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    Hello all. Let me start by saying that im posting here as a concerned father and this post is indeed about my daughter who is currently 'going through the mill' with interviewing and auditioning for BA acting degree.

    She has already done the auditions at Guildford, Bath Spa, Manchester met and Rose Buford with central to come. However i seem to be either seeing something that's not there (rose tinted glasses perhaps) or is this just normal.

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    Guildford. 3 hour interview and at the end the group are told that don't worry if your not accepted as we tend to lean more towards the older people for the course and to keep trying. Not bad at £50 quid an interview. What i did notice that people who had done the foundation year to bolster the knowledge were re applying.

    She did get turned down for this place and she is aware that rejection is a major part of this pathway. I was wondering if the foundation year is a really good head start on this career to set the tone (even though she will have completed a 2 year diploma from college soon)

    Manchester met has just sent out a rejection letter but have also said that she would fit the Contemporary Theater and Performance degree at their Crewe campus well and we have booked on their for an interview as it was the last spot and it was free so just a little time involved.

    A lot of her college friends have set their sights on none accredited uni places which seems a tad off from my point but maybe Im just a Fuddy Duddy who doesn't get it and seems like a soft option perhaps?

    I'm wondering from your past experiences and knowledge would a foundation year be a solid building ground if we can raise the funds or would the above course at the Crewe sight be a notable second choice? Would a none accredited uni place be a valid option?

    I understand that its kind of a vague question and i really don't want to stamp on her career choice as its so cut throat and competitive and i want to help her as much as possible.

    Any help or info at this point would be great. Thanks in advance!
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    (Original post by Cogsly)
    Hello all. Let me start by saying that im posting here as a concerned father and this post is indeed about my daughter who is currently 'going through the mill' with interviewing and auditioning for BA acting degree.

    She has already done the auditions at Guildford, Bath Spa, Manchester met and Rose Buford with central to come. However i seem to be either seeing something that's not there (rose tinted glasses perhaps) or is this just normal.

    Example :

    Guildford. 3 hour interview and at the end the group are told that don't worry if your not accepted as we tend to lean more towards the older people for the course and to keep trying. Not bad at £50 quid an interview. What i did notice that people who had done the foundation year to bolster the knowledge were re applying.

    She did get turned down for this place and she is aware that rejection is a major part of this pathway. I was wondering if the foundation year is a really good head start on this career to set the tone (even though she will have completed a 2 year diploma from college soon)

    Manchester met has just sent out a rejection letter but have also said that she would fit the Contemporary Theater and Performance degree at their Crewe campus well and we have booked on their for an interview as it was the last spot and it was free so just a little time involved.

    A lot of her college friends have set their sights on none accredited uni places which seems a tad off from my point but maybe Im just a Fuddy Duddy who doesn't get it and seems like a soft option perhaps?

    I'm wondering from your past experiences and knowledge would a foundation year be a solid building ground if we can raise the funds or would the above course at the Crewe sight be a notable second choice? Would a none accredited uni place be a valid option?

    I understand that its kind of a vague question and i really don't want to stamp on her career choice as its so cut throat and competitive and i want to help her as much as possible.

    Any help or info at this point would be great. Thanks in advance!
    Accreditation doesn't matter enormously - what I would suggest is comparing the employment stats for each course on the unistats website. The employment tab for each course shows %unemployed after 6 months but more useful for your daughter the final chart/data talks about the sorts of jobs graduates go into. A course which provides a good preparation and has good links and a good reputation in the industry will be clear in this final breakdown. If over half of graduates aren't going into artistic professions then the course is either attracting people with no interest in acting (which means a very different learning experience - classmates make a big difference) or the graduates are struggling to find jobs in the business and taking any old job to pay the bills.
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    Thank you for your reply. Do you or does anyone have any feeling,input or experiance with the offered course?
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    (Original post by Cogsly)
    Thank you for your reply. Do you or does anyone have any feeling,input or experiance with the offered course?
    I suspect quite strongly that Man Met use the Crewe course rather as a 'dumping ground' for those they consider not good enough for their main course. That way, they still get the money.
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    Other universities do it as well. Exeter frequently offer those they reject from courses at their main campus the equivalent - but less good - course in Penryn.

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    And with this seemingly sweet gift the student ends up with a shed load of debt and a course that's not the same caliber as the one your pushing for. In this situation would you recommend a foundation year as i did feel on these courses and after quizzing a few students that were already on the course that about 10% of people had done foundation before applying for the same uni?

    Sorry if all this seems logical to you guys but im trying to cover my bases with experience from you guys that i just don't have.

    ATM shes waiting on 2 replies has 1 more audition and still has the chance to go for a mainstream uni or push into a foundation year (god help my bank account) and i just cant figure out whats going to be the best.
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    (Original post by Cogsly)
    And with this seemingly sweet gift the student ends up with a shed load of debt and a course that's not the same caliber as the one your pushing for. In this situation would you recommend a foundation year as i did feel on these courses and after quizzing a few students that were already on the course that about 10% of people had done foundation before applying for the same uni?

    Sorry if all this seems logical to you guys but im trying to cover my bases with experience from you guys that i just don't have.

    ATM shes waiting on 2 replies has 1 more audition and still has the chance to go for a mainstream uni or push into a foundation year (god help my bank account) and i just cant figure out whats going to be the best.
    If she really wants to be an actor then she should go for the best possible course she can, preferably at a specialist institution (eg Central) rather than a university. If she doesn't get somewhere good this year then one other approach is to take a gap year, get as much practical experience as she can, practise auditions and reapply.
 
 
 
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