Acting

Acting Levels 1-5

I want to be center stage.

No one has ever had to push you out onto a stage. That’s your comfort zone, a platform where you can express your creativity and showcase your talents. An audience energizes you; you thrive on their applause. If you have the courage to pursue your goal of performing as a professional in theatre, film or television, you’re looking at a career path that’s as intense and competitive as it is rewarding. You should prepare yourself with an education designed to match. In our Acting degree programs, under the direction of award-winning theatre, film, and television actor and director Dr. William "Bill" Dow, Program Coordinator for General Education and Acting Director at The Art Institute of Vancouver, you’ll be surrounded and inspired by other talented, creatively driven students who share your goal. And you’ll be pushed, challenged, and, above all else, supported by experienced faculty* who are all about helping you go as far as your talent—and a little luck—will take you.

*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.

Degrees Offered

Certificate in Acting 1

Quarter Credit Hours:
12
Timeframe:
1 Quarters

Gainful Employment

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Certificate in Acting 2

Quarter Credit Hours:
12
Timeframe:
1 Quarters

Gainful Employment

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Certificate in Acting 3

Quarter Credit Hours:
12
Timeframe:
1 Quarters

Gainful Employment

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Certificate in Acting 4

Quarter Credit Hours:
12
Timeframe:
1 Quarters

Gainful Employment

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Certificate in Acting 5

Quarter Credit Hours:
12
Timeframe:
1 Quarters

Gainful Employment

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Classroom Experience

My motivation? A career doing what I love.

The five acting programs incorporate classical and contemporary techniques, while focusing on the rigorous creative process you’ll need to follow as a working actor. You’ll study theatre history. Explore movement and voice skills, physical theatre, scene study, and film acting techniques. Gain practical, hands-on experience in acting and developing your own original material. Practice employing character motivations through actions and gestures, and develop your own voice and movement warm-up routine. And get a deep understanding of dramatic literature and ideology, as well as the evolution of theatrical form and style. You’ll do on-camera training, create your own modern version of a classical text, even write an audition-ready Shakespearean monologue. You’ll study the business aspects of acting, including the audition process and the work of agents. Throughout the program, you’ll have the opportunity to learn by doing. See our gainful employment pages for possible careers that match the program that interests you.

What Will I Study?

I need a chance to show what I can do.

You’ll earn a certificate for each level you complete as you explore everything from the creative process to the business of acting. You'll study:

Acting Level 1 Certificate
  • ACT101 Text and Speech 3
  • ACT110 Introduction to Voice and Movement 3
  • ACT120 History of Drama I 3
  • ACT130 Introduction to Physical Theatre 3
Acting Level 2 Certificate
  • ACT102 Acting Technique - Objectives 3
  • ACT111 Voice and Movement I 3
  • ACT121 History of Drama II 3
  • ACT131 Physical Theatre - Objectives 3
Acting Level 3 Certificate
  • ACT125 The Business of Acting 1.5
  • ACT135 Introduction to Acting for the Camera 3
  • ACT200 Physical Theatre, Text, and Performance 6
  • ACT210 Advanced Voice and Movement 1.5
Acting Level 4 Certificate
  • ACT211 Voice and Movement II 3
  • ACT250 Rehearsal and Performance 9
Acting Level 5 Certificate
  • ACT212 Voice and Movement III 3
  • ACT235 Film Intensive: Company 9

I'm looking for my proving ground.

The Art Institutes system of schools, creativity is our core, our calling, our culture. Acting is built on that creative foundation. It’s also built on our knowledge that a creative career is not for the faint of heart. Because it’s tough out there, it’s tough in here. But along with that toughness comes all the support you’ll need at every step along the way. That’s why we provide the mentoring and real-world experience to help you prevail, with faculty* who’ve worked in the field, along with opportunities to learn that go far beyond our kitchens. You’ll be encouraged and expected to be bold. To take risks. To push yourself and the people around you. It won’t be easy. In fact, it’ll be the hardest thing you’ll ever love.

*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.