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.