What is the difference between an unlicensed school, an accredited academy for the performing arts and a university? ANd why does this matter?
If you're a student interested in pursuing a career in stunts or acting, choosing the right school FOR YOU is crucial. This article seeks to help clarify the difference between different types of providers
The type of school you select can have a significant impact on your education, career prospects, and overall experience. Also, the cost of your education, whether it can be free / paid for by the government and the value you get in return.
In this article, we'll explore the differences between unlicensed schools, private schools, accredited academies for the performing arts, and universities to help you make an informed decision.
Unlicensed Schools or Businesses
Unlicensed schools or businesses are usually privately owned and not regulated by any government agency. While these schools may offer affordable training, they often lack quality standards, and their programs are not accredited. Therefore, the credentials and skills gained from such programs may not be recognized in the industry.
However, some unlicensed schools may have experienced industry professionals as instructors, who can provide valuable insight and knowledge. Students interested in these programs should do thorough research, check reviews, and speak with alumni to gain an understanding of the school's quality.
Private schools are independent educational institutions that are privately funded and often have a smaller student-to-teacher ratio than public schools. These schools can offer specialized training programs for stunts and acting students, but their programs may not be accredited.
The advantage of private schools is that they can provide a personalized education and a more individualized approach to learning. However, private schools can also be more expensive than other options.
Accredited Academies for the Performing Arts
This is likely to be the more career orientated option in the world of Academic Study.
Accredited academies for the performing arts are specialized institutions that are recognized by a government agency, such as the National Association of Schools of Theatre or the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training. These schools have a rigorous and standardized curriculum and are required to meet certain quality standards.
Graduates of accredited academies have credentials that are recognized in the industry, and they may have better job prospects. These schools can also provide access to a broad network of industry professionals and resources.
In Academies and Universities you also accrue study points which are transferrable through international schemes, so if you later want to continue study you can add points to a Diploma to work towards something like a Bachelors Degree.
The International Stunt Academy is the worlds first and only Academy or University dedicated to Stunt Performance and Action Acting. Alongside this we offer extensive education and training that is specifically designed and accredited to prepare you for real life and real work in the industries we feed students into.
Universities offer degree programs and provide a well-rounded education that combines performance skills with academic studies. These programs are usually accredited and recognized by the industry.
The advantage of university programs is that they offer a broader range of career paths, including research, teaching, and management. However, university programs may be more expensive than other options, and students may have to fulfill additional general education requirements and courses will be more focused on Academic Achievement, not Vocational / Career Preparation.
So, choosing the right school for your stunt and acting education is a critical decision. Each type of institution offers its advantages and disadvantages.
We advise you consider factors such as cost, quality, accreditation, the future of the industry and how industry standards and requirements are quickly changing.
Take time to research and visit prospective schools and speak with the people there, talk to instructors, and industry professionals to gain a better understanding of the program and the school's educational programme. No two will be alike and that never means one is better or worse, only different.
By carefully considering your options, you can make an informed decision that will set you up for a successful career in stunts and acting, and hopefully ensure your career is long, successful and enjoyable.
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