Should I Get an MFA?

How do you decide if you should get an MFA program in studio art? A lot of the decision is based on a number of factors, is enrolling in an MFA program worth the time and cost? This video addresses the many reasons why people attend MFA programs and weighs the pros and cons. Do you want to get an MFA in order to be eligible to teach at the college level? To get professional connections to enter the New York City art scene? Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Lauryn Welch.

Video Walkthrough

  • Some MFA programs employ students as Teaching Assistants.
  • There are fewer MFA programs that provide stipends and teaching opportunities.
  • Teaching different age groups requires different degrees and/or certification, do your research!
  • MFA programs vs. Ateliers
  • The MFA is the terminal degree for a studio artist.
  • Is there space for interdisciplinary work in an MFA program?
  • How an undergraduate degree affects your MFA application.
  • Visiting artists are a big part of MFA programs, location allows for more access to many artists to come.
  • What are the reasons to do an MFA beyond career reasons.
  • Your undergraduate degree does not have to be in studio art to apply.
  • The location of your MFA program can affect your career opportunities.
  • Artist residencies are another option.
  • Career paths with an MFA: teaching college, gallery scene, art writing, curatorial positions, etc.
  • Yale and Columbia’s MFA programs are heavily favored in academia.
  • Teaching at the college level requires an MFA degree.
  • Programs with Museum Studies.
  • MFA programs in Animation
  • How an undergraduate degree affects your MFA.
  • In MFA programs students tend to be more concerned with careers.
  • Post Baccalaureate Programs.
  • Part-time and low residency MFA programs.

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