Philosophy Major Resource Center – Part 5
Quite often, philosophy students are creative beyond their academic skills. They may have comedic, acting, artistic, musical or other artistic skills. So another avenue open to graduating philosophy majors is that of developing those talents.
In fact, many famous actors and other performing artists studied philosophy as undergrads, including:
- Harrison Fordâ€”actor.
- Ricky Gervaisâ€”British comedian, actor, writer, producer.
- Philip Glassâ€”composer.
- Amy Madiganâ€”actress.
- Terence Malikâ€”filmmaker, writer.
- Steve Martinâ€”comedian, actor, writer.
- Robert Motherwellâ€”artist.
- Steve Reichâ€”composer.
- Sixto Diaz Rodriguezâ€”musician.
- Susan Sarandonâ€”actress.
- Robert Shawâ€”conductor, musician.
- Steve Thomasâ€”TV host.
- Alex Trebekâ€”game-show host.
One path to breaking into the performing arts is to pursue an MFA or other professional arts degree such as a Masterâ€™s in Music (MM). One can pursue an MFA in acting, directing, or film production, or an MM in composition or film scoring. However, one can just take acting, directing, or art classes from any one of a number of commercial schools. And many schools offer online courses. Here are some links that may be of some use:
- Hollywood Reporter list of top 25 MFA drama programsâ€¦link.
- CSUF information on MFA programs (graduates include Kevin Costner and Peter Weller)â€¦link.
- The Actors Workshop is a commercial venueâ€¦link.
- com extensive list of New York acting schoolsâ€¦link.
- com commercial venueâ€¦link.
- com list of comedy schools and studios in NY and LAâ€¦link.
- Hollywood Reporter top 25 film schoolsâ€¦link.
- Directorsâ€™ Guild of America list of film schoolsâ€¦link.
- Newsweek piece on what makes a great film schoolâ€¦link.
- com list of the top 20 music conservatoriesâ€¦link.
- The Hollywood Reporter list of the top 25 music schoolsâ€¦link.
- com search engine for art schoolsâ€¦link.
- US News ranking of top fine arts programsâ€¦list.