American Academy of Dramatic Arts (Los Angeles)

American Academy of Dramatic Arts (Los Angeles)

Hollywood, CA
student ratio
total students
$29,900 | $29,900
in-state | out-of-state tuition
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
act composite


The American Academy of Dramatic Arts Trains Actors on East and West Coasts

The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (The Academy) is a regionally and nationally accredited, two-year conservatory program dedicated to the training of professional actors. Founded in 1884, it is the oldest acting school in the English-speaking world, as well as one of the few professional acting schools with campuses in both major centers of the American entertainment industry -- New York City and Los Angeles.

The Academy's two campuses comprise one school, which shares the same philosophy, programs, and goals. The school is recognized as the training ground for some of the most distinguished theatre, film, and television actors of the last century. Collectively, The Academy's graduates have received nominations for 96 Oscars, 264 Emmys, and 90 Tonys.

Among its notable past students are: Anne Hathaway, Kim Catrall, Adam Scott, Danny DeVito, Paul Rudd, Dennis Haysbert, Adrien Brody, Robert Redford, Kirk Douglas, Grace Kelly, and Spencer Tracy.

Conservatory Program Overview

Admission to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts full-time conservatory program is selective. Candidates are evaluated on dramatic ability, academic qualifications, maturity, and motivation. Admission to Second Year is by invitation from the faculty and is extended only to those students who are considered ready for advanced training.

The curriculum pushes the limits of self-discovery and self-discipline; students learn in small classes with one-on-one attention from a world-class faculty. Students' classroom knowledge is measured by performance projects, scene work, and onstage performances.

Exceptional second year students may be invited to join the Third Year Academy Company, which offers advanced training and special opportunities to perform a full theatrical season, often in the presence of casting directors, talent agents, and other industry professionals.

Associate Degrees and Certificates Awarded

Students who graduate from The Academy receive an Associate of Occupational Studies (AO) degree. Students from both New York and Los Angeles can work toward a bachelor's degree at a four-year university.

First Year Studies

Both the New York and Los Angeles campuses of The Academy concentrate primarily on acting in First Year curriculum. The acting segment is divided into two studio courses, each twelve weeks long. This is followed by three weeks of rehearsal and production of "examination plays." Students are cast to allow them to demonstrate what they've learned, permitting faculty members and staff members to measure students' growth and progress.

Some First Year coursework is specific to either the New York campus or the Los Angeles campus. New York courses include: "Performance Dance," "Styles I," "Speech Practicum," and "Mask." Los Angeles courses include: "Styles I," "Improvisation/Physical Acting," "Camera Technique Fundamentals," "Dance" and "Vocal Production."

Second Year Studies

Selection of second year students is made based on progress, potential, and readiness for advanced training. Work builds on the learning experiences of the students' first year, with advanced acting, voice, and movement combined with rehearsal and performance of full-length plays. Course work common to students on both campuses consists of "Advanced Acting," "Rehearsal and Performance," "Career Preparation," "Stage Dialects," and "Advanced Vocal Production/Singing."

A limited number of professional internships are available to New York students, enabling them to gain valuable experience in entertainment-related fields. Professional internships are available for Los Angeles students and include opportunities to work as actors in directing classes at professional film schools, as well as the chance to volunteer for community arts outreach; or work in professional settings, such as a casting agent's office or a theatre.

Third Year: The Academy Company

By special invitation, The Academy offers selected graduates of the two-year conservatory program a special opportunity to gain experience and exposure in a professional theatrical setting. All second-year students may apply and audition at the end of the year, prior to graduation.

The Academy Company program emphasizes practical development of the actor through study, rehearsal, and performance. Students take part in a full season of theatrical productions, ranging in style from classical to contemporary to avant garde. Company members are also given the opportunity to participate in advanced workshops and seminars. Guests at productions include: agents, casting directors, and other members of the industry. A final showcase closes the season and is attended exclusively by industry professionals.

Joint Degree program with St. John's University and Antioch University: Bachelor Options

Students choosing to further their academic education with more advanced degrees may transfer their credits to most colleges and universities throughout the United States. The number of credits successfully transferred depends upon the amount earned, choice of college, entry requirements and the desired degree. The Academy has articulation agreements with universities that facilitate this option.

Bachelor Degree via Antioch University, Los Angeles

The American Academy of Dramatic Arts has entered into an articulation agreement with Antioch University, Los Angeles that allows Academy students to complete a Bachelor of Arts (BA) with an individualized concentration in acting and dramatic arts, or in one of the standard areas of concentration: liberal studies, psychology, child studies, business and social entrepreneurship, creative writing, or urban community and environment.

Academy students can enter Antioch with as much as half of their coursework towards the BA degree completed. Students who successfully complete one year at The Academy may also transfer their coursework credits of C- or better. Academy alumni are also eligible to participate under the terms of this agreement. Antioch's innovative curriculum, variety of course offerings and flexible time schedules make it a perfect match for Academy students who wish to obtain a BA degree.

Bachelor Degree via St. John's University, New York

The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and St. John's University, located in New York City, offer a joint Bachelor of Science degree (BS) in Dramatic Arts, Film, and Television. The program provides students with intensive conservatory training in acting at The Academy and extensive training in writing, directing, and producing for film and television at St. John's. The broad-based curriculum gives students the skills and discipline to pursue a wide range of entertainment industry professions.

Students may enter the program at either The Academy or St. John's and must be invited to continue into second year at The Academy. Students who are not invited to continue may transfer first year credits to other programs within St. John's College of Professional Studies, or to any college, depending on the entry requirements. Students entering at The Academy will complete the first two years in New York or Los Angeles, earn a degree (AOS in New York and AA in Los Angeles), then transfer to St. John's for their third and fourth years.

Tuition and Scholarships

More than ninety percent of The Academy students receive some type of financial assistance. Financial aid may consist of a combination of grants, loans, scholarships, and campus employment.

In addition to merit and need-based scholarships funded by The Academy, the school participates in federal and state financial aid programs with various payment plans and offers more than thirty endowed scholarships in a variety of performance categories.

Location & Contact

1336 North La Brea Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90028

Steven Hong

Director of Admissions

Phone: 323-464-2777 ext. 103

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Associate Degree offered for this major.


20% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied1,612
    • Accepted325
    • Acceptance Rate20%
    • Enrolled282
    • Female Applicants1,048
    • Females Accepted205
    • Female Acceptance Rate19%
    • Male Applicants564
    • Males Accepted120
    • Male Acceptance Rate21%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee$50
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$29,900
    • Out-of-state tuition *$29,900
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$750
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students282
    • Male Student Percentage41%
    • Female Student Percentage59%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino10.24%
    • Black or African American7.48%
    • White or Caucasian41.34%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.79%
    • Asian1.18%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.39%
    • Two or more races13.78%
    • Unknown%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout24.8% representing 26 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students54% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available No
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Not Reported
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing Not Reported
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper No
    • Drama / theater group No
    • Student-run radio station No
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic No
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations No
    • Most popular organizations Not Reported
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Not Reported
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Not Reported
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Not Reported
    • Other 8-hour patrols by trained security personnel


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty50
    • Full-time Percentage18%
    • Part-time Percentage82%
    • Female Percentage58%
    • Male Percentage42%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio12:1 or 282 students to 23 faculty