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Video Audition

Admission to AMDA requires an audition. You must be a junior or senior in high school or a high school graduate for your audition to be considered for acceptance into the undergraduate degree and certificate programs and for merit-based scholarships.

AMDA encourages all applicants to take advantage of our live in person or virtual auditions. Our live auditions allow applicants to work directly with an AMDA audition coach. For those unable to attend our live auditions, we offer the ability to submit a pre-recorded audition video. Below you will find the instructions for how to prepare and submit a video audition.

We recommend submitting your video audition as soon as possible to not delay the process of joining the AMDA family. If you have any questions, our team of admissions representatives are available to assist you through the audition and application process.

Contact Information: AdmissionsTeam@amda.edu or 323-490-1284.

Important

All audition material (songs & monologues) must be prepared and performed in English.

  • Acting PROGRAMS +


    1. BFA Degree in Acting
    2. BFA Degree in Performing Arts: Acting
    3. BFA Degree in Performing Arts: Acting & Creative Content Development
    4. BA Degree in Theatre Arts, Performance
    5. AOS Degree in Acting
    6. AOS Degree in Acting for Camera
    7. AOS Degree in Acting for Camera to BFA
    8. Studio Certificate
    9. Studio Certificate to BFA
    10. Acting for Camera Certificate
    11. Acting for Camera Certificate to BFA

    Please prepare two contrasting monologues that are each 60-90 seconds in length. Monologues should demonstrate a connection to the character's emotional life, vocal clarity, clear physical choices, and a solid understanding of the text.
    More information on how to select a monologue

  • Musical THEATRE PROGRAMS +


    1. BFA Degree in Music Theatre
    2. BFA Degree in Performing Arts: Music Theatre
    3. BFA Degree in Performing Arts: Music Theatre & Creative Content Development
    4. AOS Degree in Musical Theatre
    5. Integrated Certificate
    6. Integrated Certificate to BFA

    Please prepare 60-90 seconds (or 32 bars) of a song from Musical Theatre or Pop/Contemporary repertoire and a 60-90 second monologue. The song selection should demonstrate engaged storytelling performed with proficient pitch, tone, diction and vocal clarity. The monologue selection should demonstrate a connection to the character’s emotional life, clear physical choices and a solid understanding of the text.
    More information on how to select a song
    More information on how to select a monologue

  • VOCAL PERFORMANCE PROGRAMS +


    Audition Instructions: Please prepare 60-90 seconds (or 32 bars) of a commercial music ballad and 60-90 seconds of a commercial music uptempo song. Any genre of commercial music is acceptable, including pop, R&B, rock, country, gospel, hip-hop and dance. The song selection should demonstrate a connection to lyrics performed with proficient pitch and a strong sense of musical styling. You must sing to a pre-recorded track for both songs. Singers who regularly provide self-accompaniment with guitar accompaniment or other portable acoustic instruments can accompany themselves on 1 of the selections.

  • DANCE THEATRE PROGRAMS +


    1. BFA Degree in Dance Theatre*
    2. BFA Degree in Performing Arts: Dance Theatre
    3. BFA Degree in Performing Arts: Dance Theatre & Creative Content Development*
    4. AOS Degree in Dance Theatre*
    5. Dance Theatre Certificate
    6. Dance Theatre Certificate to BFA

    Audition Instructions: Please prepare 2 contrasting dance solos (each solo approx. 60 seconds in length). Styles may include: Ballet, Contemporary Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Ballroom, Hip-hop, Theatre Dance, World Dance, or Contemporary. Applicants may be lead through additional movement phrases provided by the AMDA coach facilitating the audition.

    *Please note that applicants interested in the BFA Dance Theatre, BFA Performing Arts: Dance Theatre & Creative Content Development, or AOS Dance Theatre programs must demonstrate classical or contemporary ballet technique in their audition material.

  • PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAMS +

    The Performing Arts program provides training across all performing arts disciplines, allowing the student increased flexibility in coursework choices. Students must select a preferred focus of study within the Performing Arts program (Acting, Music Theatre or Dance Theatre) and audition using the requirements of that focus.

    Follow the requirements above for Acting, Music Theatre, or Dance Theatre

HOW TO RECORD

Please use the highest quality recording equipment available to you. For best results, place your recording device on a stationary object, such as a tripod or table. Prior to recording, test that you are in focus and well lit, and that your video is free from distracting background noise. Please note: If you are submitting for AMDA’s Dance Theatre programs, do not tape a close-up; please have your entire body (from head to toe) in the frame.

    ONCE YOU ARE READY TO RECORD YOUR PERFORMANCE, START YOUR RECORDING DEVICE AND STATE:
  • The date you are recording your audition
  • Your full name
  • The city and country where you live
  • The program for which you are applying
  • The titles of the pieces you will perform

When you are finished with your audition performance, please announce that you have reached the end of the submission, restate your name, and stop your recording device.

HOW TO SUBMIT

When your video audition is complete, upload your video to YouTube and submit the link to your video using the form below. Tip: If you are concerned about privacy, you may update the privacy of your video to Unlisted (click here for instructions). Do NOT set the video as Private.

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Use the buttons below to indicate the Area of Study, Degree/Program, and Campus you are interested in.

Video Audition

AMDA recommends submitting your entire audition as one video. In the case where that option is not available, you may submit two different videos in the fields below.

If you're having trouble, please let us know.