Professional Training Programs Admission

The first challenge in becoming an actor is finding the right training. Following your dream takes courage and curiosity. You’ll need to be honest about your goals and prepare to do a lot of research. There are plenty of drama programs out there, and making decisions about the location in which you’d like to live, the areas of acting that interest you, and the style of training that appeals to you will help narrow the field.

Application Deadlines

  • Early Decision

    If NYCDA is your first choice, we encourage you to apply for an early decision and complete a Early Decision Binding Agreement 2017-2018.
    November 1, 2016: Early Decision Application Due
    December 15, 2016: Decision Letters Sent
    February 1, 2017: Non-Refundable Tuition Deposit of $400.00 Due

  • Early Action

    If you would like to learn of your admissions decision early, while still considering other programs, then apply for an early action.
    December 31, 2016: Early Action Application Due
    January 15, 2017: Decision Letters Sent
    March 1, 2017: Recommended, Non-Refundable Tuition Deposit of $400.00 Due

  • Regular Decision

    April 1, 2017: Application Due
    April 15, 2017: Decision Letters Sent
    May 1, 2017: Non-Refundable Tuition Deposit of $400.00 Due

Application Process

Consideration for admission to the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts’ Professional Training Programs requires the following:

  • Professional Training Program
    • Audition
    • Online Application with application fee of $50.00
    • One written essay of 400-500 words
    • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • Transcripts from all schools attended
    • Proof of High School Graduation
    • Resume (optional)

     

    In addition to the program-specific application requirements, International students must also complete the following:

      • Proof of English Language Proficiency
      • Form I-20 issued by The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts
      • F-1 Student Visa issued by the U.S. Department of State
  • Theater Performance Program
    • Audition
    • Online Application with application fee of $50.00
    • One written essay of 400-500 words
    • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • Transcripts from all schools attended
    • Proof of High School Graduation
    • Resume (optional)
    • AOS Degree in Film and Television Performance from NYCDA or the equivalent.

     

    In addition to the program-specific application requirements, International students must also complete the following:

      • Proof of English Language Proficiency
      • Form I-20 issued by The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts
      • F-1 Student Visa issued by the U.S. Department of State

Audition Requirements

NYCDA encourages all prospective students to visit the school and audition in-person. Audition appointments are available Monday through Friday as well as one Saturday per month at an NYCDA scheduled audition or Open House. Auditions may be arranged by calling our Admission Office at 888 645 0030 ext. 4080. Candidates who are unable to travel to New York can meet us at major cities on our International Audition tour. Please visit our events page for our event calendar and tour schedule. Under certain circumstances, NYCDA permits applicants to audition via Skype. Please contact our Admission office for more details.

  • Acting Audition

    Student will prepare two 1-minute monologues. Monologues should be Contemporary (1950s-present) and Contrasting (e.g. one dramatic and one comedic or monologues of the same genre with noticeably contrasting characters). Monologues should be from a published play, screenplay, television script or web series. We recommend reading the entire play or script to fully understand the character you are portraying. Students must bring a headshot or photo to the audition.

Essay

We strongly recommend that all applicants write or outline their essays prior to beginning the application process. Only one essay is required per applicant, and each applicant can choose from among the following options:

  1. Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in theatrical work, film, a piece of art, etc.) that has had an influence on you and explain how you were influenced.
  2. Tell us about a film performance this year that inspired you. What aspects of that performance made it so compelling to you?

Send your essay via e-mail to admissions@nycda.edu with the subject “Your First & Last Name – Application Essay”

Recommendation Letters

Every application must include two letters of recommendation that attests to the applicant’s personal character, work ethic, and passion for the performing arts. Recommendation letters from a family member will not be accepted.

Submit Letters of Recommendation here or e-mail to admissions@nycda.edu with subject “Your First & Last Name – Letter of Recommendation”

Transcripts

Every application must be accompanied by an original, complete transcript sent directly from every school attended by the student to NYCDA.

E-mail Unofficial Copies to admissions@nycda.edu with the subject “Your First & Last Name – Unofficial Transcripts” or Fax to 212.645.0039

Proof of High School Graduation

All official, final high school transcripts submitted must indicate degree completion and conferral date. GED diplomas must be accompanied by GED test scores. The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts welcomes applications from home-schooled students. A complete transcript with grades is still required, just as it is for all other applicants. All students must provide proof of secondary education completion.

New York State Education Department (NYSED) has standards set in place to ensure that degree candidates at colleges and universities in New York State demonstrate satisfactory preliminary education needed to obtain a college degree. NYSED offers students 6 alternatives to prove preliminary education in order to receive a college degree. NYCDA requires one of these standards be met before a student can be admitted.

  • Student has a High School Diploma

    Graduates of non-public high schools in New York State: Only public high schools and registered non-public schools are permitted by New York State Education Law to issue high school diplomas.

    Graduates of a high school located in another state or a high school program of correspondence study: When a student has graduated from high school in another state, to be acceptable for purposes of NYSED college degree conferral (sect.3.47), request proof that the high school or its program of study is recognized, authorized, or approved by the state educational entity having jurisdiction (an official high school transcript or see other alternatives).

  • Student completed the substantial equivalent of a four-year high school course

    Superintendent of schools or comparable chief school administrator certification: Certified in writing that the program of study is substantially equivalent to a four-year high school program. NYCDA will maintain this certified statement in the student’s file to demonstrate compliance with the preliminary education requirement for earning a college degree.

  • Student has a High School Equivalency Diploma

    High School Equivalency through the completion of one of the following: General Educational Development (GED) diploma, Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) exam or HiSet exam results.

  • Student has College Transcript with at least 24 semester hours

    Completed 24-semester hours or equivalent of the following coursework:

    • 6 semester hours or equivalent in English Language Arts
    • 3 semester hours or equivalent in Mathematics
    • 3 semester hours or equivalent in Natural Sciences
    • 3 semester hours or equivalent in Social Sciences
    • 3 semester hours or equivalent in Humanities
    • 6 semester hours or equivalent in the registered degree or certificate program
  • Student has previously earned Post-Secondary Degree

    Granted a degree from a regionally accredited degree-granting college or university.

GED Diploma and Score Requirements

Applicants with a GED diploma must send a copy of the diploma along with his or her GED test scores. These are both available through any State Education Department. Please note, the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts does not accept other countries’ versions of the GED.

Resume

A resume should detail how an applicant has spent his or her time outside of school, whether those things are jobs, sports, clubs, honor societies, volunteer work, school or regional theater experience, or any other activities. Resumes are particularly important for applicants who have been out of high school for more than three years.

International Students

In addition to the program-specific application requirements, International students must also complete the following:

  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

    Students whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency by providing one of the following:

    • Scores from the TOEFL or its equivalent (IELTS, Cambridge, etc.) Minimum TOEFL scores required of any one test:
    1. iBT (internet-based): Reading – 15, Listening – 22, Speaking – 26, Writing – 17
    2. PBT (paper-based): Reading – 50, Listening – 56, Structure (writing) – 55, TSE Speaking score – 45
    3. CBT (computer-based): Reading – 17, Listening – 22, Structure (writing) – 22, TSE Speaking score – 45
    • Transcript with cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above showing the student studied one academic year at a secondary or post-secondary institution where all course work was taught in English
    • Under certain circumstances, the successful completion of an admission interview designed to evaluate English language skills will satisfy the English language proficiency requirement
  • Form I-20 issued by The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts

    The Conservatory is approved by the Student Exchange and Visitor Program to issue form I-20.

    International students must meet all criteria for admission and provide proof that they have sufficient funds to complete the program.

    Once a student has been accepted to NYCDA and has provided the I-20 application along with the supporting financial documentation, NYCDA will process the I-20 aand send it to the student. The student must then apply for a visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in their country of citizenship. (NOTE: Citizens of Canada, Bermuda or residents of certain other islands described in 8 CFR 212.1(a) generally do not need a visa.) In addition to the application materials, international students must provide proof that they hold valid passports.

    Please click here for the Form I-20 Application and Information.

  • F-1 Student Visa issued by the U.S. Department of State

    Upon receipt of the Form I-20 from NYCDA, international students will apply for an F-1 student visa by completing the DS-160: Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application and scheduling their visa interview at the U.S. Embassy.

    F-1 students are not permitted to work off campus or to engage in business without specific employment authorization. Prior to graduation from the Conservatory, F-1 students can apply for Optional Practical Training, (OPT), which is temporary employment directly related to an F-1 student’s major area of study. OPT can start within 60 days of program completion.

Tuition and Fees

  • Tuition and Fees: $32,100
  • Housing: $16,714

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