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Frequently Asked Questions

Did anyone famous ever go here?
Yes, among many other successful, working graduates of the program,
alum Mark Hamill made a special appearance to
benefit the Theatre Academy
December 6, 2015
Morgan Freeman on what he learned at

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Interested in joining the Theatre Academy Acting program?

* Auditions for Fall 2017 *

 Thursday, May 18 at 2:00 PM*

 Thursday, June 15 at 2:00 PM*

 Thursday, July 13 at 2:00 PM*

 Wednesday, August 24 at 2:00 PM* 

* An application must be

on file to obtain an audition time.

*Download Application

 Call 323 953-4000 ext.2983 for more information


Where is LACC?

At 855 N. Vermont, Los Angeles. This is the East side of Hollywood, West of downtown Los Angeles. See area map.

Where is the Theatre on campus?

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.

How do I Register for LACC?

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

How much does it cost?

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 = $215 per unit + enrollment fee of $46 per unit = $261 per unit

International students: Foreign Citizens = $215 per unit + enrollment fee of $46 per unit = $261 per unit

     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


$1496 - $8496
(an incredible bargain!)

American Academy of Dramatic Arts $29,900 +
American Musical & Dramatic Academy $32,320 +
California Institute of the Arts $41,700 +
Carnegie Mellon University $48,030 +
Circle in the Square Theatre School $15,500 - 17,000 +
UCLA $12,692 - 35,570
University of Delaware Professional Theatre Training Program $10,580 - $28,400 +
University of Southern California $45,602 +


Are there scholarships and/or assistantships available?

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.

I am not a U.S. citizen. What do International Students need to know?

Non-resident tuition for students who are citizens of a foreign country is currently $215 per unit + enrollment fee of $46 per unit = $261 per unit. They must have earned a high school diploma from a U.S. high school, or equivalent education elsewhere.

Additional requirements:

  • 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 $215 per unit + enrollment fee of $46 per unit = $261 per unit), 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.

I am not a California resident (at least 1 year.) What do Out of State students need to know?

Out of state students Students who are non-residents of California pay non-resident tuition, currently $215 per unit + enrollment fee of $46 per unit = $261 per unit

Where will I live? Is there Housing?

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.

Can I work while I go to school?

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.

Can I take night classes?

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.

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.

International Students prerequisites

Can I transfer the credits for classes I've taken elsewhere?

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.

Can I transfer Academy classes to other institutions?

Yes, but acceptance is individual to each institution. Some of our classes may not transfer at face value, but qualify as electives.

Will I be earning a degree?

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.

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.

How do I apply for admission to the Academy?

1) Click below to print out an application in your specialty.

2) Fill it out and mail to:

                 LACC Theatre Academy
                 Leslie Ferreira, Interim Chair
                 855 N. Vermont Ave.
                 Los Angeles, CA 90029

Interested in joining the Theatre Academy Acting program?


* Auditions for Fall 2017 *

 Thursday, May 18 at 2:00 PM*

 Thursday, June 15 at 2:00 PM*

 Thursday, July 13 at 2:00 PM*

 Wednesday, August 24 at 2:00 PM*


* An application must be on file to

obtain an audition time.

*Download Application

 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)

Acting Program application [PDF]
Acting Audition Information

 Call 323 953-4000 ext.2990 for more information

Costume Program application [PDF]
Sequence of Costume Classes

 Applicants will be contacted by the Head of Costume for interview appointment.

Technical Program Application [PDF]
Entertainment Technology Classes

Applicants will be contacted by the Head of Entertainment Technology for interview appointment.







and in:







770 Wilshire Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90017


Tel: (213) 891-2000


More questions? Please contact:

LACC Theatre Academy
Leslie Ferreira, Department Chair
855 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90029

323.953.4000 ext.2976
fax 323.953.4013