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Associate Degree Program – LA Campus



The goal of the acting degree program is to prepare well-rounded Method-trained actors who are equipped to enter and be employed in the competitive acting industry on the stage, commercials, television, or film. The prestige synonymous with the Lee Strasberg name ensures that casting directors, agents, managers and industry professionals recognize the quality of training graduates have received. Lee Strasberg Method Acting provides graduates with the tools to “be” the character and not simply “act” as the character, setting them apart with their truthful, authentic, engaged and earnest performances thus making them desirable to directors and producers seeking to employ the most highly trained actors for their projects.

The Associate of Occupational Studies in Acting focuses on intensive training in acting for theatre and on-camera, supported by voice, movement, history, and professional development electives. The program consists of four major areas of focus: Acting (with an emphasis on Method Acting), Voice & Movement, History, Production & Performance, and Professional Development. The program requires 72 weeks (six 12-Week sessions) of dedicated training and full-time study for a total of 100 credit hours for degree attainment. Graduates will emerge with the knowledge of how to express themselves with representatives, casting directors, producers and directors, to be true to their talent and begin their careers as actors.

This acting degree program is only offered through Lee Strasberg’s Theatre and Film Institute’s Los Angeles Campus. Contact our LA campus directly for more information about the next enrollment opportunities.

Due to Covid-19 the Fall 2020 intake for the AOS degree program has been delayed to Winter 2021. Subsequently the Summer break will be drastically shortened to ensure all coursework is completed in year 1.
As a result the application deadline has been extended (reflected below).


Enrollment for the Associates of Occupational Studies in Acting only begins in the Fall (except for 2020 which will begin Winter 2021). Application deadlines for Fall 2020/Winter 2021 are as follows. International Students: November 8th, 2020, Domestic Students: December 1st, 2020. Admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis with decision letters being issued approximately every 7 weeks.
After acceptance, a $2500 non-refundable deposit (credited toward tuition) is required to secure enrollment in the program.


Tuition: $27,996/year

Tuition for the AOS provides students with payment options: lump sum ($55,992) or 2 yearly options (3 payments or 6 payments*). Paying in a lump sum locks you into the current tuition rate and avoids finance charges. Yearly tuition installment payments incur non-refundable finance charges of $300 (3 payments) or $750 (6 payments).

* A non-refundable registration fee is applied the first payment. $150 Domestic Students, $250 International Students.
** A non-refundable materials fee of $100 due in first session.
*** A non-refundable Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) fee is applied to tuition.
**** Additional fees may apply.
SAG/AFTRA members: 10% tuition discount
California State Residents: $1250/year discount
Veterans: $4575/year discount
Discounts cannot be combined


The Associate of Occupational Studies in Acting (Degree Program) in Los Angeles consists of six 12-Week sessions of full-time study (15-18 credit hours/22-28 classroom hours a week) and includes the following course requirements. Courses vary by session. Please see Classes for a full list of potential class offerings.

Method Acting Technique (Emphasis Area) : 55 Credit Hours
Supportive Acting/ Theatre Courses : 13 Credit Hours
History & Criticism : 12 Credit Hours
Voice and Movement : 10 Credit Hours
Required Professional Development : 6 Credit Hours
Free Electives : 4 Credit Hours
Totals : 100 Credit Hours

The AOS program observes a Summer vacation period.

NOTE: Fall 2020 Updated Dates due to Covid-19 are: September 21-December 11 (current students)