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Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree: Performing Arts (Acting & Creative Content Development)

    Undergraduate Degree in Performing Arts with a concentration in Acting and Creative Content Development.

    • Offered on the Los Angeles Campus (See Studio Certificate to BFA for NY Campus Option)
    • Accelerated Option Allows for Degree Completion in 2.5 years
    • Access to AMDA’s Mainstage Production Opportunities
    • Culminates in an Original Showcase Production in Los Angeles
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Program Description +

The BFA Performing Arts (Acting & Creative Content Development) Degree Program is designed for motivated artists seeking to enhance performance skills while developing original works tailored to an individual’s performance passion. Intensive performance training is blended with academic studies designed for today’s creative artist. Productions and performances enhance the program’s offerings and provide opportunities for bringing artistic projects to life. Throughout the program, students engage and collaborate with artists from multiple disciplines and backgrounds. This community-building approach creates an environment rich with diverse, global perspectives that inspire creativity and learning. In preparation for careers such as performers, content creators, directors, and producers, students develop an entrepreneurial mindset, advanced collaboration skills, and an acute understanding of contemporary media literacy. The rich breadth of this program prepares students to compete within the ever-changing demands of the entertainment industry.

Program Learning Outcomes +

Students completing the BFA Performing Arts (Acting & Creative Content Development) program should be able to:

    • Demonstrate well-rounded development in the performing arts, including critical thinking skills, advanced-level skills in performing arts, and enhanced creativity.
    • Work effectively in groups to create theatrical moments or events and solve production problems.
    • Demonstrate, across the various sub-fields, skills in personal discipline (organization, focus, energy, commitment), effectively applied to theatrical problem-solving and the creation of theatrical moments and events.
    • Formulate constructive critical responses to theatrical phenomenon.
    • Demonstrate comprehension and application of make-up techniques and materials.
    • Apply business practices to the promotion and maintenance of a sustainable career within the performing arts and performing arts adjacent industries.
    • Compare different theatrical forms, aesthetic values, or cultural contexts as a way of deepening technical skills and expanding awareness of what is theatrically possible.
    • Demonstrate the ability to cultivate an idea from concept to production-ready, finished product.
    • Engage in a collaborative production process by applying standard entertainment industry practices regarding preparation, communication, and professionalism.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of breadth of the concept of the construction of media, the factors and participants in its negotiated meaning, the various aesthetic forms of media, and its commercial, social, and political implications.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of strategic approaches to content development, innovation, and delivery in the performing arts.
    • Demonstrate the ability to apply the essential business practices that are needed to bring creative projects to fruition.

Curriculum +

  1. Summary of Required Courses

    Program Category KeyCredits
    Acting Performance45.0
    Creative Content Development31.0
    General Education30.0
    Total Program Credits124.0 - 125.0
  2. Sample Curriculum

    First Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC100 Acting I: Beginning Scene Study 2.5
    AC102 Acting I: Techniques 2.5
    AC103 Iconic Theatre: 19th through Mid-20th Century 1.0
    AC122 Improvisation I: Foundations 1.5
    VP140 Voice, Production and Speech I: Foundations 2.0
    CCD210 Introduction to Contemporary Media Industry 1.5
    CCD101 Idea Origination 1.5
    ENG111 English Composition for the Performing Artist 3.0
    Total Credits 15.5

    Second Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC111 Acting II: Scene Study (Contemporary + Period) 3.0
    AC113 Iconic Theatre: Ancient Greece to Romanticism 1.0
    FL120 Acting for the Camera I 2.0
    SC100 Stage Combat I:Unarmed 1.5
    VP141 Voice, Production and Speech II: Techniques 1.5
    CCD201 Art of the Pitch 3.0
    SPC210 Communication & Rhetoric for the Creator 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0
    Total First Year Program Credits 30.5

    Third Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC222 Acting Styles 2.0
    AC227 Acting III: Advanced Scene Study 3.5
    DN150 Dance and Movement for the Performing Artist I 1.0
    FL121 Acting for the Camera II 2.0
    VP243 Voice, Production and Speech III: Advanced Techniques 1.5
    CCD315 Kinetic Storytelling 2.0
    CCD307 Introduction to Transmedia Narratives 1.0
    HUM228 Introduction to Ethics: Through the Lens of Modern Film 3.0
    Total Credits 16.0

    Fourth Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC220 Introduction to Shakespeare 2.0
    FL202 Acting for the Camera III 2.0
    CCD310 Digital Tools for Creating Content 1.5
    CCD306 Introduction to Content Marketing Strategy 1.5
    Select one of the following courses: 3.0
    CCD301 Writing Narratives for Performance I
    CCD305 Score/Song Writing I
    DN406 Choreography I
    SOC207 Introduction to Performance Psychology 3.0
    FIN200 Finance for the Creator 3.0
    Total Credits 16.0
    Total Second Year Program Credits 32.0

    Fifth Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC226 Wardrobe, Make-Up and Hair 1.0
    FL260 Acting for the Camera: Shoot for the Edit 2.0
    AC304 Advanced Scene Study: 1960-2000 3.5
    Select one of the following courses: 3.0
    CCD301, CCD401 Writing Narratives for Performance I/II
    CCD305, CCD405 Score/Song Writing I/II
    DN406, DN407 Choreography I/II
    HUM312 Creative Writing 3.0
    ANT210 Anthropology of the Performing Arts 3.0
    Total Credits 15.5

    Sixth Semester Sample Curriculum

    FL417 Media for the Actor 2.0
    Select one of the following courses: 3.5
    AC320 Scene Study: Shakespeare
    AC327 Comedic Styles: 20th and 21st Centuries
    Select one of the following courses: 1.0-1.5
    AC123 Improvisation II: Techniques (1.5)
    SC180 Stage Combat II: Rapier & Dagger (1.5)
    DNB111-113 Ballet (1.0)
    DNJ111-113 Jazz (1.0)
    DNT111-113 Tap (1.0)
    AC306 Stage Direction and Design for Acting 3.0
    ART307 The Art of Visual Branding 3.0
    SCI215 Health and Wellness for the Performer 3.0
    Total Credits 15.5 - 16.0
    Total Third Year Program Credits 31.0 - 31.5

    Seventh Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC400 One Acts Performance 3.0
    AC417 Directing 3.0
    FL405 Reel Writing 1.5
    Select one of the following courses: 1.0-1.5
    AC123 Improvisation II: Techniques (1.5)
    SC180 Stage Combat II: Rapier & Dagger (1.5)
    DNB111-113 Ballet (1.0)
    DNJ111-113 Jazz (1.0)
    DNT111-113 Tap (1.0)
    CCD410 Digital Tools for Creating Content II 1.0
    AC318 Career Prep for Acting 3.0
    HUM318 Gender in the Performing Arts 3.0
    Total Credits 15.5 - 16.0

    Eighth Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC419 Audition Paradigm for the Actor 2.0
    AC430 BFA Acting Senior Showcase 4.0
    AC410 Relevant Roles 3.0
    CCD420 Media for the Performer 3.0
    AC412 Industry and Networking: Business Essentials for Actors 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0
    Total Fourth Year Program Credits 30.5-31.0
    Total Program Credits124.0-125.0

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 +

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    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!

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  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 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:
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    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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