What are the admissions requirements to enroll in The Academy's Full-Time Program in New York and Los Angeles?
What do I need to prepare for the audition, and when and where can I audition?
What are deadlines for auditions and deposits?
Upon submission of your application, your online application account will indicate the deadlines for audition and deposit specific to your start date.
How soon after my audition will I be notified of the decision?
Most applicants are notified with 2-4 weeks of completing their audition and fulfilling all other application requirements.
What can I expect to spend for tuition?
When can I visit the campus?
What is the student-faculty ratio?
What kinds of scholarships are available?
All students who have applied and been accepted by The Academy are considered for scholarships. Merit scholarships are awarded based on an applicant’s audition. Need-based awards are assessed through the financial aid process. All students must re-apply for financial aid each year attending. Visit our Financial Aid page
for more information.
When should I begin applying for financial aid?
What other kinds of aid are available if I do not qualify for federal need-based assistance?
Students who do not qualify for federal assistance in the form of grants and loans are encouraged to research and pursue outside scholarships and alternative loans. Visit our Financial Aid page
for more options.
Are international students eligible for federal financial assistance?
Can I work on campus while attending The Academy?
The Academy participates in the Federal Work-Study (FWS) program. The Academy’s program is federally and institutionally funded. It provides part-time, on-campus jobs for U.S. students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay educational expenses. For international students there are also on-campus employment opportunities.
What services does The Academy provide for housing?
Are there summer program housing options?
There are different summer housing options available on each campus. Visit the Summer Program Details
page for more details.
Do I need a car while attending The Academy?
Students are able to get around using buses, taxis, subways and rail systems in the New York City and Los Angeles areas. Students attending the Los Angeles campus may find life easier if they have a car, however, it is not necessary. Parking for Los Angeles students is provided on campus.
Can I attend school at both the campus in New York and the campus in Los Angeles?
Students are permitted to attend their First Year at one campus and transfer for their Second Year at the other campus, providing they are invited for the Second Year and the transfer is approved by the Director of Instruction at the campus the student wishes to attend.
How is the decision made to invite a student back for the Second Year?
Selection is made on the basis of progress and readiness to benefit from advanced training—as evidenced in the class work and examination plays of the First Year.
What degrees are available and can I continue on to a BA or BFA program?
For information on current Academy degrees and credit transfers, please review our Academic Degree page.
Some Academy students choose to continue on to pursue their BA, BFA or MFA at colleges and universities throughout the world. Because The Academy is a regionally and nationally accredited two-year conservatory, credits earned can be transferred to other colleges and universities. Each institution will determine the amount and placement of credits transferred based on their own academic policies.
Can I audition for plays, films and commercials while attending The Academy?
During the academic year, students are expected to devote their full attention to their studies, and attendance in all Academy classes is mandatory. Therefore, it is against school policy for students to audition while attending The Academy.
What about campus security and on-campus crime?
Statistics are maintained by The Academy in compliance with the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, and are made available to all enrolled students and to other inquiries upon request. To view the campus reports use the download links provided below:
Can I audition to the Full-Time Program by video?
The Academy strongly recommends auditioning in person at one of our regional or campus auditions. However, if it is not possible to audition in person, we do accept a limited number of video audition requests. To request a video audition, please contact your admissions advisor at 800-463-8990.
Is there a student meal plan available?
The Academy does not provide student meal plans. However, there are numerous dining options within proximity of our New York and Los Angeles campuses.
What supplies do I need to bring when attending The Academy?
There are a limited number of supplies that are required for new students. Upon acceptance, your acceptance packet will have a detailed list of clothing and supplies you will need for the academic year. If you plan to be a part of The Academy’s housing, all units come furnished.
Do I need to pay for laundry?
Academy housing provides laundry facilities depending on your specific housing arrangement that are either free or nominal in cost.
Do I need to pay for utilities?
Academy housing fees cover basic utilities.
How do I update my alumni contact information?
Are campus events open to the public?
Many campus events are open to the public including Third Year Company performances and Open House events. For special events please see the Events Calendar.
How do I RSVP for a show?
Use our Events Calendar
to select the event you wish to attend and use The Academy’s RSVP system to reserve your space.
How do I attend a student performance?
Select student performances are open to the public. Check our Events Calendar
or consult with our campus receptionist for dates and times.
Do you have a calendar of performance events?
Please visit our Events Calendar
for a listing of upcoming performance events.
Are campus events open to the public?
Many campus events are open to the public including Third-Year Company performances and Open House events. For special events, please see our Events Calendar.
Where can I download the Student Handbook?
Does The Academy accept any transfer credits from other institutions?
The American Academy of Dramatic Arts does not accept any transfer credits from other institutions toward completion of the Associate of Occupational Studies (A.O.S.) degree at either campus.
What is The Academy's photo upload policy?
By submitting these photo(s), videos(s), name(s) and comment(s), you represent and agree that: (a) you have the authority to submit the photo or video, provide the information and comment, and agree to these terms, and (b) you grant The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (The Academy) the full rights to reproduce and publish the photograph or video, with or without the accompanying information and comment, and otherwise use any or all of them in marketing and promotional materials, such as on The Academy website, in catalogs, on social media, and in promotional campaigns.
This grant of rights is effective worldwide, for an unlimited number of times, applicable to all media and means of use now known and hereafter conceived and applicable, without any obligation for payment, to The Academy and to entities acting with its consent. You also understand and agree that the photo or video and accompanying name(s) and comment may be cropped, edited and otherwise altered, at The Academy’s discretion and based on suitability of content. The Academy cannot guarantee that the submitted photo(s), name(s) and/or comment(s) will actually be used or published.
You will defend, indemnify and hold harmless The Academy and any others claiming by, through or under The Academy from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, costs, expenses and reasonable counsel fees and disbursements which may be made against or incurred by The Academy and such others arising out of a finally adjudicated breach of any of your representations and warranties herein.
Yes, The Academy considers data protection and privacy to be of paramount importance. We never sell personal data, we enable the visitors of our website to be in control of their personal data, and we carry out all processing operations in strict compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) as well as other applicable global privacy and data protection laws such as the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”).