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mfa, bfa, what goes into them?

updated fri 28 feb 97


Carl Ross on sat 22 feb 97

HI everyone,

I'm all of a sudden getting restless with my current situation education wise
and am loooking at my options. I'm almost through my first semester of an
associates degree in business management through a correspondence course. I
am allowed to take off any amount of time between semesters, so I was hoping
to get through another semester this summer and start in the fall in an art
program. I must say however, I may be biting off more than I can chew. How
much core subject credits would i have to take to get an art degree? what can
I possibly test out of? I graduated through a High School correspondence
program after some difficult times half way through my junior year. by the
time my former classmates were on summer vacation, I was a graduate. I must
say that I was very encouraged after the breaking away from the public
education system, but what can I expect in the higher public education
system? is it going to be the same overpowering attitudes I got from my
overly selfish high school teachers who gave me no encouragement after a
difficult time and extended absence? or am I going to feel recognized? Where
can I get the personal education I so much need. Is it going to be the "do
this or else" attitude I so much felt in the required high school education,
or is it going to be a free environment where I'm choosing what I'm doing;
choosing everyday whether I am enjoying the responsibility and push of a
better education?

feeling unchallenged, but scared of too much challenge,

Carl in Phillips on sun 23 feb 97

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>HI everyone,
>I'm all of a sudden getting restless with my current situation education wise
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>feeling unchallenged, but scared of too much challenge,
>Carl in Phillips

Hi, Carl,
I would say that you had the first ingredients needed to pursue an
education--self-modivation and discipline.

If you are a little afraid of the load, difficulty or whatever, you could
take a course or two at your local community college. (Make sure that it
is a requirement course so that you will not be spinning your wheels and
can transfer that over to the program you will eventually get into.)

There are wonderful resources out there waiting for you to take advantage
of them. It's a pity more students don't go after it--find a counselor to
work with you designing your own program and the Financial Aid officer is
another good person to get to know.

Keep asking! Keep looking for your particular fit. I applaud your
'owning' your future.

Jeanette Harris

Doug Gray on mon 24 feb 97


I expect that any college experience would differ from you high school
experience, regardless of where you go and what you study. There was
inherently more freedom in what classes you choose to take and at what
times during the day. As far as core classes, each school will have
their own estaablished courses. This could be as much as 30 -40
credit hours (10 - 14 classes). Then on top of that, you will
probably have some required courses in your area of study (art).
These course may differ also, but will usually include drawing,
design, color theory and art history. While these courses are
reguired, if you are really into art, they should be good classes for
you. It's always easiest to learn those subjects you are interested
in. The good part about college is that you can take some fun classes
as you work on the ones you aren't particularly interested in. It
kind of breaks up your day so it isn't all a hassle.

Now having said all that, is college what you really want to do. I
think there is a common notion that if you have a degree, you can get
a job. That is not necessarily the case, even with an Masters in Fine
Arts. If you want to learn more about art and ceramics, college is
one anvenue to explore, so are apprenticeships, workshops and
lectures, and even doing it on your own. All you really need is the
determination and you will succeed at any path you follow.

I am an educator, a professor of art, but sometimes I really wish that
I could do more of my own work. Everything that I worked for,
education wise, has led me to this career. Sometimes I wonder if I
made the right move. Somedays, on the other hand, I have no doubt at
all that I made the right decision. I guess my advise to you is to go
with your instincts, trust in yourself, and make the best of any
situation. There are more places to learn, thanin school, and there
are many morte people to learn from than from college professors. The
idea is just to learn, in spite of everything, and to grow.

Good luck as you begin, you are in an enviable position.

Doug Gray
Alpine, TX