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Certificate: The Acting for Camera Conservatory (Acting for Film, TV & Media)

    Professional Certificate Program in Acting for Film and Television.

    • 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 Film Production Screened in New York City
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Program Description +

The Acting for Camera Certificate Program is specifically designed for performers interested in careers in acting for film, television, and new media. Students also develop skill sets for creating original content within current and emerging platforms. A broad range of historical contexts are studied to enhance one’s understanding of contemporary film and new media industries. Training leads to a variety of practical application of skills and culminating opportunities for performance including: the creation of a sample performance reel, a mock panel audition assessment, a short film project, and a multimedia production. AMDA’s Acting for Camera Program prepares students for the competitive demands of professional film, television, and digital performance industries.

Program Learning Outcomes +

Students completing the Acting for Camera 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 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 basic technical knowledge of equipment and processes used for filmmaking, including pre-production, production, and post-production elements.

Curriculum +

  1. Sample Curriculum

    First Semester Sample Curriculum

    CAM101 On Camera Acting I: Technique 75.0
    ACT101 Acting I: Technique 75.0
    CAM110E Film & TV History I: Survey & Composition 45.0
    ACT120 Improvisation I: Fundamentals 60.0
    ACT130 Alexander Technique I 30.0
    DNC101 Dance I: Theatre Dance 30.0
    VPS101 Voice Production & Speech I 60.0
    CAM120 Screenwriting I: Technique 45.0
    SCB101 Stage Combat I: Unarmed 45.0
    Total Clock Hours 465.0

    Second Semester Sample Curriculum

    ACT104 Acting II: Contemporary Scene Study 75.0
    CAM102 On Camera Acting II: Scene Study 75.0
    CAM111S Film & TV History II: Styles & Oral Presentations 45.0
    ACT121 Improvisation II: Structure and Style 60.0
    ACT131 Alexander Technique II 30.0
    VPS102 Voice Production and Speech II 60.0
    CAM121 Screenwriting II: Development 60.0
    SCB103 Stage Combat for Film 45.0
    Total Clock Hours 450.0

    Third Semester Sample Curriculum

    CAM240 Introduction to Filmmaking & Production 75.0
    ACT223 Improvisation for the Camera 60.0
    CAM230 Introduction to Auditioning for Film & TV 45.0
    PFD101C Professional Development: Business & Ethics of the Performer 45.0
    CAM220 Screenwriting III: Original Works 60.0
    CAM210 Film & TV History III: Cultural Representation 60.0
    CAM202 On Camera Acting III: Genre and Styles 105.0
    VPS203 Accents and Dialects On Camera 30.0
    Total Clock Hours 480.0

    Fourth Semester Sample Curriculum

    IDP233 Audition for Film & TV: Cold Readings 18.0
    IDP232 Advanced Audition for Film & TV: Sides 19.0
    IDP231 Self Tape Workshop 4.0
    IDP234 On Camera Commercials 12.0
    IDP235 Voiceover 8.0
    IDP236 Audiobooks & Podcasts 8.0
    IDP201 Career Preparation 5.0
    CAM252 Narrative Reel for the Actor 92.0
    CAM270 Short Film Project: Original Works 128.0
    CAM251 Multimedia Performance 145.0
    CAM290 Post Production Workshop 8.0
    ACT272 Advanced Improvisation for the Camera 8.0
    Total Clock Hours 455.0
    Total Program Hours1850.0

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 specialist (or another term for call center) 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, and for you to tell us about your educational background, and your interest in pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts at 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.


Two actors on stage, one looking off with arms spread as the other looks at the first mimicking the gesture
Three women dressed in funeral garb looking mournful
Two actors on stage: one sitting wide-eyed with hands praying as the other consoles him.
Two actors engaged in stage combat with swords. The individual closer to the camera parries a swing from the other
Actor holding a book
Actors holding hands