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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 Program provides comprehensive training in acting, dance and vocal performance. This intensive four-semester 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 working in duets, trios and ensembles. Throughout the program, individual voice training helps support students through the demands of a variety of courses. In the final semester, 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:

    • Employ a broad range of acting knowledge and ability, including convincingly creating characters and projecting oneself into the imaginary circumstances of the musical.
    • Demonstrate analytical and performance skills required in musicals and plays from various genres and style periods.
    • Demonstrate technical proficiency in movement, including effectively using the body as an instrument for characterization in the creation of a believable physical life and detailed score of physical action.
    • Comprehend the basic business procedures of the profession, including auditions, resumes and professional representation.

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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. 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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A performer sings a solo as solemn cast, evenly spread about a stage remain silent
A singer in a tuxeduo sings with eyes closed into a condenser microphone
A group of performers in a variety of pastel-colored dresses sing in unison
A vaudevillian actress takes center-stage singing while the rest of the cast, both hands raised, sing backup
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Two performers with suitcases in front of them, belt out notes with arms wide