Bachelor’s Degree Options

Students choosing to further their academic education with advanced degrees may transfer their Academy 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.

Academic Partnerships

To support our students in their academic pursuits, The Academy has agreements with the following distinguished universities to provide them with the opportunity to pursue conservatory training that culminates in a bachelor’s degree. If you are interested in obtaining more information, please contact our Admissions Office.

St. John's University New York City

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.


Antioch University Los Angeles

With its individualized education, liberal credit transfers and multiple class schedules, Antioch University Los Angeles (AULA) provides an excellent match for Los Angeles and New York campus students and alumni of The Academy to obtain a BA degree. The three possible BA degrees are:


Oklahoma City University

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), allowing students to benefit from 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 U.S. 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.


Hunter College (CUNY) New York City

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.