Program Description +−
AMDA’s BFA Acting for Camera program offers a wide range of training for film, television, stage, and new media, with numerous opportunities to gain
production and performance experience.
Students are immediately immersed in technique-building coursework that
provides for facile adaptation between camera and stage performance. Early
coursework provides for imaginative and creative exploration while developing
essential vocal and physical skills expected of professional working actors.
The study of various historical and contemporary periods of film and
television provide students contexts that help inform and shape their identity
as a performing artist. Training includes development in skills considered
integral to on-camera performance such as: improvisation, movement, combat,
voice acting, as well as explorations of classical text and various film and
TV acting genres.
A thoroughly prepared on-camera professional must understand
and navigate all facets of the Film/TV industry, which is why advanced
curricula is designed to expand the actor’s depth of knowledge, skills and
confidence through courses in Screenwriting, Content Creation, Editing, and
Filmmaking and Production. Complimenting performance training, AMDA’s General
Education courses increase the actors' understanding of their worlds, their
critical reasoning, and their abilities to express themselves in an informed
and effective manner. The program’s final semester is designed to prepare
students for an exciting transition into the professional performing arts
industry. Through curricula focused on Industry and Networking, Sample
Performance Reels, Audition Preparation and a culminating Capstone Production
blending live stage and filmed performances, AMDA helps prepare students to
launch their careers as artists, content creators, visionaries, lifelong
learners, and conscientious citizens of the world.
Program Learning Outcomes +−
Students completing the BFA 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 technical knowledge of equipment and processes used for filmmaking, including pre-production, production and postproduction elements.