For more than 50 years, AMDA has been recognized throughout the industry for its rich history and tradition of launching some of the most successful careers in theatre, film, television, and new media. As a private college and conservatory, AMDA welcomes 1,500 students from all around the world each year to pursue programs in acting, musical theatre, and dance theatre.
In response to growing demand, AMDA is expanding its global reach this fall and offering placement and scholarship audition opportunities throughout South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia. As part of its Auditions + program, AMDA will host a series of workshops for high-school aged students offering a variety of performance training tips and an admissions overview at select locations to be announced soon.
In addition, AMDA offers scholarship audition opportunities in more than 50 cities outside of the US. A complete list of these auditions and locations can be found here.
AMDA is the only performing arts institution in the U.S. that offers international students admission to Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degrees, Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) Degrees, and Conservatory Certificate programs. Students can choose from the following disciplines of study:
- BFA in Acting (LA)
- BFA in Music Theatre (LA)
- BFA in Dance Theatre (LA)
- BFA in Performing Arts (LA)
- AOS in Acting (LA)
- AOS in Musical Theatre (LA)
- AOS in Dance Theatre (LA)
- The Studio Program – Acting for Stage, Film, and Television Conservatory Certificate (NY)
- The Integrated Program – Acting, Dance, and Music Theatre Conservatory Certificate (NY)
- Dance Theatre – Dance Conservatory Certificate (NY)
Founded in 1964 as the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, AMDA has pioneered excellence in performing arts education. Today AMDA continues to build upon its prestige with campuses in Los Angeles and New York City, two of the most influential entertainment hubs in the world.
AMDA College of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles and the AMDA Conservatory of the Performing Arts in New York City provide unparalleled education and training for the aspiring actor, dancer, singer, versatile artist, and beyond.
At AMDA, students are positioned for success from the moment they step on campus. With access to more than 300 faculty of acclaimed actors, choreographers, directors, filmmakers, and TV producers, students regularly receive industry insight and expertise from teachers currently working in the business.
Ranked No. 4 on Playbill’s Big 10, AMDA is among the top most represented colleges on Broadway in the 2018 – 2019 Season, indicating the tremendous level of success students reach after graduation. In addition, AMDA is among the 10 Best Colleges for Performing Arts in America, according to Niche.com.
AMDA is a thriving institution and community which includes thousands of prominent alumni in virtually every field of the entertainment industry; among the many are Christopher Jackson (original cast of Hamilton on Broadway), Anthony Ramos (supporting actor in A Star is Born), Caissie Levy (currently originating the role of Elsa in Frozen on Broadway), Jason Derulo (Billboard Top 10 Singer/Songwriter), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family on ABC), Nina Arianda (Tony Award Winner), Jeremy Pope (2019 Broadway Breakout Star, nominated for Tony Awards for both Ain’t Too Proud & Choir Boy), as well as industry titans Tyne Daly and Paul Sorvino.
AMDA is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). Connect with AMDA and begin staging your future!