New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts

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The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (NYCDA) is a professional acting training conservatory in New York City for actors focusing on acting for film and television and the stage, including television dramas, commercials, motion pictures, internet serials, and voice-overs. Founded in 1980 by Joan See originally as a way to train better actors for television commercials, it has evolved into a two-year and three-year program with a popular summer program. 1996 saw the accreditation of NYCDA by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). NYCDA utilizes the Meisner technique of acting as its core technique and has had attendants such as Matthew Fox and Lauren Graham.

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Fast Facts

  • Private for profit, At least 2 but less than 4 years
  • students
  • $28,550.00 avg tuition

39 W 19th Street
New York, NY 10011-4225
(212) 645-0030

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New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts

Applied 369
Admitted 262 71%
Enrolled total 100
Full Time: 100
Part Time 0
Test 25th % 75th %
SAT Math 0 0
SAT Written (2006-2015) Optional 0 0
ACT Composite 0 0
ACT English 0 0
ACT Math 0 0
ACT Writing 0 0
Retention / Graduation:
Retention rate 66%
4-year graduation rate
6-year graduation rate
Application Deadlines:
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Open Admissions Policy No
Secondary School GPA Required
Secondary School Rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary School Record Required
Formal Demonstration of Competencies Required
Admission Test Scores Recommended
TOEFL Required
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended
AP Credits Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts

Tuition In-District In-State Out-Of-State
Avg Full-Time Undergraduate Tuition $28,550.00 $28,550.00 $28,550.00
Full-Time Undergraduate Required Fees $500.00 $500.00 $500.00
Part-Time Undergraduate Cost Per Credit Hour $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Avg Full Time Graduate Tuition $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Full Time Graduate Required Fees $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Part-Full Time Graduate Cost Per Credit Hour $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Expenses On-Campus Off-Campus
(without family)
(with family)
Room and Board $17,900.00 $17,900.00 $2,316.00
Other Expenses $3,116.00 $4,177.00 $2,316.00
Additional Fees
Undergraduate Application Fee $50.00
Graduate Application Fee $0.00
Books and Supplies $512.00
Financial Aid
Percent receiving aid 96%
Percent receiving grant aid 84%
Avg amount of grant aid $4,809.00
Percent receiving student loan aid 72%
Avg amount of student loan aid $6,857.00

New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts

Programs and majors Associate's Bachelor's Master's Doctorate

Scholarships for Students in New York

Name Amount Deadline
Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity Up to $5,000 April 30, 2017
AOTF New York Scholarship Varies October 26, 2017
NEWH New York Chapter Scholarship Varies September 19, 2017

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