Know Your BFA "Must-Haves"

November 11, 2014 3:11 PM

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A little ancient history lesson: the uber popular BFA degree for performance didn't exist in its current form back in early 1971, when I was applying to colleges. If an aspiring thespian wanted an intense conservatory course of study, there were limited options. At that time, there were only a handful of drama, vocal and dance conservatories: Carnegie Mellon, Juilliard, Boston Conservatory, American Conservatory Theatre. The possibility of pursuing conservatory training while, at the same time, gaining a liberal arts college degree was not an option. So I chose to abandon my liberal arts college education after sophomore year for more intense training, and was accepted at the American Conservatory Theatre's 2-year advanced training program.

The birth of the modern BFA has been a gift for millennial performers. Both conservatory training and general education pursuits are happening in tandem at hundreds of universities throughout the country. In fact, the BFA degree offerings seem to be ubiquitous with new ones popping up each year. Tak...

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