Juilliard: School of preforming arts

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Founded in 1905 as the Institute of Musical Art

The School was named for Augustus Juilliard, a wealthy textile merchant whose bequest was used to establish the Juilliard Graduate School in 1924. In 1926, it merged with the Institute for Musical Art to become the Juilliard School of Music. With the additions of a Dance Division in 1951 and Drama Division in 1968, the name was shortened to The Juilliard School.

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Admission requirements

The application and audition process is identical for all applicants, regardless of degree level. Each year, the Actor Training Program will accept a total of 18 students for all degree levels. This group of 18 actors will be comprised of 8-10 undergraduates and 8-10 graduates, who will work through the four-year acting curriculum together as a group. Liberal Arts and other selected courses will be taken separately by degree level.

  1. All applicants should be aware that the Actor Training Program is a four-year program of study, regardless of prior study, transfer status, or degree level.
  2. All applicants to the Bachelor of Fine Arts or undergraduate Diplomaprogrammust be high school graduates or possess the equivalent of a high school diploma before they can enroll at The Juilliard School. See Secondary School Requirement for more information
  3. All applicants must submit an application for admission by December 1, and attend a live audition as scheduled. There are no exceptions to the live audition requirement. Applicants who reside outside of the U.S.A. and Canada are required to submit a pre-screening video by December 1 in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition.
  4. All applicants are permitted to apply and audition no more than two times per degree level to the Drama Division’s Actor Training Program, if in receipt of unfavorable results. Only one application and one audition per applicant per admissions cycle is permitted.
  5. Graduation From High School: Candidates for the B.F.A. or undergraduate Diploma must be either high school graduates or possess the equivalent of a high school diploma prior to enrollment at Juilliard.
  6. TRANSCRIPTS. We realize that the transcripts of homeschooled students may be different from those of traditional high school students. Regardless of format, your transcript should include:
    1. All courses taken, including those in progress, and the academic year and semester in which each was taken.
    2. Assessment of performance (letter grades, percentages, portfolio commentary, etc.) and an explanation of any applicable grading scales.
    3. Evidence of official recognition by the school district and/or state department of education.
    4. Optional: a full outline of curriculum by subject; reading lists.
    5. If you attended a high school for any period of time, you must submit official high school transcripts of any/all high school work.
    6. Additionally, if you enrolled in any college courses, you must submit official college transcripts.
    7. SAT or ACT. All homeschooled applicants are required to take the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT (with Writing, where offered).

B.F.A Program

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama is a four-year conservatory program in actor training. Daily intensive class work in acting, movement, voice, and additional aspects of the craft, is integrated into learning and interpreting a wide range of dramatic repertoire. In certain skill set areas, as well as performance, B.F.A. students and M.F.A. students work together.

In addition to drama related studies, the four year degree program requires 24 credits from Juilliard’s Interdivisional Liberal Arts curriculum.

Each year the Drama Division accepts 8 to 10 B.F.A. candidates into the program.

Cost and tuition

$38,190 is the tuition for a on campus resident

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