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
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.
WHAT TO INCLUDE
Acting PROGRAMS +−
- BFA Degree in Acting
- BFA Degree in Performing Arts: Acting
- BFA Degree in Performing Arts: Acting & Creative Content Development
- BA Degree in Theatre Arts, Performance
- AOS Degree in Acting
- AOS Degree in Acting for Camera
- AOS Degree in Acting for Camera to BFA
- Studio Certificate
- Studio Certificate to BFA
- Acting for Camera Certificate
- 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.
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Musical THEATRE PROGRAMS +−
- BFA Degree in Music Theatre
- BFA Degree in Performing Arts: Music Theatre
- BFA Degree in Performing Arts: Music Theatre & Creative Content Development
- AOS Degree in Musical Theatre
- Integrated Certificate
- 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
More information on how to
More information on how to
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 +−
- BFA Degree in Dance Theatre*
- BFA Degree in Performing Arts: Dance Theatre
- BFA Degree in Performing Arts: Dance Theatre & Creative Content Development*
- AOS Degree in Dance Theatre*
- Dance Theatre Certificate
- 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
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.