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Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree: Performing Arts (Dance Theatre & Creative Content Development)

    Undergraduate Degree in Performing Arts with a concentration in Dance Theatre and Creative Content Development.

    • Now Accepting Applications for Spring 2022
    • Offered on the Los Angeles Campus (See Dance Theatre Certificate to BFA for NY Campus Option)
    • Accelerated Option Allows for Degree Completion in 2.5 years
    • Access to AMDA’s Mainstage Production Opportunities
    • Create, Produce, or Perform in Original Works Through AMDA’s Artists’ Lab
    • Culminates in an Original Showcase Production
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Program Description +

The BFA Performing Arts (Dance Theatre & Creative Content Development) Degree Program is designed for intermediate to advanced dance artists seeking to enhance performance skills while developing original works tailored to an individual’s performance passion. Intensive dance theatre performance training is blended with academic studies designed for today’s multi-disciplinary movement artists. Productions and performances enhance the program’s offerings and provide opportunities for bringing artistic projects to life. Throughout the program students engage and collaborate with artists from multiple disciplines and backgrounds. This community-building approach creates an environment rich with diverse, global perspectives that inspire creativity and learning. In preparation for careers such as performers, choreographers, content creators, directors, and producers, students develop an entrepreneurial mindset, advanced collaboration skills, and an acute understanding of contemporary media literacy. The rich breadth of this program prepares students to compete within the ever-changing demands of the entertainment industry.

Program Learning Outcomes +

Students completing the BFA Performing Arts (Dance Theatre & Creative Content Development) program should be able to:

    • Demonstrate well-rounded development in the performing arts, including critical thinking skills, advanced-level skills in performing arts, and enhanced creativity.
    • 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 phenomenon.
    • Demonstrate comprehension and application of make-up techniques and materials.
    • Apply business practices to the promotion and maintenance of a sustainable career within the performing arts and performing arts adjacent industries.
    • Understand and apply multiple theories of seeing, making, and practicing dance theatre in creative performance.
    • Apply the principles of dance training, choreography, and dance performance.
    • Demonstrate the ability to cultivate an idea from concept to production-ready, finished product.
    • Engage in a collaborative production process by applying standard entertainment industry practices regarding preparation, communication, and professionalism.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of breadth of the concept of the construction of media, the factors and participants in its negotiated meaning, the various aesthetic forms of media, and its commercial, social, and political implications.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of strategic approaches to content development, innovation, and delivery in the performing arts.
    • Demonstrate the ability to apply the essential business practices that are needed to bring creative projects to fruition.

Curriculum +

  1. Program Category KeyCredits
    Dance Theatre Performance 61.0
    Creative Content Development 31.0
    General Education30.0
    Total Program Credits122.5
  2. Sample Curriculum

    First Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC116 Acting Fundamentals 1.5
    Select three of the following courses: 3.0
    DCB111-113 Core Techniques: Classical Ballet Foundations*
    DCO111-113 Core Techniques: Contemporary Ballet Foundations*
    DCC111-113 Core Techniques: Contemporary Foundations*
    DCJ111-113 Core Techniques: Classic Jazz Foundations*
    DN130 Fitness and Injury Prevention 1.5
    DN140 Iconic Dance Theatre Pop Culture 1.0
    DTP101 Dance Theatre Project I 2.0
    CCD210 Introduction to Contemporary Media Industry 1.5
    CCD101 Idea Origination 1.5
    ENG111 English Composition for the Performing Artist 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0

    Second Semester Sample Curriculum

    DCB111-113 Core Techniques: Classical Ballet Foundations* 1.0
    DCH111-113 Core Techniques: Hip Hop Foundations* 1.0
    DCM111-113 Core Techniques: Modern Foundations* 1.0
    DCZ111-113 Core Techniques: Commercial Jazz* 1.0
    DN141 Iconic: Dance Theatre History 1.0
    DNB111-113 Ballet 1.0
    DNJ111-113 Jazz 1.0
    DNM111-113 Modern 1.0
    DTP102 Dance Theatre Project II 2.0
    CCD201 Art of the Pitch 3.0
    SPC210 Communication & Rhetoric for the Creator 3.0
    Total Credits 16.0
    Total First Year Program Credits31.0

    Third Semester Sample Curriculum

    DCB111-113 Core Techniques: Classical Ballet Foundations* 1.0
    DCJ111-113 Core Techniques: Classic Jazz Foundations* 1.0
    DCO111-113 Core Techniques: Contemporary Ballet Foundations* 1.0
    DCS111-113 Core Techniques: Broadway Styles/Theatre Dance* 1.0
    DNB111-113 Ballet 1.0
    DNJ111-113 Jazz 1.0
    DNT111-113 Tap 1.0
    DTP201 Dance Theatre Project III 2.0
    CCD315 Kinetic Storytelling 2.0
    CCD307 Introduction to Transmedia Narratives 1.0
    HUM228 Introduction to Ethics: Through the Lens of Modern Film 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0

    Fourth Semester Sample Curriculum

    DTP202 Dance Theatre Project IV 2.0
    Select two of the following courses: 2.0
    DCB111-113 Core Techniques: Classical Ballet Foundations* (Choose 2 of 4)
    DCH111-113 Core Techniques: Hip Hop Foundations* (Choose 2 of 4)
    DCM111-113 Core Techniques: Modern Foundations* (Choose 2 of 4)
    DCZ111-113 Core Techniques: Commercial Jazz* (Choose 2 of 4)
    CCD310 Digital Tools for Creating Content 1.5
    CCD306 Introduction to Content Marketing Strategy 1.5
    Select one of the following courses: 3.0
    CCD301 (Choice) Writing Narratives for Performance I
    CCD305 (Choice) Score/Song Writing I
    DN406 (Choice) Choreography I
    SOC207 Introduction to Performance Psychology 3.0
    FIN200 Finance for the Creator 3.0
    Total Credits 16.0
    Total Second Year Program Credits31.0

    Fifth Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC226 Wardrobe, Make-Up and Hair 1.0
    DTO301 Dance Theatre Company V 2.0
    DC_11_ "Core Techniques* (choose 1 of 4)
    DN_11_ Ballet or Jazz 1.0
    DN_11_ Dance Specialty (Latin Jazz or Haitian Dance) 1.0
    Select one of the following courses: 3.0
    CCD301, CCD401 (Choice) Writing Narratives for Performance I/II
    CCD305, CCD405 (Choice) Score/Song Writing I/II
    DN406, DN407 (Choice) Choreography I/II
    HUM312 Creative Writing 3.0
    ANT210 Anthropology of the Performing Arts 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0

    Sixth Semester Sample Curriculum

    DNO302 Dance Theatre Company VI 2.0
    DC_11_ "Core Techniques* (choose 1 of 4)
    DN_11_ Ballet or Jazz 1.0
    DN_11_ Dance Specialty (Tap, Bollywood, Heels or Hip-Hop) 2.0
    DN342 Dance Theatre: Kinetic Storytelling for the Camera I 3.0
    ART307 The Art of Visual Branding 3.0
    SCI215 Health and Wellness for the Performer 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0
    Total Third Year Program Credits30.0

    Seventh Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC422 Art of the Monologue 1.0
    DNO401 Dance Theatre Company VII 2.0
    DN_11_ Ballet or Jazz 1.0
    DC_11_ "Core Techniques* (choose 2 of 4) 2.0
    DN_11_ Dance Specialty (Ballroom, Latin Fusion,
    Song and Dance or Street Jazz/Jazz Funk)
    2.0
    CCD410 Digital Tools for Creating Content II 1.0
    DN310 Career Prep for Dance Theatre 3.0
    HUM318 Gender in the Performing Arts 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0

    Eighth Semester Sample Curriculum

    DC_11_ "Core Techniques (choose 1 of 4) 1.0
    DN303 Dance Theatre: Audition Techniques 1.0
    DN410 Dance Theatre: Reels 1.5
    DN430 Dance Theatre Production Showcase 4.0
    DN_11_ Ballet or Jazz 1.0
    DN_11_ Dance Specialty (Tap or Contemporary Partnering) 1.0
    CCD420 Media for the Performer 3.0
    DN420 Industry and Networking: Business Essentials for Dancers 3.0
    Total Credits 15.5
    Total Fourth Year Program Credits30.5
    Total Program Credits122.5

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 specialist (or another term for call center) 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, and for you to tell us about your educational background, and your interest in pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts at 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 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 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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Dancer balances on toes with one arm raised
Two performers hug in the foreground of the stage
A dancer is sprawled out across the stage mid-roll
A troupe of dancers form a v-formation
A dancer faces away from the stage center stage with arms raised