Associate Degree in Occupational Studies, Film and Television Performance

Grounded in the experientially-focused Meisner technique, the two-year Film and Television Performance curriculum is designed to develop the technique and discipline required to succeed in every form of screen acting, from film to sitcoms to daytime dramas to commercials and voice-overs.

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Associate Degree in Occupational Studies, Musical Theater Performance

The Musical Theater Performance Program is designed to build the artistic skills necessary for musical theater performers, and the business knowledge required of a working professional. Rigorous courses in acting, voice, dance, and theater business are taught to give students the complete education they need to be able to work in the industry.

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Certificate Program, Theater Performance

Students who have earned the AOS degree in Film and Television Performance or the equivalent can develop the skills of acting for stage in the Theater Performance Program.

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Summer Acting Training & Summer Musical Theater Programs

Our intensive Summer Acting Training Program offers unparalleled experience and college credit and offers different options for actors with all levels of experience. The Musical Theater curriculum was developed to address the needs of students with some experience in one or more of the three components that make up Musical Theater: Voice, Dance and Acting. With 4 Weeks of intensive study, NYCDA summer programs grant up to 6 transferable college credits.

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Transfer into The New York Conservatory

Continue your training and learn the skills needed to perform on-camera.

Students who have graduated from a performing arts conservatory or degree program can apply to transfer their credits into the Conservatory’s 2nd year focusing on Film and TV performance.

The Film and TV year of the Conservatory’s program offers students the opportunity to integrate technique with understanding in order to deliver honest performances that still meet the unique requirements of the camera. Scene work and a deeper exploration of acting process are crucial throughout this rigorous year.

Actors in the final semester will have unique opportunities to meet people in the industry. Each student will take a business workshop in addition to being invited to do monologues for a jury of professional casting directors and agents. The film and television year work culminates with a unit devoted to shooting a final project.

Contact Admissions at or to 212.645.0030 find out how you can apply to transfer your credits.

BA and BFA Options

Students are able to transfer credits from NYCDA to a number of other BA and BFA programs, including those at Adelphi University and the University of Northern Colorado.


The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts is an institutionally accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre. NYCDA’s Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS) degree programs in Film and Television Performance, and in Musical Theater Performance are registered by the New York State Board of Regents.