College Junior 2012-04-10T17:52:47Z
Because the school was originally a conservatory, the scheduling resembles this. You need to be available 8am-5pm for classes during the week, and once you are given your schedule, you can schedule work and other things around that.
College Junior 2012-03-30T16:23:16Z
How Convenient Is AMDA? Administration works with you to get the schedule that is right for you. The dorms are only 10 blocks away and other classes such as voice are near by.
College Junior 2012-03-30T16:17:54Z
AMDA Experience – I love AMDA. The teachers are very professional. The students are great too. The dorms are OK, but considering they are in NYC and a wonderful location, they are great! You get what you put in at AMDA! Lots of work, but it should be. Zero tolerance for absents and being tardy! I plan on continuing my education at AMDA!
College Sophomore 2012-03-19T19:09:16Z
Unique School Traits – It is the only school I've found that offers everything I have been looking for in a Performing Arts College. It is also very selective, which means the value system and workload are fairly high.
College Senior 2012-03-03T21:49:02Z
Attitude in Class – While its very easy to say everyone is hardworking, outgoing, and wants to be here, there is a certain level of bullying that goes on that is hard to deal with. Everyone is here for their career but that doesnt mean you have to put people down or talk behind their backs. I feel like a good majority of the kids here need to grow up and realize theyre not in high school and putting other people down to make themsleves feel good is juvinile.
College Senior 2012-03-03T21:41:47Z
Tuition & Financial Aid:
Its Ok – I think the fact that they give out scholarships is really nice for people who really cant afford it, however its never more than half. I'm only getting a third and i'm finding it very hard to pay for college. they have very limited jobs on campus which has forced me to find work elsewhere. Better finacial aid packages would eliminte this struggle for students like me.
College Senior 2012-03-03T21:39:59Z
The Teacher – What I love about the teachers is they really get to know you on a deeper level. You are not allowed to call them MR. or Mrs. because they feel like that causes an unnessassary barrier between teacher and student. They feel like were all going out into the field of musical theatre one day so we need to treat each other as fellow actors, where no one is above or below in status.
Recent Alumnus 2012-02-25T14:01:06Z
There are no online classes at this school, but this is how I feel about my specific teachers.
Recent Alumnus 2012-02-25T14:00:11Z
Musical Theatre Program – I absolutely love this institute. The training is impeccable and the teachers are fantastic. That being said, I got lucky and wound up in the best classes with the best teachers, and unfortunately everyone isn't so lucky. I think they accept too many students and most of the kids are a walking dollar sign. I have never felt that way, but I know others who do. This school is great because it prepares you for the real world of auditioning and trying to make it. Everything is on you and if you don't do well it's not because your teacher didn't teach it to you it's because you didn't take the initiative to practice and do what they say. You cannot be lazy in a school like this or else it will show and reflect in your work and then you've just wasted $40,000.
College Senior 2012-01-22T01:05:19Z
Great Resources – It's easy to navigate around campus, and it's comfortable. Welcoming. The library is nice and the coffee shop is good and affordable. I like spending time on campus.
College Junior 2012-01-15T02:27:50Z
At Amda everyone has the use of technology. There are computers at everyone's reach so there is no excuse not to use them. There are computers in the main building and in the dorm computer lab.
College Junior 2011-12-27T22:35:58Z
My Experience at AMDA – I personally love this school. Its staff make me works hard and treats me like a student. i get the attention that i want and the life on campus is great. i meet many people from everywhere and i also have improved in my skills. The only problem is that it really is too expensive for me to keep myself in.
College Junior 2011-11-07T00:11:54Z
The Teachers Know What They're Talking About – All the teachers are proffessionals in the entertainment industry of some sort. My music theory teacher is an armenian opera, and my ballet teacher has worked with the choreographer of the film "Black Swan". Even the substitute teacher for my acting class had appeared in numerous T.V. shows. The chance to get to work with professionals in the industry deffinately makes it worth your time.
College Junior 2011-11-07T00:06:36Z
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You Get Your Moneys Worth in LA – The process was somewhat stressful in that there was alot that needed to be done and that kept coming up. However the education I am recieving is deffinately worth the money I paid to come here.
Recent Alumnus 2011-11-01T06:22:21Z
Amazing Audition Opportunities – In your final semester you only have the option of attending evening classes from 5:30 to 11, forcing you to leave your days open for auditions. I think this is an incredibly valuable opportunity and many students attend 4+ auditions a year. Luckily for students, if at any time you are cast in a show, you can leave school and complete the show, and then come back to finish your coursework.
Recent Alumnus 2011-11-01T06:14:33Z
Tuition & Financial Aid:
There are so many students that qualify for need based assistance and that makes the opportunity to receive Financial Aid much more difficult than other comparable schools. However the school is pretty generous with offering scholarships, and there are countless, and I do mean countless student worker positions, so you can make ends meet if you are determined.
Recent Alumnus 2011-11-01T06:12:17Z
Dorm Life at the Stratford Arms – The dorm used to be a hotel so there are definitely nice aspects of them. There is a computer lab, a spacious outdoor patio, two rehearsal spaces, a kitchen, and a common area. The major disadvantages are that you are not allowed to have guests, period. The only exception are your parents, and siblings. (Step-siblings are not allowed) You can under no exception have over night guests, and your family members must leave at eleven. The
'Strat' is nine blocks away from school, a fifteen minute walk on a nice day, and up to a twenty-five minute walk during the snow. Most everyone at the 'Strat' has a single room, so you do not need to worry about roommate stress. There are four showers on every floor, and there are plenty of restrooms. Half of the rooms share a private bathroom between two rooms.
College Senior 2011-10-22T23:19:17Z
A Teacher's Worth Its Weight in Gold – As an alum at my school, we still have access to all of our school resources such as the library, copy machines, sheet music selection, scripts, and certain lessons with musical directors. Also, since most of the teachers at AMDA are working actors, or somehow in the business, have connections to a multiple of outlets, it is possible a teacher may help us with finding work.
College Senior 2011-10-22T22:54:19Z
How All Schools Should Work! All of our Academic requirements for the school are performance related, so all of the teachers have to be very familiar with the theatre world. I have yet to have a teacher who did not care about each individual. Each class never had more than 20 students in it, so there was a lot of personal help and work. The course load is based upon the teachers' objective of the class. They all give a ton of work, but it's nothing you can't handle and it's purpose it to push us as far as we can go. All the teachers are rooting for us to succeed.
College Senior 2011-10-22T22:16:18Z
'To Be or Not to Be. That Is the Question.' – I chose my school because of its intense course load. This school is considered a conservatory school that helps you focus on how to become successful in the theatre community. Thanks to its location, conveniently in the middle of Manhattan, all of its students have access to the best libraries in the world. Including the one in our own building! It's a terrific school if you're serious about the arts. If not, it's full of hassles and frustrations.
College Junior 2011-10-19T23:56:40Z
Making the Best With What's Given – Our Library is filled with the majority of plays the average acting student needs. Along with books like the complete works of Shakespeare or of John Patrick Shanley. The gym is nice, but it's small; three treadmills and a 3 in 1 weight lifting machine. When it comes to the computers, the internet connection is pretty poor. It's common to go on the computer and have the internet connection go out for half and hour or even longer than that at times. The best thing to do is to use a lap top, but even at times that fails too.
College Junior 2011-10-19T23:37:46Z
Tuition & Financial Aid:
Can Money Effect My Future? Financial Aid? It's Awful. Being a Conservatory, many banks don't loan to AMDA. I started Fall 2008, but when I was returning for Fall 2009, I had less funding than the year before. I was afraid of what'd happen if I went to school and couldn't pay off my semester so I took a year off to find a job and save up. I did and I was very happy to return in Fall 2010 to see my friends, make new ones, and to continue my education. A week before my fourth semester begun, I was told that I owed $10,000 and it had to be paid in full by the end of the week. Every loan was denied and I had no where else to turn. So now my worst fear came true, I was kicked out and forced to take another year off. Heartbroken and disappointed, I returned home in search of the financial support that my school couldn't give to me. I would of graduated this coming year, but instead I'm paying off my third semester. Money can kick me out of school every year for as long as it likes. I know money is not on my side, but I must fight to get my education and my degree. AMDA is where I'm supposed to be.
College Junior 2011-10-19T23:36:01Z
The AMDA Experience – The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) is not your average school. As a Conservatory for Acting, we don't have sport teams, rivals, clubs, or even a mascot. School Spirit is really just the passion we have and show through our work in class and on the stage. I love it more than I thought I ever would. Sometimes we get together to play flag football, basketball, or what ever we can do in Hollywood like go to movie premieres, plays, or free showings to pass the time.
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-04T11:17:11Z
Tuition & Financial Aid:
Bang for Your Buck – The school is expensive, but the education is well worth it. Just keep asking over and over for information on scholarships. There is a small scholarship for good grades ($2,500, half each semester) that does help. However, it's very hard to get in touch with financial aid.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-17T17:37:47Z
No Time to Mess Around. I came here because of this schools intensive disiplinary reputation. I didn't want to get distracted by typical college life partying. I wanted my teachers to keep me on my feet and not let me slip. My schedule is made for me and I am expected to be on time to every class. I have learned an incredible amount of focus and disipline from this school.
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