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Associate of Occupational Studies Degree: Acting for Camera

    Professional Certificate Program in Acting for Film, Television, and Media.

    • 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 for Camera Program is specifically designed for performers interested in careers in acting for film, television and new media. Students also develop skills for creating original content for current and emerging platforms. A broad range of historical contexts are studied to enhance students’ understanding of contemporary film and new media industries. Training leads to the practical application of acquired skills through a variety of performance opportunities, including the creation of a sample performance reel, mock auditions, a short film project and a final production that blends live stage and filmed performances. AMDA’s Acting for Camera Program prepares students for the competitive demands of professional film, television, stage and digital performance industries.

Program Learning Outcomes +

Students completing the AOS Acting for Camera program should be able to:

    • Create convincing, compelling characters performed with vocal, physical, and emotional specificity.
    • Demonstrate the use of objectives, obstacles, actions, subtext, and text.
    • Speak in a supported manner, free of tension and appropriate for the demands of film and television.
    • Stand and move utilizing an aligned spine, free of unintended physical tension and mannerisms.
    • Apply historical insights and critical analysis to the performance of a screenplay from a variety of periods, styles, and genres.
    • Apply standard entertainment industry business practices regarding preparation, communication, and professionalism.
    • Engage in a collaborative production process.
    • Develop original projects within the paradigm of the film and television industry.
    • Demonstrate basic technical knowledge of equipment and processes used for filmmaking, including pre-production, production and post production elements.

Curriculum +

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.

  4. SUBMIT YOUR PERSONAL ESSAY +

    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.

A scene is being filmed as an actor with a stern expression becomes the subject of a close-up
An actor holds a red folder in hand as two of his compatriots in matching uniforms glare at one another
A singer gestures with one arm forward and the other holding the stand of a microphone
Two rehearsing performers train in stage combat with rapiers and parrying swords
A dramatic scene with an actor, apparently dazed or injured in the crying embrace of another
A sitting actor looks, unsmiling, across a table as cameraman zooms in on a shot focusing on his eyes
Two actors share a scene, one of them holds a gift wrapped box looking upwards as the other braces them from behind