Get the Skills to Become a Professional Actor
6-Month Dramatic Arts Diploma Program in Vancouver, BC
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.
Next Start Dates:
March 6th, 2023 to Sept 1st, 2023
Sept 11th, 2023 to March 8th, 2024
Time: Monday to Friday 9am – 1:15pm
Course Duration: 6 months
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, all in one acting diploma.
Our program and facilities are of optimal quality. Plus, Vancouver Academy of Dramatic Arts’ student-centered approach gives you plenty of opportunities for interactive, activity-based learning.
Get the knowledge and training you need to pursue your passion! Diploma courses in acting 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
- • Commercial Auditions
- • Professional headshots included in tuition
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
Career Guidance, as an actor you are your own business and this means learning to maintain the balance between career and craft. Staff assists students in putting together their professional package; cover letters, resume, headshots and demo reel for applying to agencies for representation and look for opportunities for students to audition for student films, indies, short films, corporate videos or TV commercials.
Out of all the acting programs out here in Canada that I had applied for, VADA is the only academy that was genuinely concerned for my well being as a person, as well as the most direct in helping me on the journey towards my acting goals. One of the most interesting and helpful experiences that separate this program from the rest of the acting programs in Vancouver is the Field Trip to Hollywood, Los Angeles in which we attended intensive workshops with directors, producers, writers, actors, and casting directors. I learned so many tools of the trade from these veterans, including the reality of the industry and being able to get a good taste of the experience of being in LA.
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 where you will have the chance to meet with industry professionals working in Hollywood to gain valuable information on being an actor in LA. This field trip includes airfare, accommodations, transportation and numerous professional workshops with a variety of Hollywood professionals, which may include Casting Directors, Producers, Directors, Talent Management, Audition Coaches and Lifestyle coaches. The trip is optional for students to take part in and is not included in your 6-Month Dramatic Arts Diploma tuition fee (additional fee $2,000).
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 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.
Scholarship Opportunities Available
VADA Studios offers Scholarships for both domestic and international students. Learn more about eligibility conditions and Scholarship requirements.
VADA High School Scholarship Application
VADA Domestic Scholarship Application
Walker Saunders-Welsh High School Scholarship Award
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Acting Diploma Course Curriculum
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.