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Study in NY + LA: Studio Certificate to BFA (Acting for Stage, Film & TV)

    Combine the NY Studio Certificate Program with the LA BFA Acting Program to create a unique bi-coastal Degree track.

    • 4 Semesters on the New York Campus and 4 Semesters on the Los Angeles Campus
    • Accelerated Option Allows for Degree Completion in 2.5 years
    • Access to a Variety of Workshop and Performance Opportunities (NY/LA)
    • Access to AMDA’s Mainstage Production Opportunities (LA)
    • Culminates in Original Showcase Productions in New York City and Los Angeles
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Program Description +

The Studio Certificate to BFA Program begins at AMDA’s NY Campus where a strong technical acting foundation is developed to connect mind and body with each individual’s own creative and imaginative resources. Learn the tools to physically and vocally portray rich, believable characters. Experience an introductory level of General Education courses designed to complement AMDA's performance training. This portion of the program culminates in an original showcase experience.

The BFA program’s final four semesters at the LA Campus provide heightened explorations of acting styles, periods, and genres appropriate for stage, film, and television performance. In addition to advanced scene study, analysis, and theory, there are a myriad of production opportunities for which students may audition. General Education courses provide for an even broader range of topics, continuing to deepen an actor’s understanding of the world while refining the ability to reason and communicate. Special attention is paid to the use of digital media for actors, providing access to visiting industry professionals and a final showcase performance.

Note: By completing the NY Certificate 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 NY Campus into the remaining four semesters at AMDA’s LA Campus to complete a BFA Degree..

Program Learning Outcomes +

Students completing the Studio Certificate 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, 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. Summary of Required Courses

    Course Category KeyCredits
    NY Studio Certificate (1800+ hours)60.0
    LA Acting Foundation30.0
    LA General Education30.0
    Total Credits Prescribed120.0

  2. Sample Certificate 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

    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

    *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.


  3. Sample Additive Certificate to BFA Curriculum

    Fifth Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC226Wardrobe, MakeUp and Hair1.0
    AC318Career Preparation1.0
    FL202Acting for the Camera III2.0
    Select one of the following required courses:
    AC304Advanced Scene Study: 1960-20003.5
    AC305Absurdist and NonLinear Theatre3.5
    Select one of the following elective courses:
    AC313Voice Acting1.5
    AC314Half-Hour Television Comedy1.5
    AC200Alexander Technique1.0
    General Education Selection 13.0
    General Education Selection 23.0
    Total Credits14.5 - 15.0

    Sixth Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC306Introduction to Stage Direction and Design2.0
    FL417Media for the Actor2.0
    Select one of the following required courses:
    AC320Scene Study: Shakespeare3.5
    AC327Comedic Styles: 20th and 21st Centuries3.5
    Select one of the following elective courses:
    AC300Advanced Improvisation: Genres1.5
    SC318Advanced Stage Combat: Combat for the Camera1.5
    VP300Voice, Production and Speech: IPA/Introduction to Dialects1.5
    PI233-251Finding Your Voice: Rotational Offering (Select Two Offerings)2.0
    General Education Selection 13.0
    General Education Selection 23.0
    Total Credits15.0 - 15.5
    Total Third Year Program Credits29.5 – 30.5

    Seventh Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC400One Acts Performance3.0
    AC417Directing3.0
    FL405Reel Writing1.5
    FL420Character in Film2.0
    PI244Original Content Creation1.5
    Select one of the following elective courses:
    AC300Advanced Improvisation: Genres1.5
    SC318Advanced Stage Combat: Combat for the Camera1.5
    VP410Dialects: Directed Studies German/South African1.5
    General Education Selection1.5
    Total Credits15.5

    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
    Select one of the following elective courses:
    AC300Advanced Improvisation: Genres1.5
    SC318Advanced Stage Combat: Combat for the Camera1.5
    VP410Dialects: Directed Studies German/South African1.5
    PI233-251 Finding Your Voice: Rotational Offering (Select Two Offerings)2.0
    Total Credits15.0 - 15.5
    Total Fourth Year Program Credits30.5 - 31.0
    Total Program Credits123.0 - 126.0

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 +

    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 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.


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