Associates Degree Program (AOS)

Associates of Occupational Studies in Acting

Emphasis: Method Acting Starting Fall 2019


 The goal of the 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’s specific Method Acting technique provides graduates 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 AOS 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 a focus 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.



Enrollment for the Associates of Occupational Studies in Acting only begins in the Fall. Application deadlines are as follows:


Session Domestic International*
Fall 2019 August 12, 2019 August 1, 2019


*Admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis with decision letters being issued approximately every 7 weeks.


Requirements for Admission

Application All applications can be completed online at It is important to select the correct form and intended start date. Submitted applications must be accompanied by all required admission documents for admissions review. Supplemental documents may be submitted via email to


Application fee (non-refundable) $100. May be paid by online check, debit or credit card.

Photograph for identification purposes only. (less than 2MB)

Verification of Previous Study All applicants must have completed a minimum of a high school diploma or its equivalent*. Copies of high school diploma, university transcripts or degree are acceptable. Students using Veteran benefits must submit copies of all transcripts from all prior training for evaluation.


*Applicants must have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent. Students who have not received their high school diploma or equivalent may still be accepted into the Institute, but will be considered special students and are not candidates for a certificate or degree. Special students who subsequently complete high school or pass the G.E.D. or nationally recognized equivalent, may move into a certificate or degree program. (Note: No credit obtained as a special student will count toward certificate or degree completion.)


Résumé A current résumé detailing prior training and experience. Applicants with no prior training and/or acting experience may include previous employment, volunteer work and/or education regardless of field.

Statement of Purpose 750-1000 words typed describing your goals in the field of acting and why you wish to study at the Institute.




  • English Proficiency Exam
    • TOEFL score of 85 or higher or
    • IELTS score of 6.5 or higher or
    • PTE score of 60 or higher


  • Proof of Sufficient funds (Required per Federal Regulations in order to issue your SEVIS I-20 and obtain your F-1 student visa)


In lieu of an English Proficiency exam, one of the following may be submitted:

  • IB Diploma in English
  • US High School diploma
  • Transcripts from a US or UK university or college
  • Kaplan English Language Certificate (Proficient)


The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in West Holywood is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.

Enrollment in the AOS degree program requires a F-1 student visa (except in cases where applicant has another valid visa that permits study). Please note that the AOS degree program is the only program in Los Angeles that is approved for F-1 student visa enrollment. All other full-time programs of study require an M-1 student visa.


If you currently hold an F-1 student visa, then your SEVIS record can be transferred to The Lee Strasberg Institute in Los Angeles for the AOS program. Non-immigrants already in the U.S. on a valid non-immigrant visa status may be eligible to apply for a change of status to the M-1 or F-1 visa while in the U.S., but there are many restrictions. Contact the International Student Advisor or an immigration attorney for further details about changing from your current non-immigrant status to the M-1 or F-1 visa.