College Profile

At the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, you will learn the tools you need to get started on your career. We offer an individualized and collaborative learning experience where you can grow and reach your unique potential.

For over 40 years, the New York Conservatory has taught actors how to successfully audition, enhance their performance, find an agent and understand the business of acting. As a new actor, you are building yourself as a start-up business, and you must be ready to invest. Just like any start-up, it takes time, money, self-discipline, talent and a work ethic like no other.

Our Two-Year Associate Degree (AOS) Programs, Plus One Degree Programs and Summer Intensive Training Programs in Film and Television Performance, Musical Theatre Performance, Theatre Performance and Media Production for the Actor will help you build your brand and launch your career.

Our faculty are professionals currently working in the industry in New York and around the world, and they take great joy in passing their knowledge on to the next generation of actors. They know how today’s entertainment industry works and will help you to make an individualized plan to reach your goals.

You’ll join our vibrant student community, who come to live and work in New York City from all over the world. You’ll be able to dedicate yourself to living as an actor every day, and work towards the experience of performing in a professionally produced on-camera scene, or in a performance on a New York City stage. You’ll graduate with the tools in hand to get work—including a resume and network of industry contacts.

At The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts:

· You’ll work with the best in the business honing your unique talents to get the roles you want to pursue and be ready for the demands of today’s industry.

· You’ll get real-world insights directly from NYC agents, casting directors, managers, directors and actors.

· You’ll make networking connections and add professional experiences to your resume and reel.

· You’ll have New York City – the cultural capital of the world – as your campus.

And since now, more than ever, it’s so essential for professional actors to be multifaceted, you have the opportunity to diversify and build your actor’s toolbox by continuing your training at The New York Conservatory – you can work towards a second Associate Degree in as little as one year with our Pathways to Plus One programs.

Additionally, our four-week Summer Intensive Training courses enable experienced performers to work on skill-building, and novice performers to sample the life of an actor living and working in New York City.

The New York Conservatory welcomes students to join us from around the world.

In any year, around 15% of our student body are non-resident international students. Our international admissions team works closely with each student step-by-step through the admissions and visa process and both Student Services and our international student community help new international students settle in and feel at home in New York City.

It’s easy to audition for entry to The New York Conservatory; you can do it from home via Zoom, or, at one of our in-person events when we come to visit your city.

Sound exciting? Come to New York! Dedicate yourself to your craft! Let us prepare you for the career of your dreams. Your Stage. Your Story.


1. 2-Year Associate Degree Program: Film & Television Performance

2. 2-Year Associate Degree Program: Musical Theatre Performance

3. 2-Year Associate Degree Program: Theatre Performance

4. 2-Year Associate Degree Program: Media Production for the Actor


299 Total Enrollment
299 Undergraduate Enrollment
18 International Student Enrollment
173 Male
126 Female
1 faculty member to 16 students = typical section/class size Faculty-Student Ratio
5 Faculty: Full-Time
64 Faculty: Part-Time
18 Countries Represented
Top 5 United Kingdom, Australia, Canada

International Student Housing Options

Students who choose to have their housing facilitated through NYCDA will be assigned shared, apartment-style accommodation in our Manhattan residence hall, located at 81 East 3rd Street, New York, NY 10003.

The residence hall is clean and professionally run, with secure entry, on-site laundry and other amenities.

A residence hall agreement form and a non-refundable $400 deposit are required to reserve housing. Room occupancy preferences are honored, when possible, based on available inventory and deposit date.

For details and prices please click here (

First Year, Transfer, and Graduate Students

Please contact our Admissions Team at 1+(212) 812-4080 or via email at

Financial Aid

Contact our FINANCIAL AID Department

Phone: 212 812 4090

Fax: 212 645 0641


Student Activities and Campus Life

New York City is your campus! You’ll live and study in the cultural capital of the world! From theatre and films to museums and attractions, many opportunities are free or easily affordable. Our school is located in Manhattan’s historic Flatiron district in central Manhattan, occupying three bright floors of performance studios, dance studios, camera studios, private voice studios, a voice-over studio, two student lounges with food, snack and beverage vending, and a library. Our Housing is in Manhattan’s vibrant East Village.


New York City

New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts


Elaine Capella
Director of International Admissions

Bryce Russell
Senior Director of Enrollment

Application Deadlines

The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts offers rolling application deadlines. We have Two-Year Associate’s Degree courses starting every September and January, Plus One Degree courses starting every September and Summer Intensive courses starting every June and July. You can see our Academic Calendar here

Visa Information


Step 1: Apply for Admission

Step 2: Apply for I-20 Form

Step 3: Apply for F-1 Student Visa

For more information and helpful tips and links, and a path to connect with our International Admissions Advisory Team, please visit the International Students Page here

Cost of Attendance & Financial Assistance

We offer talent and academic based merit scholarships. For more information on tuition, fees, and scholarships please click here  (

Major Areas of Study

Arts, Visual, and Performing


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