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American Academy of Dramatic Arts
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Reviews 46 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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4 College Junior

Academic Experience: The school is great for a large range of actors in different stages of their process. The teachers are all working, experienced actors that have a lot to offer, it really is up to the student to get the most out of the program. I do believe it isn't a program for people that are unsure about their dedication to this profession because it really drags your classmates down. The downside is that there is some lack of communication between the students and the school and at times it can seem not too organized but it is a great program. The curriculum is fast passed and the work load is pretty rigorous. We have a great success rate after graduation most of the really great students are working actors both on stage and film, the alumni list is pretty amazing. The classes are all chosen for you which is good and bad, where as I loved them all it puts everyone on the same field when some students are better than others. Overall great school, great experience.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Best Dramatic Arts School You Could Attend – They are absolutely amazing in every aspect possible. They're always there to help you and push you to do your best. Don't even think about going anywhere else. LOVE THIS SCHOOL!!

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Career Services: Lots of Opportunities. Since my college is a two year college they offer the opportunity to join company in which you build up a resume for future jobs, and they also work alongside st johns to obtain a bachelors.

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5 College Junior

Academic Experience: I Love It. I absolutly love this school, it offers me a type of training that would not have been available to me elsewhere. It's extremely one on one, and it is a pleasure and priviledge to be taught by teacherws who genuinly love their craft, and care about our progression in the feild. I recieve an extensive amount of training in movement, voice and speech, acting, and vocal production for the moment. My schedules are subject to change with the changing of terms. However, I have no doubt in my mind that any training I recieve from that school will only help me to achieve my goal in becoming a successful actress.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Resources: They have a pretty decent library with a lot of research material, as well as many plays. Rooms are hard to reserve to rehearse out of class- they don't have enough space and the rooms fill up fast so you can end up rehearsing in the halls with your scene partner (very distracting). Also- they have a massive props room but they don't allow students access to it. This always baffled me.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: A Lot of the Same – There is really no structure to what the professors teach here. Dance, Movement, Stage Combat, Singing, Theatre History, Acting Styles- those were all fine and specific. But when it came to the core "Acting" classes- we never knew which method we were really learning. There is no "technical" structure. The professors mostly just teach whatever they think is acting method.

3 Recent Alumnus

Tuition & Financial Aid: There are many workshop classes in NYC you can take that will teach you just about as much about acting method that I learned at AADA for anywhere between 1/10th - 1/50th the price of AADA. If you really want a degree or college credits for your specialized education- go all the way and attend a major university.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Mixed Feelings – I like AADA. However, sometimes i wonder where my ridiculous amounts of money go. The couch in our "lounge" has holes filled by duct tape and I paid for that? We have to buy our own costumes and props up until the end of second year, when there is an extensive props and costume department right in the basement. The teachers are wonderful and i love the atmosphere. However, communication is lacking.

2 College Senior

Campus Resources: Not Enough – There are three desktop computers and no wireless access in our school. Most of the students own laptops, however, the one printer doesn't wirelessly connect so we don't have that option either. The computers are often down and have to be looked at. They crash randomly and are always busy, because there are too many students for the computers we have. Our school isnt based on computer work, however when we do have papers some teachers require that they be typed. Most of us dont own our own printer. It costs money to print and copy and the copier is always malfunctioning.

3 College Junior

Career Services: Different People – Everyone in this school is different in their own ways. They accept international students from all over the globe and it is just amazing to interact with them and learn a little bit about their culture. In my past classes, there have been students from England, Africa, Ireland, Mexico, Austrailia, and even all over the United States. There seemed to be many students from England accepted this year but it is amazing to learn with them. Sometimes it can be different working with them but I enjoy it very much.

3 College Junior

Student Body: Different People – Everyone in this school is different in their own ways. They accept international students from all over the globe and it is just amazing to interact with them and learn a little bit about their culture. In my past classes, there have been students from England, Africa, Ireland, Mexico, Austrailia, and even all over the United States. There seemed to be many students from England acceptedthis year but it is amazing to learn with them. Sometimes it can be different working with them but I enjoy it very much.

4 College Junior

Campus Resources: Comfortable Environment – The teachers, admisitration faculty and all the students make the environment there very welcoming. They answer any questions you may have or send you to the person who would/might have the answers. There seems to be no problems at all with any students with each other or a teacher. It is a very friendly, family-like environment and it makes me and I'm sure everyone else there feel at home.


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