▶ 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:
  • 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 with an individualized concentration in Acting and Dramatic Arts or in one of the standard areas of concentration: liberal studies, psychology, child studies, business and social entrepreneurship, creative writing, or urban community and environment. This Agreement clarifies the transfer process and ensures that the maximum number of credits earned at The Academy will be counted towards Antioch BA degree completion.

    • The Academy students can enter Antioch with as much as half of their coursework towards the BA degree completed.
    • 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 at The Academy or the Antioch University Los Angeles Admissions Office ( Prospective students may inquire by email or telephone to our Admissions offices.
  • St. John's University - Through an Articulation agreement with St. John's University, signed May 15, 2006, Academy students have the option of transferring to St. John's University for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Television and Film Studies and other fields offered at St. John's College of Professional Studies. This opportunity combines The Academy's conservatory training for actors with St. John's University state-of-the-art professional film and television facilities. Degree specifics for students and alumni are:

    • The Academy students who successfully complete the two-year program at our Los Angeles campus may transfer 60 credits toward a B.S. Degree in TV and Film Studies at St. John's. Successful completion of an additional 66 credits (two years) at St. John's will lead to the B.S. Degree.
    • The Academy students who successfully complete one year may transfer 30 credits toward a B.S. Degree at St. John's.
    • The Academy alumni (1974 forward) are also eligible for transfer credit toward the B.S. Degree.
    • Scholarships are available at both The Academy and St. John's University.
    • You can visit St. John's University online by clicking here
  • Hunter College
    Students who wish to continue their studies toward a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre may apply to Hunter College (CUNY) Academy graduates who transfer to Hunter College receive 27 credits towards a B.A. in Theatre.
  • The Academy's Collaborative Degree Program with Oklahoma City University for a BFAA
    Working as a team, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (The Academy) and Oklahoma City University (OCU) created an extraordinary new 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 their first two years at The Academy's internationally renowned conservatory programs in New York City or Los Angeles, CA and transfer for their last two years to OCU in Oklahoma City. U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges" lists OCU in the top tier of Masters and Universities in the West region. It has state of the art studios and distinguished faculties. Among other celebrated alumni in the field of arts and entertainment, OCU's roster includes Kristin Chenoweth, Kelli O'Hara and Hall of Famer Leona Mitchell.

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

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

    Sixty-two The Academy credits are accepted for transfer toward the BFAA Degree, and the remaining courses to be completed at OCU (66 credits) include General Educations 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 call our Office of Admissions in Los Angeles (800-222-2867) toll free or email

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