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Welcome to the intersection of talent and opportunity! There is a reason why aspiring artists from all over the world choose AMDA to reach their career goals. AMDA’s education is designed to support and enhance your individual development as an artist. If you’re willing to put your heart and soul into what you do, AMDA is the place for you. You are just a few short steps away from beginning your professional career at AMDA.

Ready to follow your passion?! AMDA’s founding philosophy is built on industry leading performers educating the next wave of actors, singers and dancers. AMDA trains, develops and equips you with the tools, knowledge and experience needed to have a successful career in today’s competitive industry. Your career starts here! Our admissions team will guide you through our performance-based, industry-focused hands-on degree options to find the path right for you.

Your Options at AMDA:

  1. Degree Programs: Students have the opportunity to begin any of our programs in either New York City or Hollywood.
    1. BFA Degree choices in Professional Performance Training
      1. Acting, Music Theatre, Dance Theatre, Performing Arts
    2. Associates Degrees and Conservatory Certificates
      1. Acting, Music Theatre, Dance Theatre, Performing Arts
    3. Liberal Arts BA in Theatre
  2. All bachelor's degrees at AMDA can be completed in about two and a half years on an accelerated track. Students also have the option to attend on a traditional basis and complete their degree in four years.
  3. Four semester programs are available in both New York City and Los Angeles, which can be completed in either two years or 16 months on the accelerated track.

Performance Intensive Professional Degrees

Liberal Arts and Theatre Degree

Please note that applying to AMDA is a multi-step process. Be sure to follow ALL 5 steps below to ensure the submission of a successful application.

  1. Submit Your Application +

    To apply, you must be at least 16 years old and/or in the final two years of high school/secondary education*.

    AMDA also accepts applications from CommonApp and Royall VIP. If you have already applied through one of our partners, you do not need to apply again through our website.

    * If you are not yet 16, we would encourage you to consider attending the AMDA High School Summer Conservatory.

  2. Complete Your AMDA Audition +

    Admission and scholarship consideration to AMDA require an audition. AMDA offers a robust calendar of auditions including regional auditions, campus auditions, live-online auditions and video submissions. Scheduling your audition will prompt a phone call with one of our enrollment specialist (or another term for call center) to help you prepare for a successful audition.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: To better prepare for your AMDA audition, we strongly encourage ALL applicants to review the Audition Requirements and Tips page prior to scheduling an audition or submitting a video submission.
  3. SUBMIT YOUR PERSONAL ESSAY +

    Towards the bottom of the application, space is provided for you to write a personal essay (500 words minimum) on the following topic: "Describe a challenging experience in your life and what you learned from it." Remember, this is an important part of your application, so answer thoughtfully!

    If you submitted your application but still need to submit your essay, click the button below.

  4. Submit One Letter of Recommendation +

    Request a Letter of Recommendation from your teacher, guidance counselor, director, coach or anyone familiar with your work and potential as an actor, singer, or dancer. Your recommendation letter must be written in English and signed and dated by the person making the recommendation. AMDA has a recommendation form that you can send to your reference to facilitate the process. Recommendation letters/forms may be submitted via email to docs@amda.edu or by mailing to the address on the form.

  5. Submit your Academic Records/Transcripts +

    Send an official transcript from your high school and (if applicable) college. Official transcripts from every educational institution that you listed in your application must be forwarded to AMDA. The minimum grade point average (GPA) required for AMDA's programs is 2.0 out of 4.0 or its equivalent in other grading systems.

    The following options are available for submitting your official transcripts:

    1. If your high school or college uses the free service Parchment, please click below.

    2. If your high school or college does not use Parchment, please send the transcript request form to your guidance counselor/transcript office and request that they send your transcript(s) to AMDA using the address on the form.


    IMPORTANT NOTE: Unofficial transcripts may be submitted for an expedited admissions decision. However, final official transcripts from every attended institution must be submitted prior to enrollment.

International students are a welcome and vital part of AMDA's culture. We are dedicated to accommodating your needs and guiding you along the process of gaining admission to AMDA. Click below to learn more about pursuing college in the US and to get started!

International Students
Performers waiting backstage

Once you’ve been accepted to AMDA, we recommend the following to ensure a smooth transition.

  • Meet the Admissions team +

    Your admissions advisor is here to provide personalized attention to you and your family throughout the enrollment process.
  • Set Up Student Portal +

    Activate and utilize your student portal. Be sure to visit your Portal often for pending requirements.

    • Open your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, or Chrome) and visit https://portal.amda.edu.
    • Click Student Portal Homepage. If it’s your first time logging in, click Create a New Account.
    • Enter your Social Security Number (SSN) and first/last name. If you don’t know your SSN, you may use your Student Number
    • Fill out the security questions (“City or Town of Birth” and “Your Mother’s Maiden Name”). Our system will use these questions to verify your identity if you need to reset your password!
    • Click Next and verify your email address. You’ll need to log into that email to click the verification link AMDA sent you. Contact helpdesk@amda.edu if you don’t get an email.
    • The verification link will bring you to AMDA’s Login Information form. Enter a username and password of your own choosing, then click Submit.
    • Once your account is created, log into your AMDA Student Portal with your new username and password!
  • Attend an Accepted Student Reception +

    AMDA hosts multiple Accepted Student Receptions throughout the year to celebrate your acceptance! Each on-campus Accepted Student Reception gives you the opportunity to experience life at AMDA. At the event, you will participate in master classes led by our industry leading faculty, tour our academic and residence buildings, meet a prominent AMDA alumni & hear about their performing arts career and see a live performances from our talented students! These events are also a chance to meet your incoming peers!
  • SUBMIT YOUR DEPOSIT TO SECURE PLACEMENT +

    Incoming students must pay a refundable $500 tuition deposit and $200 deposit housing deposit (if applicable) three weeks after being accepted.
  • Submit all required enrollment documents +

    Prior to orientation, all students are required to provide an official high school transcript, complete medical record including an immunization records and other enrollment documents. Please contact your admissions advisor or review the Document Center in Student Portal for a list of outstanding requirements.

  • Arrival and Orientation +

    AMDA hosts a mandatory orientation each semester designed to help new students become acquainted with AMDA. Visit our Orientation pages for more information.

  • Start Dates for AMDA Programs

    • 2020 Summer: July 20, 2020
    • 2020 Fall: Nov 2, 2020
    • 2021 Spring: February 22, 2021
    • 2021 Summer: June 28, 2021
  • Application Deadline

    AMDA has rolling admissions, which means we accept students throughout the year. It is recommended that you complete your admissions file no later than 60 to 90 days from your intended start date.
  • Program Length

    A student's program length at AMDA depends on whether they decide to take the Traditional Track or Accelerated Track for their program. There are two terms of study in a traditional academic year and AMDA offers three terms per calendar year (Fall, Spring, Summer) with a minimum of a week off between each term. This structure offers the flexibility for students to complete their program at a pace that works for them, whether they decide to do the Traditional Track and take a term off after each academic year or do the Accelerated Track and enter the workforce ahead of their peers.
    Term (Semester) Traditional Track Accelerated Track
    Certificates 4 2 yrs 1 yr, 4 mo
    AOS 4 2 yrs 1 yr, 4 mo
    BFA 8 4 yrs 2 yrs, 9 mo
    BA 8 4 yrs 2 yrs, 9 mo
  • Tuition + Housing Costs

    The following is the direct cost of education for one academic year (two terms) of each program. The tuition for each academic year is the same for all programs. The housing costs listed below are for students planning to live in AMDA's Student Housing. Students who choose to secure housing on their own should expect costs to be higher than those listed here. Residential students live at one of the AMDA Housing locations.

    95% of AMDA students receive institutional support in the form of scholarships and/or grants. Learn more about financial aid.

    Below are the 2020-2021 costs for The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York and the AMDA College of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles for students beginning their enrollment in Fall 2020, Spring 2021, or Summer 2021.

    2020-2021

    Direct Costs (cost paid directly to AMDA)

    Off Campus On Campus
    Tuition $41,660 $41,660
    Fees $300 $300
    Housing N/A $9,900
    Total $41,960 $51,950

    Indirect costs (cost that does not appear on your bill)

    Off Campus On Campus
    Housing $9,990* N/A
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Transport $1,200 $1,200
    Personal $4,300 $4,300
    Misc $2,300 $2,300
    Total $18,990 $9,000

    Below are the 2019–2020 costs for The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York and the AMDA College of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles for students beginning their enrollment in Fall 2019, Spring 2020, or Summer 2020.

    2019-2020

    Direct Costs (cost paid directly to AMDA)

    Off Campus On Campus
    Tuition $40,144 $40,144
    Fees $300 $300
    Housing N/A $9,750
    Total $40,444 $50,194

    Indirect costs (cost that does not appear on your bill)

    Off Campus On Campus
    Housing $9,750* N/A
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Transport $1,200 $1,200
    Personal $4,300 $4,300
    Misc $2,300 $2,300
    Total $18,750 $9,000
    * Off campus housing estimate
  • Student Health Insurance Plan 2019-2020

    The welfare of our students is essential to our vibrant performing arts community. Per the Affordable Care Act, all enrolled students on either campus must have both mental and physical health insurance at all times while attending AMDA. To assist students with this requirement, AMDA automatically enrolls each student in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), an affordable service that offers students access to mental and physical healthcare services throughout New York City and Los Angeles. SHIP provides vital resources to ensure AMDA students are healthy in body and mind for continued success in their education. To waive out of SHIP, you must provide proof of comparable health insurance that meets the coverage requirements of the Affordable Care Act by the Friday of the first week of each term.

      • Costs for NYC students: $1058 for two terms of study
      • Costs for LA students: $1152 for two terms of study

    NY Supplemental Food Plan (SFP)

    AMDA recognizes that being a student in higher education can be stressful - and costly - and being hungry may only add on to the stress. We have a solution to ease these concerns: NY's Supplemental Food Plan. While this declining balance plan isn’t meant to cover all your food costs, it’s a great option to ensure that you’re able to have a meal(s) and/or snack(s) on campus throughout your busy day of classes and rehearsals.

    The Supplemental Food Plan is a required plan for all first year NY students.

    The Supplemental Food Plan costs, per academic year, are outlined below.

      • $2,520 – 1st Year On Campus SFP Plan ($1,260 per term)
      • $1,800 – 1st Year Off Campus SFP Plan ($900 per term)

For AOS and Certificate Program Graduates, entering AMDA's Bachelor of Fine Arts Program is easier than ever.

Complete the Alumni Letter of Intent to be reviewed and approved to enroll in the remaining classes to earn your Bachelor’s degree

Alumni Letter of Intent

Getting your Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree is as easy as 60 + 30 + 30

When you graduate from the AMDA AOS or Certificate Programs from either The American Musical and Dramatic Academy or AMDA College of the Performing Arts with an AOS or Certificate, you are eligible to apply for a Bachelor of Fine Arts Program.

Just add 30 credits of General Education, and 30 credits of Performing Arts course work — and you've earned your degree!

Complete the program in just 14 months.

Admissions

  • Is SAT or ACT required for admission into AMDA? +

    Although not required for admission to AMDA, we welcome your SAT/ACT scores if you would like to share them with us. Scores may be mailed to:

    AMDA Records
    211 West 61st Street
    New York, NY 10023
  • What is the maximum number of credits I can transfer in from another college or university? +

    The maximum number is 30 term credits or 45 quarter credits toward the General Education courses only.

  • Does AMDA Recognize the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program? +

    Yes. International Baccalaureate (IB) courses may be evaluated for potential transfer credit by submitting an official academic record (transcripts) to AMDA. Only IB courses with HIGH LEVEL (HL) designation and assessment score of 5 and above may be considered for transfer. Approved transfer credit may be used to satisfy only the General Education requirements. Courses listed under the category of Standard Level (SL) will not be considered for evaluation.

Accepted Students

  • What do I need to do once I am accepted to AMDA? +

    We are so excited to welcome you to the AMDA family. Upon acceptance, you are assigned an Admissions Advisor who will work with you and your family through the entire admissions process. Please contact your admissions advisor at AdmissionsTeam@amda.edu or 1(323)490-1284 with any questions. All domestic students should begin to work on their Federal Aid Application (FASFA) at https://studentaid.gov/ using AMDA’s school code 016082..

  • What type of careers can I pursue once I graduate from AMDA? +

    For a sampling of careers within the Performing Arts, please visit our careers page.

Cost of Attendance

  • AM I ELIGIBLE FOR AMDA SCHOLARSHIPS? +

    Yes. When you audition, you will be evaluated for potential talent-based scholarship. Scholarship amounts range from $1,000 to $16,000 per year. AMDA does not offer any full-tuition scholarships. You will receive a scholarship determination upon acceptance to AMDA and after a review of your admissions file.

  • IS OTHER FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FROM AMDA? +

    Upon acceptance, you will receive notification of any merit scholarship you may receive from AMDA. All students are also considered for need-based institutional and federal aid after completing the Federal Aid Application (FASFA) at https://studentaid.gov/ using AMDA’s school code 016082. Once AMDA receives your completed FASFA, you will receive an award letter with your total financial aid package via email. Please note if you are selected for verification or selected services than you cannot receive your award letter until you have completed the required steps. Review our financial aid guide for more information.

  • ARE THERE OTHER FINANCIAL RESOURCES AVAILABLE? +

    AMDA accepts all third party scholarships and encourages students to explore private scholarships online, in their community and within their personal networks (i.e. churches, sports organizations, local theatres, parent’s companies)

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  • DOES AMDA OFFER STUDENT EMPLOYMENT? +

    AMDA offers a wide range of student employment opportunities on campus. Open positions can be found on our Student Employment page.

    Note: AMDA does not offer Federal Work Study, all compensation for student work will be paid directly to the student.

  • DOES AMDA OFFER ON CAMPUS HOUSING? +

    AMDA offers Student Housing at both campuses. AMDA Housing provides convivial community living, conveniently located within walking distance of all AMDA facilities. You will receive instructions for making your housing arrangements upon confirmation of your enrollment to AMDA. To indicate interest, a $200 housing deposit is required, which can be paid with your $500 program deposit.

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"As the premier performing arts college and conservatory with campuses in both New York and Los Angeles, we don't just provide our students with a superior education but a rigorous, performance-based curriculum and an industry-focused training experience. With over 150 opportunities to perform each year, our students leave their training ready and equipped to enter the professional world."

-New York and Los Angeles Admissions Team