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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

ACT152 Introduction to Audition Technique

Formerly ACT241 The Business of Acting and Audition Skills

Version 1 and 2: 24 hours (8 weeks).

New York Film Academy, 17 Battery Place, New York, NY.

Version 1: September 2007 - July 2014. Version 2: August 2014 - December 2019.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: use the skills required to audition successfully in a variety of circumstances; create the actor's tools of the trade, such as headshots, resumes, and cover letters; analyze casting breakdowns, self-marketing strategies, branding/positioning, etc.; prepare a business plan for securing work as an actor. Version 2: Students will be able to: learn how to walk into a room and present themselves in a professional and prepared manner; confidently execute a slate; explain the differences between a co-star, guest star, film, and commercial auditioning; quickly analyze the text of a scene for cold reads; make strong and appropriate choices in an audition context; and discuss what makes an effective headshot and resume.


Version 1: This course introduces students to the business of acting and incorporates cover-letter writing, resume writing, headshots, and how to make a positive presentation to the industry. Students also learn etiquette and unique skills needed to audition well. Students work in a mock audition format, including cold reading, working from sides, and general interviews, which are videotaped for critique. Version 2: This course introduces students to the basics of audition techniques and prepares them for their first professional on-camera film audition. Students prepare for the Open Casting, present weekly mock auditions, practice audition techniques used in film, television, commercials, and cold readings. Students are given a brief introduction to the business and an overview of industry standards that are covered in ACT252 The Business of Acting course.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1 and 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (6/07) (8/08) (8/14 revalidation).