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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

Special Topics I: Directing Actors I


18 hours (16 weeks).

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

October 2011 - December 2019.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: analyze scripts from the actors' point of view, identify the characters' objectives, obstacles, and sub-text, and practice being actors in the production workshops, and evaluate the work of actors so they are better equipped to anticipate the needs of actors and communicate with them in their own language. 


The course consists of five classes: the first is an acting class designed to teach student directors to use basic acting skills to develop the behavior of the character. The remaining four classes help directors work with actors for their production workshop projects. Each week, students participate in rehearsing the scenes to be shot that week. Rehearsals consist of breaking down the scenes for scene elements, character objectives, and blocking. Class sessions are devoted to actors’ tools, text analysis, and blocking and rehearsal of scenes. These scenes are filmed in the Digital Production Workshop class. Both directors and actors are critiqued for their work in creating these scene elements.

Credit recommendation: 

NOTE: Credit recommendations are listed under Special Topics Overview: One Year Filmmaking Program-Semesters One and Two (10/16).