The HD Film Academy One-Year acting program runs on an eight-month calendar, divided into two 16-week semesters with a semester break in between. Each of the 16-week semesters requires intensive time demands and a complete commitment on the part of the student. A standard week of study involves additional time required in the evenings and on weekends for classes, rehearsals, and shoots.


The first semester concentrates on building a foundation in the craft of acting, using training techniques rooted in the theater but applicable to screen acting. Students participate in a broad array of core classes that introduce them to finding the actor within, while simultaneously training their instrument to do the kind of technical, emotional, and physical work necessary for film acting. Since we believe that film actors also benefit immeasurably from working in front of a live audience, in addition to work in front of the camera, training in the first semester builds towards a live performance.

The Six months Diploma program is covered in semester one, while the 3 months program is covered in the first half of the 6 months diploma program.


Learning Goals

Explore and learn the principles of

  • Acting technique.
  • Learn the vocabulary of filmmaking for actors.
  • Become familiarized with the logistics of performance on a film set.
  • Recognize the differences between film acting and stage performance.
  • Understand how to break down a scene and analyze a character.


Performance Goals

  • Rehearse and tape film scenes to be analyzed and critiqued in class.
  • Break down, analyze, and rehearse a select monologue and perform it in front of a live audience.



In the second semester, the core classes continue as the students’ focus intensifies on applying the techniques they have learned to more elaborate scene work, on camera exercises, and film shoots—all designed to develop and hone their screen-acting ability. All students perform in film or video shoots, oftentimes original work that was created and developed by the students in collaboration with their instructors. In addition, a variety of classes are given in order to broaden students’ knowledge of acting techniques, the film business, and many different film crafts. The second semester culminates in two public presentations of student work. The first is a live showcase performance of scenes for an invited audience of friends, family, and industry guests. The second is a screening of the student film productions.


Learning Goals

  • Learn to work for directors with varying styles on live film sets.
  • Gain knowledge of the differences between demands upon the actor on film productions versus television productions.
  • Learn how to prepare for and present yourself for auditions.
  • Understand the business of the acting craft.



  • Perform scenes and workshop exercises developed and rehearsed through instruction in the Meisner Technique.
  • Develop, rehearse, and perform in a fullyrealized film scene shot in the studio or on location. This project will be presented to an invited audience at the end of the semester.
  • Break down, analyze, and rehearse stage scenes and perform in these scenes for an invited audience.
Course Information
  • Credit: 5

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