Bachelor of Science in Dramatic Arts,
Film and Television (135.5 Credits)
The Bachelor of
Science Degree in Dramatic Arts, Film and Television enables
students to develop their knowledge and creative techniques as
actors, playwrights, directors and filmmakers. What is unique
about the Dramatic Arts program is that it is a collaborative
degree between two of New York’s oldest metropolitan and respected
institutions of higher learning: St. John’s University and the
American Academy of Dramatic Arts. By combing the
intellectual, artistic and cultural diversity of each institution,
students receive vigorous training as actors, playwrights,
directors, filmmakers, screenwriters and producers. Along
with advancing students’ artistic abilities, the program provides
extensive theoretical instruction on the styles, practices and
methodologies of the performing arts. All of this together,
provides majors in the Dramatic Arts program with the training
necessary to compete in the highly competitive world of the
performing arts, break new artistic barriers, and discover
individual artistic voices.
Majors have the opportunity do to their conservatory training at
the Academy’s New York or Los Angeles campus.
The Audition Process
All applicants to the Dramatic Arts program must pass an
For the audition, applicants must prepare two monologues, each
no longer than two minutes, and both must be from published plays. One
monologue must be dramatic and the other comedic. They can
both be classical or contemporary, or a mix of both.
Applicants must also bring a 2 X 3 picture of themselves.
Failure to meet these requirements will
result in the applicant not being allowed to audition.
Auditions are held twice a year, once in late October and again
in late March. The specific dates for the October or March
audition will be listed on the program’s webpage:
If it is impossible for an applicant to audition, or does not
pass it during the application process, but still wishes to study
in the Dramatic Arts program, and has fulfilled all the general
admission requirements of St. John’s University, he or she may
enroll as a “Undecided” and audition again. There is no limit to
the number of times an applicant can audition. This
applicant, however, will not be considered a Dramatic Arts Major
until passing the audition requirement, but will be allowed to
register for all the courses required of the program.
Student interested in applying for the Dramatic Arts program
must contact Prof. Thomas to reserve a spot. Applicants who
turn up the day of the audition without contacting Prof. Thomas
will be turned away.
For more information and to schedule an audition, contact:
Prof. Richard Rex Thomas
Office: 1 718 990 1628
In Office of Admissions contact:
Assistant Director - Office of Admissions
Office: 1 718 990 6109