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Alternatives to NYU Tisch

dBPMw99UdBPMw99U Registered User Posts: 80 Junior Member
edited September 2013 in New York Colleges
I'm making a list of colleges to apply to in the fall and need some help.

I love acting and definitely want to major in it - specifically a BFA programme rather than a BA as I hope to have a career in acting and feel that the intensity will help me to better prepare for the future. Also BA programmes are usually less competitive to get into and are looked down upon by casting directors who favour the BFA. However I am also academically talented and consistently achieve the highest grades and actually like to study. So I'm searching for a university that's highly ranked both academically and is also renowned for its acting programme.

I have looked at conservatory-style programmes, for example Carnegie Mellon and SUNY Purchase, but neither leave enough time for general studies and I would like to take a minor in a different field such as business studies, creative writing or philosophy along with my BFA in acting as I am also interested in these areas.

If possible I would like the programme to include some form of screen acting as my true passion is acting for the camera as supposed to theatre.

So far the only university I can seem to find that fits all of my criteria is NYU Tisch - which is my first choice as it is located in New York City (my favourite place in all of America). I've heard that the programme is extremely selective so I need to apply to several other universities in addition.

I would prefer to study in New York but am willing to look at different states providing the university is a good fit - although there are some places that I would not choose to study in such as Texas, Ohio, California and Los Angeles (personal preference - I don't mean to offend anybody!).

Before anyone suggests Boston University, it does not offer financial aid to international students and, although I am originally from the US, I am now a British Citizen. My family are not extremely wealthy but we can afford $40,000 a year without difficulty (including housing etc.). But I am still going to apply for more expensive universities that do offer financial aid, so please suggest any universities that sound good for me and not just ones that are within my budget.

Thanks in advance
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Replies to: Alternatives to NYU Tisch

  • redeye41redeye41 Registered User Posts: 339 Member
    Syracuse University would be a very good choice. They have excellent acting, musical theater and other related programs. Look them up! Syracuse.edu They have produced some very talented alumni from their BFA programs. And they welcome international students.
  • dBPMw99UdBPMw99U Registered User Posts: 80 Junior Member
    I have heard good things about Syracuse. Is the location very remote? How far away is if from New York City? It was on my list until one of my friends (whose from Boston) told me it was a rural hamlet in the middle of nowhere!
  • redeye41redeye41 Registered User Posts: 339 Member
    Syracuse is about a 5 hour drive from NYC, 1 hour flight. Syracuse itself has maybe 250,000(?) residents. They have a lot of connections to the NYC theater world. They have a semester abroad for Actors in London at the Globe theatre (home for a semester!) Also, many students from NYC choose to study at Syracuse and really love it. Look at what they have to offer on their website. Syr.edu
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