B.A. VS B.F.A. BS
April 15, 2010 7:01 PM Subscribe
I've come to consult the hive for advice on undergraduate majors in the arts. As of yet I'm simply a B.A. Studio Art major, but if I rearrange my schedule I could take on another major. Anyone know the merits?
posted by wild like kudzu to Education (14 answers total)
So, yes, a B.A. Studio Art major from a state school. Prestigious? No. Enjoyable? Yes. Beneficial to my future career as an artist? Questionable.
So, here's the deal. I'm going to be an artist. I do a lot of things, and I'm young so I know I will likely change my mind as to what I pursue over time. I'm okay with the uncertainty, and I've committed myself to following my dreams wherever they may take me. Maybe I'm being unreasonably optimistic, but I feel passionately that I will make it, in some form or another.
Which brings me to my main point. I'm not trying to go to graduate school, though being a professor is something I would consider in the future. For now I just want to get out, I feel school is holding me back from my full potential as it eats up all of my time. Getting a B.F.A. in anything would require another year of schooling, and I'm so itching to get free that it sounds like a horrible idea.
Now, if I did choose to pursue a B.F.A. in something it would be probably be photography. I love it, though it challenges me. Maybe that's why I love it. I currently work in the field in small ways, shooting for events, headshots, family portraits, etc. I'm becoming known for my work, and my portfolio is ever-expanding.
From what I've heard, when it comes to being an actual artist *yes I see myself as a jane-of-all-trades, the do what interests me when it strikes me type of gal* that in many cases experience is paramount to education.
Can anyone say, from experience, what the merit of changing from a B.A. to a B.F.A. would be?