Intern is correct. I briefly went for my MFA at CS Fullerton's program. But my first two weeks were a joke. The faculty and staff were elitist, untalented, ego-maniacs who were not teaching ANYTHING! In fact, The program practically wanted their MFA students to teach their undergrad classes FOR FREE! The isolated, ignorant attitudes on this campus was sickening. I knew I was wasting my time and MONEY. But I really felt bad for the students. They were being fed BS and nothing practical or usefull to land them a job.
As for getting an MFA:
Unless you really want to teach Art in a public the school system, then you must get your MFA. Even then you are stll not guaranteed a job.
Tell your parents that times have changed. Degrees don't amount to much in Art unless you plan on being a doctor or lawyer of some sort....
Companies will not value you, or hire you based on your education in the Art field. Your value is based upon your work, reputation and rates. Nothing more.
Just do great work, promote yourself, and make great contacts. The rest will follow. In fact, most people are MORE impressed with a talented SELF-TAUGHT Artist then one who went to some Art school.
So EVEN if you think you need this degree to teach...it's not SO. Many proffessional artists have their own private classes. Look at Feng, Marshal Vandruff, ...the list is endless.
So don't waste your money on an MFA unless you can afford to. If money is not an issue then , sure do what ever you want. Just don't expect anything to happen just becuase you earned an MFA.
Oops! I just read Ellwell's post and he pretty much summs it up! It's exactly like a pyramid scheme! Good observation!!!
Last edited by otis; April 27th, 2005 at 12:25 PM.
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