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Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree: Performing Arts (Music Theatre)

    Undergraduate Degree for training across ALL performing arts disciplines with a concentration in Music Theatre.

    • Offered on the Los Angeles Campus (See Integrated Certificate to BFA for NY Campus Option)
    • Accelerated Option Allows for Degree Completion in 2.5 years
    • Access to AMDA’s Mainstage Production Opportunities
    • Culminates in an Original Showcase Production in Los Angeles
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Program Description +

The BFA Performing Arts (Music Theatre) Degree Program is designed for students who desire performance training in a variety of disciplines. Students are accepted into the Music Theatre concentration as the focus for their program. After building a central foundation of skill sets within Music Theatre, students, based on individual interests, have opportunities to pursue coursework in additional areas of concentration. Advanced courses emphasize career preparation, networking, audition techniques, and cultivating an entrepreneurial spirit. The intensive performance-based training is blended with a range of academic-based studies. A wide array of performance opportunities enhances the scope of the program. The program's rich breadth of curriculum helps prepare students to compete within the entertainment industry's ever-changing landscape.

Program Learning Outcomes +

Students completing the BFA Performing Arts (Music Theatre) 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.
    • Demonstrate well-rounded development in the performing arts, including critical thinking skills, advanced-level skills in performing arts, and enhanced creativity.
    • Utilize appropriate interpretation in performing compositions from a variety of historical styles and periods.
    • Compare different theatrical forms, aesthetic values, or cultural contexts as a way of deepening technical skills and expanding awareness of what is theatrically possible.

Curriculum +

  1. Summary of Required Courses

    Program Category KeyCredits
    Music Theatre Foundation78.5 - 79.5
    Elective (options may vary)11.5 - 12.5
    General Education30.5
    Total Program Credits 121.5-123.0
  2. Sample Curriculum

    First Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC100Acting I: Beginning Scene Study2.5
    DN150Dance and Movement for the Performing Artist I1.0
    DNB11_Ballet1.0
    IV101Individual Voice I0.5
    MT130, MT130LMusical Theatre I: Techniques & Accompanist Music Lab3.5
    MT141Iconic Music Theatre History1.0
    MU141Piano Fundamentals1.0
    MU144Sightsinging Fundamentals1.0
    FS100First-Semester Seminars0.5
    ENG101English Composition3.0
    Total Credits15.0

    Second Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC110Acting II: Contemporary Scene Study2.5
    DN170Dance and Movement for the Performing Artist II1.0
    DNB111-113Ballet1.0
    IV102Individual Voice II0.5
    MT134, MT134LMusical Theatre II: Styles & Accompanist Music Lab3.5
    MU143Piano Techniques1.0
    MU148Sightsinging Techniques1.0
    VP140Voice, Production and Speech I: Foundations2.0
    General Education Selection3.0
    Total Credits15.5
    Total First Year Program Credits30.5

    Third Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC227 Acting III: Advanced Scene Study 3.5
    DNJ11_ Jazz 1.0
    IV201 Individual Voice III 0.5
    MT233, MT233L Musical Theatre III: Scenes & Accompanist Music Lab 3.5
    VP141 Voice, Production and Speech II: Techniques 1.5
    Select two of the following elective courses: 2.0
    MU145 Songwriting: Piano Based (1.0)
    MU150 Introduction to Guitar (1.0)
    MU151 Guitar Fundamentals (1.0)
    MU231 Small Vocal Ensemble: Motown, Doo-Wop, Barbershop (1.0)
    PI233-251 Finding Your Voice: Rotational Offering (1.0)
    VS200 Essential Vocal Anatomy & Physiology of the Professional Singer (1.0)
    General Education Selection 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0

    Fourth Semester Sample Curriculum

    DNJ11_ Jazz 1.0
    FL120 Acting for the Camera I 2.0
    IV202 Individual Voice IV 0.5
    MT240, MT240L Musical Theatre: Audition Preparation & Accompanist Music Lab 3.0
    VP243 Voice, Production and Speech III: Advanced Techniques 1.5
    Select one of the following elective courses: 1.0
    MU131 Jazz Harmonies
    MU145 Songwriting: Piano-Based
    MU150 Introduction to Guitar
    MU151 Guitar Fundamentals
    MU153 Guitar Techniques I
    VS202 Comparative Vocal Pedagogies: Classical and Contemporary Techniques
    PI233-251 Finding Your Voice: Rotational Offering
    General Education Selection 1 3.0
    General Education Selection 2 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0
    Total Second Year Program Credits 30.0

    Fifth Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC226 Wardrobe, Make-Up and Hair 1.0
    AC318 Career Preparation 1.0
    DNT111-113 Tap 1.0
    FL121 Acting for the Camera II 2.0
    IV301 Individual Voice V 0.5
    VS301 Vocal Coaching V 0.5
    Select one of the following required courses: 2.0
    MT307, MT307L Musical Theatre Auditions: Mastering
    the Callback & Accompanist Music Lab
    MT309, MT309L Commercial Music: Fundamentals
    of Performance & Accompanist Music Lab
    Select two of the following elective courses: 1.0-2.0
    MU237 Large Vocal Ensemble: Broadway (2.0)
    MU145 Songwriting: Piano-Based (2.0)
    MU150 Introduction to Guitar (2.0)
    MU151 Guitar Fundamentals (2.0)
    MU153 Guitar Techniques I (2.0)
    MU235 Small Vocal Ensemble: Historical and Contemporary Repertoire (2.0)
    PI233-251 Finding Your Voice: Rotational Offering (1.0)
    VS200 Essential Vocal Anatomy & Physiology of the Professional Singer (1.0)
    General Education Selection 1 3.0
    General Education Selection 2 3.0
    Total Credits 16.0

    Sixth Semester Sample Curriculum

    DNT111-113 Tap 1.0
    FL418 Media for the Music Theatre Performer 2.0
    IV302 Individual Voice VI 0.5
    VS302 Vocal Coaching VI 0.5
    Select one of the following required courses: 3.0
    MT327, MT327L Musical Theatre Styles: Creating A
    New Musical Character & Accompanist Music Lab
    3.0
    MT329, MT329L Commercial Music: Performance Techniques & Accompanist Music Lab 3.0
    Select one of the following required courses: 1.0-1.5
    AC122 Improvisation I: Foundations (1.5)
    SC100 Stage Combat I: Unarmed (1.5)
    PI233-251 Finding Your Voice: Rotational Offering (1.0)
    VP300 Voice, Production and Speech: IPA/Introduction to Dialects (1.5)
    Select one of the following elective courses: 1.0
    MU239 Large Vocal Ensemble: Advanced Jazz Harmonies
    MU145 Songwriting: Piano-Based
    MU150 Introduction to Guitar
    MU151 Guitar Fundamentals
    MU153 Guitar Techniques I
    MU233 Small Vocal Ensemble: Madrigals and Contemporary Vocal Bands
    VS202 Comparative Vocal Pedagogies:
    Classical and Contemporary Techniques
    General Education Selection 1 3.0
    General Education Selection 2 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0-15.5
    Total Third Year Program Credits 31.0-31.5

    Seventh Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC422 Art of the Monologue 1.0
    DN331 Musical Theatre: Dance Audition Techniques 1.0
    DNJ111-113 Jazz 1.0
    FL202 Acting for the Camera III 2.0
    IV401 Individual Voice VII 0.5
    PI244 Original Content Creation 1.5
    Select one of the following required courses: 3.0
    MT417, MT417L Musical Theatre Company: Repertory Roles & Accompanist Music Lab
    MT419, MT419L Commercial Music Project & Accompanist Music Lab
    Select one of the following elective courses: 1.0-1.5
    PI233-251 Finding Your Voice: Rotational Offering (1.0)
    VP410 Dialects: Directed Studies German/South African (1.5)
    Select one of the following elective courses: 1.0
    MU165 Songwriting: Guitar Based
    VS204 Vocal Injury & Fitness Prevention
    General Education Selection 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0-15.5

    Eighth Semester Sample Curriculum

    DNJ111-113 Jazz 1.0
    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
    MT430 BFA Musical Theatre Senior Showcase 4.0
    MU231 Small Vocal Ensemble: Motown, Doo-Wop, Barbershop 1.0
    VS402 Vocal Coaching VIII 0.5
    Select one of the following elective courses: 1.0
    MT410 Commercial Music Repertoire: Collaborative Songwriting
    MT412 MT Auditions: Essential Repertoire
    Select one of the following elective courses: 1.0
    MT413 MT Auditions: Mock Panel
    MT416 Commercial Music: Session Singing
    Select one of the following elective courses: 1.0
    MT414 MT Auditions: MT Specialty Categories
    MT418 Commercial Music: Home Studio Production for Vocalists
    Select one of the following elective courses: 1.5-2.0
    PI233-251 Finding Your Voice: Rotational Offering (Select Two Offerings) (2.0)
    VP410 Dialects: Directed Studies German/South African (1.5)
    Total Credits 15.0-15.5
    Total Fourth Year Program Credits 30.0-30.5
    Total Program Credits121.5-123.0

    The BFA in Music Theatre Degree Program requires two Harmony credits, two Ballet, two Tap and two Jazz courses. Students must audition and successfully perform in at least one production (includes Showcase, BFA Play, BFA Musical, Dance Theatre Concert and BlackBox).

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.


Two actors share a kind exchange with one reaching out to hold the hand of another in apparent greeting or reaffirmation
Five performs on stage singing in unison
Performers on stage sing in a mimicked office stage setting
Singer tunes guitar in front of piano
3 Singers embrace and sing in unison
Solo singer singing in front of stand microphone