Now that you have mastered the foundation technical and artistic elements of digital film making, it is time to take your skills and vision to the next level— a professional production and artistic level. Students learn the latest advanced techniques and industry software. Students will also be taught never shown before methods on how to engage the audience and making sure that they are not passive observers. This is a vital artistic technique developed exclusively by DFA’s Director to help you transform the viewer from just ‘the audience’ to ‘your audience’.

Also In this program, students will learn cinematography using RED Cinema cameras. Students will also further their directing skills by learning advanced techniques aimed at effectively manipulating the audience. Filmmakers complete their own film projects from conception to screening.

  • Students receive a Professional Certificate in Advanced Digital Filmmaking.
  • 24-30 hours per week (instruction + labs).
  • Full Time, 900 hours / 50 total credits
  • Prerequisite: Completion of One Year Program or equivalent experience. In order to demonstrate your current experience level, contact our Admissions Department to request a portfolio form which you can complete and return to us for review.

Why DFA?

Digital Film Academy: On the Leading Edge of Education DFA continues to be innovative and lead the way in digital film and media education. That is why Digital Film Academy is often copied, but never equaled.

One-Year Production Membership for Graduates DFA graduates receive a One-Year Production Membership after completing a digital filmmaking program. What does this mean? Continued access to DFA equipment and the facility free of charge! The Membership has been used by alumni to continue their training, shoot their next projects, and begin earning money as independent filmmakers! With the Membership, DFA graduates have a full production company at their fingertips! For more information on the Membership, visit DFA online at and click on “Membership.”

Specializing in Digital Media – 21st Century Technology DFA is the only film school in New York that specializes in 100% digital film and media education. Why is that important? Because unlike other film schools, DFA puts all of its resources and focus into digital film and media programs. If you are interested in digital film or media training, Digital Film Academy is the place to be.

State-of-the-Industry Training and Hands-on Programs DFA works with professionals and educators in the industry to create hands-on, immersive programs. Curriculum, equipment, and software is continuously updated and improved to benefit DFA’s students! Whether you are interested in taking a short digital media course to find out if film or digital media is the career choice for you, or a full-time program to gain the necessary skills to begin working in the industry, or whether you need to create a portfolio to apply for a Masters program at a University, DFA has a program to fit your goals, schedule and budget. Students have ample opportunities to work with equipment and to advance their skills by completing digital film projects.

Unlimited Lab Time Only DFA has unlimited use of equipment and editing/computer labs during courses. How else can a person become proficient at a technical skill? This is the key to your success and it’s in your hands… so use it! Additional Edit lab time after course completion when you enroll in a Digital Film Academy Filmmaking Program or Digital Media Course, you will receive two to four weeks of additional edit lab time after course completion to finish working on any class projects and to develop your reel. The additional edit lab time during and after your course equals more practice, better proficiency and skill development.

Instructors are Professionals DFA instructors are educators and working professionals in the film, television, video and media industry. Instructors provide valuable feedback about the industry and getting employed!

DFA is Serious About Your Training As a DFA graduate of a Digital Filmmaking program or workshop, you have the option of re-taking one class or subject. This is one of the many ways DFA supports your training if you experience difficulty grasping a subject or missed a class. DFA can schedule you to audit a class or subject at no extra fee within a future course date.

Mentorship & Portfolio Builder “Crew List” is a mentorship program for our students created and developed by the Director of Academic Affairs. New DFA students may receive additional assistance from more experienced DFA students and alumni! DFA graduates continue building their portfolios while staying a part of the DFA community!

Continued Support for Graduate’s Career Goals In addition to the One Year Production Membership, DFA supports students career goals by providing students with more opportunities for growth after course completion. DFA graduates receive opportunities to enhance their skills on other DFA student films and projects after graduation! In this creative and technical industry, hands-on training is key.

Small Class Sizes DFA limits class sizes to between 10 and 15 students. Most classes average between 6 to 12 students. This means you will have more hands-on time with equipment and more one-on-one time with your instructor.

Location DFA is conveniently located just one block from the world famous Times Square entertainment district in New York City. It is the crossroad of the entertainment industry and the best place to learn digital filmmaking and media!

Cost & Fees

Tuition (academic year) $16,750
Registration $100
Materials Fee $600
Technology Fee $110
Total $17,560

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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