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Prospective Students – LA Campus



The Lee Strasberg experience may begin at any time. The Institute provides the freedom and flexibility for students to enroll in the 2-Week Intensive, 12-Week Program, One-Year Conservatory and Two-Year Conservatory at the start of any session (Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall) year round. The AOS degree program only offers enrollment starting in the Fall each year. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early, but no later than 2 weeks before the program start for Domestic applicants and no later than 6 weeks before the program start for International applicants.

Fall 2020 Announcement


  1. Apply Online –  Submit application with Requirements for Admission. If you need to submit supplemental materials for any reason, please submit them to [email protected].
  2. Schedule an Interview – The Front-Desk will contact you via email to schedule an interview via phone, email or in-person. The interview is not an audition, but an opportunity for the Admissions staff to speak directly with the applicant and assess if the student has the aptitude and readiness to be a successful student of Method Acting.  Admission is selective. All applicants regardless of experience will be considered; however there is no guarantee of admission.
  3. Admissions Decision – Admissions will make a decision and notify you via email or postal mail, along with important instructions and guidelines for the next steps to take for enrollment and registration. Decisions for the 12-Week, One-Year Conservatory and Two-Year Conservatory are made approximately 2 weeks after the interview. The Associate degree decisions are made approximately every 7 weeks.

If declined admission, the applicant may re-apply for admissions consideration after one year from the date of the initial admissions request or based on stipulations addressed in the rejection letter.

2-Week Intensive programs are offered approximately every 6 weeks and do not require an interview. SImply submit your registration and non-refundable deposit to secure your spot for the desired Intensive.


All applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Applicants still in high school can apply to our Young Actors program. All applicants must have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent. Students who have not received their high school diploma or equivalent may still be accepted into the Institute, but will be considered special students and are not candidates for a certificate. Special students who subsequently complete high school or pass the G.E.D. or nationally recognized equivalent, may move into a certificate program. (Note: No credit obtained as a special student will count toward certificate completion.)


  1. Submit Application/Registration Online
  2. Photo for identification purposes (under 2GB)
  3. Verification of High School graduation (High School Diploma, GED, College/University degree, College/University transcripts, etc.)
  4. $800 Non-Refundable deposit


  1. Submit Application Online
  2. Photo for identification purposes (under 2GB)
  3. Verification of High School graduation (High School Diploma, GED, College/University degree, College/University transcripts, etc.)
  4. $75 Non-Refundable application fee


  1. Submit Application Online
  2. Photo for identification purposes (under 2GB)
  3. Verification of High School graduation (High School Diploma, GED, College/University degree, College/University transcripts, etc.)
  4. Essay (750-1000 words on your goals in acting and why study you want to study at The Lee Strasberg Institute)
  5. Résumé A current résumé detailing prior training and experience. Applicants with no prior training and/or acting experience may include previous employment, volunteer work and/or education regardless of field.
  6. $100 Non-Refundable application fee


Veterans using VA benefits must also submit:

  • DD-214 and/or Certificate of Eligibility
  • Transcripts from ALL previous study (Unofficial transcripts are sufficient)
    • This includes all training after high school (college, university, vocational school)


All international applicants must also submit:

  • English Proficiency Exam (for applicants whose first language is not English)
    • TOEFL score of 85 or higher or
    • IELTS score of 6.5 or higher or
    • PTE score of 60 or higher
  • Proof of Sufficient funds May be submitted after acceptance (Required per Federal Regulations in order to issue your SEVIS I-20)

In lieu of an English Proficiency exam, one of the following may be submitted:

  • IB Diploma in English
  • US High School diploma
  • Transcripts from a US or UK university or college
  • Kaplan English Language Certificate (Proficient)


Once a non-U.S student (non U.S. citizen or green card holder) is accepted, and their tuition is paid in full for at least one 12-Week term, they must obtain a SEVIS form I-20 issued by the Strasberg Institute to obtain the appropriate student visa. Certain other non-immigrant visas also permit study (Example: O-1, H-1, E-1). If you are unsure whether or not you must obtain a student visa for enrollment, contact the International Student Advisor at [email protected].

In order to be issued the the SEVIS Form I-20 by The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, you must have been accepted into the Institute and commit to and pay for a minimum of 12-Weeks Full-Time.

The staff will provide admitted students the steps needed to apply for  either the M-1 Vocational student visa (12-Week Full-Time, One-Year Conservatory or Two-Year Conservatory) or F-1 Academic student visa (AOS degree program).

Note: M-1 Visa students are not work permitted to work while studying in the United States. F-1 students are only permitted to work on-campus, and the Institute does not have any on-campus jobs available. Any violation of this regulation will result in automatic dismissal from the Institute and termination of your student immigration status. Have you already paid your tuition and fees? Learn how to receive your Form I-20 HERE.

Fall 20208/5 Update: Online

The Lee Strasberg Institute announces that fall semester classes will begin with fully online instruction, per State & Local guidance. (Los Angeles is preparing for outdoor in-person instruction once permitted.)

Click here for Fall online classes in New York City. | Click here for Fall online classes for Los Angeles.

The Institute is also offering new short-term online only classes. See Online Acting