AD Training Programs Seek Applicants

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August 16, 2019

The application period for the 2020 Directors Guild-Producer Training Plan’s Assistant Direc-tor Training Program (ADTP), and the New York DGA Assistant Director Training Program will soon be under way.

  • Applications will be available for the West Coast program online in early September and must be transmitted by Friday, November 1, 2019.
  • Online submission for the New York program must be transmitted by Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

Trainees undergo on-the-job work experience, participating in a series of rotations that places trainees on the sets of various feature films and television series under the supervision of DGA 2nd ADs, 1st ADs and UPMs. The training lasts 400 days for West Coast Trainees and 350 days for New York Trainees. All Trainees also attend a number of mandatory seminars on various aspects of the industry. After the successful completion of training, graduates are eligible to join the DGA as a 2nd AD.

DGA Members: if you know of eligible candidates interested in this program, have them visit the New York DGA Assistant Director Training Program website at or call (212) 397-0930.