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Cinematography Instructor – New York Film Academy, New York, NY

Company: New York Film Academy

Location: New York, NY

  • Part Time

New York Film Academy

New York Film Academy, New York, NY

The New York Film Academy was founded in 1992 on the belief that a top-quality education in filmmaking should be accessible to anyone with the drive and ambition to make films. The school opened at Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Film Center in New York City, and has expanded worldwide to include campuses in New York; Los Angeles; Miami; and Gold Coast, Australia.

The mission of the New York Film Academy is to educate students interested in the field of visual storytelling. NYFA courses have been designed to increase students’ creativity and technical expertise through an intense regimen of hands-on and classroom instruction. The Academy’s goal is to enrich its students as visual storytellers by helping them realize their personal artistic visions. NYFA’s expectations center on the growth of each student as a creative individual. NYFA is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.


Cinematography Faculty members provide instruction for students to develop practical skills & theoretical knowledge for their respective disciplines in camera (16mm and HD) and lighting.   Additionally, faculty members may be called upon to serve on departmental committees, Thesis Committees, and as other departmental support.


  • Deliver instruction in accordance with the learning objectives set for the course, including practical skills, methods, theories and techniques.
  • Participate in daylong production workshops as supervising instructor. 
  • As needed, provide one-on-one consultations with students.
  • Develop & manage course syllabus materials & lesson plans.
  • Facilitate peer assessment and encourage discussion & constructive criticism in class.
  • Assess student work, including but not limited to, assigning projects, papers and exercises; guide students through hands-on camera classes; and handling the equipment that students will use for their intermediate and thesis films.
  • Submit attendance & grades promptly to the Registrar’s Office, and inform the appropriate administrative staff if students are not meeting academic standards and need academic support; if students are suspected of committing plagiarism; if incidents occur in class which cause an unsafe learning environment for students & faculty.
  • Adhere to institution-wide policies & procedures and follow the correct protocol with respect to disciplining students.
  • Attend & participate in faculty meetings and/or departmental curricular meetings, if requested by Department Chair.
  • If requested, serve as advisors or on Thesis Committees and evaluate undergraduate or graduate student Thesis work.
  • Other duties may be required as requested by Department Chair and management


  • Broad & in-depth knowledge of the subject area or discipline where they teach.
  • Substantial professional experience as a Cinematographer on feature films, television and/or commercials.
  • Must have experience working with 16mm, 35mm and modern digital formats.
  • Must have experience using professional grip and lighting
  • Additional experience working in camera, grip or electric departments is a plus.
  • Collaborative – willing to work with fellow instructors on any required departmental work, such as curricular development and planning
  • Strong interpersonal skills (customer service) to communicate with prospective students & parents.
  • Excellent oral, written communication and interpersonal skills to interact effectively with the various constituencies of the Academy, alumni, media, and community at large.  
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with administrative personnel, faculty, classified staff, students and the general public.
  • Ability to work independently and simultaneously on projects of varied complexity, carrying out each to its conclusion with a very high level of effectiveness.
  • Must possess ability to exercise group leadership skills, which emphasize collaboration, consensus building, conflict resolution, and problem solving.
  • Must possess ability and willingness to manage multiple priorities and projects.
  • Leadership skills in strategic planning and fiscal planning and management. 
  • Ethical/Honest – evidence of the practice of a high level confidentiality.
  • Service and Action oriented – does what it takes to meet student expectations.
  • Collaborative – enlists information from all sources to ensure the best solution to an issue.


  • Minimum of a Master’s in Fine Arts (MFA) Degree and relevant industry experience; or, Bachelor’s of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree and substantial industry experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree and substantial industry & teaching experience for instructors teaching undergraduate and certificate programs; or a Master’s Degree and substantial industry & teaching experience for instructors teaching graduate programs or courses in the Liberal Arts & Sciences. 
  • In the absence of an undergraduate or graduate degree, the instructor’s training exceptional body of work, relevant experience, teaching experience and training in their specified field will be evaluated & documented in a formal degree-level rubric.
  • Experience teaching Cinematography curriculum.
  • Experience working in an academic environment.
  • Experience working in a fast pace multi-tasking results drive environment with attention to detail.  
  • Intermediate proficient in Microsoft Suite – Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;  and with Google documents.

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