▶ Degrees - Los Angeles Campus

Two Year Degree
- Associate of Occupational Studies
Students graduating from the two-year actor training program at our acting school in Los Angeles are awarded the academic degree of Associate of Occupational Studies (A.O.S.). Admission to the Academy's Second Year of training is by invitation.

Third Year Academy Company
- Certificate of Advanced Studies in Acting
A third year of advanced training and performance program, Academy Company, leads to a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Acting. Upon completion of the Second Year, students may audition on the Los Angeles campus to be accepted to the Academy Company.

Four Year Degree
- Bachelor Options
Students choosing to further their academic education with more advanced degrees may transfer their credits to most colleges and universities throughout the United States. The number of credits successfully transferred depends upon the amount earned, choice of college, entry requirements and the desired degree. The Academy has articulation agreements with universities that facilitate this option:
  • St. John's University
    Students of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts at the New York or Los Angeles campus who complete their two-year AOS (Associate in Occupational Studies) degree may transfer up to 60 credits toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Television and Film Studies at St. John’s University. The 60 credits from The Academy are normally distributed as follows and are subject to the discretion of St. John’s University: 9 in the major, 18 in the liberal arts core, 6 in professional electives and 27 in free electives. At St. John’s University, students must complete 66 credits, 39 of these in the major.

    Academy students who have successfully completed one year at either campus may transfer 30 credits toward a Bachelor of Science in Television and Film. Academy alumni (1974 forward) are also eligible for transfer credit toward the Bachelor of Science degree. All transfers are required to have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0. Academy students may also transfer their credits to other majors within St. John’s College of Professional Studies, depending upon the number of credits earned and the major chosen.

    Those students who have completed or will complete a third year of training at The Academy, or have credits earned at other colleges or universities, may be eligible for additional credits subject to review by St. John’s University.

    Scholarships are available at both The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and St. John’s University ( Students with a GPA of 2.5 (or higher) who transfer to St. John’s after their graduation from The Academy are eligible for scholarships ranging from $7,000 - $15,000.

  • Hunter College
    Since 2004, The Academy has had an articulation agreement with Hunter College (CUNY) for a BA in Theatre. Academy graduates from anytime during 1974 and going forward from this date may apply to Hunter College pursuant to this agreement. Its provisions are specified in the Transfer Guide and Course Equivalencies. Students entering Hunter with an AOS degree from The Academy will receive 27 credits toward a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre at Hunter College, and these credits are distributed according to the Transfer Guide. The student will have to take 93 credits at Hunter, with 21 of these being in the major. Those students who have completed or will complete a third year of training at The Academy may be eligible for additional credits, subject to review by Hunter College. Credits earned by Academy students from other colleges will be reviewed by Hunter College for credit toward the baccalaureate degree. Academy students are required to pass the CUNY Skills Assessment Test taken by all students entering Hunter College with fewer than 45 credits, and have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.3. Credits carrying a course grade of “D” or below will not transfer.
  • Antioch University Los Angeles
    The American Academy of Dramatic Arts has entered into an articulation agreement with Antioch University Los Angeles that allows Academy students to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Acting and Dramatic Arts. This agreement clarifies the transfer process and ensures that the maximum number of credits earned at The Academy will be counted toward an Antioch BA degree.

    • Academy students can enter Antioch with as much as half of their coursework toward their BA degree completion.
    • Students who successfully complete one year at The Academy may also transfer their coursework credits of C- or better.
    • The Academy Alumni are also eligible to participate under the terms of this agreement.
    • Antioch's innovative curriculum, variety of course offerings and flexible time schedules make it a perfect match for The Academy students who wish to obtain a BA degree.

    For further information, current The Academy students and alumni may contact the Registrar or the Antioch University Los Angeles Admissions Office ( Prospective students may inquire by email or telephone to our Admissions offices.
  • The Academy's Collaborative Degree Program with Oklahoma City University for a BFAA
    The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Oklahoma City University (OCU) have created an extraordinary opportunity for Academy students to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting (BFAA) at two of the nation’s leading training programs. Students complete the full-time Conservatory Program at The Academy in New York City or Los Angeles, and transfer to OCU in Oklahoma City for their last two years. Named in US News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” as a top tier master’s program and university in the West Region, OCU offers advanced studies and a distinguished faculty. Celebrated OCU alumni in the field of arts and entertainment include Kristin Chenoweth, Kelli O’Hara and Hall of Famer, Leona Mitchell.

    The core mission of OCU is to prepare well-trained actors and to provide students with a broad-based liberal arts education. The collaboration enriches both programs by providing expanded opportunities for students and optimal use of faculties and facilities.

    Academy students must complete the two-year Associate in Occupational Studies and have an overall grade point average of 2.5 to be eligible for transfer. Audition requirements for the BFAA degree are waived for Academy students, who will be automatically awarded an Academy Partnership Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 per semester, renewable for a total of four (4) semesters. Academy students are also eligible for Academic Transfer Scholarships according to current OCU policy and additional talent awards through the university’s regular audition process.

    Sixty-two Academy credits are accepted for transfer toward the BFAA degree. The remaining courses to be completed at OCU (66 credits) include general education requirements, Acting Core and Music Theatre Core. Interested students will be provided with a list of OCU courses required for the degree. For more information, please contact The Academy’s Admissions Office at 800-463-8990.
For more information, please call our Office of Admissions in Los Angeles (800-222-2867) toll free or email

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