Our Dramatic Arts Diploma Program 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 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.
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Become a Qualified Acting Professional
Our Dramatic Arts Diploma 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, all in one acting diploma.
Our program and facilities are of optimal quality. Plus, VADA’s student-centred 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
• Character Analysis & Development
• Standard American Dialect
• Camera Tech
• Career Planning & Goal Setting
• Set Etiquette & Terminology
• Getting an Agent
• Headshots & Resumes
• TV & Film Cold Read Auditions
• Audition Reel Projects
• On & Off Camera
• Casting Director Seminar
• Commercial Auditions
The best way to see if VADA is the right fit for you is to see it for yourself. You can tour our facilities, meet with students and instructors and get a true feel for what it’s like to be a part of the VADA community. Book a Tour Now or Get More Information.
Hollywood Field Trip – We Fly You to LA!
As part of the Dramatic Arts Diploma 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 is complimentary (airfare, accommodations and workshops) and is not included in your tuition.
Financial Aid is available for eligible Canadian and Permanent Residents who are enrolled in VADA’s full-time 6 Month Dramatic Arts Diploma Program. International Students who have enrolled in our Full-Time Dramatic Arts Program Diploma are also eligible to apply for a Study Visa, which will allow them to work part-time off campus and full-time during scheduled school breaks while attending the program.
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 >>
Acting classes cover 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 the acting goals that you set for yourself.
As a student, you 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.
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.
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.
There is an agent seminar included in the tuition as part of the Dramatic Arts Diploma 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.
Applicants must have one of the following prerequisites:
17 years of age or older with a 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
Application Fee: $50 (refundable if not accepted into the program. The application fee is taken off your tuition if accepted. If accepted into the program and student cancels, application 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 Headshot photo (Does not need to need to be professionally done).
Copy of Valid Passport
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 Zoom with a member of the Admissions Board).
Step 3: Audition Monologue
If an applicant successfully passes Entrance Interview:
Applicants will be assigned a monologue to audition
The 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 the 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)
Note: Payment plans can be created for the remainder of tuition (Note: There is a $250 administrative fee per payment on a payment plan)
International Student Course Fee: $17,500.00 (CDN)
Applicants may apply online or in person (please contact the school to book an appointment if applying in person).
Start Your Acting Career Today…
Join VADA, no other school gives you better support to kickstart your career after graduation! If you’re ready to hone your professional acting skills then fill out the form on this page to receive more information! Or give us a call at 604-633-1525 to speak to a friendly and knowledgeable VADA Admissions Advisor today.