Professional Training Programs

Grounded in the experientially focused Meisner technique, the two-year AOS Film and Television Performance curriculum is designed to help each acting student develop the technique and discipline required to succeed in every form of screen acting, from films, sitcoms, and web series to commercials and voice-overs.

The one-year Theater Performance Program offers intensive training specifically tailored toward theater for those students who possess a developed technique in performance for camera. For the camera-trained actor, the Theater Performance Program provides the solid theatrical training required to move seamlessly from a film audition to a commercial voice-over booth to a multi-camera sitcom shoot to a stage production.

Degrees & Accreditation

NYCDA acting students can earn an Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS) in Film and Television Performance. Graduates can earn a Certificate in the one-year Theater Performance Program. Graduates can also transfer their credits to another school as they pursue BA or BFA degrees.

The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts is an institutionally accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre.


Consideration for admission to the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts acting programs require an online application, an audition, an essay, transcripts, and one letter of recommendation.

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The Film and Television Performance Program is a two year program. In the first year, students will learn the Meisner technique, voice and text, movement and improvisation. The second year introduces the more technical aspects of working in front of the camera and on the set.

The Theater Performance Program is a one-year program designed to offer Film and Television Performance Program graduates and students with equivalent qualifications a year of study dedicated to acting for the stage.

For full curricula, including class descriptions for each year, click below.

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NYCDA maintains a beautiful residence on 3rd Street, in the heart of the East Village, for students of the Professional Training Programs, as well as the four-week Summer Program.

The East Village has long been a magnet for artists in New York City. It’s a diverse, vibrant, and very student-friendly neighborhood, with an eclectic music scene and a massive concentration of great cafes, restaurants, coffee shops, galleries, indie theaters, and Off-Broadway venues.

It’s just a 20-minute walk or a 15-minute subway ride to campus, and features luxury amenities, including 24/7 security, free wireless internet, air conditioning, an on-site fitness center, student lounge and sun-deck, on-site laundry, and stunning views of New York City.

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