If I major in theatre, and then change my mind and want to go into medicine, do I need to start all over with another Bachelors degree?

Whether you graduate with a BFA in Acting, a BFA in Painting or a BM in Electronic Music, you can ALWAYS change directions. You will need to make up some coursework (for example, sciences for medicine) but anything is possible.

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My parents don’t want me to major in the arts. How can I convince them?

Parents are worried that you will not be able to support yourself after graduation. But, how will you support yourself with a major in English? Learn more by reading these FAQ’s, and then follow this link to read statistics on arts graduates employment.

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Does a conservatory grant a degree, or do you just get a certificate?

Most conservatories offer both. And some are only two-year programs. When you complete the program, you can then transfer your credits to a four year college to finish your Bachelors degree.

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Does a BFA in Painting at a stand-alone school, like Maryland Institute of Art, have a similar curriculum as a BFA in Painting at Cornell?

Yes it does, although a university-based program may offer different options like a more varied liberal arts curriculum, a more diverse student body, and possibly better extra-curricular facilities like a health or athletic center and team sports.

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Do I have to obtain a professional degree like a BM or BFA to make it in my field?

Absolutely not. The training is sequenced in these programs, making it easy to know “what to do next”, but it is absolutely not a requirement to have a degree like this for entrée into the profession.

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I hear people talk about transferable skills? What does this mean?

Many arts majors go on to enjoy success in their fields. Others find that with the combination of being an arts major and taking a solid liberal arts education, they are prepared to pursue a career in a variety of fields such as law, medicine, teaching, business, performance coaching, sales, or marketing.

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Is it easier to major in the performing arts than to major in something like English?

This is a common misconception. Being an arts major takes a tremendous amount of work, time, and committment. You will likely begin your day at 8am and end late in the evening, between classes, rehearsals, studio work and performances.

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