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Associate of Occupational Studies Degree: Acting

    Professional, career-based Degree in Acting for Stage, Film, and Television.

    • Offered on the Los Angeles Campus
    • Accelerated Option Allows for Degree Completion in 1.5 years
    • Access to a Variety of Workshop and Performance Opportunities
    • Culminates in an Original Showcase Production in Los Angeles
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Program Description +

The Associate of Occupational Studies Degree in Acting program prepares students to work in theatre, television and film. This immersive, four-semester program offers performance-based courses in acting, voice and movement to help actors develop a strong, connected physical presence while creating characters with rich, imaginative inner lives. Class work explores varied techniques and styles as applied for use on stage and screen, professional career preparation, voice production and speech, as well as specialized training in improvisation, stage combat and other movement-based skills, for creating three-dimensional, fully realized characters. As part of their program completion and career launch strategy, students perform in a special production experience in their final semester.

Program Learning Outcomes +

Students completing the AOS Acting program should be able to:

    • Identify standard practices of solo or ensemble playing in a rehearsal/performance environment.
    • Compare and contrast the theories and techniques of acting from a historical perspective.
    • Analyze texts and scripts as they pertain to performance.
    • Demonstrate skill for technical aspects of acting, including physical, vocal, imaginative, analytical and emotional elements.
    • Analyze theatre as a dynamic art form influencing society.
    • Analyze theatrical periods and styles of acting, directing, playwriting and technical elements.
    • Analyze the components of a theatrical production.
    • Apply imagination and character analysis to identify and describe the personality and possible motivations of a given character.
    • Apply the basic business procedures of an actor/singer’s profession, including auditions, résumés and professional self- promotion.

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Admission Requirements +

Please note that applying to AMDA is a multi-step process. Be sure to follow ALL 6 steps below to ensure the submission of a successful application.

  1. Submit Your Application +

    To apply, you must be at least 16 years old and/or in the final two years of high school/secondary education*.

    AMDA also accepts applications from CommonApp. If you have already applied through one of our partners, you do not need to apply again through our website.

    * If you are not yet 16, we would encourage you to consider attending the AMDA High School Conservatory.

  2. Complete Your AMDA Audition +

    Admission and scholarship consideration to AMDA require an audition. AMDA offers a robust calendar of auditions including regional auditions, campus auditions, live-online auditions and video submissions. Scheduling your audition will prompt a phone call with one of our enrollment specialists to help you prepare for a successful audition.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: To better prepare for your AMDA audition, we strongly encourage ALL applicants to review the Audition Instructions page prior to scheduling an audition or submitting a video submission.
  3. Phone interview with Admissions +

    This interview is an opportunity for us to get to know you, your educational background, and your interest in attending AMDA. We will be calling you, but if you would like to schedule an appointment for this interview, please email admissionsteam@amda.edu with the best day, time, and phone number to reach you.


    Towards the bottom of the application, space is provided for you to write a personal essay (500 words minimum) on the following topic: "Describe a challenging experience in your life and what you learned from it." Remember, this is an important part of your application, so answer thoughtfully!

    If you submitted your application but still need to submit your essay, click the button below.

  5. Submit One Letter of Recommendation +

    Please request and submit one letter of recommendation from teachers, school leaders, guidance counselors, coaches, or anyone familiar with your background and potential. Your recommendation letter must be written in English and signed and dated. To help with this process, please feel free to use AMDA's recommendation form by clicking the link below. Recommendation letters/forms may be submitted via email to docs@amda.edu or by mailing to the address on the form.

  6. Submit Your Academic Records (Transcripts) +

    Send an official transcript from your high school and (if applicable) college. Official transcripts from every educational institution that you listed in your application must be forwarded to AMDA. Please select one of the following options for submitting your official transcripts:
    1. If your high school or college uses the free service Parchment, please click below.

    2. If your high school or college does not use Parchment, please send the transcript request form to your guidance counselor/transcript office and request that they send your transcript(s) to AMDA using the address on the form.

    Important Note: The minimum grade point average (GPA) required for AMDA's programs is 2.0 out of 4.0 or its equivalent in other grading systems.

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