Is it BS to get a B.CS when all I want is a MFA?
July 31, 2007 12:20 PM Subscribe
Should I go back for a second Bachelors Degree in Computer Science when all I want to do is write stories?
posted by mrgreyisyelling to education (18 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
4 years ago, I graduated with a powerful BFA. This is mighty, and scared away all employers. In order to sooth them, I pretended to be a simple 'webmaster', and some how landed myself a job at this company.
And Luck was not done with me yet, as she made it clear I was good at this, and strangely knowledgeable. One year in, I had self-taught myself enough to leave job and work freelance part-time, as both as a web and desktop developer. This is great because I pay the bills, and have a lot of time to do the thing I like doing (the BFA is mighty) and I always seem to find enough work to prosper. Only downside - I definitely don't love the work - but it lets me live a happy life.
But - sometimes - in the dark of the night, I wonder if my luck will run out someday, that I'll find myself looking for steady work in a field I have no degree. Just a client list, and a potpourri of skills.
And I think: Maybe you should just go get that B. CS, pal, as an insurance policy. You know, while you are young and life is simple. And you'll be able to write and eat forever!
But then I think: I still want to go to Grad School for my MFA, (Which is far mightier and scarier then a BFA) and I don't want to wait until I'm old and tired to do so. I love stories, not computers!
and then I think: A lot of what they are going to teach me, I feel I already know. Maybe not the advanced stuff, but how many times is someone going to teach me about OOP, and database design, and a dozen sort algorithms like its a new thing? I have spent several years now, teaching myself much of this, and using it daily. Is there a big difference?
So in sum: Is getting that B.CS worth it to someone who wants an MFA? Am I wrong to assume that my education has been comparable to B.CS? Is it worth having to be RETAUGHT things in order to get a degree?