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Bachelor of Arts Degree: Theatre Arts (General)

    Undergraduate Liberal Arts Degree in Theatre Arts, balanced with traditional general education coursework.

    • Offered on the Los Angeles Campus
    • Accelerated Option Allows for Degree Completion in 2.5 years
    • Create, Produce, or Perform in Original Works Through AMDA’s Artists’ Lab
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Program Description +

The BA Theatre Arts (General) Degree Program is designed for students interested in pursuing a full range of academic study alongside their intensive exploration of theatre arts. This eight-semester degree program begins with foundational theatre training and a focus on acquiring knowledge in the areas of arts, humanities, natural and social sciences. As students progress through the program, they will advance in their understanding of communications, theatre analysis, and critical thinking. AMDA’s Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts (General) provides a diverse educational experience helping students emerge as educated and thoughtful citizens who are prepared to contribute to the global community in which they live.

Program Learning Outcomes +

Students completing the BA Theatre Arts (General) program should be able to:

    • Demonstrate abilities to exhibit excellence in preparation, presentation, and credibility, incorporating these in the specific craft of theatre arts.
    • Demonstrate comprehension of the core concepts, processes, history, and theory of theatre and performance.
    • Implement analytical, conceptual, and technical skills in a variety of performance practices.
    • Work effectively in groups, to create theatrical moments or events and solve production problems.
    • Demonstrate, across the various sub-fields, skills in personal discipline (organization, focus, energy, commitment), effectively applied to theatrical problem-solving and the creation of theatrical moments and events.
    • Formulate constructive critical responses to theatrical phenomena.
    • Compare different theatrical forms, aesthetic values, or cultural contexts, as a way of deepening one’s technical skills and expanding one’s awareness of what is theatrically possible.
    • The ability to think conceptually and critically about text, performance, and production.
    • An understanding of playwriting and production processes, aesthetic properties of style, and the way these shape and are shaped by artistic and cultural forces.
    • An acquaintance with a wide selection of theatre repertory including the principal eras, genres, and cultural sources.
    • The ability to develop and defend informed judgments about theatre.

Curriculum +

  1. Summary of Required Courses

    Program Category KeyCredits
    Theatre Arts Foundation61.0
    Elective (options may vary)3.0
    General Education60.0
    Total Program Credits (General)124.0
  2. Sample Curriculum

    First Semester Sample Curriculum

    THR100 Introduction to Theatre and Performance 3.0
    THR105 Acting I: Foundations and Techniques 3.0
    THR134 History of the American Musical 3.0
    ENG101 English Composition 3.0
    FIN101 Personal Finance 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0

    Second Semester Sample Curriculum

    THR110 Acting II: Scene Study 3.0
    THR112 The Speaking Voice: Vocal Production and Performance 2.0
    THP100 Theatre Practicum: Theatre Viewing 1.0
    SPC205 Introduction to Oral Communication 3.0
    HUM110 Exploring World Literature 3.0
    CRE208 A History of Science Fiction 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0
    Total First Year Program Credits 30.0

    Third Semester Sample Curriculum

    THR210 History of the Theatre I 3.0
    THR220 Principles of Dramatic Analysis 3.0
    CRT200 Applied Logic and Critical Thinking 3.0
    SCI219 Biology Concepts 4.0
    Select one of the following elective courses: 3.0
    THR107 Introduction to Musical Theatre Technique
    THR109 Introduction to Improvisation
    THR111 Introduction to Movement
    Total Credits 16.0

    Fourth Semester Sample Curriculum

    THR230 Introduction to Design, Technology and Production (with lab) 4.0
    THR235 Analyzing the Classics 3.0
    THR240 Introduction to Playwriting 3.0
    MAT202 Applied Statistics 3.0
    ANT200 Introduction to Anthropology 3.0
    Total Credits 16.0
    Total Second Year Program Credits 32.0

    Fifth Semester Sample Curriculum

    THR310 History of the Theatre II 3.0
    THR305 Essentials of Stage Management 3.0
    CRT206 Introduction to Philosophy 3.0
    SOC304 Introduction to Sociology 3.0
    SCI222 Astronomy Foundations 4.0
    Total Credits 16.0

    Sixth Semester Sample Curriculum

    THR330 Directing for the Theatre 3.0
    SOC203 Introduction to Psychology 3.0
    CRE303 Cultures of Fear and the Horror Film 3.0
    ENG300 Academic Research and Writing 4.0
    HUM310 Classic American Literature 3.0
    Total Credits 16.0
    Total Third Year Program Credits 32.0

    Seventh Semester Sample Curriculum

    THR321 Classic Repertoire 3.0
    THR417 Applied Theatrical Design 3.0
    THR411 Theories of Theatre 3.0
    POL307 Introduction to Political Science 3.0
    ART306 Visual Art and the Human Experience 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0

    Eighth Semester Sample Curriculum

    THR323 Contemporary Black Theatre: 1960 to Present 3.0
    THR327 Writing: Experiments With Characters and Form 3.0
    THR427 Adaptation and the Theatre 3.0
    THR450 BA Capstone Project 3.0
    SOC301 Mass Communication and Societal Impacts 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0
    Total Fourth Year Program Credits 30.0
    Total Program Credits124.0

Admission Requirements +

Please note that applying to AMDA is a multi-step process. Be sure to follow ALL 7 steps below to ensure the submission of a successful application.

  1. Submit Your BA 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.


    1. Describe a challenging experience in your life and what you learned from it. (500-word minimum)
    2. Share an essay that you have already written for a school assignment or a creative piece that you have written on your own. We would like to see your best work, so please share a piece that you are particularly proud of. (500-word minimum)
  3. Submit Two Letters of Recommendation +

    Please request and submit two letters 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.

  4. 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. 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.

    The following options are available 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: Unofficial transcripts may be submitted for an expedited admissions decision. However, final official transcripts from every attended institution must be submitted prior to enrollment.

  5. 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.

  6. Submit Two Minute Personal Video (Recommended) +

    We would be delighted to hear more about you! This should be a two minute video to tell us more about yourself. We have listed four topic suggestions as examples below. Feel free to use one or more of these, or select a topic of your choice. We highly recommend taking this opportunity to tell us more about yourself!

    1. What has been one of the best experiences in your life and what made it so special and valuable?
    2. Please describe your interest in theatre.
    3. In addition to theatre, please tell us about one of your other passions.
    4. Please tell us about a meaningful experience you have had participating in your community (school, neighborhood, local organization, etc.)
  7. Provide SAT/ACT Scores (Optional) +

    Although not required for admission to AMDA, we welcome your SAT/ACT scores if you would like to share them with us. Scores may be mailed to:

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