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July 15, 2019 / By Bernadette Question:
Plain and simple which are the plus and minus from a regular uni that it would take 3-4 years to take a degree from an accredited uni?
Aeron | 4 days ago
In the USA colleges/universities are either accredited or unaccredited. The unaccredited types produce useless pieces of paper.
You need to select an institution that is Regionally Accredited (RA). Each state has its own accrediting organization. Below is a list for all states and you should ensure that your college/uni is accredited by one of these.
A a degree from an RA institution will be acceptable to all employers and other RA institutions if you wish to transfer to another or continue on to graduate school.
The following are the regional accrediting agencies for educational institutions in the United States:
* Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools - Educational institutions in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, as well as schools for American children in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.
* New England Association of Schools and Colleges - Educational institutions in the six New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont).
* North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - Educational institutions in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
* Northwest Association of Accredited Schools - Primary and secondary schools in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
* Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities - Postsecondary institutions (colleges and universities) in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
* Western Association of Schools and Colleges - Educational institutions in California, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Micronesia, Palau, and Northern Marianas Islands.
* Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - Educational institutions in Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and Texas.
Hope this helps.
An accredited degree is a real degree. I'm not sure what you mean by 'regular' university, since any regular (real) university should be accredited. If you're talking about the ones online that offer to sell you a degree, those aren't real. They're not counted by employers or grad/professional schools. I could start a college in my basement, but it would be unaccredited - I wouldn't have had to prove I knew what the hell I was talking about.
Originally Answered: University or acting degree?
UPDATE: The BA was ok, just not my cup of tea. I did linguistics, history, sociology and philosophy - not being an actor, I didn't want to do an acting course. The BA was also a fall back in case I didn't get into a theatre course. I simply found sitting at a desk all day quite boring, and nothing to do with my actual career interests. At the end of the day, I probably should have had a teaching degree as a fallback, which is more useful.
UPDATE: Melbourne Uni does have a good reputation I believe, though I haven't heard much about it lately. BAPA is also very good. Good luck with it - glad to see you're applying everywhere, that will definitely improve your chances of getting into the industry.
Ah finally someone who knows where to start! So nice to see a question about uni and not agents for once.
Here's the thing: NIDA and VCA rarely take students directly from high school. They prefer people with more 'life experience'. However, I *highly* recommend applying anyway, because the audition experience is valuable in itself, and will help you prepare for the next time you audition for them... Plus, there's a small chance you'll get in anyway.
Make sure you study drama in year 12 though, and keep doing extra curricular classes and amateur shows. A lot of students and graduates also produce indie films, for which you could definitely audition for.
You should definitely be looking at other universities: I'm not sure where you are, but I'm guessing Melbourne or thereabouts. Don't forget WAAPA in WA; there's a number of excellent courses in Melbourne, including: Swinburne, Deakin, RMIT, NMIT, Monash... there are also other courses all over the country. Places like Swin, Deakin, etc are infinitely easier to get into, plus make an excellent springboard into VCA or NIDA when you're ready (I know a few graduates from Deakin, Swin and Monash who have go on to VCA/NIDA). Many of these courses also offer acting and tech as part of their curriculum, which means you also get to learn the basics of scriptwriting, design, etc which can help you be a more well-rounded performer or spark interest in a previously unconsidered area of theatre.
If you let me know where you are, I could give you a list of courses.
... On second reading, I'll also add that a plain Bachelor of Arts might not do anything for you. I did one year of a BA and left it unfinished because it was so boring. Definitely consider a back up plan, but a normal BA probably isn't it. Plus, with theatre, you have to put it first, and the longer you leave studying at uni, the harder it will be to have a career in it. You can always come back and get a teaching degree or something when you've done your acting course.
Also, Dixie Girl's advice might be valid in the US, but in Australia you simply can't get any professional acting work unless you have a degree. You'd have to have about 20 years of experience doing amateur theatre and indie films to be able to compete with a 20 year old out of NIDA or WAAPA; and even then it's unlikely you'd get an agent without exceptional talent or good looks. Just having NIDA, VCA or any other university on your CV will keep it from going into the rubbish pile. There are just too many actors here and not enough roles, and those who get them are always going to be the ones with training *and* experience. So yes, you should be attending uni.
Originally Answered: University or acting degree?
It's tough getting acting jobs. Even being exceptionally talented might not be enough. It's hard. There's a good deal of people out there who can act, but only relatively few amount of jobs, let alone jobs that pay a good wage. And if it doesn't work out, you might end up having to flip burgers to make a living.
Overall, it's probably a safer bet going to a University. There, you can study other things, so you could make a decent living if acting doesn't work out, but still join drama club / plays / the like at the University to hone acting to keep that dream alive.