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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

New York Film Academy | Evaluated Learning Experience

1. ACT102 Acting for Film 1; 2.ACT142 Film Craft

Formerly 1. ACT140 Acting for Film 1; 2. ACT144 Film Craft
Course 1: 96 hours (16 weeks). Course 2: 6 hours (4 weeks).
New York Film Academy, 17 Battery Place, New York, NY.

Course 1 and 2: September 2007 - December 2019.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Course 1: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: act comfortably in front of the camera with awareness of the demands and tools of film work; define film set terminology, with an emphasis on getting performances that are geared for a specific shot size; obtain on-camera experience shooting scripted scenes on location in and out of the classroom; define all film crewmembers' responsibilities and duties through the hands-on experience of each; begin to recognize what makes a good on-camera performance; capture strong performances on film; shoot on location with an understanding of acting techniques and procedures; review scenes shot for an understanding of the nature of the rough footage, re-shoots, and post-production procedures; knowledgeably critique an actor's work based on performance, physical and emotional consistency, and choices. Course 2: Students will be able to: define filmmaking terminology and differentiate the necessary information of four filmmaking arenas: directing, cinematography, editing, and producing; and discuss necessary film production activities in preparation for incorporating the knowledge of those activities on a set.


Course 1: In this course, students begin to get comfortable working in front of the camera. They learn the specific differences between acting for the stage and acting for film - what the camera sees and what the microphone hears - and how these differences dictate a performance on screen. Students learn to read, understand, and execute a short scene from a screenplay on film and to execute a script intelligently. Course 2:  Students learn directing, editing, producing, and cinematography from the actor's perspective. The intent is that learning the roles of all the players on a film set dramatically increases the actor's ability to collaborate with the filmmakers in developing dynamic performances.

Credit recommendation: 

Course 1 and 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 4 semester hours in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (6/07) (8/08) (8/14 revalidation). NOTE: Course 1 and 2 must both be completed to receive credit.