American Academy of Dramatic Arts – Los Angeles

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The American Academy of Dramatics Arts (abbreviated AADA) is a higher education institution with campuses in Manhattan, New York City, Hollywood, California and Los Angeles, California. The academy offers two-year programs in the performing arts. Founded in1884, AADA is the oldest acting school and performing arts conservatory in the United States.

The Academy focuses on training professional actors. Once accepted to AADA students must prove themselves in order to re-admitted for a second year. At the end of the second year, students must audition if they want to join the third year company. While AADA is best known for its acting program, it also offers superb courses in television and film. At the academy’s California campus in Hollywood students can earn an Associate of Arts or Certificate of Completion in Acting. Students at the Los Angeles location can also earn a bachelor’s degree.

Many of students who have graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts have had successful careers in acting and been nominated for Emmys, Oscars, and Tonys.

General Information

Admission Office
1336 N. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 464-2777
(800) 222-2867
Fax: (323) 464-1250

Contact: Karen Higginbotham
Director of Admissions
Main Address
1336 North La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 464-2777
Degree-seeking undergrads: 220

Suburban setting
Very large city (over 500,000)
Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $50
Online application fee: $50
Admissions Policies/Requirements

Admission requirements:
Interview required
Essay(s) required

Very important admission factors:
Rigor of secondary school record

Important admission factors:
Application Essay
Alumni Relation
Extracurricular Activities

A note about the college’s admission requirements: Student attitude, seriousness of intent, and potential as professional actor as indicated by written recommendations, interview, and audition. All applicants must have full command of English language.

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Acting A,C

Degrees, certificates and diplomas for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

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