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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 AOS Musical Theatre Degree Program offers interdisciplinary arts training for the emerging musical theatre performer. With a balanced emphasis on music, acting, and dance, this curriculum integrates course work, including musical theatre styles, vocal techniques, scene study, and dance styles such as ballet, tap, and jazz. The program nurtures professional rehearsal and performance principles requiring commitment, teamwork, and collaboration within diverse creative processes. Audition technique and career preparation courses help prepare students to pursue work in the uniquely demanding and fulfilling performing arts industry. The AOS Degree Program is enriched with various performance opportunities offered throughout the four terms of study. AOS Musical Theatre students, as part of their program completion and career launch strategy, will also perform in a special culminating showcase​.

Program Learning Outcomes +

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

    • Create convincing, compelling characters performed with vocal, physical, and emotional specificity.
    • Perform a variety of musical styles with a synthesis of acting, singing, and movement skills.
    • Present a professional audition music portfolio, containing historical and contemporary styles, and a variety of music theatre sub-genres.
    • Utilize healthy vocal techniques.
    • Demonstrate competency in musicianship, keyboarding, and aural skills.
    • Perform harmonies based on professional ensemble work.
    • Identify historical and cultural dimensions of music theatre, including the works of leading musical librettists, lyricists, and composers.
    • Apply standard entertainment industry business practices regarding preparation, communication, and professionalism.

Curriculum +

  1. Sample Curriculum

    First Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC100 Acting I: Beginning Scene Study 2.5
    DN150 Dance and Movement for the Performing Artist I 1.0
    DNB111-113 Ballet 1.0
    IV101 Individual Voice I 0.5
    MT130/MT130L Musical Theatre I: Techniques & Accompanist Music Lab 3.5
    MT141 Iconic Music Theatre History 1.0
    MU144 Sightsinging Fundamentals 1.0
    VP140 Voice, Production and Speech I: Foundations 2.0
    FS100 First-Semester Seminars 0.5
    ENG101 English Composition 3.0
    Total Credits 16.0

    Second Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC110 Acting II: Contemporary Scene Study 2.5
    DN170 Dance and Movement for the Performing Artist II 1.0
    DNB111-113 Ballet 1.0
    DNJ111-113 Jazz 1.0
    DNT111-113 Tap 1.0
    IV102 Individual Voice II 0.5
    MT134, MT134L Musical Theatre II: Styles & Accompanist Music Lab 3.5
    MU148 Sightsinging Techniques 1.0
    VP141 Voice, Production and Speech II: Techniques 1.5
    SPC205 Introduction to Oral Communication 3.0
    Total Credits 16.0
    Total First Year Program Credits 32.0

    Third Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC227 Acting III: Advanced Scene Study 3.5
    AC318 Career Preparation 1.0
    DN231 Musical Theatre: Dance Audition Techniques 1.0
    DNJ111-113 Jazz 1.0
    DNT111-113 Tap 1.0
    IV201 Individual Voice III 0.5
    MT233, MT233L Musical Theatre III: Scenes & Accompanist Music Lab 3.5
    VP243 Voice, Production and Speech III: Advanced Techniques 1.5
    CRT200 Applied Logic and Critical Thinking 3.0
    Total Credits 16.0

    Fourth Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC244 Acting Scene Showcase 5.0
    AC246 Industry Workshop 1.0
    MT245 Industry and Networking: Music Media 2.0
    IV202 Individual Voice IV 0.5
    MT244 Musical Theatre: Auditions 1.0
    MT264, MT264L Musical Theatre Production Showcase & Accompanist Music Lab 5.0
    PI240 Finding Your Voice: Digital Tools for the Performing Artist 0.5
    Total Credits 15.0
    Total Second Year Program Credits 31.5
    Total Program Credits63.0

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 and Royall VIP. 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 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 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