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New York City Campuses


SOCAPA New York City is centered around two neighboring campuses, one in downtown Manhattan at our Pace University campus in the South Street Seaport area, and the other in downtown Brooklyn at New York University’s Metrotech Campus. Most classes are held in Manhattan at the 140 William Street Performing Arts Center, a seven-story, 47,200 square-foot building dedicated solely to training in the performing arts. The building houses studio classroom space, two black box performance spaces, four dance studios (including one large performance hall), a sound-stage, screening rooms, digital design labs, private practice rooms, and other multi-purpose training spaces.

Additional classes, screenings and final showcases are held at New York University’s Metrotech Campus or at the nearby Kumble Theater. Our Brooklyn facilities include the Pfizer Auditorium (300 seats), the Kumble Theater (350 seats), screening rooms, digital design labs, a photography studio, a photography darkroom and our main cafeteria.

Each college campus allows us the use of one of their dormitories, where campers live with SOCAPA staff. As families choose a program through our online registration, they will see that intensives are already paired with a designated campus. Both locations provide the experience of city living with access to a wide range of eateries and shopping paired with the quiet haven of a campus. All SOCAPA New York City students enjoy organized evening and weekend activities that embrace the city around them. Ranging from Coney Island to Times Square to Broadway shows, campers enjoy visits to many of the city’s most famous highlights, as well as traditional camp nights of karaoke, talent shows, games, and Q&As with guest speakers.


Two NYC Campuses

SOCAPA Manhattan
Pace University

Most classes are held in Manhattan at our 140 William Street Performing Art Center, a brand new, seven-story, 47,200 square foot building dedicated solely to training in the performing arts at Pace University. The building houses studio classroom space, two blackbox performance spaces, four dance studios (including one large performance hall), a soundstage, screening rooms, digital design labs, and other multi-purpose training spaces.

Residence Hall & Summer Office

182 Broadway, New York, NY 10038

Performing Arts Classrooms

140 William St, New York, NY 10038

(On the corner of William and Fulton Entrance on Fulton)

SOCAPA Brooklyn
New York University

Additional classes, screenings and final showcases are held at New York University's Metrotech Campus or at the nearby Kumble Performing Arts Center. Our Brooklyn facilities include the Pfizer Auditorium (300 Seats), the Kumble Theater (350 Seats), dance studios, screening rooms, a black box theater, digital design labs, a photography studio, two photography darkrooms and our main cafeteria.

Residence Hall & Summer Office

Othmer Residence Hall - 101 Johnson Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

(On the corner of Broadway and John St. Entrance on John St.)

Performing Arts Classrooms

5 Metrotech Plaza; Brooklyn, NY 11201

Day or Residential

Students who live locally or who have friends/family to stay with in New York City are welcome to attend the program as Day Students. Day Students commute to campus each day and return home each evening after classes. New York day students do not join residential life activities.

Arriving By Plane

We service the three major airports in and around New York City: JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark. Upon arrival we will greet you at the baggage claim area for your flight wearing a SOCAPA t-shirt and holding a sign with your name, and travel back to campus with you from the airport. At the end of your program, we will help you check-in at your airline's check-in counter; unfortunately we cannot escort you beyond security unless you are an unaccompanied minor as designated by the airline.

Please note that you must fill out the online Travel Form at least 2 WEEKS PRIOR to the start of the program.

There is a fee of $75 per airport transfer to JFK and LGA, and $95 for EWR. There is an additional fee of $150 for R/T unaccompanied minor service.

If you have made air arrangements outside our scheduled dates, times, or airports we service, you will need to arrange for transportation from the airport to the residence hall.

Residence Halls

Pace University

The newly renovated residence hall located at 182 Broadway, features doubles and triples with a private bathroom in each room. Rooms are furnished with extra-long twin beds, desks, dressers, a microwave, and a mini-fridge. Amenities include rooms that are wired for Ethernet (need to bring your own cable), WiFi broadband access, and central air conditioning. The 4th floor common area includes a student lounge, a kitchen, and free laundry facilities. The building also has 24 hour security and can only be accessed by current residents with a key card, which are issued to students upon arrival. Linens are available to rent (must be ordered ahead of time) and include a set of sheets, light blanket, small bath towel and facecloth.

New York University

New York University's Othmer Residence hall features two bedroom suites which house four students, two per room. Each suite has a private bathroom, shower and sink. Amenities include rooms that are wired for Ethernet (need to bring your own cable), WiFi broadband access, and central air conditioning. The Dorm also has study rooms, student lounges with TVs, a computer room with internet access, 24-hour security, card-operated laundry facilities, and great views of Manhattan.

On Thursday afternoons, Celebrate Brooklyn hosts BAM R&B hosts blues, funk and reggae concerts on the Metrotech Commons. Previous acts have included The Wailers of Bob Marley fame, Tony Award-winning tap dancer, Savion Glover, John Hammond and many more. There are a number of restuarants on the Commons including Chipotle, Metro Cafe, Starbucks, Five Guys, Pret a Manger, and Au Bon Pain.

Meal Plans

Pace University

SOCAPA's meal plan for 182 Broadway residential students includes a welcome dinner on the town and breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Students are responsible for their own dinners and weekend meals. The South Street Seaport area around the dormitory boasts one of the most diverse and reasonably priced concentrations of delis, street vendors, cafés and restaurants anywhere in the world so students have a plethora of choices for dinners and weekend meals. Prices can vary from two-dollar falafels and slices of pizza to twelve dollar sit down sushi combo dinners. We make it a point to recommend a wide variety of our favorite New York cheap eats and to encourage our students to try something they can't get at home. We generally recommend a total of $140/week to cover dinners and weekend meals.

New York University

SOCAPA's meal plan in Brooklyn includes an opening night dinner on the town and three meals a day Monday through Friday. SOCAPA students are responsible for their own meals on weekends. Most of SOCAPA's meals will be held in NYU's modern dining hall, a great place to meet and chat with new friends. Located at the north end of the first floor of Rogers Hall, the new dining facility seats approximately 300 individuals and has a nice view of the Metrotech Commons just outside. Due to the cafeteria’s shortened summer hours, most dinners are provided via vouchers from SOCAPA for meal packages at nearby restaurants on the Commons.

Day Students


Day students should plan to begin the program on the afternoon of the first Sunday of their session, just as residential students do. Schedules and important information are shared during this orientation, and students will also meet their classmates and teachers. Depending on the program, most class activities begin at 9am and end at 5pm, Monday through Friday. Most programs require at least one or two nights of evening work (editing time, night shoot time, etc.), and some 3-week programs also require students to attend 1 of their final weekend days, such as during a longer shoot day for filmmakers and actors.

Students are responsible for following their individual program schedule and respecting that others are counting on them to be there for early call times, evening production meetings, etc. They should also note that schedules may change due to weather, special events, or other circumstances, and watch for communication from campus about these changes. Day students do not have residential staff to remind them of changes, so they’re responsible for paying attention to knowing where they’re supposed to be for class or events.

Social Life

Day students should be aware that most of our attendees are residential students who live in our dormitories, and that our programming is structured for students who are in our care 24/7. Day students often befriend others in the programs, but they won’t be a part of evening trips, floor meetings, roommate experiences, or other quintessential parts of sleep-away camp that residential students enjoy.

At our Manhattan campus, day students are also not able to enter our dormitories due to Pace’s security guidelines. Manhattan students eat out in the nearby area, so they will often eat together with day student classmates who have evening class, but when dorm students first leave class there can be a break while dorm students change, shower, etc. Day students in Manhattan should be prepared to be particularly independent and comfortable with these logistical separations from their friends.

Meal Plan

Day students are charged Meals and Activities Fee of $65 per week which allows them access to the cafeteria for lunches, Monday – Friday. Day students should be prepared to purchase their own dinner when staying for evening classes.