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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 2024
    • 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
    • Asynchronous Delivery Offers Flexibility for Those in International Time Zones
    • Culminates in a Digital Capstone Portfolio of Outstanding Work
    • For AMDA Certificate/AOS graduates interested in the BFA Online programs, visit our Acting and Music Theatre program pages for our alumni.
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Program Description +

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Music Theatre (Online) program offers an essential blend of music, acting and dance training for aspiring theatre artists and vocalists. This immersive, online program provides the tools necessary for a career in contemporary musical performance. AMDA’s clearly defined approach to vocal performance encourages a genuine union of music and lyrics that students can apply to a variety of genres such as classical, contemporary, jazz, blues, pop, etc. Fundamental curriculum for AMDA’s online Music Theatre degree includes individual voice instruction, piano and sightsinging to help establish a strong musical foundation. Companion courses in acting techniques, scene study, acting for the camera, music for the individual artist and voice production and speech provide essential skills necessary for creating transcendent performances on stage, screen and in the recording studio.

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 musical theatre subgenres.
    • Use healthy vocal techniques.
    • Demonstrate competency in musicianship, keyboarding and aural skills.
    • Perform harmonies based on professional ensemble work.
    • Identify historical and cultural dimensions of musical 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 +

We believe the best BFA music theatre programs offer students a well-rounded education, that’s why our curriculum was designed to immerse students in the art form. See the course details below:


Program eligibility for AMDA’s Online Programs may be subject to change. See AMDA’s Online Programs and State Authorization page for more information on current eligibility.

Students enrolled in the Online BFA programs are responsible for securing all technology required for their program. Students who require financial assistance to secure their technology package should contact Financial Aid.

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. 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 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.

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A virtual gathering of five students singing in unison
An impassioned virtual, solo performance with two students watching
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