AMDA College & Conservatory of the Performing Arts

211 West 61st St. NY, NY 10023

Contact: Lauren Paha,

Program Description

AMDA provides rigorous, performance-based training and an industry-focused education experience; one that inspires excellence and prepares artists with an appreciation for the universal power of transformation through art. AMDA’s educational philosophy is based on close collegial interaction between instructors and students — in class, in production and through active mentorship.

Since 1964, AMDA College of the Performing Arts has been recognized for its rich history of launching successful careers in theatre, film, television and new media. AMDA offers BFA, AOS Degrees and Conservatory Programs in Acting, Music Theatre, Dance Theatre and Performing Arts on its NYC and Hollywood campuses.

Degree/s Offered

L.A. CAMPUS – Degree Programs – Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) – Acting, Musical Theatre, Dance Theatre, Performing Arts. Associates of Occupational Studies (A.O.S) – Acting, Musical Theatre, Dance Theatre. Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) – Theatre Arts. NYC CAMPUS – Conservatory Programs. Studio – Acting for Stage, Film, and Television. Integrated – Acting, Dance, and Musical Theatre.

Brief History of School/ Department

The concept and vision of AMDA was created by dynamic artists and educators at the forefront of their fields in Broadway, Shakespeare, Hollywood film, world-renowned dance, playwriting and academia. This group of distinguished and successful artists shared a unique philosophy: that the training of any performing artist – whether it be of an actor, a singer, or a dancer – benefits greatly by including core classes in voice, speech, movement, dance, and acting. Recognizing the value that “cross-training” would have to each individual performing artist, the AMDA curriculum was born. This was an original, non-traditional approach; in 1964, the year of AMDA’s founding, no other performing arts school or program offered an immersive, multi-disciplinary style of AOS or Certificate study. Since AMDA’s beginning, its signature model of training has been adopted as the gold standard of performing arts education by colleges and universities throughout the country, and indeed throughout the world.

Description of Facilities

AMDA is the only BFA-granting performing arts college with campuses located in the heart of Hollywood and Manhattan, the two creative capitals of the world. Each location offers unparalleled artistic and cultural resources: film and television studios, theatres, museums, galleries, libraries and performing arts centers. Our campuses consist not only of the traditional buildings, theatres and classrooms but also the cities of New York and Los Angeles themselves. There is no better place to train than these two artistic capitals, where you walk by living legends on the street and have access to unparalleled events and opportunities that nourish the artist: world-class theatre, television and film studios, museums, galleries and libraries.