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Bachelor of Arts Degree: Theatre Arts (Performance)

    Undergraduate Liberal Arts Degree in Theatre Arts with a focus in Performance, 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 (Performance) Degree Program is designed for students interested in pursuing a full range of academic study enhanced by specialized performing arts training. This eight-semester degree program begins with foundational theatre training that focuses on the study of theatre history, performance, directing, theatre design, playwriting, and script analysis. Students are provided with a breadth of opportunities to participate in the processes of live theatre, through which the personal, social, and aesthetic impact of theatre arts may be experienced. As a liberal arts degree program, students will also focus on acquiring knowledge in the areas of arts, humanities, and natural and social sciences. With specific knowledge, skills, and competencies that can be applied to existing and emerging theatre environments, students are prepared to work effectively in a variety of careers in theatre and related industries.

Program Learning Outcomes +

Students completing the BA Theatre Arts (Performance) 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.
    • Ability in areas of performance and production or playwriting appropriate to individual needs and interests, consistent with the goals and objectives of the specific liberal arts degree program being followed.
    • An understanding of procedures and approaches for realizing a variety of theatrical styles.
    • Intermediate to advanced competence in one or more theatre specializations in creation, performance, scholarship, or teaching.

Curriculum +

  1. Summary of Required Courses

    Program Category KeyCredits
    Theatre Arts Foundation60.0
    Elective (options may vary)3.5
    General Education60.0
    Total Program Credits (Performance)123.5
  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
    AC222 Acting Styles 2.0
    AC122 Improvisation I: Foundations 1.5
    PI233-251 Finding Your Voice: Rotational Offering (Select Two Offerings) 2.0
    CRT200 Applied Logic and Critical Thinking 3.0
    SCI219 Biology Concepts 4.0
    Total Credits 15.5

    Fourth Semester Sample Curriculum

    THR230 Introduction to Design, Technology and Production (with lab) 4.0
    THR240 Introduction to Playwriting 3.0
    AC123 Improvisation II: Techniques 1.5
    PI233-251 Finding Your Voice: Rotational Offering 1.0
    MAT202 Applied Statistics 3.0
    ANT200 Introduction to Anthropology 3.0
    Total Credits 15.5
    Total Second Year Program Credits 31.0

    Fifth Semester Sample Curriculum

    THR310 History of the Theatre II 3.0
    AC227 Acting III: Advanced Scene Study 3.5
    CRT206 Introduction to Philosophy 3.0
    SOC304 Introduction to Sociology 3.0
    SCI222 Astronomy Foundations 4.0
    Total Credits 16.5

    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 32.5

    Seventh Semester Sample Curriculum

    THR322 Contemporary Repertoire (1960 - 2000) 3.0
    THR411 Theories of Theatre 3.0
    THR415 Digital Tools for Performance Industries 1.5
    AC202, AC313 Improvisation: Introduction to Long Form
    OR Voice Acting
    POL307 Introduction to Political Science 3.0
    ART306 Visual Art and the Human Experience 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0

    Eighth Semester Sample Curriculum

    THR324 Contemporary Repertoire (2000 - present) 3.0
    THR427 Adaptation and the Theatre 3.0
    THR440 BA Capstone: Theatre Career Strategizing 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 Credits123.5

Admission Requirements +

Please note that applying to AMDA is a multi-step process. Be sure to follow ALL 8 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.

  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.

    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)
  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.)
  8. 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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