School of Acting

Our actor training programs prepare you to become a professional in the film & television industry. You will train on our professional soundstages, working with professional crews, directed throughout the program by professional directors. At the end of your program, you’ll have built a reel that looks like you’ve been working in the film industry for years.

Acquire the skills that all great actors share: mastery of voice and movement, free access to your imagination, and the ability to act from impulse and intuition. Bring characters and conflict to life and connect with your audiences’ emotions and experiences.

Our program is run by a multiple Academy Award-winning producer

We believe actors should develop the skills to take control of their own destiny. We will teach you to write, produce and direct your own work so you don’t have to wait for permission to star in commercial ventures. As an added benefit, you will work in a collaborative environment with our directing, writing and producing students, creating networking opportunities with other talented artists that will last a lifetime. 

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Into the Industry

We help you prepare to enter the film and television industry with the creation of a professional reel, on-going practice of contemporary audition methods, and networking skills. We facilitate your commitment to starting your professional career with the formulation of a personalized plan for the first 90 days after you graduate.

What We Teach

  • Acting for Film & TV
  • Character Development
  • Movement for Camera
  • Character Voices for Game, Animation & Cartoons
  • Script Analysis
  • Stunts and Fights
  • Meisner Technique
  • Voice & Speech
  • Dialects
  • Comedy for Social Media
  • Film and TV Directing
  • Filmmaking
  • Screenwriting


Star in Festival-Bound Films, Web Series and PSAs

Start Your Career Now

Your dream is within reach. Follow your heart and get started on the career of your dreams.

Facilities & Technology

Act in projects filmed with industry-standard technology on professional soundstages and on practical locations throughout the Bay Area and around the world.

Faculty

Our program is run by an Oscar-winning producer and 11-time Academy Award nominee and is taught by a combination of professional actors and award-winning directors who focus on developing the strengths of each actor.

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COMPANIES THAT HAVE HIRED OUR GRADUATES

NxtUp Film Festival

Our annual NxtUp Film Festival is judged by professional casting directors, working producers, writers, and directors. The festival allows your work to be seen by influential industry professionals prior to graduation. As a result of NxtUp, recent graduates have been invited to audition for roles in pilots and films at ABC/Disney, Netflix, HBO, and Fox.

Why Enroll at Academy of Art University?

It’s our belief that the majority of working actors earn their living from on-camera work. To ensure our graduates the best shot at getting this work, our training revolves around preparing you for the professional film & television environment. Study with working actors and directors, voiceover artists, producers and screenwriters.

Contemporary Film Actor Training

Our actors experience the the strengths of traditional conservatory training in an environment dedicated to working with the latest scripts, storytelling approaches, and technology. You will originate roles in new films as well as explore characters from existing films and tv series with a new lens as you develop and polish your acting skills.

Focus on Acting

Our actors act: with no filler or theoretical classes, it is all acting, all the time. In class, on our soundstages, on location: experience what it means to be in production and bond with your fellow creatives as you create story worlds to reach today’s audiences.

Personalized Acting Techniques

Every actor is different, with unique strengths and potential, and the need to develop specific areas of their imagination, physical expressiveness and style of play. Our flexible, team-based approach to developing actors recognizes that your journey is your own. Get the individualized acting tips and in-depth acting training that you need to succeed.

Entrepreneurial Approach

In our program, you will acquire the power and knowledge to create your own work, and the skills to bring your stories to life and sell them. Learn to harness the power of social media and brand yourself in a fashion that draws audiences to your work.

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