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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting (Online)

    Undergraduate Degree in Acting for Stage, Film, and Television.

    • Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2022
    • Offered Fully Online, with Option to Transfer to In-Person BFA in Acting Program in Los Angeles
    • Accelerated Option Allows for Degree Completion in 2.5 years
    • Access to AMDA’s Digital Production Opportunities
    • Culminates in an Original Showcase Production
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Program Description +

The BFA Acting (Online) Degree Program offers a wide range of performance training for stage, film, and television delivered fully in the digital space. The intense eight-term curriculum combines performance-based immersion in craft and technique with well-rounded and engaging academic studies.

AMDA’S fully virtual acting BFA also provides numerous opportunities for digital production and performance experience throughout the eight terms of study. With an eye towards the current competitive demands of the industry, AMDA’s online acting courses include career preparation, networking, audition techniques, entrepreneurship, and digital production help prepare for an exciting transition into the professional performing arts industry. The final term includes an original showcase opportunity that provides a unique production experience built upon the strengths of each performer.

Program Learning Outcomes +

Students completing the BFA Acting 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, television, 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.
    • Demonstrate digital literacy skills that are aligned with the needs of contemporary performing artists.

Curriculum +

We believe the best BFA acting programs offer students a well-rounded education, that’s why our curriculum was designed to immerse students in the art form. See the course details below:

  1. Summary of Required Courses

    Program Category KeyCredits
    Acting Foundation
    Elective (options may vary)
    General Education
    Total Program Credits123.5
  2. Sample Curriculum

    First Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC100Acting I: Beginning Scene Study2.5
    DLT100Introduction to Remote Production Technology1.0
    AC102Acting I: Techniques2.5
    AC103Iconic Theatre: 19th through Mid-20th Century1.0
    AC103Improvisation I: Foundations1.5
    FL180Film Survey for the Actor I: History of the Entertainment Business1.5
    SC100Stage Combat I: Unarmed1.5
    FS100First-Semester Seminars0.5
    VP140Voice Production and Speech I: Foundations2.0
    ENG101English Composition3.0
    Total Credits15.5

    Second Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC110Acting II: Contemporary Scene Study2.5
    DLT110Remote Audio/Visual Production 11.0
    AC112Acting II: Period Scene Study2.5
    AC113Iconic Theatre: Ancient Greece to Romanticism1.0
    AC123Improvisation II: Techniques1.5
    FL120Acting for the Camera I2.0
    VP141Voice, Production and Speech II: Techniques1.5
    CRT200Applied Logic and Critical Thinking3.0
    Total Credits15.0
    Total First Year Program Credits30.5

    Third Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC222Acting Styles2.0
    AC227Acting III: Advanced Scene Study3.5
    DLT200Remote Audio/Visual Production 2 1.0
    DN150Dance and Movement for the Performing Artist I1.0
    FL121Acting for the Camera II2.0
    FL121Acting for the Camera II2.0
    VP243Voice, Production and Speech III: Advanced Techniques1.5
    MAT200Math: Problem Solving3.0
    Select one of the following elective courses:1.5
    FL380Survey of Film: Art of the Motion Picture
    SC100Stage Combat I
    Total Credits15.5

    Fourth Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC220Introduction to Shakespeare2.0
    AC225Audition Techniques for TV and Stage2.0
    AC232Classic Repertoire3.5
    DLT210Remote Audio/Visual Production 31.0
    SPC205Introduction to Oral Communication3.0
    HUM306Visual Art & the Human Experience2.0
    AC339Film/TV Genre 2.0
    Total Credits15.5
    Total Second Year Program Credits31.0

    Fifth Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC226Wardrobe, MakeUp and Hair1.0
    AC318Career Preparation1.0
    FL202Acting for the Camera III2.0
    SCI214Health & Wellness1.0
    SCI214LHealth & Wellness Lab2.0
    SOC300Archetypal Psychology2.0
    AC304Advanced Scene Study: 1960-20003.5
    AC304LAdvanced Scene Study: 1960-2000 [Lab]Advanced Scene Study: 1960-2000 [Lab]0.5
    Total Credits15.0

    Sixth Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC306Introduction to Stage Direction and Design2.0
    AC320Scene Study: Shakespeare3.5
    AC320LScene Study: Shakespeare [Lab]0.5
    FL260Acting for the Camera: Shoot for the Edit2.0
    SOC207Introduction to Performance Psychology3.0
    HUM312Creative Writing3.0
    Select one of the following elective courses:1.5
    AC313Voice Acting
    AC314Half-Hour Television Comedy
    Total Credits15.5
    Total Third Year Program Credits 30.5

    Seventh Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC400One Acts Performance3.0
    AC400LOne Acts Performance [Lab]0.5
    AC417Directing3.0
    FL405Reel Writing1.5
    FL417Media for the Actor2.0
    PI244Original Content Creation1.5
    SOC304Introduction to Sociology3.0
    Select one of the following elective courses:1.5
    AC301Advanced Improvisation: The Slam Experience
    VP406Dialects: Directed Studies French/Irish
    Total Credits16.0

    Eighth Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC410Relevant Roles3.0
    AC412Industry and Networking: Business Essentials1.5
    AC419Audition Paradigm for the Actor2.0
    AC430BFA Acting Senior Showcase4.0
    FL415Reel Actor3.0
    FL415Reel Actor [Lab]0.5
    Select one of the following elective courses:1.5
    AC301Advanced Improvisation: The Slam Experience
    VP406Dialects: Directed Studies French/Irish
    Total Credits15.5
    Total Fourth Year Program Credits 31.5
    Total Program Credits123.5
  3. * Depending on Elective selection, some students may complete the program with more credits than reflected in this table.

ELIGIBILITY +

Program eligibility for AMDA’s online BFA degree programs in acting may be subject to change. See below for current requirements…

Students who live outside of the United States

All international students who live outside of the United States are eligible to apply and enroll in our fully online Acting and Music Theatre programs.

Students who live in the United States

Students who are residents in the following states are eligible to apply and enroll in our fully online Acting and Music Theatre programs.

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

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. For online programs, you must audition virtually or through a video submission. 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.

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