School of Acting MA

Acting (MA)

Train in the fundamentals of film acting in our MA program. This is a streamlined approach to the technical, physical and vocal skills needed to work as on-camera actor in film and television. The program also focuses on contemporary audition technique and fundamental script analysis skills. You will graduate from the MA program with a demo reel and an acting website showcasing your unique skills and professional readiness.


Master of Fine Arts (MA) Degree

This program is only available onsite.

Major Classes

ACT 604 Alexander Technique for Camera 1 Major/3
ACT 606 Voice and Speech 1 Major/3
ACT 607 Voice and Speech 2 Major/3
ACT 622 Alexander Technique for Camera 2 Major/3
ACT 635 Acting Techniques: Meisner 1 Major/3
ACT 637 Acting Techniques: Meisner 2 Major/3
ACT 639 Scene Study Major/3
ACT 650 Acting for Camera 1 Major/3
ACT 669 Script Analysis Major/3
ACT 670 Acting for Camera 2 Major/3
ACT 680 Audition Techniques Major/3
ACT 710 Into the Industry Major/3


Unit Requirements

Major Coursework Units
Major Coursework 36
Total 36

Degree Requirements


  • Successful completion of Final Portfolio Review
  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum grade of C in all required 36 units

Additional Information

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Acting Skills

  • Articulate and play a clear objective in a scene
  • Communicate nuanced meaning in a scene
  • Physically communicate subtext and stakes
  • Demonstrate sufficient vocal flexibility and range to play a variety of characters

Artistic Collaboration

  • Make performance choices that affect and are affected by other people in a scene
  • Successfully make specific adjustments based on direction

Professional Readiness

  • Present an industry standard demo reel
  • Demonstrate professionalism and preparedness (scripts analyzed and memorized, punctuality, respect for another actor’s creative process in rehearsal, a strong work ethic, attitude, full commitment)

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.
  8. Engage with a variety of communities beyond the classroom through internship opportunities, study abroad programs, athletics, student interest clubs as well as collaborative, civic and pro bono projects.

*Semester plans are subject to change at any time. Semester breakdowns displayed are suggested and additional options are available to help customize your educational experience. Speak to an admissions or student services representative for more information. Please see our catalog for more details at:

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