The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) - New York Campus

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Two-Year Conservatory: The Studio Program - Acting for Stage, Film, and Television

The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) - New York Campus

Field of Study:Acting
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Film/Cinema Studies
Visual and Performing Arts, General
Visual and Performing Arts, Other
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $50,570

Original cost is US$38,900.

Careers:Musicians and SingersActors and ComediansCinematographers


The Studio Program is a rigorous four-term, performance-based curriculum designed to prepare students for careers in stage, film or television. Students will learn the concepts and techniques of effective movement, vocal control and character development essential for the working actor. AMDA's Studio Program also provides various enriching opportunities for onstage performance experience.

The program begins with a focus on the actor's imagination and an exploration of his or her inner resources as they relate to the external demands of the craft. Students are then quickly challenged to apply learned techniques — such as composing a visual and vocal score — to portray rich, believable characters. 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. This specialized fourth-term curriculum prepares actors to enter the performing industry with skill, confidence and a professional work ethic.


Test Scores:
  • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 73] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 70]
Application Notes : If English is not your primary language, you will be required to take either, the Cambridge English Language Assessment (FCE, CAE, or CPE), the Elash 2 test, the IELTS test, or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). All test results must be received directly from the testing service you choose. For admissions to Bachelor of Fine Arts programs, the minimum test score is: Cambridge (CEFR) - B2, ELASH 2 - 137, IELTS - 6, or TOEFL iBT - 70. The English language proficiency exam requirement is waived in situations where English was the primary language of instruction for a minimum of three years in the high school or university that will be sending official academic records to AMDA. A letter from the school must confirm that the language of instruction is English.
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
Checklist for completing the steps of the admission process:

  1. 1. Complete Application

  2. 2. Pay Applications Fee

  3. 3. Submit Application Essay

  4. 4. Provide Letter of Recommendation

  5. 5. Provide Official Transcript

  6. 6. Audition fro Admission

Applicants must audition for admission to AMDA. Appointments are required for auditions, which are held on our campuses, throughout the United States and abroad. Schedule an audition at Acting and Music Theatre audition performances should not exceed four minutes in total. Monologues should be from published plays. Original material may not be used. A chair will be available for use during the audition, but no additional props or set pieces are permitted.

Acting Students: The performance of two contrasting monologues: one classical and one contemporary; or two contemporary (each being no more than two minutes in length).

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on January 22, 2019