New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts

Introduction

Here at New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (NYCDA) we understand that you're entrusting us with your dream, and we take that responsibility seriously. We invite you to discover a blend of advantages unmatched anywhere in the world.


1. WE'RE HIGHLY SELECTIVE

Many performing arts schools accept anyone who pays the tuition, diluting the training for those with real potential. Last year, we saw and auditioned thousands of students around the country and the world, before enrolling a select few. That means you don't have to share space, resources or the attention of your teachers with students who aren't qualified to be here. Acting experience isn't required, but talent and passion are a must.

2. YOU'LL TRAIN IN THE HEART OF NEW YORK CITY

Among professionals, New York City is considered the most respected actor training center in our country, and everything is here to enlighten and inspire you. On any street, at any time of the year, you can stumble on the lights, cameras and buzz of a movie, commercial or television show in production. The soul of the business is all around us, and you can be a part of it. Through outside internships, school events and daily class work, you'll sharpen your craft and build your skills in the very best training ground in the world.

3. OUR FACULTY AND STAFF TAKE THE SUCCESS OF EVERY STUDENT PERSONALLY

Our faculty and staff are completely focused on your success, getting to know your personality, strengths and areas most in need of development. You also rehearse and perform in class with peers who are motivated, talented and as serious about learning as you are. And our limited enrollment keeps our student-teacher ratio in the neighborhood of 16:1. As a result, you can expect to be on-camera almost every day, and on the radar screen of your teacher in every class. It's not uncommon for one of our faculty to call a casting director or other industry contact on behalf of a promising student.

4. YOUR TEACHERS ARE WORKING PROFESSIONALS AND TRULY PLUGGED-IN TO THE INDUSTRY

Acting is not a static business. If actors aren't involved, they fall behind. So we believe it's important that all our teachers also be working professionals - pros who bring their energy, up-to-the-minute insights and wisdom to class every day. That means their real-life experience one day can be part of what you learn the very next day.

5. THE LARGEST INDEPENDENT CASTING FACILITY ON THE EAST COAST IS IN OUR BUILDING

Every day, top casting directors audition professional actors for feature film, TV shows and commercials right here in the same place where you go to class! As an NYCDA student, you are exposed to the process, the inner workings of the business and the casting directors themselves. Through student internships, relationships are often formed with the independent casting directors you see here in our halls every day. This kind of exposure is invaluable and not available anywhere else.

6. YOU GRADUATE CAREER-READY, WITH TRAINING IN BOTH THE ART AND BUSINESS OF ACTING

Acting is both an art and a business, so we train you extensively in both. Our acting training is built on the Meisner approach. In Platform Year, your course load integrates voice, film studies and improvisation with physical movement and camera work. Film and Television Year moves to the realities of on-camera media, from film to prime time to soap opera to commercials. In both years you'll also learn a range of practical skills that every working actor must know - from writing an effective résumé to the nuances of on-set etiquette. In two demanding, satisfying years you'll graduate fully prepared to perform confidently and professionally in every role of your career.


7. YOU CAN EARN AN A.O.S. IN FILM AND TELEVISION PERFORMANCE

NYCDA offers an Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS) degree program in Film and Television Performance. All newly entering students in Fall 2013 for the Film and Television Performance Program (2-Year) will be on a degree track for an AOS degree. The degree program is listed in the New York State Inventory of Registered Programs. Students who start in Fall 2013 and in 2014, and who opt for the Film, Television, and Theater Program (3-Year), will NOT be on a degree track, but on the current certificate track.

8. YOU CAN CONTINUE YOUR EDUCATION AND PURSUE A DEGREE

Qualified Conservatory graduates who wish to obtain a degree may be able to take advantage of our articulation agreements with the Theater Program of the Department of Performing Arts at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York and the School of Theater Arts and Dance at the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley. The credit-transfer agreement that NYCDA has with the University of West Florida additionally offers NYCDA graduates the opportunity to pursue a BA in Theatre with specialization in Acting. Again, many other institutions also accept some or all of our credits when transferring in.

9. YOU'LL LEARN THE FUNDAMENTALS ALONG WITH THE DISTINCTIVE NEEDS OF ELECTRONIC MEDIA

Our mission is to give students a foundation in acting technique based in the traditional methods necessary for stage performance, and integrate it with the performance art forms of film and television. The specialization required by on-camera genres moves beyond the traditional interpretation of dramatic action and literature, into the distinctive needs of adjusting performance methods to electronic media. NYCDA's objective is to train the artist in a systematic approach to acting, while providing an education and understanding of the technical and professional demands of these fast paced and profitable venues.

10. ACCREDITATION

The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts is an institutionally accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre and is chartered as a college by New York State.

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Film and Television Year

Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 USA New York

Advancement into the Film and Television year is by invitation only and is based on teacher evaluations, academic standing and final performances reviewed. [+]

Film and Television

 

Advancement into the Film and Television year is by invitation only and is based on teacher evaluations, academic standing and final performances reviewed by the Academic Committee.The Film and Television year brings the young actor to the world of the camera. Learning to integrate technique with understanding and accommodating the requirements of the camera are the objectives of this year. It is grounded in Scene Study for the Camera, and Acting Process for the Camera. Actors expand their on-camera craft with Auditioning for Film and Television, Commercials and Daytime Drama. Actor’s Comedy Workshop, Monologues and the Voice-over workshop continue to support actors in their growth.Actors in the final semester begin to be introduced to the industry. To prepare them, students take a Business of the Business workshop. They are invited to do monologues for a jury of professional casting directors and agents. A six-week workshop run by casting directors gives actors the opportunity to meet and work with these professionals. The film and television year work culminates with a unit devoted to shooting a final project.In your final semester:... [-]


Theater Year

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 USA New York

Do you have a love for the stage as well as the camera? You can broaden your career opportunities to include the theater—and become a “triple... [+]

Theater

 

Do you have a love for the stage as well as the camera? You can broaden your career opportunities to include the theater—and become a “triple threat” actor who does it all—with the training of our theater year. In expanding your repertoire of skills to the stage, you’ll learn the unique vocal and physical skills needed to perform and project to the audience. You’ll also study theater history and theatrical styles in exciting, non-traditional classes. Throughout the year, you’ll bring all your skills together in a variety of performance opportunities, including two productions mounted in professional New York theater spaces. It takes solid training to move seamlessly from a theater production to a film audition to a commercial voice-over booth to a three-camera soap shoot. The goal of the theater year is to give you the ability to change gears without thinking. When the curtain goes up or the director calls “Action!” you’ll be ready.... [-]


The Platform Year

Campus Full time 1 year January 2017 USA New York

Training the acting instrument is the first goal in year one. The Meisner technique, voice and text, movement and improvisation introduce you to the road of... [+]

The Platform Year

 

Training the acting instrument is the first goal in year one. The Meisner technique, voice and text, movement and improvisation introduce you to the road of discovery of one’s self as an artist. Next, you begin to explore the technical aspects of working in front of a camera and have the opportunity to learn the information necessary for an actor to function with professionalism on a set.You also begin to work on your craft. You start to explore the given circumstances of a scene and how to own them in an authentic way, taking what the writer has given you and learning how to make those circumstances your truth.While there are many facets to a successful acting career, it all starts with the pure artistry of acting. So your first year at NYCDA is dedicated to developing your acting instrument. It’s an exciting year where you’ll find yourself as an actor and grow, building essential skills and techniques to craft authentic, believable performances. Our program is grounded in the Meisner technique, pioneered by American master Sanford Meisner. You will also study the Stanislavski System of acting, from which all modern acting techniques derive. Of course, you will also receive extensive training in voice, movement, improvisation and more.As the year progresses you’ll really develop your craft, exploring each scene’s unique circumstances so the truths the writer has given you fuel every  movement, every impulse, every expression and inflection. At the end of this year comes the fork in the road where you declare whether you’ll be continuing in our Film and Television Performance Program or the Theater, Film and Television Performance Program with its added emphasis on theater. Advancement to the Film and Television Year or the Theater Year at NYCDA is by invitation only and is based on teacher evaluations, academic standing and final performances  reviewed by the Academic Leadership Team.... [-]


Summer courses

Summer Acting Training Program

Campus Full time 4 weeks June 2017 USA New York

The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts offers intensive 4-week summer training programs beginning in June and July 2016. [+]

If you’re a high school or college level student and aren’t sure if our full time program is right for you, you can get a taste of the business first-hand through our unique Summer Acting Training Program. It’s a rigorous, but exhilarating four-week program that offers you a challenging opportunity to explore acting techniques, camera performance skills, commercial basics, film and TV basics, improvisation and more, with a dedicated, professional faculty of working actors and directors. You’ll interact with students from all over the U.S. and the world and be part of a truly unique New York cultural experience. You’ll even earn six transferable college credits once you successfully complete the 4-week program. You’ll also participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities that only New York can offer. These include meeting industry movers and shakers from agents to casting directors to real actors with helpful advice. Scholarships are available based on an audition, and a 10% early registration discount is available if payment is complete by March 25. [-]

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