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Best Acting Schools in the World, 2021

Juilliard School

Getting a degree in acting is underrated. You will often hear people say that you do not necessarily need one for making it big in the industry. Right, you may not really need it, but a degree will offer you exposure to pre-industry experience which is essential. A degree in acting means that you will be mentored by the best in the industry, be exposed to a plethora of literature which you might otherwise ignore or not bother reading, and have proof that you indeed know what you are doing. Of course, you will have to complement it with hard work, dedication, and perseverance.

All over the world, there are many universities which run acting schools for interested students. Quite a few of these schools are extremely competitive, meaning that it is not a cakewalk to get admission to these institutions. If you are aiming to become an acclaimed actor, then consider applying to those institutions known for being among the world’s best. You cannot miss out on such schools mentioned in this article. These are globally reputed schools from where your career is most likely to reach newer heights. Note that most of these are located in the United States.

  1. The Juilliard School, New York, US
    It is blasphemy to not include Juilliard School in any such list. It has been hailed as the best acting school in the world. Absolutely challenging to secure admissions here, Julliard School managed to maintain its hard-to-get reputation ever since its foundation in the year 1905. Back then, it started as the Institute of Musical Art. In order to make it here, you will have to go through an extensive application process which includes the submission of a lot of paperwork and prescreening recordings of your work. The recordings you submit are subject to assessment and if shortlisted, you would receive a live audition invitation. Viola Davis and Robin Williams among many others are its alumni.
  2. Yale School of Drama, Connecticut, US
    There is no gainsaying that Yale University is a dream university that has given too much to the world. Its graduate professional school, Yale School of Drama, has significantly assisted it in managing its overwhelmingly positive international reputation. Yale School of Drama is one of the closest competitors of the Julliard School and has been home to some of the most remarkable actors you would have surely heard of such as the evergreen Meryl Streep. Its academic structure is extensive, intensive, and rich in experience. Your academic knowledge is tested in high production settings so that you can assess it practically.
  3. London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, London, UK
    With a legacy of more than 150 years, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art is the pride and joy of the English education system. Its prominence in the world of drama is unprecedented, and graduates are known to have worked at distinguishable academies and companies such as the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre. Many of its graduates have established themselves in Hollywood such as Rose Leslie and Jemma Redgrave. Its contribution to the field of drama is reflected in the fact that its graduates have been recipients of 19 BAFTAs, 12 Tony Awards, and 4 Oscars. It also runs an associate organization in the United States as well.
  4. Tisch School of the Arts, New York City, US
    With the backing of another esteemed educational institution New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, or simply Tisch has strengthened its position as one of the most competitive acting schools in the world. It was founded in the year 1965 and operates through 3 institutes namely, Film & Television, Performing Arts & Emerging Media. Tisch is known for tailoring its courses into those with an inter-disciplinary approach which ensures the holistic development of its students. Its graduates have garnered much global appreciation and won prestigious awards such as Oscar, Emmys, and Grammys. Lady Gaga, the pop music sensation and an actress, and Anne Hathaway, one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood, are two of its many alumni who have made it huge in the film industry.
  5. Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania, US
    The oldest acting school in the country, the School of Drama of Carnegie Mellon University offers some of the finest theatre arts programs with a strong focus on research. There is a huge range of programs, both at undergraduate and graduate levels, offered to students, and many of these programs have been designed to offer an interdisciplinary scholarship. Besides, there are many research projects which are regularly undertaken. Its Entertainment Technology Centre is a laudable initiative of the school to support the entrepreneurial aspirations of its students who wish to combine artistic performance with technological innovations. Its alumni include William Atherton and Josh Groban.

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