The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA)
This acting school in Hollywood offers a two-year full-time conservatory program or a 2-year part-time program. Beyond the usual acting training, actors study theater history, stage combat and make-up. The long list of alumni include Robert Redford, Grace Kelly and Danny DeVito.
Performance opportunities: This acting school in Hollywood houses a black box theater (as well as a television studio) and students have several opportunities to perform onstage. A select group of students may continue their studies for an additional year by becoming members of the Academy Company. This allows them to perform in a series of theatre productions in front of agents and casting directors.
Career preparation: Graduating students appear in a final showcase performance in front of industry professionals (admission into the second year is by invitation only). Acting students attend career preparation classes, workshops and seminars with industry guest speakers. A few internships in entertainment are also available.
Degree: Students who graduate after 2 years receive a Certificate of Completion or an Associate of Arts Degree in Acting (A.A.) if they complete 3 units of English composition, General Psychology and Natural Science from an accredited college. Students who are invited into the third year Academy Company obtain a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Acting.
Financial Aid: Scholarships are available through the school?s Financial Aid Office and work-study programs are available, as well as assistance in applying for outside scholarships and loans.
What you'll need to apply: Transcripts, 2 letters of recommendation, an interview and an audition (auditions are held in major cities all over the US as well as in Europe, Canada and Australia). International students are welcome but must demonstrate English fluency.
Audition policy: Students are not permitted to audition professionally during their acting studies in LA.