami, and year-round locations in Mumbai, India and Florence, Italy.

Over the past 25 years, the New York Film Academy has built a reputation as one of the premier hands-on, intensive film and acting schools in the world. Students find themselves completely immersed in their course of study from day one, surrounded by award-winning faculty and working with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. The project-based curriculum in our film school and acting schools are is designed to reflect a real-world environment while encouraging students to explore their own creativity and passion.

At NYFA Australia, students can attain accreditations in:
• CUA60615 - Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media
• CUA51015 - Diploma of Screen and Media 

Students then have the option to specialise in Filmmaking, Acting for Film, Screenwriting, or 3D Animation & VFX.


Jerry Sherlock, Founder
The New York Film Academy was founded by veteran producer Jerry Sherlock in 1992, who produced such classics as "The Hunt for the Red October". Encouraged by friends of his who wanted to send their children to film school, but found the prices too costly, Sherlock designed a school that was not only affordable, but more importantly, was founded on the principle of learning by doing.
Inspired by the idea that to learn how to make movies, one must actually make movies, Sherlock and his colleagues designed a truly unique curriculum. Blending a mixture of traditional film school instruction with a new approach, the Academy emphasizes coursework based around students actually going out and shooting films as part of their coursework. Students write, produce, direct, and edit their own original films while also serving as crewmembers on their fellow classmates’ films to gain extensive on-set experience.
This commitment to learning by doing applies to all of the programs the Academy now offers, with students working with industry standard equipment in world-class facilities. At the Academy, students can choose from a wide range of visual and performing arts programs that includes Filmmaking, Acting for Film, 3D Animation & Visual Effects, Broadcast Journalism, Cinematography, Digital Editing, Documentary Filmmaking, Game Design, Graphic Design, Musical Theatre, Photography, Producing, and Screenwriting.
The New York Film Academy is expanding its curriculum as well as its global presence, with five established campuses and many destination programs worldwide. At NYFA campuses in New York and Gold Coast, Australia, students immerse in long- and short-term conservatory programs and workshops, while the Los Angeles and South Beach, Miami, campuses also offer degrees. 
Here is a full list of the New York Film Academy’s locations:
New York, NY Los Angeles, CA South Beach, FL
Walt Disney World® Resort, FL Harvard University Doha, Qatar
Paris, France Moscow, Russia Florence, Italy
Gold Coast, Australia Amsterdam, Netherlands Beijing, China
Shanghai, China Kyoto, Japan Mumbai, India
Seoul, Korea Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Berlin, Germany
Istanbul, Turkey
NYFA provides students with the tools and know-how, and they actually apply what they learn in class in the real world, making for an educational experience unlike any other.