Class size is limited to 15 students to guarantee desirable student/teacher ratios. NCDA does however accept all qualified applicants regardless of race, religion, nationality, age or sex. The Conservatory's commitment to equal opportunity for all qualified applicants complies with the anti-discrimination laws of the United States and the District of Columbia. This commitment applies not only to the Conservatory's philosophy of admissions but to its education programs as well.
Applications for Fall, Spring and Summer are to be completed two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. Please refer to the academic calendar for specific dates. However, the Conservatory will review applications received after the deadline, and students can be admitted up until the first day of classes provided there is available class space.
Interested students may request application materials from the Director of Admissions by phone, fax, mail, or in person. In addition to the application form, students must submit: an official high school transcript verifying graduation, a reference, and a non-refundable deposit of $30 dollars.
Students are required to visit the school for an interview, audition, and a tour to complete the application process. These can occur on the same day or different days. All interviews and auditions are by appointment and can be scheduled with the Director of Admissions.
Students who wish to be considered for the Diploma Program must be high school graduates or the equivalent and demonstrate dramatic ability or potential, apparent readiness, maturity and motivation, to benefit from the training.
A student who has not graduated from high school or the equivalent and is beyond the age of compulsory attendance (sixteen years of age) may gain admission to the Conservatory by demonstrating their ability to benefit from the program. Admission can be granted through an audition and a passing grade from one of the United States Department of Education's list of approved "Ability to Benefit" examinations. The Conservatory recommends the Nelson-Denny Reading Test. The approved list of tests can be obtained from the Director of Admissions.
Only serious, responsible, and highly motivated applicants will be considered for admission to the Advanced Professional Program. All students must be graduates of an accredited professional performance training institution and demonstrate dramatic ability or potential, apparent readiness, maturity and motivation, to benefit from the training.
An applicant who is not a graduate of an accredited professional performance training institution or the equivalent may gain admission by submitting documentation of professional experience for review and evaluation.
The Audition for the Diploma Program in acting consists of the performance of a cold reading (monologue selected by the Conservatory). The audition for the Advanced Professional Program in Acting consists of a performance of a scene from a published play that must not exceed fifteen minutes in playing time.
National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts
Attn: Nan Kyle Ficca, Director of Admissions
1556 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20007