My little sister was just accepted into the American College and Conservatory of Performing Arts and I am so delighted for her that she is going to be following in my footsteps and studying performing arts here. She spoke to me last week and said that she’d been doing a little bit of research about the college and reading the AMDA reviews but said that she didn’t really find what she was looking for, so wanted to ask me. I myself had a quick check online and realized that there isn’t really enough information about what students can expect when they study here, so I though that I should offer my own experience for anyone who is looking to study at AMDA.
What is Student Life Like
The two thoughts which come to mind when thinking about what student life was like are hard work and boatloads of fun. There is no real party scene at the college nor is there Greek life or anything like that, but what you do have is a group of students who are incredibly open minded and very creative, and that leads to so much fun. There are many social clubs which you can join, most of these are focused on various performing arts, and there is a real blend between studying and social life such as rehearsing and performing.
It think the reason why this college is widely considered as one of the best places in the country to study performing arts comes down to the fact that the professors are incredibly good. The staff here have all had careers in the performing arts and they know exactly what they are talking about and exactly how to get the most out of their students. My advice would be to pay attention to the professors as much as possible if you want to be the best.
How Hard Is It?
There is a myth around studying performing arts that it is somehow easy or a free ride, but the truth could not be much different. This is a very hard course to study and it requires you to work hard and be emotionally invested in your projects and the progress that you are making. This can also be very brutal and they will pull no punches in telling you when you have failed auditions or when your work is not good enough.
Making the Most of It
My advice on how to make the most out of studying performing arts would be to allow yourself to be influenced and inspired by fellow students, to pay close attention to the professors and teaching staff and most importantly to find a competitive edge inside you. You are going to need to be competitive during your time at the college and you most certainly will have to be competitive once you get out into the real world, where it really is a dog eat dog.