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The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts is established as a conservatory style program of study for students who wish to combine intensive performing arts training with experiences that broaden understanding of the global community.
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The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts exists to provide members of The Young Americans with a learning environment that reinforces the YA experience of innovative and creative learning with academic rigor that advances artistry and leadership to establish each student as a lifelong learner.

Formed as a specialty school, The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts blends the concepts of theoretical learning with practical application. It is our belief that an education with an emphasis on the performing arts enables the student to develop diversity in their thought process, communication skills and approach to problem solving – skills vital to success in today’s global community.


To provide members of The Young Americans with a performance-based education emphasizing artistry, leadership, communication and collaboration, so that they can become better performers, teachers and human beings.

  • To develop an institution that is recognized internationally for its ability to train the finest performers and arts educators.
  • To provide courses of study that are of the highest standards and connect theory to practice so that students are prepared for life after college.
  • To offer courses of study that ignite the student’s desire to learn and equips them with the skills needed for a life-long commitment to learning.
  • To assemble a faculty with extensive professional experience in their fields and who are dedicated to sharing their knowledge and guiding artistic growth.
  • Artistry – Students will develop their artistic voice and gain an acute awareness, understanding, appreciation and expression of the performing arts.
  • Leadership – Students will develop and demonstrate application of ethical decision making, defined values system, diversity of knowledge and understanding of management and team leadership.
  • Global Perspective – Students will develop skills that allow them to effectively and professionally work across cultural boundaries.
  • Life-Long Learning – Students will develop critical analysis skills and be able to apply these skills to a life-long pursuit of knowledge.
The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts offers each student a unique learning experience. The emphasis is upon training performers and arts educators, however, these components also contain fundamental lessons that can be applied to any career path the student may choose.
The Young Americans runs a training program designed to prepare new members of The Young Americans for participation as a performer and teacher with The Young Americans’ International Music Outreach Tour. The training program is completed in the member’s first year and works on developing performance techniques, teaching techniques and artistic growth. New members of The Young Americans must complete this program prior to auditioning for a place on a Music Outreach Tour. Young Americans College students interested in this program, please read information regarding Enrollment Option C.
The Associate of Arts in Performance degree program is a two-year program of study that emphasizes the development of artistic growth coupled with the development of leadership, cultural literacy and a commitment to continued personal growth. The AA in Performance program is musically oriented and develops a foundation of contemporary performance skills in the genres of voice, acting, and dance. The overall program provides students with technical proficiency, live performance experiences, and core academic classes so they may become well rounded artists. Check out our Alumni page to see a partial listing of former Young Americans and what they have accomplished.
The integration between the college program and the productions of The Young Americans organization provides students the opportunity to continue to work towards completing their education with The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts while participating in domestic and international tours, dinner theatres, album recordings and large venue live concert performances.


Download the 2014-2015 Academic Catalog by clicking here. | For past years visit our Archives page.


Download the 2015-2016 College Info Packet by clicking here.


Download the current School Performance Fact Sheet by clicking here. | For past years visit our Archives page.


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Through the NCMC affiliation, students enrolled in The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts’ Associate of Arts in Performance can opt to concurrently enroll through NCMC and work toward earning an Associate Degree in General Studies. Students will not duplicate courses; courses will be taught in our California classrooms or completed online.


  • In the course of two years students can earn up to 48 credits of YA course work taken through NCMC. These credits will appear on a NCMC transcript and be eligible for transfer to other educational institutions.
  • Access to federal financial aid (grants and student loans) as a full?time NCMC student. Financial aid is available to qualified students enrolled in 6 or more North Central credit hours.
  • By taking an additional 12 credits of General Education courses directly through NCMC, students may earn an Associate Degree in General Studies. These credits can be taken online at any time or in person after leaving the YA program.


The AGS is the most flexible degree option through NCMC and is earned by many students who wish to transfer to a college or university to complete a Bachelor’s Degree. To earn an AGS, a minimum of 60 college-level credits is required. In addition to the 48 credits students earn while participating in the Young Americans’ Associate of Arts in Performance program of study, an additional 12 credits must be taken directly through NCMC or another accredited college or university at any time before, during, or after your time with The Young Americans. Many courses are offered online throughout the fall, winter and summer NCMC sessions. Potential elective courses include: Art History, Intro to Marketing, Basic Photography, Intro to American Government, Principles of Management, and Children’s Literature. (Pre-requisites may be required.)

Students should confer with an NCMC Advisor to create a personalized educational plan. Please contact Paula Welmers at 231.348.6700 or .

The following requirements are necessary to participate in the NCMC affiliation:

  1. ACT (min. score Reading 21, English 18) or SAT (min. score Reading 450, Writing/English 430)
  2. U.S. Citizenship (dual citizenship is acceptable – TOEFL required [min. score Paper 550, Computer-based 213, Internet-based 79])
  3. Completion of NCMC enrollment steps and acceptance into NCMC.

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