I'm already a professional writer, and have been for a decade, but I've been slowly trying to shift stakes. I feel like going for an MFA would offer valuable guidance, validation, and permission to try new things. But I also feel like maybe I'd be better off lighting thousands of dollars on fire. MFAs of MeFi, please observe my snowflakes and tell me what to do! [more inside]
I started a MFA writing program in Vancouver this fall. I wasn't sure about whether I should go or not to begin with, and now, I'm still second-guess and worrying I made a big mistake. I'm unhappy, often, and I'm worried that if I stay it will be for the wrong reasons: a big, heavy sunken cost fallacy. Can you help, please? Long complicated backstory inside. [more inside]
For close to a year I've been searching for a mid-career public library job in the northern half of the US (I'm employed, but I need a higher salary or a cheaper city); I've had a bunch of interviews but no offers yet. I am also seriously considering applying for a MFA in fiction writing. But I don't know how to handle trying to do both. [more inside]
Does anyone know of a current list of film production/directing MFA programs, and maybe forums with former student reviews of them? I have the book "Film School Confidential," which is great, but it is 9 years out of date. I'm interested in both US and international programs. Thanks! [more inside]
I'm having trouble getting anyone to give me an overview of what an MFA program will be looking for in a student, how applications will work, or the types of programs and what those distinctions mean. [more inside]
Mefites, do you know of any master's/postgraduate opportunities in art for an international student who doesn't know any European languages? [more inside]
I'm considering getting an MFA, but I have some questions about my job prospects after I graduate. (I am posting this for my wife.) [more inside]
I'm a semester away from finishing my MFA in San Francisco and I'm looking for advice on how to start job-searching especially as a (about to be former) international student. [more inside]
What can I do to make myself a strong MFA CW candidate? [more inside]
I'm heading for a career change, and want to get better at my two passions: creative writing (creative non-fiction) and photography. I'm looking for a grad program that helps me integrate both so I can tell both my own stories and other people's (NGOs, Foundations, etc) more persuasively. [more inside]
Academics: Is there a source listing open US community college art teaching positions or sources for international art teaching positions? I already know about and use CAA/Chronicle/HigherEdJobs. I would like to broaden my open positions search.
Got into an MFA! ...now what? [more inside]
I'm going to graduate school, for a creative writing MFA! What can I do to prepare, and what's expected of me as an MFA? [more inside]
[Career change filter, humanities edition] How can I best market my skills when I have very little experience? [more inside]
i've been accepted to my creative writing mfa program of choice! help me do it right. [more inside]
I'm in my 40's and doing okay without a Master's degree -- should I get one anyway? [more inside]
LifePlansFilter: I’m currently enrolled in graduate school in a masters of secondary education in art program. I enrolled as a way to explore my creativity in studio classes, and also as something to do during unusual life circumstances. Being in this program will continue to be an option for me for a limited time. Should I take the requisite courses I need to complete the program or should I keep taking whatever classes I want and drop out of the program when I leave? Many details within. [more inside]
Do any schools offer a joint MFA/Ph.D. in studio art/art history? [more inside]
I am helping my friend apply to grad school for an MA in Art Education, with a focus on Community Arts. Do you have any advice for us? [more inside]
What are the pros and cons of trying to become an English professor in Toronto for a fiction writer (and how feasible is it)?
What are the pros and cons of trying to become an English professor in Toronto for a fiction writer (and how feasible is it)? [more inside]
Is there any graduate program that emphasizes writing skills (in English) while providing a rigorous education in grammar, literature, and related languages (i.e. Latin), without focusing on literary criticism, but rather on writing itself? More after the jump. [more inside]
Can anyone point me toward advice designed to help undergraduates decide if they should get an MFA / MA / other post-graduate degree in visual art? [more inside]
I am looking for a list of visual art schools that offer MFAs in computer art in NYC and possibly on the west coast. Where is a good place to start? [more inside]
I got into artschool in the US, the scholarships not great, now what ? [more inside]
Any current or recent Acting MFA students out there? What are the good programs right now? [more inside]
Help me get people to give me money to get my MFA. [more inside]
What titles should be on a "Personal MFA in Creative Writing Fiction" reading list? [more inside]
What songs did Jolie Holland play at her November 1, 2008 concert at the MFA in Boston?
Is it a bad idea to apply for a competitive graduate program, knowing you will probably get rejected or will it be a good experience for a future attempt at the same program? [more inside]
I recently attended a National Graduate Portfolio Day for students interesting in pursuing an MFA. I had a positive response, making me feel confident about my work and its presentation. However, I am suspicious, as I haven't heard anyone telling stories that they were really chewed out or criticized by their reviewers. I actually tried to push some of my reviewers to give me negative feedback, but they were ultimately optimistic. Are these things for real, or are they just a way for schools to talk people into applying?
Can you recommend online writing certificate programs and tell me what makes your recs good? Thanks! [more inside]
How much is too much when it comes to student loans for an MFA program? [more inside]
I got a phone call telling me I got accepted to grad school. Trying to work out funding options before the package gets here and whether it's worth it (sorta complicated situation, details inside). Help? [more inside]
Do any accredited, respectable, non-residential , MFA Writing programs exist out there? [more inside]
What's the deal with getting a creative writing MFA from an American school, as a Canadian? [more inside]
I would like to end up teaching fine arts (specifically printmaking) at a university level but have a Bachelor's Degree in a completely different field and only a small amount of experience. Where do I start? [more inside]
How can I find funding for a MFA at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland? [more inside]
What are the best MFA programs in painting, both national and international, and resources and techniques for further researching them?
New York Creative Writing/Critical Theory PHD: I am currently undertaking an MA in Creative Writing and Critical Theory in London, and plan to go on to PHD after I finish. I would ideally like to go to an East coast USA/New York university to do this (for several reasons). I'd like some help with finding a good list of possible institutions... [more inside]
I recently received my Masters of Fine Arts degree from a fairly well known program here in Chicago. I'm kinda second guessing if the whole thing was worth it. Do employers/gallery owners actually care? I know everything hinges upon my portfolio, but do I really have a leg up on the competition?
If I've been out of college for twelve years, from whom do I get recommendations for graduate school? [more inside]
I'm considering getting a MFA, what kind of jobs can you get with that? [more inside]
Hey, creative sorts: I could use a little help with a theatrical directing portfolio for an MFA interview. [more inside]
my roommate, a 26-year old canadian male, seeks an MFA program that is: good focussed on painting short (2 years max, 1 year is better) in a cool city at a good school taught in english. he would consider any city, but has a special love for new york, amsterdam, london, or berlin. thanks!
I'm wondering if anyone knows much about Phds with creative dissertations versus MFAs. I want to eventually teach college-level creative writing. [more inside]
Which neighborhood/apartment complex to choose in North Miami? [more inside]
Any info on MFA programs in and around Chicago? [more inside]
MFA-filter: photography or writing? [more inside]
I'm looking for schools with MFA painting and/or printmaking programs that would welcome a student with a BFA in illustration. [more inside] [more inside]