Program Description +−
AMDA’s BFA Performing Arts program is designed for motivated artists seeking to build
enhanced performance skills while developing original works tailored to an individual’s performance passion.
Students select a focus of study (Creating Content & Acting, Creating Content & Music Theatre or Creating
Content & Dance Theatre). Each semester of the program contains performance courses relating directly to the
student’s chosen focus as well as Content Creation courses that can be applied to any or all performance
disciplines. Upper semester course work provides for additional Content Creation courses that also speak to the
student’s specific area of performance focus.
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, content creators, producers, directors,
choreographers or composers, 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 & Content Creation program should be able to:
- Create convincing, compelling characters performed with vocal, physical, and emotional specificity.
- Demonstrate broad-based development in the performing arts, including critical thinking skills, advanced-level
performance skills and an individual sense of creativity.
- Work effectively in groups to create theatrical moments or events and solve production challenges.
- 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 product.
- Demonstrate comprehension and application of make-up techniques and materials.
- Apply business practices to the promotion and maintenance of career opportunities within the performing arts and
performing arts adjacent industries.
- Compare different theatrical forms, aesthetic values, or cultural contexts to expand skill sets and deepen one's
understanding of theatrical possibilites.
- Demonstrate the ability to cultivate an idea from concept to production-ready, finished product.
- Engage in a collaborative production process utilizing standard entertainment industry practices as applied to
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 a strategic approach to content development, innovation, and delivery in the performing arts.