Application Process

To apply for either the Professional Film & TV Acting Training Program or the Musical Theater Performance Program, you will need to provide the following:

Admissions coordinators are always available to help you complete the process. Email or call (212) 812-4080 for help with your application.

For the Summer Training Program, no application is necessary. A non-refundable $400.00 tuition deposit is required to secure your place in the summer session of your choice.


We strongly recommend that all applicants write or outline their essay prior to beginning the application process. Only one essay is required per applicant on this topic:

  • What do you think are the three most important qualities required to be successful in an acting career, and how do you embody or demonstrate those qualities?

You can send your essay via e-mail to with the subject “Your First & Last Name – Application Essay”

Recommendation Letters

Every application must include two letters of recommendation that attest to the applicant’s personal character, work ethic, and passion for the performing arts. Recommendation letters should be from industry professionals, teachers, guidance counselors, academic advisors or a supervisor from a current or previous job. Letters from a family members or friends will not be accepted.

You can generate recommendation request letters in the application portal, or email letters of recommendation to

with subject “Your First & Last Name – Letter of Recommendation”

High School Transcripts

Every application must be accompanied by an original, complete high school transcript sent directly from the school. High school seniors can send current transcripts, and are expected to request that an official, final transcript be sent upon graduation. For applicants who have attended a college, university, or post-secondary program, a transcript showing a cumulative GPA from all post-secondary schools attended must also be submitted. NYCDA will accept an unofficial copy of post-secondary transcripts.

Email unofficial copies to with the subject “Your First & Last Name – Unofficial Transcripts,” or Fax to 212.645.0039

All official, final high school transcripts submitted must indicate degree completion and conferral date. GED diplomas must be accompanied by GED test scores. The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts welcomes applications from home-schooled students. A complete transcript with grades is still required. All students must provide proof of secondary education completion.

International Students

In addition to the items listed above, international students will need to provide:

Proof of English Language Proficiency

Students whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency by providing one of the following:

  • Scores from the TOEFL or its equivalent (IELTS, Cambridge, etc.) Minimum TOEFL scores required of any one test:
  1. iBT (internet-based): Reading – 15, Listening – 22, Speaking – 26, Writing – 17
  2. PBT (paper-based): Reading – 50, Listening – 56, Structure (writing) – 55, TSE Speaking score – 45
  3. CBT (computer-based): Reading – 17, Listening – 22, Structure (writing) – 22, TSE Speaking score – 45
  • Transcript with cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above showing that you studied one academic year at a secondary or post-secondary institution where all course work was taught in English.
  • Under certain circumstances, the successful completion of an admission interview designed to evaluate English language skills will satisfy the English language proficiency requirement.

Application for Form I-20

The Conservatory is approved by the Student Exchange and Visitor Program to issue form I-20.

International students must meet all criteria for admission and provide proof that they have sufficient funds to complete the program.

Once you have been accepted to The Conservatory and provided the Form I-20 application along with the supporting financial documentation, we will process the I-20 and send it you. You must then apply for a visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country of citizenship. (NOTE: Citizens of Canada, Bermuda or residents of certain other islands described in 8 CFR 212.1(a) generally do not need a visa.) In addition to the application materials, international students must provide proof that they hold valid passports.

Form I-20 Application 2018-2019

Proof of F1 Student Visa Issued By The U.S. Department of State

Upon receipt of the Form I-20 from the Conservatory, you will need to apply for an F-1 student visa by completing the DS-160: Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application and scheduling your visa interview at the U.S. Embassy.  Students who enroll at the Conservatory will show their passport with F1 student visa to an international student advisor.  A copy of the F1 student visa is retained in the student file.


Every application must be accompanied by original transcripts, examination scores, or mark sheets sent directly to NYCDA from each examination board and/or school that the applicant attended. All international transcripts must be provided with a credential evaluation and English language translation. The evaluation must indicate that the student has received the equivalency of a U.S. high school diploma and must show a course by course evaluation and GPA.

While The Conservatory recommends World Educational Services (WES) or Global Credential Evaluators (GCE), applicants can use any of the following credential evaluation services:

Academic Evaluation Services, Inc.
A2Z Evaluations, LLC
Center for Applied Research
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
Educational Records Evaluation Service, Inc.
Evaluation Service, Inc.
Foundation for International Services, Inc.
Global Services Associates, Inc.
International Consultants of Delaware, Inc.
International Ed. Research Foundation, Inc.
Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
Span Tran Educational Services, Inc.