High School Summer Programs
The performer's alternative to summer camp.
The High School Summer Conservatory offers intensive performing arts training in a college environment for high school students. Our unique program offers a transformative experience for talented high school students looking to immerse themselves in the performing arts. This summer, teens from all over the world will study, train, rehearse, perform and live on AMDA’s New York City and Los Angeles campuses. The rigorous curriculum is taught by a world-class faculty of artists who offer students professional-level training in acting, singing and dance.
AMDA's Summer Conservatory empowers young artists to choose their own path within our three performing arts disciplines. Residential and commuter programs in NYC and LA are open to all talented high school students completing grades 8-12 during the 2016/17 school year.
- Coming Soon: 2017 Dates Announcement
Exciting and comprehensive exploration of fundamental actng techniques.
Dynamic instructions in vocal styles and techniques.
Intense imersion in technique and performance for the young dancer.
See all of the photos from the NYC and LA campuses.
Life at the Summer Conservatory
You Have Plans: You are a young artist, talented, ready to challenge yourself and you love to perform. Whether that’s by immersing yourself in the art of acting, finding your voice as a singer, or telling new stories through dance, it’s all about performance.
At AMDA Hollywood or AMDA New York, your days will be filled with dynamic performing arts classes and your nights spent in rehearsals. Finally, your new skills and hard work will culminate in a Final Performance production in front of an audience in one of our lovely performance spaces.
Snapshot of your day
- Depending on enrollment, each session will offer specialized morning courses, rehearsals, and performances concentrating on key areas within a given focus.
- Rehearsals for your Final Performance.
- Performing Arts Experience classes, selected to compliment your background, focus and interests.
High school teens will study, train, rehearse, perform and live on AMDA’s safe and secure college campuses in the heart of New York City and Los Angeles; making new friends, learning new skills and getting a real experience of life in the most important cities for the performing arts in America.
At the conclusion of your program, you will perform in a Final Performance production.
Filmed Performance: Each Final Performance will be filmed by a professional film crew. Every student artist will receive a copy of their Final Performance.
Visa Waiver Program
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) permits entry into the US for up to 90 days without a visa for citizens of the following countries:
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- San Marino
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
Each Traveler Must have authorization under ESTA: In order to travel without a visa on the VWP, you must have authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to boarding a U.S. bound air or sea carrier. ESTA is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) automated web-based system to determine eligibility to travel without a visa to the United States for tourism or business. Visit the ESTA webpage on the CBP website for more detailed information, to apply for ESTA, and pay the fee. More information on the Visa Waiver Program and how to apply.
Canadian citizens are welcome to participate in AMDA’s High School Summer Conservatory, but should be sure to bring a copy of their acceptance email with them to the airport.
If you are an international student from a country other than those listed above, please contact us directly concerning what opportunities might be available to you.
Please Note: International participants in AMDA’s summer program are responsible for their own legal entry into the United States. Acceptance into the AMDA summer program does not guarantee entry into the United States as each participant must obtain permission under the Electronic System for Travel Authorization. AMDA assumes no responsibility for international participants’ travel into the United States.
Once accepted to the High School Summer Conservatory, students must submit a placement video to gauge talent placement in your chosen session track. Please use the highest quality recording equipment available to you. For best results, place your recording device on a stationary object, such as a table. Please note that all videos will be used for scholarship consideration.
What to Include
Safety and security
In both NYC and LA, campuses are accessible only with a valid AMDA photo identification card, which High School Summer Conservatory students receive.
Supervision is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. When students are not in class with our world-class faculty, they are supervised by members of our trained AMDA staff.
Students leave campus only for planned and chaperoned outings, which may include going to a Broadway show or visiting NYC and LA tourist destinations.
Emergency contact numbers
Landline and mobile phone numbers for both NYC and LA campuses will be provided on our summer landing page – available in late Spring
In both NYC and LA, students live in safe and secure dormitories that are designated exclusively to High School Summer Conservatory students.
All students are required to purchase the meal plan, which includes three delicious and nutritious meals per day. Snacks are also provided.
Most dietary needs can be accommodated and must be noted on the online application.
High School Summer Conservatory program tuition and fees
For a full breakdown of tuition and fees, please visit our summer program tuition page.
Making a deposit and paying tuition and fees
To make your deposit to hold a place in the programs, please visit our payments page.
Partial merit-based scholarships are available on a limited basis.
All accepted students are required to submit a placement video, so we can prepare to meet students at their respective levels. All students are considered for scholarships based on their performances in these placement videos.
Partial, need-based financial assistance grants are available on a limited basis.
To be considered, please complete the AMDA Summer Financial Assistance Eligibility Requirements form.
Payment plans are available upon request.
Family and friends are invited and most welcome to attend our final performances.
Details on location, day, time and number of tickets per student will be available in late Spring.