Dramatic Arts Diploma Program

Be prepared to excel on a professional film set

Get the Skills To Become a Professional Actor and Be Fully Prepared For a Successful Film and Television Career!

Our Dramatic Arts Program (DAP) is an emotional, comprehensive and intensive six month, full-time diploma course. Its purpose is to give students a solid foundation of acting principles and is designed to challenge actors to achieve their highest potential. Tools learned range from script analysis, character research, audition skills and scene work to improvisation, voice, movement/body, and on-camera techniques, which will all be needed for your demo reel project.

Next Start Date: September 5th (Graduation Date March 2, 2018)

Become a Qualified Acting Professional

Our Dramatic Arts Program will provide you with the hands-on training, practical studio experience, and industry expertise it takes for you to become a confident acting professional.

Our program and facilities are of optimal quality. Plus, VADA’s student-centered approach gives you plenty of opportunity for interactive, activity-based learning.

Get the knowledge and training you need to pursue your passion! Skills include:

  • • Text & Script Analysis
  • • Improvisation
  • • Character Analysis & Development
  • • Standard American Dialect
  • • Camera Tech
  • • Career Planning & Goal Setting
  • • Set Etiquette & Terminology
  • • Getting an Agent
  • • Monologues
  • • Headshots & Resumes
  • • TV & Film Cold Read Auditions
  • • Audition Reel Projects
  • • On & Off Camera
  • • Casting Director Seminar
  • • Commercial Auditions
  • • Showcase Event
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Hollywood Field Trip – We Fly You to LA!

As part of the Dramatic Arts Program you are invited to experience a 4-day intensive trip were you will have the chance to meet with casting directors, film & TV producers, and other industry professionals to gain valuable information on being an actor in LA. This field trip (airfare and accommodations) is included in your tuition at no extra cost.

Financial Aid – Funding Your Education

Financial Aid is available for eligible Canadian and Permanent Residents who are enrolled in VADA’s full-time 6 Month Dramatic Arts Program. Full-time International Students who are enrolled in the Dramatic Arts Program may also apply to work part-time off campus and full-time during scheduled school breaks, without a work permit.

Scholarship Opportunities Available

VADA offers Scholarships for both domestic and international students. Learn more about eligibility conditions and Scholarship requirements.

Successful Alumni

  • Luvia Petersen

    Continuum, The 100, Dead Rising 2
  • Alex Barima

    Tomorrowland, The Returned, Truth & Lies
  • Jenna Romanin

    Bates, Olympus, iZombie, Second Chance
  • Eduard Witzke

    What’s Up Warthogs?
    Motive

Do You Have What it Takes to be a Professional Actor? Find Out! Take the VADA "Acting Readiness Quiz"

The fun, online quiz takes 3-minutes to complete and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify goals, personal strengths and important facts about your potential career so you can make an informed decision about your future. It takes just a few minutes! Get Your Acting Readiness score now.

Course Curriculum

Acting & Camera Tech

Acting class covers all aspects of acting technique, theory and prep work starting with script analysis and exploration, character development, making strong choices, high/low status, sense memory, listening drills, subtext, taking actions and achieving your acting goals that you set for yourself.

The student will also learn the technical side of acting for the camera including camera angles, shot sizes, continuity, marks and hitting them, lighting, closeup vs wide shot acting adjustments, the basic way of shooting a scene, on-set equipment and terminology and much more.

Scene Study

Building on what you learn from the “Acting & Camera Tech” class working on Film & TV scenes, here you explore contemporary play writing.

The refined and challenging writing of plays not only sharpens and enhances the actor’s abilities, it enables them to then take a Film & TV script (from a locally shot production as an example) and approach it with ease and confidence, giving them a better success rate in getting acting gigs.

On-Camera Auditioning

The audition process is an art onto itself. It is the few moments when the quality of your performance determines getting the job or not.

Cold read audition techniques are drilled on and off-camera until confidence is achieved. Focus is also put on making a believable performance in an unreal environment.

All work in this class is filmed on-camera and reviewed, allowing you to improve your skills by visual critique.

Improvisation

Many Commercials, Features Films and TV series employ improvisation in the audition room as well as on set. Students are taught the art of improvisation so that they may call on these skills at any time.

We use exercises in character, spontaneity, focus, give and take, comic pairings, listening, short and long form and a whole host of others to round out this course.

Agent Seminar

There is an agent seminar included in the tuition as part of the Dramatic Arts Program. Two professional Agents join us for the day and impart their knowledge on to you! This is the chance of a lifetime for you to meet these people in a relaxed setting and ask any questions, find out what is needed and expected of you as an actor.

Show them your headshot, resume and cover letter — a package you’ve put together while attending the program. Also perform an audition for them to receive immediate feedback. Normal costs for such seminars run as high as $200/day.

Entrance Requirements

Standard Entrance Requirements

Step 1: Initial Application

Applicants must have one of the following prerequisites:

Copy of Grade 12 diploma (or transcripts) from a Canadian high school or an equivalent institution worldwide, or

 Successful completion of Government Equivalency Diploma (GED), or

Mature Placement: If applicant does not possess a high school diploma or GED, the may apply as a mature student (over 19)

Note: High school students may apply during their final year of study (Grade 12), however cannot begin studies at VADA until proof of graduation is provided

Additional Requirements:

Application Fee: $50 (refundable if not accepted into the program. If accepted into the program and student cancels, fee is not refunded).

300 Word Essay (minimum) on the subject of:

  • Why would you like to become an actor?
  • Why do you feel VADA is the right school for you?

1 Photo (Headshot).

Copy of Valid Passport (to be submitted on the first day of class).

Step 2: After submitting applications and support documents

  • Staff will follow up to request/confirm documents received.
  • Staff will schedule an Entrance Interview (conducted by phone or Skype with a member of the Admissions Board).

Step 3: Audition Monologue

If applicant successfully passes Entrance Interview:

  • Applicants will be assigned by a monologue to audition
  • Applicant is given 4 days to prepare, perform, videotape, then send back their performance by email attachment
  • Staff will follow up to confirm that the monologue has been received
  • Staff will confirm if applicant has been accepted

Step 4: Letter of Acceptance and Tuition Deposit

  • Applicant is accepted into the program and sent an email with the acceptance package
  • Applicant will be given 2 weeks to send their tuition deposit to hold their seat in the program:

30% deposit (Domestic students: Canadians & Permanent Resident Visa holders)

50% deposit (International students)

Note: Payment plans can be created for remainder of tuition (Note: There is a $10 administrative fee per payment on a payment plan)

Course Duration: 24 Weeks Monday – Friday 10am-3pm

Course Fee: $12,500.00 + Tax

Applicants may apply online or in person (please contact the school to book an appointment if applying in person)

International Student Requirements

Step 1: Initial Application

Applicants must have one of the following prerequisites:

Copy of Grade 12 diploma (or transcripts) from a Canadian high school or an equivalent institution worldwide, or

 Successful completion of Government Equivalency Diploma (GED), or

Mature Placement: If applicant does not possess a high school diploma or GED, the may apply as a mature student (over 19)

Note: High school students may apply during their final year of study (Grade 12), however cannot begin studies at VADA until proof of graduation is provided

Additional Requirements:

Application Fee: $50 (refundable if not accepted into the program. If accepted into the program and student cancels, fee is not refunded).

300 Word Essay (minimum) on the subject of:

  • Why would you like to become an actor?
  • Why do you feel VADA is the right school for you?

1 Photo (Headshot).

Copy of Valid Passport (to be submitted on the first day of class).

International Students (English Requirement)

Must provide all of the above requirements and proof of one of the following English Proficiency Test Scores:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or higher
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) score of 79 or higher

Step 2: After submitting applications and support documents

  • Staff will follow up to request/confirm documents received.
  • Staff will schedule an Entrance Interview (conducted by phone or Skype with a member of the Admissions Board).

Step 3: Audition Monologue

If applicant successfully passes Entrance Interview:

  • Applicants will be assigned by a monologue to audition
  • Applicant is given 4 days to prepare, perform, videotape, then send back their performance by email attachment
  • Staff will follow up to confirm that the monologue has been received
  • Staff will confirm if applicant has been accepted

Step 4: Letter of Acceptance and Tuition Deposit

  • Applicant is accepted into the program and sent an email with the acceptance package
  • Applicant will be given 2 weeks to send their tuition deposit to hold their seat in the program:

30% deposit (Domestic students: Canadians & Permanent Resident Visa holders)

50% deposit (International students)

Note: Payment plans can be created for remainder of tuition (Note: There is a $10 administrative fee per payment on a payment plan)

Course Duration: 24 Weeks Monday – Friday 10am-3pm

International Student Course Fee: $17,500.00 + Tax

Applicants may apply online or in person (please contact the school to book an appointment if applying in person).

Start Your Acting Career Today…

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