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Certificate: The Studio Conservatory (Acting for Stage, Film & TV)

    Professional Certificate Program in Acting for Film, Television, and Media.

    • Offered on the New York 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 New York City
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Program Description +

The Studio Certificate Program is a rigorous four-term practice-driven curriculum designed to prepare students for a career as a working actor. Students will learn the essential concepts and techniques of effective movement, vocal control, and character development. Training begins with a focus on the actor’s imagination and an exploration of his or her inner resources as they relate to the external demands of the craft. Students are then quickly challenged to apply learned techniques — such as composing a visual and vocal score — to portray rich, believable characters. In the final term, coursework is focused on industry and career preparation, including an original showcase production experience. Each showcase is crafted based on the unique and individual cast members assigned as a company. This specialized fourth-term curriculum prepares actors to enter the performing industry with skill, confidence, and a professional work ethic.

Program Learning Outcomes +

Students completing the Studio Certificate 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.

Curriculum +

  1. Sample Curriculum

    Year One Sample Curriculum

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    First Term

    5250 Acting I: Beginning Scene Study
    5.0 75.0
    5255 Acting I: Techniques
    5.0 75.0
    5257 Living Masterpieces of the Stage I
    2.0 30.0
    5265 Improvisation I
    4.0 60.0
    5266 Alexander Techniques I
    2.0 30.0
    5400 Voice Production and Speech I
    4.0 60.0
    5550 Dance and Movement for the Actor I
    3.0 45.0
    5800 Stage Combat I
    3.0 45.0
    5101 Critical Analysis I: Acting and the Rehearsal Process
    1.0 18.0
    Elective Option (choose one):
    2.0 30.0
    5255 Acting I: Techniques
    5690 Actor’s Choice Singing Technique
    5590 Actor’s Choice Dance
    Total Clock Hours468.0
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    Second Term

    6250 Acting II: Period Scene Study
    5.0 75.0
    6267 Acting II: Contemporary Scene Study
    5.0 75.0
    6257 Living Masterpieces of the Stage II
    2.0 30.0
    6260 Acting for Camera I
    4.0 60.0
    6265 Improvisation II
    4.0 60.0
    6400 Voice Production and Speech II
    4.0 60.0
    6551 Dance and Movement for the Actor II
    2.0 30.0
    6101 Critical Analysis II: Acting and Theatrical Analysis
    1.0 18.0
    6800 Stage Combat II
    3.0 45.0
    Total Clock Hours483.0
    Total First Year Clock Hours951.0

    Year Two Sample Curriculum

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    Third Term

    7250 Acting III: Advanced Scene Study
    7.0 98.0
    7260 Acting for Camera II
    5.0 70.0
    7265 Improvisation III
    4.0 56.0
    7280 Heroic Acting
    4.0 56.0
    7400 Voice Production and Speech III
    4.0 56.0
    7550 Dance and Movement for the Actor III
    3.0 42.0
    7101 Professional Development: Buisness of the Actor
    2.0 47.0
    7800 Stage Combat III
    3.0 42.0
    Total Clock Hours467.0
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    Fourth Term

    8010 Final Film Project
    6 hrs / 13 days 78.0
    8055 Performance Workshop: Conception to Production**
    6 hrs / 13 days; 3 hrs / 1 day 81.0
    8101 Career Preperation
    5 hrs / 1 week 5.0
    8200 Drama Performance Showcase**
    27.5 hrs / 5 weeks 145.0
    8201 Acting IV: Rehearsal Projects
    6 hrs / 5 days 30.0
    8260 Auditioning for Film and Television
    4 hrs / 3 weeks 12.0
    8261 Audition Techniques
    2 hrs / 4 weeks 8.0
    8264 Improvologues
    4 hrs / 3 weeks; 2 hrs / 1 week 14.0
    8267 Monologues for Auditions
    12 hrs / 3 weeks; 15 hrs / 1 week 51.0
    8400 Advanced Voice and Speech
    4 hrs / 3 weeks; 2 hrs / 1 week 14.0
    8550 Audition Movement
    2 hrs / 4 weeks 8.0
    8800 Stage Combat IV
    2 hrs / 3 weeks; 7 hrs / 1 week 13.0
    Total Clock Hours459.0
    Total Second Year Clock Hours926.0
    Total Program Clock Hours1877.0

    *Showcase hours per week are shown as regular hours. Calculations include Production Week and Saturday Technical Rehearsals equaling 7.5 additional hours.
    **Workshop hours per week are shown as regular hours. Calculations include Production Weekend equaling 15 additional hours.

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 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 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 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:
    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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