Frequently Asked Questions
|Interested in joining the Theatre Academy Acting program?
* An application must be
Applications* : download PDF
Call 323 953-4000 ext.2990 for more information
- Where is LACC?
- Where is the Theatre on campus?
- How do I Register for LACC?
- How much does it cost?
- Are there scholarships and/or assistantships available?
- I am not a U.S. citizen. What do International Students need to know?
- I am not a California resident (at least 1 year.) What do Out of State students need to know?
- Where will I live? Is there Housing?
- Can I work while I go to school?
- Can I take night classes?
- What are the Prerequisites?
- Can I transfer the credits for classes I've taken elsewhere?
- Can I transfer Academy classes to other institutions?
- Will I be earning a degree?
- How do I apply for admission to the Academy?
At 855 N. Vermont, Los Angeles. This is the East side of Hollywood, West of downtown Los Angeles. See area map.
The Theatre complex is located on the main quadrangle of the campus, adjacent to the Administration building and across from the Library. See campus map.
If you are accepted to the Program after your interview/ audition, you still need to apply to Los Angeles City College and officially register in the classes indicated by the head of your area. Application to Los Angeles City College
California Law requires that all students pay a fee to attend community colleges, based on the number of units enrolled.
Students on public assistance may be exempt from paying this fee.
California residents (over 1 year) pay $46 per unit.
Out-Of-State Residents - non-residents of California = $190 per unit + enrollment fee of $46 per unit = $236 per unit
International students: Foreign Citizens = $212 per unit + enrollment fee of $46 per unit = $258 per unit
In addition, all Academy students pay the $20 Academy fee each semester. The first semester of attendance, the $20 application fee pays the Academy fee.
OTHER FEES INCLUDE:
Associated Student Fee - $7
Student Representation Fee - $1
Health Services - $11
Parking Pass (Regular) $20 or (Preferred) $27
Effective Summer 2009, the availability of Non-Resident Tuition Waiver is based on three additional factors:
The student is a citizen and a resident of a foreign country;
The student is legally precluded from establishing residency in California;
The student has an individual financial need
All of the above three conditions must be met to qualify for a Non-Resident Tuition Waiver.
NOTE: The I-Med fees for International Students have also increased to $498.00 for Fall and Spring Semesters.
|PROGRAM||WEB SITE||Tuition - 1 year
local - out of state
LACC THEATRE ACADEMY
|American Academy of Dramatic Arts||www.aada.org||$29,900 +|
|American Musical & Dramatic Academy||www.amda.edu||$31,820 +|
|California Institute of the Arts||www.calarts.edu||$39,976 +|
|Carnegie Mellon University||www.cmu.edu/cfa/drama||$46,670 +|
|Circle in the Square Theatre School||www.circlesquare.org||$14,500 +|
|UCLA||www.tft.ucla.edu||$12,692 - 35,570|
|University of Delaware Professional Theatre Training Program||www.udel.edu/theatre||$10,150 - $27,240 +|
|University of Southern California||www.usc.edu/theatre||$43,722+|
There are presently no scholarships and/or assistantships available for incoming theatre students. Those who qualify for low income assistance should immediately apply at the Financial Aid office, however funding is usually not awarded within the first semester of attendance.
Non-resident tuition for students who are citizens of a foreign country is currently $212 per unit, plus $46 per unit enrollment fee. They must have earned a high school diploma from a U.S. high school, or equivalent education elsewhere.
- A score of 450 or higher on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
- Certification of your ability to pay non-resident tuition and enrollment fees (currently $198 per unit, plus $36 per unit enrollment fee), plus living and personal expenses for 12 months (approximately $6,500). Personal and living expense certification is waived if you are, or will be, living with a U.S. sponsor who will certify that these expenses will be covered.
- $35.00 non-refundable application processing fee.
For more information, see the International Student Center pages. Foreign students on an F-1 visa pay a $25 per semester international student processing fee. If you are on a student (F-1) visa or want to get a student (F-1) visa, please contact
- Los Angeles City College
International Student Office
855 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
- Tel.: (323) 953-4000
- Contact Los Angeles City College International Student Office by e-mail.
Out of state students Students who are non-residents of California pay non-resident tuition, currently $188 per unit + enrollment fee of $36 per unit.
The college does not have housing facilities. LACC is a commuter campus, and most students live in privately owned housing. There are many apartments in the immediate vicinity with monthly rental fees beginning at approximately $500. Most students share apartments to control costs.
If you are moving into the area, you should allow time to find an apartment. The Student Information Center maintains housing information listing rooms for rent, roommates wanted, apartments to share, room and board in exchange for work or babysitting, bachelor apartments, single apartments, and some one bedroom apartments. These listings are usually supplied by apartment managers and community residents interested in renting to students. We strongly suggest that you have sufficient funds available before coming to Los Angeles, or make arrangements to live with relatives or friends temporarily.
Yes, but it must be limited and very flexible to allow for the production schedule. Every semester requires participation in a production course requiring evening and weekend hours. Can I attend part time? Generally, no. Participation in the program requires full time committment to a block program of classes. A limited number of classes in the Costume program can be taken separately as a part-timer until you are accepted to participate in the full program.
There are presently no night or Saturday classes available in the Academy program. There are a limited number of Theatre Department classes available for General Education and transfer purposes. Will I get job placement at graduation? Not formally. This industry is largely a freelance enterprise, but it is also based on networking and recommendations. When inquiries seek trained students for jobs and internships, we regularly promote our trained graduates.
Are there any prerequisites? I don't have a very good grade point average, can I still be accepted? You must have either graduated from high school or passed an equivalency exam, AND pass the interview/ audition process.
Yes, but usually limited to courses in Introduction to the Theatre, Theatre History, and Beginning Stage Makeup. The Costume and Scenic programs may also waive courses based on previous credits.
Yes, but acceptance is individual to each institution. Some of our classes may not transfer at face value, but qualify as electives.
No, this training leads to a Vocational Certificate. Additional General Education requirements must be taken outside the Theatre Academy program to earn the Associate Arts degree.
1) Click below to print out an application in your specialty.
2) Fill it out and mail with $20 application fee to:
Interested in joining the Theatre Academy Acting program?
* An application must be on file to
obtain an audition time.
Applications* : download PDF
Call 323 953-4000 ext.2990 for more information
Actors, how should you prepare? See Audition info page
For a taste of the rigor of this program and specific requirements, visit the Theatre Academy Handbook. (works best with Safari)
Technical and Costume applicants, you will be contacted by the Head of your area for interview/audition appointment.
Other questions? Please contact: