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Boston University - Acting Transfer?

Drama16Drama16 Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
edited October 2010 in Theater/Drama Majors
Hello Everyone! So I am currently a freshman in a BFA program, and like many people, very early on, I am trying to figure out if my school is the 100% right place for me. It is an amazing program, but it's never too early to start evaluating how much I really click with the school, regardless of its good reputation. I was waitlisted for the BFA Acting program at Boston U. this year, and was wondering if they accept acting transfers into their program? Or would any type of acting transfer be accepted as a freshman into the acting program? If anyone knows more about this and other good transfer programs, please feel free to contact me!

Thanks so much!
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Replies to: Boston University - Acting Transfer?

  • NJTheatreMOMNJTheatreMOM Registered User Posts: 3,673 Senior Member
    I'm pretty certain that if you auditioned for BU again and were accepted (seems like you'd have an excellent chance this time), you'd have to start over as a freshman.

    You could contact the School of Theatre and ask about this.

    I think the same thing is basically the case with any auditioned BFA program. Somebody please correct me if I'm wrong.
  • Son of TranquilSon of Tranquil Registered User Posts: 100 Junior Member
    BU has 2 BFA program routes. You choose you're route after your first year.There is one that's more structured and one that is more open for you choose, I forget what they are labeled as.

    if you audition and are accepted, you would have to complete the more structured program in 4 years. The other, you could could complete in 3. However, they take very few transfer students.

    Hope that helps!
  • NJTheatreMOMNJTheatreMOM Registered User Posts: 3,673 Senior Member
    The two kinds of BFAs at Boston University are the Acting BFA and the Theatre Arts BFA. My son is a sophomore in the Theatre Arts program there.

    I was not aware that the Theatre Arts BFA could be completed in three years. It sounds like this is something that Son of Tranquil researched and knows to be true.
  • NJTheatreMOMNJTheatreMOM Registered User Posts: 3,673 Senior Member
    I've discovered that this was discussed before in an older thread entitled "Transfer from BFA Program to another?" (from about a year ago) and Son of Tranquil said the same thing then but I had forgotten. :)

    It's always useful to do a search.

    Syracuse was also mentioned in that older thread. Apparently at most BFA programs you have to start over again as a freshman in the theatre classes, but depending on how many credits you bring from your previous institution, you might possibly be able to graduate in three years.

    University of the Arts in Philadelphia was mentioned as having a BFA Acting program that sometimes accepts transfers as sophomores.
  • Mother of GGMother of GG Registered User Posts: 82 Junior Member
    This is a question for the office at the School. Son of T may be right, but the diff between 3 and 4 years is a lot, and...to accomplish successfully the tasks for yourself, one may need 4 years. We are each different.
  • Son of TranquilSon of Tranquil Registered User Posts: 100 Junior Member
    Just to cite my sources: When I auditioned as a transfer for BU, Paolo DiFabio, who auditions all students, told me that the Theatre Arts BFA could be completed in 3 years.

  • Mother of GGMother of GG Registered User Posts: 82 Junior Member
    Paolo, he THE man, THE source, but everyone is different different . I would still ask for my particular situation and not bank on S of T answer to S of T...it is your life
  • hellohellomohellohellomo Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    Just to add -
    I'm a freshman transfer in the acting BFA at BU right now. (this might make me a somewhat credible source...probably not.) As a transfer into the program, you have to begin as a freshman. You can however, depending on how many credits transfer over, opt out of some liberal arts credits. I have started doing this, and it's proven to be REALLY helpful! You can also complete the Theatre Arts track in 3 years time, but it can be really difficult depending on how many credits you have or how you can work it into your schedule.

    I will say though, that rumor has it that they usually accept around no more than 5 transfers each year depending on how many audition. There are 4 transfers in my class this year (one IUT) and I for some reason remember hearing that there were around 100 transfer auditions. Just as a side note...

    I'll also say though that coming into the program as a transfer has been an incredibly smooth transition, and if you are willing to be in school for 5 years, it can be REALLY rewarding! I also left my first college before the second semester, so I've only completed one semester of college outside of BU.

    Hope that helped!
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