Is an Acting Career Right for You?

Vancouver Academy of
Dramatic Arts

Vancouver Academy of
Dramatic Arts

Celebrating 25 Years of
Creating Artists

Creating Artists since 1999

Upcoming Courses at VADA:

One Year Acting Program in Vancouver

See What Makes Us the Industry Benchmark for Actor Training

Ready for an exciting career in acting? Established in 1999, VADA has been teaching acting classes and has the highest actor/agency placement in the country. On average over 80% of VADA students achieve placement as a professional actor on an agent’s roster within 6 months of graduation. That means you could be going to auditions for paid professional jobs in a very short time.

80% of our students achieve professional represenation within six months

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Are You Acting Career Training Ready? Find Out!

This fun, online quiz takes 3 minutes to complete and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style plus the training and positions you’re best suited for.

Our One-Year Diploma Program

VADA’s Intensive One-Year Professional Acting Diploma Program is internationally recognized for creating real working artists.   

Its purpose is to give students a solid foundation of acting principles and is designed to challenge actors to achieve their highest potential. 

The Only Program that Includes an Industry-Focused Trip to Hollywood

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.

Our Instructors

At VADA, each instructor is also a working professional with years of experience in the industry. You’ll have access to insider knowledge to get you the practical career-building skills it takes to succeed from industry experts.

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Fully Accredited

When you attend an accredited institution, you are attending a school that has undergone a rigorous process that evaluates educational quality. It’s not easy to become or remain an accredited institution. The rules and regulations are strict, precise and designed to protect students. Here are some of the benefits:

Cathy LCathy L
18:12 03 Oct 23
I took the 2 week on camera acting intensive and it was an experience I will never forget. Going into it having no previous experience in the industry/acting whatsoever, it is incredible reflecting and seeing how much I have learned in just 2 weeks. Simon and Scott are amazing instructors and have an approach that is caring of the learning and success of their students. Graeme has been extremely helpful too.If you are looking for a sign, this is it – I would highly recommend anyone to sign up for any of their courses. Whether you are serious about acting or just want to step out of your comfort zone, VADA will provide that and more.Thank you!
lana Putnamlana Putnam
07:57 29 Sep 23
It is with Gratitude, I write this Review of VADA..I fist made contact with VADA 4 yrs ago when I wanted to expand my creative side. Being from a northern community, coming into this large city! & meeting with Graeme Petrie has been the highlight of my life!! Since completing the Intensive program then , I stayed in contact, and I am back in the Voice Over/ and will complete my Diploma in the Intensive Acting.Graeme has been a huge support for me, through his knowledge and programming with VADA . Thank you for your encouragement and ability that is helping me to get the best ever opportunities in my ventures to be all I can be in the field of Dramatic Arts!! I have gained so much confidence in life!!VADA .. Thank you! .. of course .. the place wouldn’t be the same - without you Simon!! Thank you so much for your support and Encouragement !!
Jana MalikJana Malik
15:11 07 Sep 23
I love the fact that VADA not only gives you the essential skills required for showbiz, they teach you about life, about discovering yourself, about making important well-informed, well thought out choices.It's a safe place where there's no judgment, you can be silly, fall flat or fail & you'll only get support, encouragement & healthy communication. I feel so lucky to be a part of this institution. I am so lucky to have the opportunity to learn from such renowned teachers who are truly masters of their craft. Thank you so much for this life changing experience 💛
Darien GoslingDarien Gosling
00:30 02 Sep 23
VADA is a one of a kind school, they went above and beyond for my class. The staff helped me when ever I needed it, they where always super friendly and just great to talk to.Every teacher cares about us and is hoping for our success. Each one had their own teaching style that was refreshing because you had an idea about how each class would go. They all had incredibly important knowledge to share to my class that I believe will serve me and anyone who listens to it.I highly recommend VADA academy, I also recommend that anyone entering VADA should go in with an open heart and mind. Learn to love, respect and appreciate your class mates and your teachers and you will have an incredible year full of laughs and tears.
20:33 01 Sep 23
great school with amazing teachers and staff! just finished their 6 month diploma program, would highly recommend for actors wanting to get started.
Krista GossKrista Goss
23:11 24 Aug 23
I took the two week intensive. The teachers were knowledgeable, Compassionate, and lifted each student up instead of breaking anyone down. We learned so much in the two weeks, and I really saw improvement on my acting and confidence. I even was able to book a commercial for Translink, with the help of VADA sending an audition notice. I am so grateful and thankful for all support from the teacher and administrations. They really care for all the students. This is your sign to enroll!
Sarah QuinnSarah Quinn
20:03 23 Aug 23
Aislin DowneyAislin Downey
22:18 11 Aug 23
Amazing school. I have learned so much in my year here. Amazing instructors with diverse experiences and styles. For the first time in my life I've known 100% that am in the right place. That I'm wear I am meant to be. So greatful for this program.
Sara CarlettiSara Carletti
20:19 27 Jul 23
I was recommended Vada by a friend. She attended multiple courses and had nothing but great things to say about the programs, about how much she had learned and how great and supportive everyone was. The expectations were high when I started Intro to Acting Pace 1, and I can confirm I was not disappointed. Simon is knowledgeable, funny, and very supportive. I have learned so much about auditioning, acting and I have faced some of my fears in the process. Whether you are hoping to start a career in the film industry, or just get out of your comfort zone and do something fun that will help you grow, this course is a great place to start. Absolutely recommended.
Timothy ChengTimothy Cheng
21:02 05 Jul 23
I took PACE1 and really enjoyed the classes. I learned a lot about acting on camera as a beginner and I look forward to taking more classes.
Nagayuki KameyaNagayuki Kameya
21:50 11 May 23
I took Intro to Acting class PACE 1.It was 8 weeks of class that involved lots of good study and work in front of camera.Simon is teacher and mentor that not only teach us how to act but, he speak about his experience of his auditions in the past and being as an actor on the set. Everything he says is useful aspect for the people who want to be an actor.I really recommend this place!
Justin SchrumpJustin Schrump
05:14 30 Mar 23
photo: example of the acting lines from the two (2) week intensive programVADA provides experience from working professionals like Simon. While working under his guidance there was never a dull moment. Recommended for all ages.
Olga MurphyOlga Murphy
06:06 10 Mar 23
I carefully chose this school to teach me as I am a busy person and do not have much time to waist. I finished 3 evening classes and strongly agree that training is extremely important if you have serious intentions. Teachers are great, Simon Longmore is like a deep well of great experience and knowledge that you can draw from. School location is convenient and evening classes end not too late. Staff is nice, helpful, reliable. Overall, a friendly and professional atmosphere definitely helps to overcome the challenges of stepping into a new career.

Full Time Actor Training

Our full-time Dramatic Arts Program is second to none in the industry for preparing you to achieve your career goals. 

Tools learned during this acting diploma 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.

Part Time Acting Courses

Vancouver Academy of Dramatic Arts offers a variety of courses to suit your acting needs. If you feel confident, but you know there are areas where you need to improve or revamp your skills, then consider taking some part time classes.

Part time classes give you solid skills to build upon your acting foundation; they help to funnel your raw talent into results. Brush up on some courses and hit the ground running today!

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