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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Theatre (Online)

    Undergraduate Degree in Musical Theatre, Acting, and Dance.

    • Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2022
    • Offered Fully Online, with Option to Transfer to In-Person BFA in Music Theatre Program in Los Angeles
    • Accelerated Option Allows for Degree Completion in 2.5 years
    • Access to AMDA’s Digital Production Opportunities
    • Culminates in an Original Showcase Production
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Program Description +

The BFA Music Theatre (Online) Degree Program offers an essential blend of music, acting, and dance training for the aspiring Music Theatre artist. This immersive performance-based degree program provides the tools necessary for a career in contemporary musical theatre performance blended with a dynamic range of academic studies resulting in a well-rounded and vibrant theatre arts education. Fundamental curriculum includes individual voice instruction, piano, and sight-singing to help establish a strong musical foundation. AMDA’s clearly defined approach to vocal performance emphasizes a genuine union of music to lyrics, allowing students to explore a variety of genres that include Classical, Contemporary, Jazz, Blues, Pop, etc. Acting techniques, scene study, acting for the camera, music for the individual artist, and voice production and speech courses provide essential skills necessary for creating transcendent performances on stage, screen, and in the recording studio. AMDA’s online BFA Music Theatre Degree Program provides access to numerous digital production and performance opportunities throughout the eight terms of study. With an eye towards the current competitive demands of the industry, courses in career preparation, networking, audition techniques, entrepreneurship, and digital production help prepare for the exciting transition into the professional performing arts industry. The final term includes an original showcase opportunity that provides a unique production experience built upon the strengths of each performer.

Program Learning Outcomes +

Students completing the BFA Music 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.
    • Demonstrate digital literacy skills that are aligned with the needs of contemporary performing artists.

Curriculum +

  1. Summary of Required Courses

    Program Category KeyCredits
    Music Theatre Foundation
    Elective (options may vary)
    General Education
    Total Program Credits 122.0
  2. Sample Curriculum

    First Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC100Acting I: Beginning Scene Study2.5
    DN150Dance and Movement for the Performing Artist I1.0
    FS100First-Semester Seminars0.5
    IV101Individual Voice I0.5
    MT130, MT130LMusical Theatre I: Techniques & Accompanist Music Lab3.5
    DLT100Introduction to Remote Production Technology1.0
    MT141Iconic Music Theatre History1.0
    MU141Piano Fundamentals1.0
    MU144Sightsinging Fundamentals1.0
    ENG101English Composition3.0
    Total Credits15.0

    Second Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC110Acting II: Contemporary Scene Study2.5
    IV102Individual Voice: Technique0.5
    MT134, MT134LMusical Theatre II: Styles & Accompanist Lab3.5
    DLT110Remote Audio/Visual Production 1 1.0
    MU143Piano Techniques1.0
    MU148Sightsinging Techniques1.0
    VP140Voice, Production and Speech I: Foundations2.0
    IV102Individual Voice II0.5
    MT134, MT134LMusical Theatre II: Styles & Accompanist Music Lab3.5
    CRT200Applied Logic and Critical Thinking3.0
    Select one of the following courses: 1.0
    DNB111Ballet
    DNB111Jazz
    DNB111Tap
    Total Credits15.5
    Total First Year Program Credits30.5

    Third Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC227 Acting III: Advanced Scene Study 3.5
    IV201 Individual Voice III 0.5
    MT233, MT233L Musical Theatre III: Scenes & Accompanist Music Lab 3.5
    DLT200 Remote Audio/Visual Production 2 1.0
    MAT200 Math: Problem Solving 3.0
    VP141 Voice, Production and Speech II: Techniques 1.5
    Select two of the following courses: 2.0
    MU145 Songwriting: Piano Based (1.0)
    MU150 Introduction to Guitar (1.0)
    MU151 Guitar Fundamentals (1.0)
    MU235 Small Vocal Ensemble: Historical and Contemp Repertoire (1.0)
    VS200 Essential Vocal Anatomy & Physiology/Professional Singer (1.0)
    Select one of the following courses: 1.0
    DNB111 Ballet
    DNB111 Jazz
    DNB111 Tap
    Total Credits 14.5

    Fourth Semester Sample Curriculum

    FL120 Acting for the Camera I 2.0
    IV202 Individual Voice 0.5
    MT240/L MT Audition Preparation &
    Accompanist Music Lab
    3.0
    Remote Audio/Visual Production 3 1.0
    SPC205 Introduction to Oral Communication 3.0
    HUM306 Visual Art & the Human Experience 3.0
    SPC205 Introduction to Oral Communication 3.0
    Select two of the following elective courses: 2.0
    MU131 Jazz Harmonies
    MU145 Songwriting: Piano-Based
    MU151 Guitar Fundamentals
    MU153 Guitar Techniques I
    MU237 Large Vocal Ensemble: Broadway Music
    VS202 Comparative Vocal Pedagogies: Classical and Contemporary Techniques
    Total Credits 14.5
    Total Second Year Program Credits 29.0

    Fifth Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC226 Wardrobe, Make-Up and Hair 1.0
    AC318 Career Preparation 1.0
    FL121 Acting for the Camera II 2.0
    IV301 Individual Voice V 0.5
    VS301 Vocal Coaching V 0.5
    SCI214 Health & Wellness 3.0
    SCI214L Health & Wellness Lab 1.0
    SOC300 Archetypal Psychology 1.0
    MT307, MT307L Musical Theatre Auditions: Mastering
    the Callback & Accompanist Music Lab
    2.0
    Select two of the following elective courses: 2.0
    MU145 Songwriting: Piano-Based
    MU150 Introduction to Guitar
    MU151 Guitar Fundamentals
    MU235 Small Vocal Ensemble: Historical and Contemporary Repertoire
    MU237 Large Vocal Ensemble: Broadway
    VS200 Essential Vocal Anatomy & Physiology/Professional Singer
    Total Credits 16.0

    Sixth Semester Sample Curriculum

    FL202 Acting for Camera III 2.0
    IV302 Individual Voice 0.5
    VS302 Vocal Coaching 0.5
    SOC207 Intro to Performance Psychology 3.0
    HUM312 Creative Writing 3.0
    Select two of the following elective courses: 2.0
    MU145 Songwriting: Piano-Based
    MU150 Introduction to Guitar
    MU151 Guitar Fundamentals
    MU235 Small Vocal Ensemble: Historical and Contemporary Repertoire
    MU237 Large Vocal Ensemble: Broadway
    VS200 Essential Vocal Anatomy & Physiology/Professional Singer
    Select one of the following required courses: 1.5
    AC122 Improvisation I
    AC122 Improvisation I: Foundations
    SC100 Stage Combat I: Unarmed
    MT327/L MT Styles: Creating a New Musical Character & Lab 3.0
    Total Credits 15.5
    Total Third Year Program Credits 31.5

    Seventh Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC422 Art of the Monologue 1.0
    DN331 Musical Theatre: Dance Audition Techniques 1.0
    FL418 Media for the MT Performer 2.0
    IV401 Individual Voice 0.5
    MU237 Large Vocal Ensemble: Broadway Music 1.0
    PI244 Original Content Creation 1.5
    SOC304 Original Content Creation 1.5
    Select one of the following required courses: 1.5
    AC123 Improvisation II
    SC180 Stage Combat II
    VP406 Dialects: Directed Studies: French/Irish
    MT417/L MT Company: Repertory Roles & Lab 3.0
    Select one of the following required courses: 1.0
    DNB111 Ballet
    DNB111 Jazz
    DNB111 Tap
    Total Credits 15.5

    Eighth Semester Sample Curriculum

    IV402 Individual Voice VIII 0.5
    MT404, MT404L Industry and Networking: Music Business
    Essentials & Accompanist Music Lab
    1.5
    MT406 Industry and Networking: Music Media 2.0
    MT406L Industry and Networking: Music Media Lab 0.5
    MT430 BFA Musical Theatre Senior Showcase 4.0
    MU237 Large Vocal Ensemble: Broadway Music 1.0
    VS402 Vocal Coaching 0.5
    AC202 Improvisation: Intro to Long Form 1.5
    MT412 MT Auditions: Essential Repertoire 1.0
    MT413 MT Auditions: Mock Panel 1.0
    MT414 MT Auditions: MT Specialty Categories 1.0
    Select one of the following required courses: 1.0
    DNB111 Ballet
    DNB111 Jazz
    DNB111 Tap
    Total Credits 15.5
    Total Fourth Year Program Credits 31.0
    Total Program Credits122.0

    * Depending on Elective selection, some students may complete the program with more credits than reflected in this table.

ELIGIBILITY +

Students completing the BFA Music Theatre program should be able to:

Students who live outside of the United States

All international students who live outside of the United States are eligible to apply and enroll in our fully online Acting and Music Theatre programs.

Students who live in the United States

Students who are residents in the following states are eligible to apply and enroll in our fully online Acting and Music Theatre programs.

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • West Virginia

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. For online programs, you must audition virtually or through a video submission. 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.

  4. SUBMIT YOUR PERSONAL ESSAY +

    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.

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