How long do Acting Studies take?

QUESTION:

How long does it usually take to finish all schooling and possible internships for acting?

ANSWER:

That all depends on what kind of acting studies you do.

If you go for a BFA, that's 4 years. If you decide to continue your studies after your undergraduate degree and go for an MFA, that's another 2 to 3 years. Most actors don't do a masters right away, though, they get a few years of acting experience under their belts first.

If you choose not to get an acting degree, there are a lot of acting schools out there that offer 2-year conservatory programs, as well as short-term acting classes and intensive acting workshops.

I always recommend going to a full-time acting program to get the proper training, but it's a good idea to try a short-term class first to make sure you like it before signing up for 2 to 6 years of acting studies.

Some theater fellowships last a year. Most pay a stipend so you'll feel like you're working as much as studying. Many other less acting internships can last only a few months, like seasonal theater internships or if you intern for a casting director, producer or acting agent. You can also intern part-time while you're working. Hope this answers your question.

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