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4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience at American Academy of Dramatic Arts - Los Angeles: This school is designed specifically for my major. It feels good to know that every class I take, everything I participate in, whether its dance, vocal, or improvisation classes, is guiding me closer and closer to my career.

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4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience at American Academy of Dramatic Arts - Los Angeles: I have yet to attend the school, but through research and a personal tour, I believe this school is excellent. The school has great professors that truly care about the students' academics. The curriculum provided will actually benefit the students' careers, and there are numerous study options provided for them as well.

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3 College Senior

Academic Flexibility at American Academy of Dramatic Arts - New York: 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 at American Academy of Dramatic Arts - New York: 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 at American Academy of Dramatic Arts - New York: 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 at American Academy of Dramatic Arts - New York: 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 at American Academy of Dramatic Arts - New York: 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 at American Academy of Dramatic Arts - New York: 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 at American Academy of Dramatic Arts - New York: Job prospects I would say aren't the best. I think AMDA has better.

3 College Senior

Student Body at American Academy of Dramatic Arts - New York: 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 at American Academy of Dramatic Arts - New York: Again....I have not yet began classes at the academy.

3 College Sophomore

Academic Experience at American Academy of Dramatic Arts - New York: 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

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3 College Junior

Campus Resources at American Academy of Dramatic Arts - Los Angeles: At this institution I attend the only group activity they have outside of class is student council. They do have a many events but they are sometimes very bad at getting the word out. If you want to know about something the front desk and the backboards regularly. The library is only opened 30 minutes before school starts and 30 mins after school ends which is at six. The tuition is incredibly for high for the the lack of supplies, the apperance of the building, and they don't provide costumes unless for exam plays. They also don't have dorms on campus, they of CHS but you would be better off finding an apartment with someone attending the school to lower the cost. Expect, what makes this school magnificent is the wonderful staff. The teachers and faulty really care about their students and know it by name. Its also a great place to my friends that last a lifetime. Plus, its right in the heart of LA.

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5 College Junior

Academic Experience at American Academy of Dramatic Arts - New York: 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 at American Academy of Dramatic Arts - New York: 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 at American Academy of Dramatic Arts - New York: 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 Recent Alumnus

Tuition & Financial Aid at American Academy of Dramatic Arts - Los Angeles: Yes, the students make it hard but is compensated by the care of the teachers.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Student Body at American Academy of Dramatic Arts - Los Angeles: Different people but to young of age making sometimes hard on the teacher and others students to have a l100% leaning experience.

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5 College Junior

Academic Experience at American Academy of Dramatic Arts - Los Angeles: We're an Acting School – The only major you can have at the academy is Acting. If you are very serious about your craft and want to pursue this as a career this is the school for you. Every class you take is designed to help you be a better actor and garner you more work in the professional world. You take Acting, Voice and Speech, Vocal Production, Camera Fundamentals, Physical Acting and Movement through out the week. They are all 2 hours long and it is jam packed with information. You are constantly learning new things so it is very important that you do not miss a class. The workload isn't difficult as long as you stay on top of it. You have to read a play a week and write a minimum 3 page report, as well as have memorized any text the teachers assign you to memorize by the deadlines. As long as you stay on top of it you won't be overwhelmed. Your willingness to learn and be open is what they will identify with the most. You just have to go in and be Fearless.

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5 College Junior

Academic Experience at American Academy of Dramatic Arts - Los Angeles: So Far, So Great. All of my instructors have been exceptionally trained in their field and are very hands on in their teaching. They are excited to be there everyday to help progress our learning and make sure we are prepared for our career in the performing arts once we set out to do so. The workload is reasonable and the school is very well organized and everyone is easy to get a hold of. Our Director of Instructor knows all of the students by name and that makes the people in this school stand out to be exceptionally.

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3 College Senior

Campus Resources at American Academy of Dramatic Arts: No Robots Here! There isn't any of that new age labs where everyone gets a mac and checks facebook. Its good old fashion teaching and sweating it out till you leave. The way its supposed to be in a serious acting conservatory.

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5 College Senior

Academic Experience at American Academy of Dramatic Arts: It starts from the teaching. I've had such a great first year in training at the Academy. The teachers know what they are talking about and know how to develop the individual. Alot of trust is given to us to explore ourselves and with their guidance, it makes me comfortable to go anywhere I choose to knowing it will only benefit me. The classes have been killer! who knew I'd be rocking ballet. Voice classes have been eye opening and the peers around me are just as competitive and talented as the next person. We all have the same goal and mix that in with our own experiences and personalities, we are a bunch of people who are going to do some damage in the industry in a few years time. Respect!

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4 College Senior

Academic Flexibility at American Academy of Dramatic Arts: They Understand You – Any trouble I have had so far, I brought it to the school's attention and they have listened and offered ways to go about it. They really feel you.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience at American Academy of Dramatic Arts - New York: 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!!

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5 College Junior

Career Services at American Academy of Dramatic Arts - New York: 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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