DGA Assistant Director Training Program


The New York Assistant Director Training Program is designed to provide opportunities for a limited number of individuals to become Assistant Directors in Film, Film Television & Commercial production. This is a two year program consisting of up to 350 days of on-the-job training combined with seminars and special assignments. A rotation system places Trainees on the sets of various features, television series and commercials shooting primarily in the New York City vicinity. There they work under the supervision of DGA members - Second Assistant Directors, First Assistant Directors and Unit Production Managers until graduation. Upon completion of the program, graduates are qualified to join the DGA (Directors Guild of America) as Second Assistant Directors.

Trainees are chosen annually. A formal application must be filed in order to participate in the selection process involving testing and interviewing. The application for the 2015 Program is now available on our website.

Deadline for submission is December 2nd. Upon successful completion of the Program, graduates are eligible for membership in the DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA as Second Assistant Directors. To learn more about a fast track to a career in film production Visit our website www.dgatrainingprogram.org