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Associate of Occupational Studies Degree: Musical Theatre

    Professional, career-based Degree in Musical Theatre, Acting, and Dance.

    • Offered on the Los Angeles Campus
    • Accelerated Option Allows for Degree Completion in 1.5 years
    • Access to a Variety of Workshop and Performance Opportunities
    • Culminates in an Original Showcase Production in Los Angeles
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Program Description +

The Associate of Occupational Studies Degree in Musical Theatre program offers interdisciplinary arts training for the emerging musical theatre performer. With a balanced emphasis on music, acting and dance, the curriculum covers musical theatre styles, vocal techniques, scene study and dance styles. Students learn professional rehearsal and performance principles such as commitment, teamwork and collaboration within varied creative processes. Audition technique and career preparation courses help prepare students to work in the uniquely demanding and fulfilling performing arts industry. In their final semester, students perform in an original production crafted specifically for each cast.

Program Learning Outcomes +

Students completing the AOS Musical Theatre program should be able to:

    • Employ a broad range of acting knowledge, including the ability to create characters convincingly and project one’s self believably in word and action into imaginary circumstances within musical and nonmusical performance.
    • Demonstrate analytical and performance skills required in musicals and plays from various genres, and styles and historical periods.
    • Demonstrate movement and dance technique that is properly aligned and aesthetically appropriate to the necessary storytelling.
    • Demonstrate foundational technical proficiency in voice and speech, including the production of clear, articulate and expressive speech and versification skills.
    • Define the history, literature and analysis of musical theatre and other appropriate music areas as they relate to theatrical performance.
    • Demonstrate foundational technical proficiency in musicality, including skill in the understanding of written rhythm, written music and musical forms.
    • Demonstrate foundational technical proficiency in singing, including vocal range, pitch, breath support and vocal styles.
    • Apply the basic business procedures of an actor/singer’s profession, including auditions, résumés and professional self- promotion.

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Admission Requirements +

Please note that applying to AMDA is a multi-step process. Be sure to follow ALL 6 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. 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 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 specialists 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 Instructions page prior to scheduling an audition or submitting a video submission.
  3. Phone interview with Admissions +

    This interview is an opportunity for us to get to know you, your educational background, and your interest in attending AMDA. We will be calling you, but if you would like to schedule an appointment for this interview, please email admissionsteam@amda.edu with the best day, time, and phone number to reach you.


    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.

  5. Submit One Letter of Recommendation +

    Please request and submit one letter of recommendation from teachers, school leaders, guidance counselors, coaches, or anyone familiar with your background and potential. Your recommendation letter must be written in English and signed and dated. To help with this process, please feel free to use AMDA's recommendation form by clicking the link below. Recommendation letters/forms may be submitted via email to docs@amda.edu or by mailing to the address on the form.

  6. 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. Please select one of the following options 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: 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.

A beaming cast of performers gather and sing in unison
A singer in focus with hands clasped performs a solo in front of a sitting cast of her peers
A harmonizing pair of singers gesture in support of the their own voices
A performer sitting at a piano gets direction on sheet music from a peer
Two performers share a duet and a seat on a stool the same stool
A performer playing a ukulele sings passionately into a stand mic
A large cast of performers on stage look over an open book in apparent satisfaction