Hi! I recently visited Columbia and I really loved the campus. It was already extremely high on my list, but I have a few things that worry me. I am interested in acting (either BA, but preferably the BFA) and the minor in stage combat.
My current high school has an incredible theatre department that I have been actively involved in since my freshman year (I’m a senior). But we have a politically motivated teacher staff and my confidence has been completely obliterated because of the teachers and students. I really don’t want that in the college that I go to.
So, for Columbia, what I’m a little hesitant of is the fact that there are so many people in the school and the theatre majors that it worries me about two things.
- I would like to know how competitive the atmosphere is, specifically for acting majors (BFA or BA). Is it generally a supportive community between students and other students and teachers. Or is it a competition of the best talent and cut throat people going after the same roles?
- I know Columbia allows students to branch outside, but I’d like to know how much do students actually get to make use of their acting inside the school. Like, in shows or other student’s films?