Acting Schools and Colleges in Los Angeles

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Los Angeles Acting Schools and Colleges

Looking for the Top Los Angeles Acting Schools and Colleges? We have them!

One of the major benefits of going to acting school in Los Angeles is that you’ll be right in the hub of the entertainment industry. From the studios, major casting directors and agents and highly sought after schools and colleges, you’ll never be far from the industry.

That’s both a good and bad thing though. Good, because you’ll be living it 24/7. Bad, because you’ll be living it 24/7! As actors, we need to experience real life as much as possible, so if you choose to come out here, remember to go out and experience some of the non-related activities LA has to offer (museums, the beach and Runyon Canyon are some of my favorite things).

One major thing you’ll need out here: a car. A nice, reliable car with a good radio because you’ll be spending a lot of time in traffic. A lot of time.

Below  is a list of the best acting schools in LA along with a brief mission statement from their website. Check them out below. They’re all great!



The Best Acting Schools and Colleges in Los Angeles

(Updated 10/29/15)

American Academy of Dramatic Arts Los Angeles

American Academy of Dramatic Arts Los Angeles Acting School“The American Academy of Dramatic Arts Los Angeles is to prepare students for acting careers in theatre, television and film. Our purpose is to provide a practical, post-secondary education that emphasizes the skills needed by an actor in today’s competitive environment.”

American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA)

AMDA Los Angeles Acting School“If you’re willing to put your heart and soul into what you do, AMDA is the place for you. As you take bold steps toward your future, we’ll guide and support you. As you begin to transform your unique talents into a rewarding career, we’ll be there for you every step of the way. Generations of outstanding alumni have proven that success is the rule at AMDA, so you’ll be in great company. From the silver screen to the stage and beyond, the possibilities for your future are boundless.”

Atlantic Acting School

Atlantic Acting School in Los AngelesThis is a 7-week Conservatory:This program provides a powerful entree into the LA market. With a strong emphasis on film and television acting, business and audition skills, networking with working professionals and preparing for an Industry Showcase the graduate will have the tools necessary to confidently enter and navigate the competitive LA industry.”

California Institute of the Arts – School of Theater

California Institute of the Arts“As one of the preeminent theater training programs in the country, we are dedicated to the development of new voices and new forms. The training we provide is designed to educate the whole person and to prepare fully equipped theater artists to enter and transform the field.”

Loyola Marymount University | Theatre Arts

Loyola Marymount Theatre Arts“Through the Theatre Arts program, students can train for a variety of careers in film, television, theatre, producing, casting, playwriting, event planning, arts management and promotion, stage management, law, public relations or teaching.”

The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute

Lee Strasberg Institute for Acting

“Lee Strasberg designed the classes to offer actors the opportunity to pursue their work systematically and to gain firsthand knowledge of his fundamental concepts. Here, through class work, seminars, exercises, scene work, demonstrations, commentary and discussions, both professionals and non-professionals are encouraged to develop their art and themselves.”

New York Film Academy

New York Film Academy Acting School Los Angeles

“The Academy’s acting school in Los Angeles offers students the one-of-a-kind experience to collaborate with students in our film school to act in original films while also working with our experienced faculty who are accomplished professional actors.”

Check out our article about the NYFA here

The Sanford Meisner Center

Sanford Meisner Center in Los Angeles

“We believe that the purpose of an acting school is to get you working professionally. And that begins with Professional Level training. Training that has worked for over 75 years. Training that continues to work today, for a new generation of actors. Training based on a rich history and deep tradition.”

Theatre of Arts

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“Theatre of Arts is at the cutting edge of current practice in actor training for multi-media, providing 700 hours of on-camera study (2yr. program) / 500 hours of on-camera study (1yr. program) utilizing a variety of disciplines that draw from the techniques and contributions of major practitioners, combining the strengths of classical drama training with the vibrancy and innovations of contemporary practice.”

UCLA | School of Theater, Film and Television

UCLA School of Theater“Consistently ranked as one of the top elite entertainment and performing arts institutions in the world, the School offers an innovative curriculum that integrates the study and creation of live performance, film, television and the digital arts.”

USC | School of Dramatic Arts

USC School of Dramatic Arts

“The School uniquely blends artistic training in a conservatory environment with outstanding faculty and the full academic experience found only within a major research university. Through programs of the highest caliber, as well as initiatives that provide access to professional experience, students are prepared for leadership in every facet of dramatic arts.”


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