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School of Acting

"Our perspective is simple. Work hard, learn your craft and build relationships."
~ Director Diane Baker


The School of Acting is rooted in process, technique and truthful storytelling. Students will develop characters, give truthful performances and hone their craft. In line with top acting school practices, our acting classes cover techniques for engaging inner life, accessing imagination, building the vocal instrument and the body, bringing subtext to life and the unique requirements for working on camera. Graduates will enter the field with the skills, tools and an acting resume required of today’s actors.

Acting is one of the most demanding forms of creative communication. Take the challenge and come learn from acting professionals in a unique, collaborative, inspired environment.


Acting classes include Speech, Improv, Physical Acting and many others. See more.

Schedule of Classes

View Acting course offerings, read course descriptions and plan your schedule. See All Classes »


The School of Acting offers accredited AA, BFA and MFA degrees. Learn More.


Study Acting through our undergraduate acting programs, graduate acting programs, continuing art education and pre-college scholarship programs.

Featured Faculty

Learn from top industry professionals in Acting who work to inspire you and develop your unique talents as you pursue your acting degree. Learn More.


Gain hands-on experience with the latest stage and film acting school tools to create a dynamic body of work that stands out above the rest. Learn More.

News & Success Stories

Be inspired by the successes of Academy alumni and faculty members. See what took them to the top of the industry and earned the acclaim of their peers. Learn More.

Spring Show Portfolio

See the student work that can truly be called the best of the best from this year's Spring Show. Learn More.

Professional Opportunities

As an Acting student, you will begin your professional career day one. Your acting degree opens the door to countless opportunities. Learn more.

Firms & Clients Hiring Our Graduates:

Academy of Art University Acting graduates have gone on to work at companies such as the Boxcar Theatre Company, Spreckels Performing Arts Center and many others. See more.

Program Learning Outcomes

To learn more about the skills you will acquire in this program, view BFA Program Learning Outcomes and MFA Program Learning Outcomes.

Contact us at 800.544.2787 (U.S. Only) or 415.274.2200.

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