About DFA

DFA’S MISSION IS TO PROVIDE STATE-OF-THE-INDUSTRY HIGHER EDUCATION AND ADVANCED TRAINING IN DIGITAL FILM AND MEDIA TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR CAREER ENTRY OR ADVANCEMENT IN THEIR CHOSEN OCCUPATIONS.

HOW DO WE ACHIEVE THIS?

• Professional Filmmaking certificate programs, both entry level and advanced.

• Associate Programs in Digital Media, VFX, Web Development and Programming.

• Hands on Training that prepares students for real life situations.

• Always improving and updating our existing courses to reflect changes in technology and industry standards.

• An engaging environment that imparts the attitudes and skills that will enable students to continue learning throughout their lives and career.

• LEAP – Lifetime Equipment Access Program for students and Alums.

• Employment Opportunities through the school’s exclusive Jobs Board.

• Maintaining a local and global network within the Film and Media Community.

OUR HISTORY

  Digital Film Academy, known in the industry as DFA, specializes in digital filmmaking and media education, licensed by the Education Departments of New York State and Georgia. DFA was founded by film producer and director Patrick DiRenna in 2001 at the historic Film Center building in New York City. While making his first feature film, Train of Illusion, in 1991 DiRenna realized that he was at the mercy of others who did not share his passion and drive for the project. This realization echoed throughout his career. As technology advanced and the reliance on film lessened, DiRenna foresaw digital media as the future of independent filmmakers while other academic institutions still focused on film.

  Digital Film Academy is Di Rena’s way of sharing that vision with others as passionate about filmmaking as himself. He designed an all-digital media school offering tools to filmmakers not available at any other school. In addition to high quality education, qualifying students receive lifetime access to the academy’s facility and equipment upon graduation. This unique combination of instruction and continued access enables filmmakers to become independent. Supporting them as they start working in the growing industry and in personal projects, saving them thousands of dollars in equipment.

  As others caught on to the changing times, DFA attracted innovators and gained an excellent reputation in the community and abroad. In the beginning, DFA offered a part-time, hands-on program where students would write, produce, direct, and edit their short film. In 2008, recognizing a need for more in depth education, DFA expanded the academy’s curriculum to full-time beginner and advanced conservatory programs, leading the school to national accreditation in 2011. Noticing a demand for higher levels of instruction, DFA added an Associates Degree in 2020.

  DFA continues to innovate and strives to exceed the needs of filmmakers. At Digital Film Academy, we provide you with the skills, the training, the tools, and the support that you need to be truly independent and successful.