Is an Acting Career Right for You?

Youth & Teens On-Camera Acting Certificate Program

Get the Skills to Begin Your Acting Career

The 12-week Youth & Teen On Camera Acting Certificate Programs are offered every 4 months throughout the year and are designed to accommodate actors between the ages of 10-18 years old. Classes are broken into two age groups (10-14 & 15-18) to allow students to work with script content reflective of their age and life experience thus far.

By choosing to study acting, your child will be developing intangible life skills they’ll utilize in any career they choose to pursue in the future, beyond acting. Research shows that skills acquired through the performing arts – creativity, confidence, public speaking, teamwork, determination, problem solving and flexible thinking, radically improves outcomes for our children. In fact for many, access to expression through the arts is essential to mental health and their way of being in the world.

Classes have 8 students maximum and those taking part are typically beginner actors with no previous experience that are simply curious about acting and having fun, those who are interested in breaking into the world of Film & TV acting or those who are already auditioning and looking to build upon their skills. This program is broken into 3 key modules:

Module 1: Auditioning

Students learn the do’s and don’ts of the audition room, starting off with cold reading techniques in the first week. After which, students will be sent material prior to class to bring in for a “casting room simulation”. 

Module 2: Scene Study

Students are paired up and given a scene to work on in class. Students will be expected to have their lines memorized in order to get the most out of this exercise. They will touch on script & character analysis and rehearsal techniques.

Module 3: Demo Reel 

Students find themselves back in front of the camera to create a key part of the actor’s portfolio. Their demo reel will consist of two contrasting audition scenes edited together to give industry professionals, or you the parent, a sample of their hard work.

Certificates are awarded at the end of the program.

"VADA alumni are often seen at my auditions, and the confidence they have acquired through their training never fails to set them apart from the crowd when it comes to booking the job. Talent may be something an actor is born with, but confidence and professionalism are learned. VADA is an excellent place to learn these skills."

Sean Milliken - Casting Director, Sean Milliken Casting

Upcoming Course Dates

Ages 10-14:

Date: September 7 - December 14, 2024 (Saturdays)

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Fee: $714.29 + tax = $750.00(CDN)

Ages 15-18:

Date: September 7 - December 14, 2024 (Saturdays)

Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Fee: $714.29 + tax = $750.00(CDN)

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  • Students must be between the ages of 10-18 years old
  • No application fee required
  • 30% deposit is required to secure your child’s seat
Youth & Teen Digital Showcase
At the end of the program, VADA will put together a “Digital Showcase” of our latest program graduates featuring their professional headshot* and demo clips of their acting. The Digital Showcase is then sent out by email to our local network of talent agencies to see if they are looking for a new youth or teen actor to add to their rosters. There is no charge for being included in the Digital Showcase and participation is voluntary, however students must have a professional actor headshot to be considered for inclusion.
*Please note, professional headshots are not included in the cost of the program. VADA staff can provide suggestions on appropriate photographers to get professional actor headshots done. 
Actor Cover Letter & Resumes
VADA staff provides you with actor resume template and cover letter guide sheet to create initial drafts of these documents, then work with you to help with editing and formatting to make sure your child is presenting themselves as professionally as possible to the industry to have the best chance at success. We also provide families with a list of local talent agencies and strategies for sending out your professional package.
Private Coaching
If you wish to hire an instructor for private coaching to create new demo clip scenes, prepare for an audition or make a self-tape, simply call to let us know when you would like to arrange the private session and we will find an instructor available. (Cost of a private coaching session is $60 per hour).
VADA Alumni
Once your child is a VADA Alumni, they are always a part of the VADA family. If you ever have questions about the industry, talent agencies or working on set, please contact us to get the correct answers to your questions. We also love to give shout outs about our students and their successes (both big & small) on our social media, so let us know when you get an agent, book a role or appearing on an upcoming show.