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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

ACT106 Six-Week Advanced Acting for Film Workshop

225 hours (6 weeks).
New York Film Academy, 17 Battery Place, New York, NY.

September 2007 - December 2019.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: discuss film as a visual medium; write short scenes incorporating conflict, objectives, relationships, sense of place, etc.; refine dialogue to the essentials of communication; create a three-dimensional character background; break a scene down into beats, assign an action to each beat, create an emotional arc, establish an objective, and develop strategies to overcome obstacles to achieving the objective; play an action; put to use dramatic action, observation, and characterization through scene work; execute the differences in performance requirements, approach to text and energy levels between soap opera, sit-com, commercial, and talk show formats; apply text analysis to scripted material; prepare two contrasting monologues; recognize regionalisms and apply the International Phonetic Alphabet to dialect work; increase flexibility through body awareness and yoga exercises; refine listening skills and ensemble playing through long-form improvisation; analyze a scene for the purpose of cold reading and define the essential elements for effective delivery of it in the absence of the complete narrative; create marketing tools essential for the actor, such as headshot, cover letter, postcards, etc. and a strategy for their implementation; use an understanding of type to maximize marketability; safely execute staged punches, falls, rolls, headlocks, slaps, punches, etc.; apply the skills learned in editing to executed work in the creation of a finished product that shows continuity, pace, rhythm, and the actor's emotional arc; use make-up to effect subtle changes in character.


Acting for film, scene study, and Acting for TV are the principal areas of concentration in this advanced workshop designed for student actors with prior training. These areas coincide in the creation of a thesis film project and student films shot by the filmmaking students, in which the students act. Script analysis, monologues, voice and movement, comedy, improvisation, cold reading, the business of acting, stage combat, editing for actors, and make-up supplement instruction and inform the final scenes and presentations. In addition, students perform their choice of either a monologue or scene for an invited audience at the completion of the workshop.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 semester hours in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (8/07) (8/08) (10/16 revalidation). NOTE: This course overlaps in content with ACT101, ACT103, ACT104, and ACT108. The maximum amount of recommended credit for any combination of these courses is 6 semester hours. Further, these courses overlap with the One-Year Acting for Film Program. If a student progresses to the One-Year Program, only the recommended credits in the One-Year Program should apply.