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COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:

The New York Conservatory is conducting a mixed model of online and in-person classes for fall 2020. Our safety protocols exceed the New York State guidelines for Higher Ed, and include the following: • Required daily health self-assessments • Mandatory face coverings • Limited class sizes • Single occupancy restrooms • Staggered class start times Read our full protocol list at nycda.edu. Learn More

  1. Professors
    D
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Safety
    B
  5. Student Life
    A+
  6. Location
    A+
39 W. 19th St.
New York, NY 10011
About The New York Conservatory...
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
From New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts

The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts is a small, selective conservatory offering an individualized and collaborative learning experience to transform you from a student actor into an actor who works.

Our highly disciplined professional actor training programs are designed to give you the tools for a successful career as an actor in film, television and musical theater. All students graduate with the tools in hand to get work—including a professional reel and network of industry contacts.

Acting-focused 2- year degree programs in Film & TV Performance, New Media for Actors, and Musical Theater Performance enroll classes in September and January.

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Admissions

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
95%
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
No

Cost

Net Price
$32,045/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$17,158/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
D
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
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Majors

NEW! New Media for Actors

We prepare actors for the industry of today. Our newest program – New Media for Actors – is designed for actors who want to tell their own stories and produce their own content, executing their vision artistically with creative control throughout the entire process. New Media for Actors students do it all – they act, write, and direct--redefining the industry’s definition of a triple threat.

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
257Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
0
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
42%
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    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $30,400/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    81%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    89%
    National
    83%

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    New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts Reviews

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    The New York Conservatory is a small but extensive school in the Flatiron District of New York City. It is full of talented and experienced teachers — many of whom are still in the field — that teach you the techniques and skills to help prepare and develop you for the industry. They take the learning environment very seriously but make it enjoyable at the same time. I've enjoyed every moment at this school. The staff knows what they're doing. I've learned a lot about myself and what the industry requires. I tried getting into the field on my own, but I'm glad I went there to learn everything I needed to. I lived off-campus, but the school is in a nice and safe area. Plenty of great places to eat around the school. The school is fairly inexpensive, most students receive scholarships and or financial aid. It's worth it.
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    This past year was the first year they did any classes online due to COVID-19. The school did a phenomenal job transitioning from the traditional classroom for acting into online Zoom classes. When there's a will, there's a way. The director of the New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts and the teachers associated really did their work on how best to teach and help the students grow. Learning how to act by yourself in your room with your partner on a screen was difficult, but the teachers taught us how to work with the computer camera, work on our own lighting and sound. We explored more screenwriting and content analysis. Having to do this on our own, with the help of the school, taught us so much more. It was their first year, and I give them so much credit for how well they pulled it off.
    Words cannot describe the excellence in the Arts this college offers. It's wow. I'm a mother of a son who currently attends and my words are actual! To my readers, if your child is interested you should sign up for a tour. They're amazing!