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Acting is a calling, an aspiration to the extraordinary. It is the purest examination of human nature. Mastering the craft requires innate talent, but it also demands discipline, perception and a strong technical foundation. AMDA's acting programs are designed to provide artistic performance training for stage, film and television.

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Degree Program

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Acting

The Acting Program offers a wide range of performance training in acting for stage, film and television. The intense eight-term curriculum is a blend of rigorous performance-based immersion in craft and technique, combined with a challenging range of academic-based studies, all resulting in a well-rounded education in the arts. AMDA’s Acting Program also provides numerous opportunities for onstage production and performance experience.

Lower division courses begin with a focus on the actor’s imagination and an exploration of his or her inner resources as they relate to the external demands of the craft. Early coursework develops vocal and physical foundations necessary for the professional actor. Training then broadens to include script analysis, dramatic theory and modes of behavior pertaining to various historical periods and relevant performance media. Supplemental course offerings, such as stage combat, improvisation, dialects and dance and movement, to name a few, provide actors with an even broader range for potential career opportunities. Required Critical Studies courses increase the actors’ understanding of their worlds, their critical reasoning abilities and their abilities to express themselves effectively as educated and informed artists and citizens.

Upper Division courses build on this foundation, expanding actors’ depth of knowledge, skills and instincts through advanced work on classical text, period styles, professional role selection and advanced acting techniques for professional-level monologue and scene application. With an eye towards the current competitive demands of the industry, upper-level courses in career preparation, networking, audition techniques and entrepreneurship help prepare for the exciting transition to the professional performing arts industry.

Conservatory Program

The Studio Program - Acting for Stage, Film, and Television

The Studio Program is a rigorous four-term, performance-based curriculum designed to prepare students for careers in stage, film or television. Students will learn the concepts and techniques of effective movement, vocal control and character development essential for the working actor. AMDA’s Studio Program also provides various enriching opportunities for onstage performance experience.

The program begins with a focus on the actor’s imagination and an exploration of his or her inner resources as they relate to the external demands of the craft. Students are then quickly challenged to apply learned techniques — such as composing a visual and vocal score — to portray rich, believable characters. In the final term, coursework is focused on industry and career preparation, including an original showcase production experience. Each showcase is crafted based on the unique and individual cast members assigned as a company. This specialized fourth-term curriculum prepares actors to enter the performing industry with skill, confidence and a professional work ethic.