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Why choose AMDA?

    • AMDA is an unparalleled performing arts institution devoted to training the actor, singer, and dancer for stage, television, and film
    • Over 50 years as an industry leader in performing arts education
    • Choose New York City, Los Angeles, or both
    • A faculty of working professionals acting as mentors
    • AMDA's education spans the major performing arts disciplines of Acting, Music Theatre and Dance Theatre
    • 30 to 35 hours of weekly coursework, plus additional time for rehearsal and preparation
    • Over 30 opportunities to build a performance resume in each term
    • Audition prep: class hours shift to the evening in the final term to allow for professional auditions during the day
    • Students build network connections while at school through exposure to industry professionals
    • A strong alumni community
  • 2019 Fall: October 14, 2019
  • 2020 Spring: February 17, 2020
  • 2020 Summer: June 29, 2020

Two-Year AOS or Certificate Program

    • There are two terms of study in each academic year of the Two-Year AOS or Certificate Programs and it takes four terms to complete the program.

Four-Year BFA Program

    • There are two terms of study in each academic year of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Programs and it takes eight terms to complete the program.

AMDA's programs all run on a three term structure in each calendar year: Fall, Spring, and Summer. The AOS, Certificate and Bachelor of Fine Arts programs have an option where a student can choose to enroll in an Accelerated Track by completing all of the terms consecutively, without taking time off. There is a minimum of one week off between each term.

AOS or Certificate Program Accelerated Track

    • A student who chooses an Accelerated Track for a AOS or Certificate program will complete the program in 16 months. The Traditional Track for the two-year AOS or Certificate program would normally be 20 months.

BFA Program Accelerated Track

    • A student who chooses an Accelerated Track for a BFA program will complete the program in 32 months. The Traditional Track for the four-year BFA program would normally be 44 months.

Accelerating study at AMDA allows a student to save time and money, and enter the workforce ahead of their peers who attend a traditional track of study.

The following is the direct cost of education for one academic year (two terms in a AOS or Certificate Program or two terms in a BFA Program). The tuition for each academic year is the same for AOS or Certificate and BFA students.

The housing costs listed here 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 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 AOS or Certificate and BFA programs:

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

2019-2020 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

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