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Certificate: The Integrated Conservatory (Musical Theatre, Acting, and Dance)

    Professional Certificate Program in Musical Theatre, Acting, and Dance.

    • Offered on the New York Campus
    • Accelerated Option Allows for Degree Completion in 1.5 years
    • Access to a Variety of Workshop and Performance Opportunities
    • Culminates in an Original Showcase Production in New York City
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Program Description +

The Integrated Certificate Program provides comprehensive training in vocal technique, acting, and theatrical dance performance. This intensive four-term program develops skilled performing artists prepared for work within musical theatre performance. Students are immersed in multi-arts training from the very start of their program. A specified fixed curriculum helps develop strong foundations in a variety of musical styles, dance genres, and acting techniques. Training begins with an emphasis on each individual artist’s development while subsequent courses provide opportunities to explore duets, trios, and working in ensembles. Throughout the program, individual voice training helps support the breadth of courses provided each term. In the final term, coursework is focused on industry and career preparation, including an original showcase production experience. Each showcase is crafted based on the unique and individual cast members assigned as a company.

Program Learning Outcomes +

Students completing the Integrated Certificate 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.

Curriculum +

  1. Sample Curriculum

    Year One Sample Curriculum

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    First Term

    1100 Performing Arts Practicum I
    1.7 25.5
    1200 Acting I : Technique
    6.0 90.0
    1300 Musical Theatre I: Techniques
    7.0 105.0
    1320 Musical Theatre Film Lab I
    1.0 15.0
    1340 Sight Singing I
    2.0 30.0
    1400 Voice Production and Speech I
    4.0 60.0
    1500 Dance I: Theatre Dance
    2.0 30.0
    1511 Dance I: Tap
    2.0 30.0
    1521 Dance I: Jazz
    2.0 30.0
    1531 Dance I: Ballet
    2.0 30.0
    1600 Individual Voice I*
    1.0 20.0
    Total Clock Hours465.0
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    Second Term

    2100 Performing Arts Practicum II
    1.7 25.5
    2200 Acting II: Beginning Scene Study
    6.0 90.0
    2300 Musical Theatre II: Performance Styles
    6.5 97.5
    2320 Musical Theatre Film Lab II
    1.0 15.0
    2340 Sight Singing II
    1.5 22.5
    2400 Voice Production and Speech II
    4.0 60.0
    2500 Dance II: Theatre Dance
    2.0 30.0
    2511 Dance II:Tap
    2.0 30.0
    2521 Dance II: Jazz
    2.0 30.0
    2531 Dance II: Ballet
    2.0 30.0
    2600 Individual Voice II*
    1.0 20.0
    Total Clock Hours450.5
    Total First Year Clock Hours916.0

    Year Two Sample Curriculum

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    Third Term

    3100 Performing Arts Practicum III
    1.7 25.5
    3200 Acting III: Intermediate Scene Study
    6.5 97.5
    3300 Musical Theatre III: Scene Study, Duets and Ensemble
    9.0 135.0
    3400 Voice Production and Speech III
    4.0 60.0
    3500 Dance III: Theatre Dance
    2.0 30.0
    3511 Dance III: Tap
    2.0 30.0
    3521 Dance III: Jazz
    2.0 30.0
    3531 Dance III: Ballet
    2.0 30.0
    3600 Individual Voice III*
    1.0 20.0
    Total Clock Hours458.0
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    Fourth Term

    4101 Career Preparation
    5.0 hrs / 2 weeks 10.0
    4201 Acting IV: Advanced Scene Study
    6.0 hrs / 4 weeks 24.0
    4200 Drama Performance Showcase**
    27.5 hrs / 5 weeks 145.0
    4260 Acting for Film and Television Workshop
    2.0 hrs / 4 weeks 8.0
    4262 Audition Techniques
    2.0 hrs / 4 weeks 8.0
    4265 Improvisation I: Foundations
    2.0 hrs / 4 weeks 8.0
    4266 Monolouges for Auditions***
    4.0 hrs / 5 weeks 22.0
    4300 Musical Theatre Performance Showcase**
    27.5 hrs / 5 weeks 145.0
    4310 Musical Theatre Preparation for Auditions***
    2 hrs / 8 weeks 16.0
    4500 Dance IV: Theatre Dance***
    2.0 hrs / 5 weeks 12.0
    4511 Dance IV: Tap***
    2.0 hrs / 5 weeks 11.0
    4521 Dance IV: Jazz/Ballet***
    2.0 hrs / 5 weeks 11.0
    4544 Dance Combinations for Auditions***
    2.0 hrs / 5 weeks 12.0
    4600 Individual Voice IV*
    1.0 20.0
    4710 Audition Preperation Seminar
    2.0 hrs / 1 week 2.0
    Total Clock Hours473.0
    Total Second Year Clock Hours931..0
    Total Program Clock Hours1847.0

    *Individual Voice classes are shown as regular weekly hours. Calculations include one Saturday Master Class equaling 4 additional hours plus 1 hour voice demonstration.
    **Showcase hours per week are shown as regular hours. Calculations include Production Week and Saturday Technical Rehearsals equaling 7.5 additional hours.
    ***Class hours shown per week are shown as regular hours. Calculations include Panel Week and/or Final Demonstrations that add additional hours.

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 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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