Location
New York, NY
Undergrads
195
Tuition
$30,650
Admission Difficulty
Average
Branch Campus Of
American Academy of Dramatic Arts
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Reviews 37 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Junior

Campus Resources: the computer network is great! especially with the fact that we always have to look up information on our work related projects, the library is where we sped most of our time. the speeding is accurate. and the printing is quick

4 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: I chose this school because it provided pretty much all the possible help I can find. and they are flexible with helping out with my schedules. my schedules don't interfere with my lifestyle and that's a plus. when it comes to transferring my credits they were willing to help out with everything I needed.

4 College Junior

Student Body: my school accepts all types of ethnicities. its easy to make new friends and everyone is always willing to learn. not only there's children attending but adults as well. my school provides everyone a chance to learn and follow their dreams.

3 College Junior

Campus Resources: The library holds most text books, resource books and plays that we need.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Academic Experience: The teachers are very passionate about their jobs and the small class sizes make it extremely easy to have one on one time.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: The tuition is expensive, as well as housing, but I do believe I am getting my money's worth.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Campus Resources: There is a library filled with plays and theatre books, two theaters, a student lounge and plenty of rehearsal space.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Student Body: My class sizes ranged from 14-16 students. In total, we had about 110 students in the first year and it is expected that we will have fewer this year. The size of the Student body is great. Small, but thats something I personally like.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: The Academy has a fixed curriculum, so we didn't get to pick any classes the first year. Certain classes changed each semester as well as the class times, which, on occasion, completely changed scheduling things outside of school. However, you can mention your work schedule and they will do their best to work with you.

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3 College Senior

Career Services: The Academy does provide on site jobs and allows the majority of students to work outside of school. However, a good number of on site jobs go to foreign students, because of international work laws.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Academic Experience: I have learned a great deal about theater/film. As well as the business, diversity, and expectations that go with this career. They through a lot of things at me in nine months, which at times became a little overwhelming, but it all made sense and became very practical after applying it in real life situations, which they provided with their exam plays.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Academic Experience: This is a great school for actors. The class sizes are wonderful, the teachers have real world experience, and it's located in the middle of one of the greatest cities in the world. It's safe and divers school for those who wish to pursue a career in the performing and visual arts.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Campus Resources: I like the availability of the studios to work on choreography. The dorm are within the community which is very quiet, that makes you feel as if you are part of the community without having a campus feel.

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3 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: The Academy can be accommodating, but it comes with very strict guidelines. Most classes start at 8 or 9 am and the last class can end at 10 (although I personally don't know). Since there is a small population of students to begin with, every class you have are with the same people. The Academy matches with people who share your strengths and weakness for your first year. If you work, tell them and they will do there best to accommodate you, however know that you can only work a certain amount of hours a week do to the vigorous work load. School will take up most, if not all, your time and even after class is over, the work doesn't stop. There are after-school rehearsals with cast mates and homework.

It's been fairly easy for me since I decided not to work during my first year, wanting to focus solely on school. Students who did work, made it happen, but they were exhausted and didn't have any room for schedule changes. (The Academy cannot change your schedule during the middle of the school year. You start and end each semester with the same schedule. Schedule changes with each semester.) Students who made a living as an actor already, and decided to study with the Academy had a hard time finding work due to time consuming schedule.

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3 College Senior

Campus Resources: The Academy has Campus Activities but not many.

There is Student Council and Year-book Committee (2nd Years).

Most of the events held at The Academy are guess speakers (most of them are Alumni); The topics range from facts and advice about the business to street safety.

There are no athletic centers, the classes itself provide exercise. But If you are looking for more, there are gyms near by.

There aren't places for students to just lounge around, most group activities are scheduled by the students outside of the Academy.

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3 College Senior

Career Services: I have yet to graduate so my knowledge is limited; however based on what I've witness the alumni network is pretty extensive.
Alumni are able to come back as guess speakers and even perform their work at The Academy. Some graduates even come back to teach.
While at the Academy their is a possibility to work in different departments such as Props, or Costumes. Their is even an Director's Assistant position available for 2nd years during the school year.
After you graduate, it is possible to work for these same departments, or be recommended to others.
From what I've witnessed the Alumni Network is the best way to find out about up-coming projects. And this starts from the moment you are a first year. The people you are in class with could very well be a casting director, or director, even a producer when they leave. Its about keeping in touch.
Also, the school has a subscription to Backstage, which is available to students.

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3 College Senior

Student Body: The Academy mostly consists of international students. The students population is diverse in terms of location. There are students from L.A to Florida, students from Canada to Sweden etc. There is ethnic diversity, but the majority look Caucasian. The school has many people who are different religions, political views and sexual orientation.
The Academy consists of both middle working class and of the wealthy (you only notice if someone mentions it). It's easy to connect since everyone at the Academy has a single mine frame, to be something in the arts. It's very easy to connect but also very easy to be anti-social just due to the Academic work load and now with the Academy House, the residents bond with each other approx. a month before school even starts.
At the end of the day, it's about going to class and learning. This is not to say that with the melting pot, issues don't arise. But it's dealt with and acknowledged outside the class room. When in class, you are there to perform at your best and learn as much as you can. Everything else is asked and expected to be left outside the door.

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4 College Senior

Tuition & Financial Aid: Point Blank, the Academy is expensive but worth it. The teachers you come in contact with, the skills you develop and even the other actors you come in contact with while there makes the money worth it.
The Financial Aid is really good, but it's first come, first served. Financial Aid is not something you want to do at the last minute, because there could very well be none left. As a First Year (when you enter the school), there is a Honor Scholarship, and a Need Base Scholarship. This is added to both the FASFA and TAP (If you are a NY resident).
Roberto Lopez, he's the one you sit down with to discuss Financial Aid, does his best to get you the financial aid you need. I had to take out loans even with the financial aid I received but I see it as investing in my future, (I realize this option is an absolute no for some.) He answers any questions you have and he gives you a breakdown as to what your Aid pays and what you will have to pay, if there's any left. He also discusses loans with you if your interested.
The good thing about the schools policy is that you have at least a month to get your money back if you decide their school is not the school for you.
There's also a payment plan, which tells you how much you would have to pay each month in order to fill the gap. (This is a last resort, Roberto Lopez does all he can to ensure that your tuition is payed for.) There is also work-study available: from working in the library to working with the costume department.
The best way to get financial aid is do it on time, and keep in touch about updates or concerns.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Campus Resources: The computer network at The Academy is pretty good. As far as I know, there is always Wi-fi. However in order to access it, you have to make an account with the school. This is good because it assures that whatever information is passed through the wi-fi it's protected since only Academy students have access and it's fast.

The printer, (there's only one) has broken down, that I know of, at least five times during the whole school year. It's not bad, unless you didn't print out homework the night before it was due, then your screwed. (But during orientation, the administration tells the students before hand to NEVER print homework the day of; if it's late it's on you and not the printer.)
The only place to print, for students is the Library and since most classes start at 9 in the morning, one can't print before class since it's closed.

The Library has 5 computers, However there are places to set up your own personal laptop to use wi-fi, and print.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Career Services: Job prospects I would say aren't the best. I think AMDA has better.

3 College Senior

Student Body: The groups are different, yet at the same time very similar. They could have more diverse groups. It seems that the people at AADA all come from similar social status'.

3 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: Again....I have not yet began classes at the academy.

3 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: I am new to the department and begin training this coming fall. I feel im not fit to give judgement on a department that i havent offically attended but what i can say is the falculty has been very kind and helpful with any questions that i may have

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Academic Experience: The greatest thing about this school is there is no messing around. The faculty is here to make you get your money's worth. The more effort you put in (and i stress this a lot) the more you'll get from the program. The curriculum is very demanding and very fast paced which does give you a feel of what it will be like in the real world. And the teachers do really help you but they don't hold your hand, it's very much self-discovery. Everyone here is here for the same reason - acting so there is no added pressure to be something your not and its a very healthy growing environment. The school is really old and really cool to work in, each day you can gain more appreciation for its history and its legacy. They give you many opportunities to establish connections and let agents see you perform at the end of your year and they give you insight on acting as a business.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: This school definitely gave me more money than the larger universities but it is incredibly expensive and I could have used a lot more financial help than given especially since its only a two year program. The fact you live in the city is also exciting but extremely expensive so it would have been nice to receive more money because of that. and lastly there is no food program so you have to shop for yourself which also is very unkind to your wallet, especially living in the city.

2 people found this useful Report
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