A Student, And Then Some: James Franco's University Career
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James Franco's education is characterized by epic accomplishment and defiant unreality. His recent admission to the University of Houston -- coming one year after he was accepted to Yale -- begs the question: How can one man attend two Ph.D programs thousands of miles apart at the same time? And perhaps more theoretically: How much creative writing instruction can one person physically have?
We don't have the answers to those questions, but we do have a look back at Franco's illustrious -- and ostensibly perpetual -- academic career. Click through to see the way he was/is, from L.A. to New York to Connecticut to North Carolina to back to Connecticut. Aut disce aut discede, James.
Franco first enrolled at UCLA in 1996, but dropped out after his freshman year to act. He re-enrolled in 2006, taking anywhere from <a href="http://magazine.ucla.edu/features/smart_set/" target="_hplink">20-62</a> credits per semester. The regular course load is 19 credits.
Franco enrolled in <a href="http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2008/12/franco200812" target="_hplink">Columbia's MFA program</a> in 2008 and graduated in 2010.
While at Columbia, Franco also decided to attend a filmmaking program at NYU. "The new critique you're gonna start hearing about James Franco," he told <a href="http://nymag.com/movies/profiles/67284/index3.html" target="_hplink"><em>New York Magazine</em></a> "is 'He's spreading himself too thin.' "
At the same time, Franco attended <a href="http://magazine.ucla.edu/features/smart_set/" target="_hplink">Brooklyn College</a> for more instruction in creative writing.
Warren Wilson College
While he was enrolled in three New York-based MFA programs, Franco <a href="http://nymag.com/movies/profiles/67284/" target="_hplink">frequented</a> Warren Wilson College in North Carolina for extra poetry training.
In 2010, Franco was accepted into Yale's English Ph.D program.
"Is it art?" James Franco once asked at the end of a <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704107104574570313372878136.html" target="_hplink">Wall Street Journal</a> editorial addressing his appearance on General Hospital. It was hard to know, of course, but we do know that Franco sought a technical background in the aforementioned subject, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/20/arts/design/20franco.html?_r=1&src=tptw&pagewanted=all" target="_hplink">attending</a> RISD.
University of Houston
Another doctoral degree, because why not? Franco was accepted to the University of Houston's literature and creative writing program this month.