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Old 08-02-2015, 06:28 PM
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My daughter graduated from UNCSA, in Winston. Tremendous education and more importantly, tremendous alumni network. She has a BFA in film, Art Department.

UNCSA is not for the feint of heart. It is essentially a public conservatory. Academic classes in the morning, film classes in afternoon, work on sets/productions most of the evening, then do it all again. Rigorous but awesome prep for real world.

She has worked in TV and movies in NYC for about 22 months, continuously. First six months mostly worked as an "intern" working for free, but then alumni network percolated and she has done great (fully employed) with plenty of opportunities awaiting at end of each job. She is now booked solidly well past the first of the year.

Education, training, and network have really made a difference. Regardless of what you want to do and where you want to go make sure you attend to the big picture.
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Old 08-02-2015, 07:10 PM
 
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Yeah I was about to say you might want to check out the UNCSA in Winston Salem it has produced a lot of people we know today in tv and film:

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Hollywood Reporter also ranked it as #6 in the top 25 drama schools

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Old 08-02-2015, 07:36 PM
 
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My daughter graduated from UNCSA, in Winston. Tremendous education and more importantly, tremendous alumni network. She has a BFA in film, Art Department.

UNCSA is not for the feint of heart. It is essentially a public conservatory. Academic classes in the morning, film classes in afternoon, work on sets/productions most of the evening, then do it all again. Rigorous but awesome prep for real world.

She has worked in TV and movies in NYC for about 22 months, continuously. First six months mostly worked as an "intern" working for free, but then alumni network percolated and she has done great (fully employed) with plenty of opportunities awaiting at end of each job. She is now booked solidly well past the first of the year.

Education, training, and network have really made a difference. Regardless of what you want to do and where you want to go make sure you attend to the big picture.
It's been a long time since I got my BFA. At that time the 1/2 a credit per hour of studio class time was a requirement for schools that were accredited to grant the degree. Is that still the case?

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Old 08-02-2015, 08:00 PM
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It's been a long time since I got my BFA.at that time the 1/2 a credit per hour of studio class time was a requirement for schools that were accredited to grant the degree. Is that still the case?
I don't think that is how it worked but I am not sure. I know there were requirements for doing film and projects, but the real motivation in all, and I mean all, the work on productions was to demonstrate expertise and commitment to put them in good stead to be picked by the faculty in the discipline they desired to study. Just like in the real world, students quickly developed reps as can do types or, sometimes, otherwise.

My daughter was in the production design arena and worked constantly from freshman year on. She exceeded the required films by a wide margin, but due to her effort and work was able to do the exact things that she wanted to.

In summary I expect she spent as many hours working on productions as she did in all her formal class work, combined.
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Old 08-02-2015, 08:27 PM
 
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I don't think that is how it worked but I am not sure. I know there were requirements for doing film and projects, but the real motivation in all, and I mean all, the work on productions was to demonstrate expertise and commitment to put them in good stead to be picked by the faculty in the discipline they desired to study. Just like in the real world, students quickly developed reps as can do types or, sometimes, otherwise.

My daughter was in the production design arena and worked constantly from freshman year on. She exceeded the required films by a wide margin, but due to her effort and work was able to do the exact things that she wanted to.

In summary I expect she spent as many hours working on productions as she did in all her formal class work, combined.
Thanks. However the credit thing is handled, it sounds like the work ethic is still pushed. You don't get a BFA & party.
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Old 08-03-2015, 08:37 AM
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You don't get a BFA & party.
Based on what I heard and learned, truer words were never spoken!
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Old 08-03-2015, 09:02 AM
 
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Based on what I heard and learned, truer words were never spoken!
I graduated from Philadelphia College of Art, which later became part of University of the Arts. Many days were from morning until the school closed about 10:30 or 11 pm, midnight on some nights. Been there, done that. I always recommend BFA ove BA programs but believe in telling the whole truth about what to expect. It's not for everyone.

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