NYFA Ranks in Top 5 U.S. Special Focus Institutions Hosting Degree-Seeking International Students.

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New York Film Academy College* of Visual & Performing Arts (NYFA). International Education: Integrating Cultures through the Visual Arts. NYFA again ranks in top 5 U.S. special focus institutions hosting degree-seeking international students.

“The New York Film Academy has a global mission to provide the best visual and performing arts curriculum to students from around the world." - NYFA President, Michael Young

The New York Film Academy College of Visual & Performing Arts (NYFA) announces with pride that, for the second year in a row, the College ranks among the top five “Special Focus Institutions” enrolling international students, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. The report was released over the weekend by the Institute of International Education (IIE) at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington DC and timed to coincide with the start of 2016 International Education Week (IEW) (Nov. 14-18), a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.

According to Open Doors, in the 2015-2016 academic year, NYFA hosted 1,492 international students in degree programs. Additionally, nearly 2,000 international students not counted in this Open Doors Report data were enrolled in non-degree study programs at NYFA’s three U.S. campuses in New York City, Los Angeles (Burbank), and Miami (South Beach). NYFA is favorably ranked in the Carnegie Classification, as well.

Michael Young, NYFA’s president, stressed the importance of international education when commenting on the Open Doors rankings: “The New York Film Academy has a global mission to provide the best visual and performing arts curriculum to students from around the world. As part of this mission we seek a balance of international and U.S. students in all of our programs.” NYFA is a host Fulbright Center of Academic Excellence and enrolls numerous Fulbright international students in the College’s graduate programs. Mr. Young emphasized, “The power of storytelling is not owned by any one nation, it is a visual art that the entire world needs in times of peace and stability, and even more so during chaos and uncertainty. For the last 25 years, NYFA has taught the crafts associated with filmmaking to tens of thousands of visual and performing artists from nearly 120 countries. Thanks to the most powerful form of communication that exists, they are the voices that will be heard through the noise.”

As well, the New York Film Academy is highlighting its study abroad opportunities and accomplishments during the national celebration of International Education Week by hosting a social media contest; NYFA students and alumni have the opportunity to submit photographic representations of what “home” means to them via Facebook or Instagram by including the hashtag #NYFAInternational and tagging @NewYorkFilmAcademy. A winner will be chosen Nov. 18 for a prize. This contest is open to all current NYFA students (nearly 8,500) from all three U.S. campuses (New York, Los Angeles, and South Beach, Florida) as well as students studying at all our locations abroad, including Florence, Italy; Paris, France; and Gold Coast and Sydney, Australia.

*The New York Film Academy’s degree programs are offered only at our Los Angeles, California, and South Beach, Florida, campuses.

About New York Film Academy

With locations all around the world, the New York Film Academy has grown into an international film and performing arts school with a focus on learning by doing, providing its students with hands-on instruction. Students can choose to enroll in one of the Academy’s MFA, MA, BFA, BA, and AFA U.S. accredited degree programs and short-term workshops in filmmaking, acting for film, photography, producing, 3D animation, cinematography, screenwriting, documentary filmmaking, game design, musical theatre, broadcast journalism, music video, graphic design, illustration, and digital editing.

With more than 8,000 students from over 100 countries, NYFA offers courses in New York City, Los Angeles, South Beach (Miami), Sydney & Gold Coast in Australia, Florence, and more.

The New York Film Academy’s Florence, Italy location holds film and acting programs in a renovated renaissance era building, across the street from Le Cappelle Medici, moments away from the Duomo.
Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Bruce Springsteen, Al Pacino, Robert Downey Jr., Kevin James, Jamie Foxx, and Jodie Foster are among the many figures in the film industry that have sent their family members to study at the New York Film Academy.

The Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, released today by the Institute of International Education (IIE), shows that more than 313,000 U.S. students received credit last year for study abroad during 2014-15 — an increase of nearly three percent over the previous year. The Open Doors findings reflect that students study abroad in part to gain international experience that can be applied in their careers, and data also show that an increasing number of U.S. students — over 22,000 in 2014-15 — participated in non-credit work, internships and volunteering abroad through which they can gain practical skills.

NYFA has focused on increasing study abroad participation this year, as a commitment partner in IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative to double the current number of American students who go abroad each year — 600,000 individuals — by 2020, and to diversify that group. Currently, fewer than 10 percent of American college students participate in international study programs, and fewer than 25 percent of those students are from underrepresented minority groups. There is an emphasis at NYFA on the importance of global awareness and a belief that an experience of education abroad enhances a student’s global outlook and overall education. Launched in March 2014 with 156 partners, Generation Study Abroad has grown to include more than 740 partners that have raised more than $55 million for student scholarships to study abroad. The network includes 408 U.S. colleges and universities from 48 states; 189 international universities and organizations from 50 countries; 23 education associations; more than 100 organizations including study abroad, K-12, and social network agencies; 18 country partners and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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