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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 AOS Acting for Camera Degree Program is specifically designed for performers interested in careers in acting for film, television, and new media. Students also develop skill sets for creating original content within current and emerging platforms. A broad range of historical contexts are studied to enhance one’s understanding of contemporary film and new media industries. Training leads to a variety of practical application of skills and culminating opportunities for performance including: the creation of a sample performance reel, a mock panel audition assessment, a short film project, and a multimedia production. AMDA’s Acting for Camera Program prepares students for the competitive demands of professional film, television 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 +

  1. Sample Curriculum

    First Term Sample Curriculum

    CM100On Camera Acting I: Technique2.5
    AC102Acting I: Techniques2.5
    FL150Film & TV History I: Survey1.0
    AC122Improvisation I: Foundations1.5
    DN150Dance and Movement for the Performing Artist I1.0
    VP140Voice, Production and Speech I: Foundations2.0
    ENG101English Composition3.0
    CM102Screenwriting I: Technique1.5
    Total Credits15.0

    Second Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC110Acting II: Contemporary Scene Study2.5
    CM110On Camera Acting II: Scene Study2.5
    FL151Film & TV History II: Styles1.5
    AC123Improvisation II: Techniques1.5
    DN170Dance and Movement for the Performing Artist II1.0
    VP141Voice, Production and Speech II: Techniques1.5
    SPC205Introduction to Oral Communication3.0
    CM112Screenwriting II: Development1.5
    Total Credits15.0
    Total First Year Program Credits 30.0

    Third Semester Sample Curriculum

    CM220Introduction to Filmmaking & Production2.5
    AC234Improvisation for the Camera1.5
    CM230Introduction to Auditioning for Film & TV1.0
    AC318Career Preparation1.0
    CRT200Applied Logic and Critical Thinking3.0
    CM202Screenwriting III: Original Works3.0
    CM200On Camera Acting III2.5
    SC100Stage Combat I: Unarmed1.5
    Total Credits16.0

    Fourth Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC247Industry Preparation2.5
    CM242Reel for the Actor4.0
    CM244Short Film Project: Original Works4.0
    CM246Multimedia Performance5.0
    SC318Advanced Stage Combat: Combat for the Camera1.5
    Total Credits17.0
    Total Second Year Program Credits 33.0
    Total Program Credits63.0

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 and Royall VIP. 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 specialist (or another term for call center) 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, and for you to tell us about your educational background, and your interest in pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts at 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 two letters 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