University Help!

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    Sep 04, 2012 11:51 PM GMT
    I'm having problems finding the right university to go to and I want to start applying soon. Initially I wanted University of Tampa, NYU and another place in NY but I still want some other options.

    I'm looking for a Bachelor's in Arts for writing (more drama/screenwriting not journalism) and a minor in acting and/or anything that features directing.

    I've tried searching but when you find something that sounds good, I check for reviews and you see stuff like they're not gay friendly or not in a good area. So can anyone suggest places that have anything like that and are good at educating people. Also, being gay friendly will be a major plus. The US is preferred but Canada/England are OK too.

    If you guys know a good site to help me find places, please don't hesitate to post the link here!

    Thank you guys!
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    Sep 05, 2012 12:00 AM GMT
    Whenever I think of screenwriting the first thing that comes to mind is Tampa.
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    Sep 05, 2012 12:36 AM GMT
    theantijock saidWhenever I think of screenwriting the first thing that comes to mind is Tampa.


    Well the thing is University of Tampa sounds great, but the reviews I read were back and forth. Some people claimed that the teachers were bad, others said that they were incredibly helpful. Some claimed that the only type of people in the school were arrogant assholes/strippers/club workers while others said they met great people there. Then they talked about the Tampa area, lots of people called it "the ghetto." I have never been to Tampa so I have no idea what it's really like, but most of the people said that Tampa was a dump. Finally, a lot of people claimed that the people in the school and in the area were not gay friendly.
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    Sep 05, 2012 1:51 AM GMT
    You should apply for the Real Jock ScHOlarship also. Great way to fund your future education. And it only requires minimal stripping....
  • calibro

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    Sep 05, 2012 4:06 AM GMT
    writing degrees at the bachelor's level are kind of a joke. it isn't really until the master's level that it means anything. that said, the best undergrad program that i know of is a b.a. at ucla (but tft is ridiculous hard to get into). tisch is great, but it might be a b.f.a.
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    Sep 05, 2012 4:18 AM GMT
    I got into NYU for film, but the tuition price there is absurd for an undergrad degree. I have a friend who graduated from NYU and I talked to him about if it is worth going there and he told me that the professors mostly pay attention to their grad students and that the money is better for getting your master's there. They are also known to have the worst financial aid in the country - if that applies to you.

    University of Tampa sounds good for an undergrad degree. Just work hard, get into the honors program, and try to find jobs and internships.

    I got a great scholarship at DePaul in Chicago and they have a wide range of programs that interest me.

    P.S: GOOD LUCK!
  • tautomer

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    Sep 05, 2012 5:35 AM GMT
    Simple: Go with your gut.
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    Sep 05, 2012 5:37 AM GMT
    I would go with England or overseas if course fees are comparable just to see the world and experience life in a different country.
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    Sep 05, 2012 5:52 AM GMT
    If you can, why not plan a trip to Florida and New York and visit both campuses, ask for a tour of the university, talk to the students. In some instances, you might be able to stay at the dorms for an introduction period, a week/end of sorts to get a feel of both universities, attend some classes. When I decided on my university, this is what I did...I was able to stay for the weekend, get a tour, and mingle with other students it was a great experience to make the decision.

    Later on, I worked at an Upward Bound office to supplement my income, the Director of the Program to reach the low income community of the area, would get High School Seniors to attend a week, rented a bus tour through Florida/Georgia and the different universities they wanted to attend in view of these Seniors being low-income. However, it was a great idea, I was a chaperon, and it was a great experience, on how these students would visit each college, attend some classes, walk through campus and get a feeling of it. Some completely changed their minds of the # 1 college they had in mind based on experiencing the reality of the place and chose # 2 choice instead.

    Just some thoughts, internet boards are subjective, you could have an awesome experience in that university/college, while another student would differ on their experience.
  • rustoleum

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    Sep 05, 2012 5:55 AM GMT
    UNT (University of North Texas) has a great BA - English w/ a Creative Writing Concentration. At the moment, they don't offer screenwriting BUT you can get all your electives in the RTF (Radio, Television, Film) department.

    Also - the Creative Writing department is the main way that UNT is attempting to become a Tier-1 School,so you know you're going to get a great (value) education there.

    (Full disclosure: class of 2010)
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    Sep 05, 2012 8:16 AM GMT
    I agree with calibro. UCLA would be a good choice. Hint: If you want a less expensive way to get into UCLA, come to California, move somewhere like West L.A., and go to SMCC (Santa Monica Community College) for taking your core classes, and gaining in-state status (for tuition); and then after you receive your Associate's degree, transfer to UCLA. They are required to accept so many in-state community college students each year, and they can get a degree from UCLA, without having had an awesome High School G.P.A. or tremendous test scores. I know several people who did this and I was like, "YOU went to UCLA????" ...just an option.