The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional StudiesQueens Campus
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.
Admission requirements for the B.S. degree in Dramatic Arts, Film and Television are identical to those currently outlined for admission to a four-year, bachelor of science degree in the College of Professional Studies at St. John’s and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA). However, an audition is required for admission to the program.
The auditions are in January and October of each academic year.
Students spend their first two years at St. John's campus in Queens, NY, and their second two at AADA's Manhattan campus. However, students also may choose to enter the program as freshmen either at St. John's or AADA.
For more information and to schedule an audition, contact:
Prof. Richard Rex Thomas
Common Core Requirements - 39 credits
Major Area Requirements - 30 Credits
AADA Coursework - 66 Credits
Important aspects of this program:
Students also benefit from St. John's focus on an international academic experience. The University offers extensive study abroad courses during the academic year as well as the winter and summer semesters. Students can live and learn at St. John's Rome, Italy, campus and Paris, France, location.
Students in the Bachelor of Science Degree in Dramatic Arts, Film and Television benefit from the outstanding faculty, courses, facilities and training available at two of New York City's premiere educational institutions — St. John's, the city's leading Catholic university, and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA), one of the nation's most respected institutions for actor training.
St. John's University and AADA offer state-of-the art facilities including:
Students gain an academic and professional edge by joining any of the more than 180 student clubs and organizations available at St. John's University. For example, students in the program may be especially interested in valuable clubs and organizations:
The Society for Performing and Communications Arts is an student operated organization that encourage students to work collaboratively and across disciplines: film, dramatic arts, photography, public relations, advertising and communication arts. Student develop independent projects to broaden their academic, creative and professional growth, as well as promote their work through the coordination of film festivals, the staging of plays, and visual art exhibitions. For further information, contact the Chair of the Division of Mass Communications.
Students also may qualify any of the University's various honor societies. For example, The College of Professional Studies Honor Society recognizes academic excellence and involvement in campus, church or community activities.
All students benefit from St. John's many other outstanding facilities and resources. For example, computer laboratories contain sophisticated PC and Mac workstations with a full range of the latest academic software packages and full access to the University's award-winning network. In addition, all new students receive their own wireless laptop computer.
Other facilities include high-tech classrooms, laboratories and our 1.7 million-volume Library. Our new D'Angelo Center is a five-story, 127,000-square-foot University and Student Center with classrooms, lecture halls, a Starbucks café and full-service food courts.
St. John’s University and American Academy Libraries collections support both the theoretical and practical training unique to the Dramatic Arts program with 75 discrete titles of electronic journals (all full-text) and aggregated databases, such as ProQuest, JStor, and EBSCO that included:
The American Academy’s library has access to 8,000 (approximate) volumes of plays, vocal scores, reference materials, fiction and non-fiction includes Tony Award and Pulitzer Prizes winning plays.
In addition to the many cultural and professional opportunities for aspiring actors and entertainment professionals, our New York City location is part of every student's educational experience. Our faculty and Career Center have strong ties to employers and other professional and educational resources throughout the New York area. Students make New York their classroom through innovative courses like Discover New York.