Best Acting Colleges in California

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We have created a 2019 ranking of the best colleges in California that offer Acting degrees to help you find a school that fits your needs. Each school's ranking is based on the compilation of our data from reliable government sources, student surveys, college graduate interviews, and editorial review. In addition, you can view our entire list of all 11 Acting schools located within California. We also provide reviews, facts, and questions and answers for schools on our site and offer you access to get valuable information from colleges and universities today.

Best Acting Colleges in California for 2019

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA

University of Southern California offers 2 Acting Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 25 students graduated in the study area of Acting with students earning 15 Bachelor's degrees, and 10 Master's degrees.

Based on 52 Reviews
2 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA

Pepperdine University offers 2 Acting Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 9 students graduated in the study area of Acting with students earning 9 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
3 University of California-San Diego La Jolla, CA

University of California-San Diego offers 1 Acting Degree program. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 8 students graduated in the study area of Acting with students earning 8 Master's degrees.

Based on 36 Reviews
4 New York Film Academy Burbank, CA

New York Film Academy offers 4 Acting Degree programs. It's a small private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 414 students graduated in the study area of Acting with students earning 235 Certificates degrees, 84 Master's degrees, 68 Associate's degrees, and 27 Bachelor's degrees.

5 Chapman University Orange, CA

Chapman University offers 1 Acting Degree program. It's a medium sized private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 16 students graduated in the study area of Acting with students earning 16 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 24 Reviews
6 Pitzer College Claremont, CA

Pitzer College offers 0 Acting Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large suburb.

7 Theatre of Arts Hollywood, CA

Theatre of Arts offers 1 Acting Degree program. It's a private college in a large city. In 2015, 43 students graduated in the study area of Acting with students earning 43 Associate's degrees.

8 California Institute of the Arts Valencia, CA

California Institute of the Arts offers 3 Acting Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 44 students graduated in the study area of Acting with students earning 31 Bachelor's degrees, 13 Master's degrees.

9 Pacific Union College Angwin, CA

Pacific Union College offers 1 Acting Degree program. It's a small private university in a outlying rural.

10 Academy of Art University San Francisco, CA

Academy of Art University offers 3 Acting Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 34 students graduated in the study area of Acting with students earning 17 Bachelor's degrees, 11 Associate's degrees, and 6 Master's degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
University of Southern California University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
5/5
16 : 1 43,401
Pepperdine University Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
5/5
16 : 1 7,632
University of California-San Diego University of California-San Diego La Jolla, CA
3/5
15 : 1 32,906
New York Film Academy New York Film Academy Burbank, CA
5/5
8 : 1 1,948
Chapman University Chapman University Orange, CA
5/5
14 : 1 8,305
Pitzer College Pitzer College Claremont, CA
5/5
12 : 1 1,067
University Logo Theatre of Arts Hollywood, CA
4/5
2 : 1 49
California Institute of the Arts California Institute of the Arts Valencia, CA
5/5
8 : 1 1,448
Pacific Union College Pacific Union College Angwin, CA
5/5
17 : 1 1,555
Academy of Art University Academy of Art University San Francisco, CA
4/5
22 : 1 13,800
American Conservatory Theater American Conservatory Theater San Francisco, CA
5/5
3 : 1 46

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Additional Acting Degree Facts for California Schools

What Acting degree programs were earned in California?

Degree Level Program Length Colleges Graduates
Associate's 2-year Length 4 Colleges 122 Graduates
Bachelor's 4-year Length 7 Colleges 115 Graduates
Certificates < 1 year Length 3 Colleges 316 Graduates
Master's 1+ years Length 6 Colleges 131 Graduates
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