AMDA provides rigorous, performance-based training and an industry-focused educational experience; one that inspires excellence and prepares artists with an appreciation for the universal power of transformation through the performing arts. 

Since its inception in 1964 as the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, AMDA has pioneered excellence in performing arts education, launching some of the most successful careers in theatre, film, television, and new media.

Each year, more than 1,500 students engage in AMDA's rigorous curricula, training under the guidance of AMDA’s faculty of professional artists and instructors at the leading edge of their respective fields.

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 American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York provide unparalleled education and training for the aspiring actor, dancer, singer, versatile artist, and beyond.

AMDA is the only performing arts institution offering Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree, Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) Degree, and Professional Conservatory Certificate programs. Students can choose from the following disciplines of study:

Degree Programs (Los Angeles)

  • BFA in Acting
  • BFA in Music Theatre
  • BFA in Dance Theatre
  • BFA in Performing Arts
  • AOS in Acting
  • AOS in Musical Theatre
  • AOS in Dance Theatre

Conservatory Certificate Programs (New York)

  • The Studio Program – Acting for Stage, Film, and Television (NY)
  • The Integrated Program – Acting, Dance, and Music Theatre (NY)
  • Conservatory Certificate – Dance Theatre (NY)


Basic details

  • Region: West and East Coasts
  • Location: Los Angeles, California & New York, New York
  • Campus setting: Urban
  • Type of institution: Private; Specialist Institution

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 31%
  • Average ACT range: N/A
  • Average SAT range: N/A
  • Test optional?: Yes
  • Common Application accepted?: Yes
  • Areas of study offered include: Acting, Musical Theatre, Dance Theatre
  • Full list of majors available:


  • International students are eligible for: merit/talent-based scholarship, need-based financial aid
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $50,194


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: N/A
  • Varsity sports: N/A

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