Summer Training Programs

Our unique Summer Training Programs offer high school and college students the chance to get a taste of the business while participating in an intensive professional training program. We offer two unique summer programs in Acting and Musical Theater where students explore advanced coursework that includes acting techniques, camera performance skills, musical theater scene study, audition seminar and more. Each program is taught by a dedicated group of faculty consisting of working actors and directors and provides a great opportunity to meet students from all over the world.


Each program provides instruction based on the students’ experience. Courses meet from approximately 9 am to 6 pm, five days a week. Class size is limited to maximize individual time and attention.

View Summer Training Programs Curricula

College Credit

Students who successfully complete the Summer Acting Training Program will earn credits that may be transferable for college credit. The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts is an institutionally accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre and has been authorized to offer an Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS) degree program in Film and Television Performance by the New York State Board of Regents. Students should inquire with potential receiving institutions regarding the specific eligibility requirements for transfer credits.

Note: Transferability of credits is currently pending for the Summer Musical Theater Program.


Registration to our Summer Programs is open to students who will be at least 16 years of age by the start of the program. Full details on registration to the summer program can be found here.

For students outside the U.S.

International students must obtain an F-1 student visa. NYCDA is authorized to issue a Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant, F-1 Student Status) through the Student Exchange and Visitor Information System for the Summer Acting Training Program.

International students requiring an F-1 visa to attend the Summer Musical Theater Program will be eligible beginning in Summer 2018.