BFA at Molloy College/CAP 21

<p>Hello, frends…my D has just committed to attend Molloy College’s brand-new BFA in Theater. They are calling it Theater, but the theater training will be provided by none other than the renowned MT conservatory, CAP 21 in NYC, which provided the MT training for NYU/Tisch until NYU’s Class of 2009 was done. The Molloy Class of 2018 is the first to embark on this major. It’s exciting to be a trailblazer, but scary too…how will the program work, since Molloy is in Rockville Center, Long Island and CAP 21’s studios are in NYC? Will it be well-received by the profession (translation: will the kids get work?) We don’t know…but stay tuned, hang on, and enjoy the ride – I will try my best to keep you posted – literally!</p>

<p>First bit of news…in addition to the Molloy tuition, etc., CAP 21 charges a $6,000 fee. The acceptance letter, FA package, and websites of both schools omitted this little detail. Still – compared to many other MT programs, and particularly the bank account-busting NYU, the Molloy/CAP 21 tuition is quite reasonable. </p>

<p>Second bit of news: Molloy is overwhelmingly a commuter school. Currently, only 174 students are housed on campus in the lone dorm, which opened in 2011. This fall, they are opening a second dorm with capacity for another 100 students. When the FA package came, the FA was based on the tuition only…they didn’t factor in the expense of room and board, let alone the CAP 21 fee. When I called the FA office to ask about this, they were thrown for a loop. Guess they’re not used to resident students yet! Well, look out, Molloy…the BFAs are coming, and they will change your campus forever!!!</p>

<p>Did you travel to CAP21’s studios, as well? If you did, what time and day was it, and how long was the commute? Have either CAP21 or Molloy given specifics about the length of the commute at all?</p>

<p>Do they have a sample 4-year plan yet? How many gen eds do students take the first year? I think I remember that the students have 3 days at Molloy and 2 at CAP21 Freshman year, then the reverse the other years. Is that right? If it is, are any classes taken on-campus theatre-related (either theatre-related gen eds or specific classes in the major)?</p>

<p>I read on the website they will get general education done at Molloy, but will have to get to CAP21 for actual performing arts classes</p>

<p>Congrats to you and your D, and good luck :)</p>

<p>@‌broadwaybum - that is correct. Molloy has the travel aspect all worked out.</p>

<p>@myloves - D auditioned at CAP 21, but we don’t live on LI, so I can’t tell you how long it will take. Molloy has a free shuttle right outside the dorms that will take the kids to the RVC train station…I believe the train ride to Penn Station is about 30 minutes. Then walk or subway to W.18th Street. They will all go together…it’s 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with one hour for lunch, so they will WORK! Freshman and sophomore years are 3 days Molloy, 2 days CAP21. In junior and senior year, it’s switched. I don’t have a sample 4-year plan yet. My D has quite a few AP credits, which will affect her gen eds. Yes, there will be theater-related courses on campus. I met the theater manager, and he’s very enthusiastic; he plans to offer courses in writing, directing and set design. Not sure when all this will happen, but that’s part of the excitement! When you see their brand-new, state-of-the-art theater, you’ll be enthusiastic, too…it absolutely blows away anything else I’ve seen on other campuses. D lit up when she saw it!</p>

<p>I have the curriculum but I’m busy at work and can’t post it now. It will take time to type it out. Stay tuned.</p>

<p>@BethsMom‌ - I am just reading your post. If you are able to post the curriculum, I would certainly appreciate it. My D is seriously considering the Molloy/CAP21 BFA program and I am curious to see how they have designed it. She is at CAP21 training in their summer program right now and is loving it.</p>

<p>I have Jen’s schedule: besides the required freshman writing course, and another required course called “The College Experience” (I can only imagine !!!), she’s taking: Acting I, Voice and Diction for Acting, and Classical Piano on the Molloy campus on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. On Mondays and Wednesdays, it’s 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at CAP 21. She is already signed up for Theatre Arts Studio I there. The singing and dancing components are determined by a placement “audition” during Orientation Week. They are bringing the kids to CAP 21 for a dry run during Orientation, and that’s when placement will happen…</p>

<p>In the spring, we already know that she will be taking Music Theory Fundamentals and Sight Singing/Ear Training on campus.</p>

<p>Jen did not get to choose any of this…they do it all for you. Not that she cares…this is exciting stuff! Glad to hear that your D is enjoying the CAP 21 summer program. I wish we had known about it!</p>

<p>I’m curious now about who teaches the acting courses at Molloy…</p>

<p>^^They should have the faculty bios on their website, no?</p>

<p>They don’t have faculty bios on the website, and we have not been told who the professors are yet. I did, however, find the “proposed four-year curriculum” on the website…wow!, it’s intense You can find it at <a href=“http://www.molloy.edu/academics”>www.molloy.edu/academics</a>. Click on “Humanities Division” and you will find the Theater Arts major…the curriculum is there.</p>

<p>There is summer reading and viewing, folks…just got the list. Among them are Respect for Acting by Uta Hagen and An Actor Prepares by Constantin Staniislavski. They have to read the play All My Sons. They have to watch the films Saving Private Ryan and The Best Years of Our Lives. And there is also the book all freshmen have to read. There will be no slacking off this summer!</p>

<p>Very exciting, EastchesterMom! Please continue to share your experiences–this program seems like a really exciting opportunity.</p>

<p>I am just slightly confused as if it is a BFA in theatre arts or MT</p>

<p>The website suggests that it is a BFA in Theatre Arts but that doesn’t mean the training doesn’t include great options to focus on MT training as well. At NYU Tisch as an example, there is no BFA in MT. Straight actors or MTs all graduate with a BFA in Drama… even those that spend 4 years in the MT studio. More important to focus on the content of the training than the degree I’d say.</p>

<p>@broadwaybum – It is a BFA in Theater Arts, but there is no question that this program is heavy MT…the four-year curriculum confirms it, and of course much of the theater training is at CAP21. I suspect that this inaugural class is all MTs (we’ll find out soon enough!), but that’s not to say that classes to come might not welcome straight actors. </p>

<p>^^Sounds very exciting, eastchestermom!</p>

<p>@connections – you bet…although D is scared stiff, too … typical pre-freshman jitters compounded by being among the first to do this.</p>

<p>Hi Everyone!</p>

<p>It’s CAP21 Admissions here. Thanks for all your great questions about our BFA Theatre Arts Program with Molloy College. </p>

<p>To answer your questions:</p>

<p>-The faculty for the program’s studio course curriculum (acting, dance and voice courses) including their bios, are listed on the CAP21 website at the following link: <a href=“http://www.cap21.org/cap21/conservatory/faculty/”>http://www.cap21.org/cap21/conservatory/faculty/</a>
(Be sure to browse through and watch the faculty video interviews posted on many of each faculty member’s bio pages!).</p>

<p>-The program is a BFA in Theatre Arts and the focus of the training is in musical theatre performance with course work in acting, voice and speech, vocal technique vocal performance dance (ballet, tap, jazz, theatre dance) and much more. The studio course listings for each year can be found at the following link: <a href=“http://www.molloy.edu/Documents/News/CAP21_studio_course_curriculum.pdf”>http://www.molloy.edu/Documents/News/CAP21_studio_course_curriculum.pdf</a></p>

<p>-All the studio course curriculum (<a href=“http://www.molloy.edu/Documents/News/CAP21_studio_course_curriculum.pdf”>http://www.molloy.edu/Documents/News/CAP21_studio_course_curriculum.pdf</a>) will take place at CAP21’s facility at 18 West 18th Street in NYC and all the major requirement, general education and elective courses will take place on Molloy College’s campus in Rockville Centre, Long Island. </p>

<p>If there are any more questions feel free to post them here on College Confidential, or reach out to us directly at <a href="mailto:AdmissionsInfo@cap21.org">AdmissionsInfo@cap21.org</a>.</p>

<p>Thanks again and keep the questions coming!</p>

<p>Thank you for coming on CC and answering questions! I have a few more:</p>

<p>Molloy’s website says that freshmen will spend 3 days at Molloy and 2 at CAP21, and that sophomores–seniors will spend 2 days at Molloy/3 at CAP21. That is different from what was said in an earlier post in this thread. (That post indicated freshman and sophomores will spend 3 days at Molloy and 2 at CAP21.) Which is it?</p>

<p>Are bios of professors teaching the major requirements at Molloy available? I didn’t see them on their website.</p>

<p>Exactly how long is the commute usually during a normal time and also during rush hour?</p>

<p>Thanks for the response! </p>

<p>To answer your questions:</p>

<p>-During the freshman year students will spend 3 days a week at Molloy College and 2 days a week at CAP21, and during the sophomore, junior and senior years 2 days a week at Molloy College and 3 days a week at CAP21.</p>

<p>-Major requirement courses will be taught by CAP21 faculty, as well as Dr. Wade Fransen, the Chair of the Theatre Arts Department at Molloy College, throughout the course of study.</p>

<p>-The train takes approximately 35 to 40 minutes from Rockville Center to Penn Station in NYC and the subway ride is a quick 10 minutes to 18th Street, and it’s the same in the other direction. The commute is usually the same in and out of rush hour.</p>

<p>Thanks again, and let us know if you have any other questions! </p>