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AOS to BFA: AOS Acting for Camera to BFA

    Combine the AOS Acting for Camera Program with the BFA Acting Program to create a unique Degree track.

    • Offered on the Los Angeles Campus
    • Accelerated Option Allows for Degree Completion in 2.5 years
    • Access to a Variety of Workshop and Performance Opportunities (AOS)
    • Access to AMDA’s Mainstage Production Opportunities (BFA)
    • Culminates in an Original Film Production (AOS) and Original Showcase Production (BFA)
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Program Description +

The AOS Acting for Camera to BFA 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.

Note: By completing the AOS program, students earn 60 credits towards the 120 credits needed to fulfill the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. Students on this track will seamlessly transition from the AOS program into the remaining four semesters to complete a BFA degree.

Program Learning Outcomes +

Students completing the AOS Acting for Camera to BFA 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 to the demands of theatre, TV, and film.
    • Stand and move utilizing an aligned spine, free of unintended physical tension and mannerisms.
    • Apply historical insight and critical analysis to the performance of texts from a variety of periods, styles and genres.
    • Demonstrate ability to positively and effectively apply acting adjustments as directed.
    • Apply standard entertainment industry business practices regarding preparation, communication and professionalism.
    • Engage in a collaborative production process.

Curriculum +

  1. Sample Curriculum

    First Term Sample Curriculum

    AC100Acting I: Beginning Scene Study2.5
    AC102Acting I: Techniques2.5
    AC103Iconic Theatre: 19th through Mid-20th Century1.0
    AC105Cold Reading1.0
    AC122Improvisation I: Foundations1.5
    AC200Alexander Technique1.0
    DN150Dance and Movement for the Performing Artist I1.0
    FL180Film Studies: History of the Entertainment Business1.5
    SC100Stage Combat I: Unarmed1.5
    VP140Voice, Production and Speech I: Foundations2.0
    Total Credits15.5

    Second Term Sample Curriculum

    AC110Acting II: Contemporary Scene Study2.5
    AC112Acting II: Period Scene Study2.5
    AC113Iconic Theatre: Ancient Greece to Romanticism1.0
    AC123Improvisation II: Techniques1.5
    DN170Dance and Movement for the Performing Artist II1.0
    FL120Acting for the Camera I2.0
    FL280Film Studies: Great Performances1.5
    SC180Stage Combat II: Rapier and Dagger1.5
    VP141Voice, Production and Speech II: Techniques1.5
    Total Credits15.0

    Third Term Sample Curriculum

    AC215Art of the Monologue1.0
    AC222Acting Styles2.0
    AC225Audition Techniques for Television and Stage1.0
    AC227Acting III: Advanced Scene Study3.5
    AC318Career Preparation1.0
    FL121Acting for the Camera II2.0
    FL380Film Studies: The Art of the Motion Picture1.5
    VP243Voice, Production and Speech III: Advanced Techniques1.5
    Select one of the following elective courses:
    AC202Improvisation: Introduction to Long Form1.5
    MT338Ensemble Singing for the Actor1.5
    SC280Stage Combat III: Broadsword1.5
    Total Credits15.0

    Fourth Term Sample Curriculum

    AC204Advanced Improvisation: Sketch Comedy0.5
    AC242Acting Production Showcase5.0
    AC244Acting Scene Showcase5.0
    AC246Industry Workshop1.0
    FL240Film Projects3.0
    SC240Stage Combat: Battles0.5
    Total Credits15.0
    Total Program Credits60.5

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.

  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 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